It’s Christmas Day!! Yay!! Kids sleep in a little which I’m considering as my Christmas present so am happy as! 😂. They unwrap their presents and play for a bit while we work out what we are up to today.

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We were planning on heading somewhere nice for breakfast but find out that ice skating is opening earlier than we thought so we decide to just snack on what we have in the room and run straight for the subway. At first I was nervous about traveling on the Subway but trust me, when faced with walking 56 blocks, I’ll take it anyday. It only takes us 15 min to arrive at the top of Central Park. It’s actually our first sunny day since we have been here and the walk is gorgeous. There are the most adorable squirrels everywhere. Scuttling through the trees and snapping up nuts.

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We are the second people to arrive at the rink. We decided on Lasker over the one at the Rockefeller as it’s half the price! Only $43 instead of $88 and much quieter, and larger. The kids are so excited! What an ionic way to spend Christmas Day, ice skating in Central Park, in New York! Only thing missing is snow. We get a good 1.5 hrs in before the masses arrive. We stop for a quick break and skate for another hour before heading home.

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The city is much quieter today and not everything is open. On recommendation of a friend, we head to a little Italian restaurant on 52nd street. We order our last NY pizza and it’s massive! Takes up the whole table. What a way to end our stay here. Although not our favourite place along the trip, it’s sobering to know that by leaving tomorrow, this is really our last destination on our way home.

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Cookie monster. That lovable, blue fury monster from Sesame Street. He was the inspiration for today’s Cake Smash and Master A was just stoked! He loved the cookies and the cake. We first met Master A for his newborn session (here) and I can’t believe what a handsome little man he has grown into. He was a perfect newborn and was just as happy and content today as he was then. Mum and dad must be super proud of their little munchkin.  Happy Birthday A!!

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I was so happy the rain decided to hold off today! Thisafternoon was spent with the beautiful C family and I would have hated missing that! Miss A was an adorable, fun, cheely ball of attitude and giggles with Master L being calm, snuggly and cool. I almost couldn’t handle all the sweetness Miss A showed towards her brother. I’m quite sure they will grow up to be the best of friends.

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Today we have decide to make the trip to visit the Macey’s santa. We were supposed to leave early but time slips away and we arrive around 11am. We are told there is a two hour wait. Hmmm, that’s a long time! Only other option is to get here at 6.30 am tomorrow. Not my idea of a good time so we decide to wait it out now. I’ve heard the santaland is amazing and it’s really worth the visit, it’s also the third thing on my list. 5. HOURS. LATER. We walk into see santa. Yes, santaland was pretty buy by no means amazing and santa is in this tiny room (they have more than one) sitting on a bench, no lights, no decorations, no tree! We are out in under two min, collect our dodgy prints that cost $70 and fled for our lives! Another thing to add to the underwhelming nature of New York. We were supposed to catch a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty but it’s now 4 pm, so we head back to the hotel for dinner. Hopefully tomorrow will be a little brighter!

 

(Photos have been re-edited by me because the origional were just soooooo bad, and they still aren’t great)

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It’s a rainy Christmas Eve so we decide to do the Natural History Museum today. It opens at 10am so I set the alarm for 8 thinking two hours will be enough time to just throw some clothes on and eat breakfast. Wrong! By the time we finally get down to the subway, it’s already 10.30am. Not sure how that happened?? The subway machine only takes coins ( who carries $12 worth of 25c coins around) and credit card. After purchasing two tickets with the credit card, the machine decides it won’t take it anymore. There is no one to talk to, and we are causing a huge line up! So we need to put the kids in front of us, swipe through the card and try and both push the turntable thing at the same time. Not fun. The kids love standing on the train because it’s so bumpy and an new experience and it does get us to the museum in about 6 min instead of walking the 42 blocks! We arrive at the front door and of course there is a line up, all the way down the block…. and around another block. More waiting, but in the rain! After an hour wait, the ‘suggested’ entry for the 4 of us is $77USD. So over $100 Australian. Ummmm, sorry, what? I’ve read, that you can pay a donation instead so I offer $25USD for all of us and the guy doesn’t bat an eye. Phew, a much more acceptable price.

We tour the dinosaurs, space and native Americans searching for the giant head out of the Night at the Museum movie. It really is huge! Some of the displays look amazing and extremely life like. It’s easy to spend all day here.

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It finally stops raining and now that we are an expert on the subway, decide to head all the way down to lower Manhattan to Chinatown for dinner. That’s an experience! The streets are lined with little stalls selling fake Loui Vuitton bags and Rolex watches. Fresh fish stalls are crowded with different seafood and some of the smells are less than pleasant. Now to find a restaurant I’m actually going to eat at! We decide on one and order the lobster special. Two for $25 cooked in ginger and scallions. It’s the first time I’ve ever ordered lobster. We start with some fried dumplings (which Ayrlie eats and loves for the first time ever) and spring rolls and follow with  lobster, rice, crispy skin chicken and ribs. It’s all quite delicious.

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On the way back to the subway, we stop at a few little bakeries to pick up some treats to have when we get home. We get a lemon sesame roll, chocolate black forest cake, strawberry mousse cake and a chocolate hazelnut roll. Yum! We snuggle in bed, watching Harry Potter till midnight before drifting into a santa dreaming sleep.

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