Saturday, June 18, 2011

Final Full Day

We jam packed another full day into our trip! Today was Olivia's favorite I think!

First we rode the subway... can you tell how excited she was!? :)

Then, one of my favorite things (in a very different way),
and I wish I had done a better job preparing her for this
as she just didn't understand the significance herself.
On our way south to ride the ferry to the Statue of Liberty,
we stopped at the 911 site.

This is a small area next to the construction site.
The stone Olivia is sitting on reads,
"Dedicated to those who survived September 11, 2001."

Plans for the future of the site.

And I THINK this is the current construction of the Freedom Tower.

Walking down to the ferry...
I crack up Olivia in my photo ideas,
and she cracks ME up in her execution!

Ellis Island was another I wish I had taught Olivia more about prior to coming here.
It just didn't mean much to her.
But I was awed.

The ONE thing Olivia has talked about non-stop once she chose this as her destination...

Riding in a taxi!
We took three today.
(My feet are thankful!)

Walking around and being outside makes you not so hungry (yay?!).
Today we had a breakfast bar, an afternoon meal/late lunch here...

And a snack at our next stop,
after seeing the most amazing Toys.R.Us EVER!

At first I hadn't even planned to go in,
I mean, WE have Toys.R.Us!

But where else do you see a four story store with a FERRIS WHEEL INSIDE!?

One of the cars,
Liam, this one's for YOU!

Then on to this wonderful place we were told to go to!
YUM to the E!

See those ice creams?!
Coffee and Donuts!
Pancakes and Syrup!
We each got a scoop of Birthday Cake!
Oh. My. :)

We then headed back to the hotel to re-coop,
and Olivia napped,
prior to our last night out here...

She was in HEAVEN!
She LOVED it!!!
It was an amazing day!


Jeanie said...

You truly gave her a special birthday gift. Happy Birthday, Olivia!

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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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