S: New York & New Jersey May 21-26, 2011
1: The inspiration for this trip came during Jamie's pregnancy with Megan. Christopher and her would faithfully watch "Cake Boss on TLC every Monday night. They decided that a 5th birthday celebration in Hoboken, NJ and New York City would be magical. Many other family members agreed.
2: The Great White Probe | Maverick & Goose | 84th & Central Park parking on a Sunday...priceless | parking in a pinch | Park Avenue & 63rd Garage $82 daily
3: Views from the probe | fearless | Jacob managed to get us everywhere in a HUGE van
4: American Museum of Natural History 79th Street Central Park West
6: Megan vs. The Blue Whale | The blue whale and Megan are the loudest animals, with vocalizations that can travel thousands of miles underwater.
7: John was so excited to see the fire house from the movie Ghostbusters
8: The Cafe we found was in the movie "You've Got Mail" with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. It was a great local NY experience.
9: We each spent Sunday afternoon relaxing in our own way. Ron, Jan and Melissa sat outside a cafe with a sleeping Megan & Amy. | John and Sedona ate their way through a street fair. The other Bakers went to the Manhattan Children's Museum.
10: Ground Zero In memory of 9/11/01
11: Freedom Tower | Peace & Love
12: We took the New Jersey ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
14: May 23, 2011 | Liberty & Ellis Island
15: Since 1886
16: L I B E R T Y
17: Height from ground to top of torch--305 ft., 1 in. | Thickness of copper-- 3/32 of an inch
18: Hoboken, NJ May 24, 2011 Jamie's former student created an original water color painting based on Christopher's input. He was very specific about having "A Fish Out of Water" cake with he and Megan sitting on the moon reading together. What an imagination!
20: We celebrated Christopher's 5th birthday by eating his vanilla cake filled with chocolate mousse at a park overlooking New York City. It was just 2 blocks away from Carlo's Bakery! | Carlo's City Hall Bake Shop 95 Washington Street
21: "Love at First Bite"
22: After eating our cake, we spent the afternoon at another nearby park playing with local children. They sang "Happy Birthday" to Megan after seeing her birthday girl bib. Chris pushed his sister for her first swing ride. We also went to a nearby grocery store to get sandwiches and other goodies for lunch. The day was truly magical!
26: Central Park Carousel | July 25, 2011
29: Grandma Jan & Papa Ron took the kids to see Mary Poppins after taking a ride on the carousel!
30: Local Food
31: 225 East 60th Street | Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate | 225 East 60th Street | Famous Frozen Hot Chocolate
32: Toys R' Us Ferris Wheel
33: Dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
37: Whada ya' doin?!?
41: We all had a wonderful experience in New York. We saw so many historical sites and we got to spend some great family time together. We played hard and Amy slept hard. | John Roaming around teh Sunday street fair, walking around New York after seeing Wicked | Favorite Trip Moments | Amy Watching for airplanes with Papa Ron, riding the carousel in Central Park, sleeping in my own queen size bed with water on the night stand and waking up to watch Jake and the Neverand Pirates in bed | Melissa Wicked on Broadway, watching Amy discover a new city, spending the afternoon at the park in Hoboken, being a tiny part of a huge city