So, a couple of years back my husband asked me what I wanted to do for our anniversary. I thought about it for a while and decided I had never been to New York City so I told him I wanted to go there and stay over night. At the time, we had one child who was only two so having a night away would be a nice change of pace, or so I thought. I asked my mother if she and my father would be willing to watch our son so we could go away. She was of course open to watching him but not to the idea of me going to NYC for the night. My mom has never been there but doesn't like the idea of New York even though I tell her once she went she would love it. So anyway, we dropped off our son to her early in the morning and then took off for our mini-retreat!! We drove the 2 hours to get there and as we got near the Lincoln Tunnel, traffic started to pick up and I started to get really excited and anxious and a little nervous all at the same time.
The only thing I'd ever seen about the Lincoln Tunnel was that one movie where the tunnel caves in and the people are stuck as water starts crashing in...yeah, so that's what I'm thinking about as we go through the tunnel. We finally get to the other side in probably 5 or so minutes, but it feels like 5 or so days to me. And WOW, now the excitement is just crazy. There is so much traffic and so many people, I'm LOVING this. I have never seen anything like it, except on tv and it was just like I anticipated. The tall high rise buildings, the streets lined with so many people, the traffic, the cabs blowing their horns.....oh what a thrill! I was literally sitting with my head out the window taking it all in. So we drive to our hotel, The Hilton in Times Square, and we pull up to the valet. The bell boy takes our luggage and the valet takes our car not to be seen again until we are ready to go home. We check into our room and drop our luggage off, change our clothes and we are on our way.
I can't even tell you everything we did on our first trip there but we had so much fun. We went to the Empire State Building, we took a Cruiseline Boat Trip up the harbor, we walked in Central Park and rode on a horse drawn carriage, we ventured into Chinatown with hopes of finding some cool things to buy (this now is my favorite place to go for shopping while in NYC), and we rode the subways. After dinner we hit a comedy club, Sweet Caroline's, which we re-visit every time in NYC. On the way home, I told my husband that I wanted to go back again next year because it was so much fun. I think we went back twice or so that same year. We have continued this tradition every year for our anniversary, up until last year when I was pregnant with our third child. I have taken my younger sister (who is 20) into the city a couple of times, once when I was 8 months pregnant (in June) with our second child. Yeah, that was crazy!! We are already talking about when we are going to go this upcoming summer but this time, our children want to come along so we'll see. So if you've been thinking about taking a trip into the city, it's definitely worth it. There's so much to see and do, I had no idea until I went for myself. I love NYC!!!!