This past weekend I travelled to New York City with my sister-in-law Shannon. This was our first trip to NYC and we both had an AMAZING time. We spent quite a bit of time in Times Square and took in everything...shopping, people watching, Central Park, Canal Street, Webster Hall, The Naked Cowboy...
We were able to see the Freedom Tower that is currently under construction and what an overwhelming moment that was. A moment I won't soon forget and a feeling that was the weight of a thousand bricks on my heart. I don't know how long I stared up at the Freedom Tower remembering those who lost their lives, praying for their families and thinking of all the firefighters, paramedics, security, priests, etc. who bravely helped others in need that day. It's a feeling I wasn't quite prepared for. I couldn't stop the chills from coming and the tears from stinging my eyes, but I am glad to say I was there and that I was able to witness this amazing city and see how they have started to come back from that devastating day.
Here are a few pictures from our trip, I do have more, but didn't want to over do it. :)
No explanation needed...
Although I do have to say that there was THE cutest elderly couple there and the lady was posing with the Naked Cowboy while her husband took pictures of them...the two of them giggling the whole time. It was seriously adorable. The Naked Cowboy even picked her up for a picture...too funny!
Times Square, Macy's ad
Shannon and I on the Saturday tour
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine - breathtakingly beautiful
a close up of the detail on the cathedral, including the twin towers
Shan and I in the Conservatory Garden at Central Park
The Freedom Tower
This flag hangs on The Freedom Tower, but was ripped up the middle on Saturday due to the high winds
The trip was so amazing and I am so glad that Shannon and I went together, she really is an amazing sister and I'm so lucky to have her. We ate too much, shopped until we dropped, partied quite hard (one night only) and laughed until we cried, several times. I'm so thankful that we got to experience NYC together for the first time and I have a feeling that we'll be doing it again together, soon.
I was definitely glad to get back home to my boys, whom I missed so much. I'll hopefully have a picture of them modelling their new NYC FD shirts soon enough. :)