We pick up the story of our NYC adventure just as we're leaving Central Park and heading to The World's Most Crowded Greatest Toy Store. As if the wall-to-wall people all day weren't enough of an indication, having to wait in line to go into FAO Schwarz was a sure sign that it's Christmas in NYC. At least the line moved quickly. Our first stop once inside was another line...for: the Big Piano.
Aren't these girls too cute?
Oops, I mean these girls!
Ebby was disappointed to find that the $25k Barbie foos ball table was gone, so the girls had to make new friends...
When we hit the streets again after FAO, it was dark and Ebby was beginning to realize that her friend's boots, while cute, make not have been the best selection for footwear for a day a walking in NYC. No matter, we persevered onto Dylan's Candy Bar.
Purchases were made by all here, including me who got something for Ebby's stocking ~ right under her nose. So sneaky!
A stop across the street at Bloomingdale's meant a quick cruise through Magnolia (to check the scenery, no cupcakes this time) for me...
Meanwhile the girls went to find somewhere to sit down for 10 minutes. #seriously.
Re-energized, it was time to head back downtown--on foot. Love how the city transforms at night...and I love that woman's leopard print coat. So New York.
Our final desitination of the day: Times Square.
Our first stop in Times Square was Jamba Juice. What can I say, we were thirsty. Out in the heart of Times Square, it was people aplenty.
For the record, I cannot imagine being here for New Year's Eve. Actually, I can imagine it and it involves an astronaut diaper, aching feet & neck, and general sensory overload. We looked up, we saw the Centennial ball for this year. I'm good. I'll watch the rest from my couch.
Times Square is an experience for sure.
The girls shopped (and sat) at Forever 21
Saw the ferris wheel at Toys R Us
And took in the, um, unique atmosphere...Kids, stay in school and don't become this guy:
Finally, around 7:30, we emerged and made the final 6 block push back to 34th St. to the bus stop. It seems however that the crowd and the giant strawberry-banana-orange Jamba Juice did not agree with Ebby. We had to make a pit stop at Duane Reade for Pepto Bismol tablets, gum, and water. For a few minutes it looked like Ebby might hurl right there on the streets on Manhattan. Luckily, a. I brought a doggie (poop) bag to use as a puke bag on the bus, just in case and b. she didn't hurl after all. By a little after 8pm we were gathered at the Bolt Bus stop next to the Tick Tock Diner awaiting our chariot home.
It was a adventure-filled whirlwind of a day for sure. It's always fun seeing NYC dressed up for the holidays. On our next trip though we might skip Midtown altogether. Chelsea, SoHo, TriBeCa, the East Village and beyond are calling my name. I'm going to see what I can do about answering come Spring!