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New York City | Day 3

On Monday, my mom had to work, so it was mostly just Reagan, the boys, and I. We started the day with a walk over to Rockefeller Plaza.

We had tickets to go to the Top of the Rock at 10am. I have been to the top of the Empire State Building twice and this was BY FAR, way better.

There are 3 observation decks at the Top of the Rock. The 67th floor, the 69th, and the 70th. The 67th and the 69th have very thick glass walls keeping you from falling and the 70th just has a half wall/fence. There are two main reasons why Top of the Rock is way better than the Empire State Building (as far as observation decks go): 1) It's WAY less crowded. The last time I went to the Empire State Building, we waited in line for like 2 hours before we actually got to the top. And 2) I think it has better views.

I love that you can actually see the Empire State Building. (I'd rather see it, than be on it) It's such a neat building, with so much cultural significance. Can you look at it and not think of at least 3 movies?

And how cool is this view of Central Park?! Love the colors of those trees. So beautiful.

I think Reagan even enjoyed the views (after she woke up...).

^^Can you believe 1) that they're twins? 2) that they're 15? 3) that I'm so lucky to be their sister? They were soooooo helpful with Reagan this whole trip.^^

We really loved the Light Room on the 69th Floor. When you walked in the room, it lit up all different colors, and then assigned each person a color. As you walked across the room, your color followed you on the ceiling.

^^Example: Logan was assigned green one time (see the green color blocks above his head?). Even Reagan got a color in her stroller. It was really fun.^^

^^ Reagan got hungry while we were on the top, so she got to eat on the 67th floor, probably the highest she'll eat in a long time.^^

After the Top of the Rock, we went down and checked out the Christmas Tree. Oh, before that we went to Anthropologie. Hello! Can't forget that. Then we checked out the Tree. They are in the process of decorating it right now. We watched the ice skaters for a few minutes and then went to the Lego store. After the Lego store we walked around to the NBC store, which is always really fun (It was especially fun this time because of this).

^^We really liked this balloon dog sculpture. Doesn't it really look like a HUGE balloon animal? I love the details, like the twist creases near the bottom of the front legs.^^

^^I've been to New York twice where the tree is in place, but not decorated. Maybe someday I'll get to see it fully decorated.^^

After all of this Rockefeller Plaza business we ate lunch (well, we actually ate at a little place there) we walked down to a Japanese Book Store across from Bryant Park. Japanese Book/Stationary Stores are among my favorite things in this world. We probably spent an hour and a half there, maybe more.

Then we walked over to Grand Central Station. They have changed the ceiling since I was there last, and I really like it. It is turquoise with constellations, and lights as stars.

I love all of the hustle and bustle. And the huge American Flag was really neat too. I'm just guessing, but I think it was up because it was Veteran's Day.

^^The hustle...

...and the bustle.^^

After Grand Central Station we walked back to 5th Avenue, which was having a parade for Veteran's Day, and up to Tiffany and FAO Schwarz. Tiffany was neat, and FAO Schwarz was AWESOME! They had so many fantastic things there, including a choose your own color crayons wall. You could get a little tin and then choose which colors you wanted. Or if your favorite color is cerulean you can get all cerulean crayons. I just love the whole idea.

After FAO, which is right next door to the cool Apple Store, we headed to see the Temple via Columbus Circle.

^^Dylan really wanted to get a picture of him holding a globe or sphere of some kind (which is neat because of this picture taken of my dad in 1993... even though they weren't taken at the same place, they were both taken in New York).^^

After seeing the Temple, we walked to The Dakota, which is where John Lennon lived, and to Strawberry Fields in Central Park. By this point it was pretty dark (a.k.a. not very many great pictures after this...). We walked through Central Park, back to the Apple Store where we fed Reagan. Then we got some pizza for dinner near Times Square, ran to Rite Aid for some markers and poster board (for the Today show, the next morning), and headed back to the hotel. It was about 8 when we got back to the hotel, and we were planning on going back out again, but my mom came over to see us, and helped put Reagan to bed (she was really fussy this night), so we didn't actually end up going back out.


  1. You documented all of this so well! I bet it was nice to be able to give Reagan a bottle in such a busy place! Love the feet picture :)

  2. Stopping by from All Things Thursday Linkup! Amazing images in this post! I like the top of the Rock better too, but I haven't been in the light room yet! I'll have to head over to that part of town because I haven't seen the dog balloon yet!

    <3 Vicki

  3. Such great pictures, and I love your graphics for each of the places.
    You're very talented girl :)


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