Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Lady Liberty

Five adults, twelve children in Manhattan.  Crazy?  Perhaps.  But man, did we have a good time.   Since we are fortunate enough to live 90 minutes from New York we go often.  We visit Daddy’s office, Grammy’s office, and American Girl.  We wander through Central Park, walk the Brooklyn Bridge and see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.  We have been to the Museum of Natural History and a children’s opera at Lincoln Center but we have never been to the Statue of Liberty.
Everyone should go to the Statue of Liberty.  Just like the Eiffel Tower and the Great Pyramid, it is America’s symbol, our work of wonder.  You cannot look at the lady without realizing her significance.  She stands for freedom, for opportunity and for independence.  You are humbled walking at her feet.  When I view her I cannot help but reflect on the principles our country was founded on and hope and pray that this great nation carries on in the way it was intended to.

Our children themselves are works of wonder.  Nine children.  All buddied up, stayed together and respected each other’s needs and feelings.  
We met at Battery Park after a train and subway ride.....

We listened to the soothing melodies of a student orchestra wafting along the waterfront....

We rode the ferry.....

admired the view.....

gazed upon Lady Liberty....




Gazed in wonder.....



Admired the view again...

Watched a street performance....

Learned what a condom is.... (thank you to the vendor standing 10 feet from the departure dock selling Obama Condoms.  What the h--- is an Obama Condom?).  At least the subject came up out of a real life opportunity which is how I like to teach the birds and the bees....

Kissed and hugged our friends, said our goodbyes, hopped on the train for home and went to sleep.
Happy early 4th of July!

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  1. What a great field trip!! I have been to NY 3 X but never made it to the Statue of Liberty. This would be a great link up to the Field trip blog Hop -- it opens on the 1st of July. Thank you for joining in, I am very excited to get this started:)

  2. Jess what a great trip!! I would love to take Kei there. [So weird, Kei has The Golden Girls on TV and just now they said "The Statue of Liberty!!!"]

    Everyone looks like they had a blast. Love the picture of the girls in front of the Statue. Love the street performers! Wouldn't we just love to wander around and see things like that!!?? Great field trip.

  3. I've never been to New York City, but I hope to some day!! Looks like a great time. :)

  4. What a great time of year to go--right before July Fourth!

    There is something so special about that place! I felt the same way in Washington, DC. It makes you really realize what it means to be an American and so proud of our country!

    How far up did you go? I am petrified of heights, so I 'attempted' going up and walked around the ledge, plastered to the wall. A nice guy that worked there motioned to me and sent me down in the elevator! lol. We joke that he didn't want anyone to see me terrified up there!

  5. What an awesome trip, Jessica! How wonderful to do it with friends, and discover the day together. Everyone looks so energised and happy—I love all your pics!

    I went to NY for exactly one day, 20 years ago, and didn't get to the Statue of Liberty. My husband wants us to go one day—and now we've got something truly special to add to our NY Adventure To Do list :)

  6. Great pictures! I will share this with Anna!! You are a great mom! :-)

  7. What a great adventure for the kids! We live just 20 minutes outside Chicago so we love going into the city for a change. It's also nice that we're just 30 minutes away from a farm, too. The best of both worlds!

  8. One of these days, I will be able to make that same trip with Pea. Maybe one day I will look you up and ask you to be our tour guide.

  9. This is great :) We live at least 3 hours from the city, maybe more like 3 1/2 to 4. We went to the Bronx Zoo last fall, and loved that! We plan to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island next.

  10. Thanks for linking up the the Field trip HOP your picture came thru just fine:) Thanks for your kind comments. Everytime we go to NY we keep saying were are going to go the the Statue of Liberty but never quite make it:(. When we return to the states we will diffidently make a visit:) Love of the smiling children's faces:)

  11. This day was one of those days, I can tell. :) You know, the ones you look back on and wish you could replicate?

    Obama condoms...I have no words.


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