Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Big Apple

Day ONE...

We arrived early after a great flight, and were ready to embark on our adventure!

Olivia first saw a small building and said, "Oh look, there's a big building!"
The driver and I laughed.
And then she saw her first glimpse of the skyline...

...and she was hooked.

We checked in to our awesome hotel! :)

And started walking.

At one point Olivia said, "I'm going to be saying thanks for taking me here a lot."
And she did!
She was constantly in awe.

This picture's for Braeden...
(inside Hershey's)

This one's for Grandma...
(inside M&M World)

This one's for Grandpa...

We loved Central Park...
(No Braeden, we didn't go on any rides!)

Saw St. Patrick's Cathedral...

Olivia lit a candle and said a prayer for our soon to be new little one...

Ate dinner at a great diner where the waitstaff is all aspiring actors/singers/dancers
and they sing throughout service...

We loved the juxtaposition of old and new...

And scored half price tickets for Billy Elliot!

Was an AMAZING start to Olivia's birthday trip
and I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring!


Molly said...

I lived in the city for four years, and currently live about an hour outside, but man, these photos make me nostalgic!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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