Statue of Liberty

Oh haaaay Lady Liberty!

Earlier in the week, we went to see the Statue of Liberty! My kids have been wanting to do this for a while (Blake mostly wanted to just go on a boat, Brooke was excited to explore the island.) So off we went to feast our eyes on this green copper beauty.

It was quite busy when we went and there were a lot of international visitors that I wasn’t expecting (how I forget that New York is *always* filled with tourists, I’ll never know…) but we were able to easily make our way around the pathway to view the front of the statue and then back to where we began again.

Eddie loved NOT being in his stroller, so once we let him loose, he was walking all over and making friends with strangers. Again, more asian people came up to us and in their broken english commented on his curly hair and big blue eyes. Haha! Yes, he’s adorable 😉

Anyways, these are some of the photos we snapped from that visit. More details and links are at the bottom of the post.

Eddie’s hair!! What am I going to do with it? Its still cute, but super unruly.

We got him to raise his arm like the Statue of Liberty and he sort of ran with it for a good 30 minutes because we kept laughing every time he lifted his arm!

The best family photo we got. Womp womp.

Walking back to the boat 🙂 One of these days, I’m going to get a pedometer and see just how many steps I take in New York each day! Brooke wants one too! Haha!

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We booked tickets for the Statue of Liberty through Statue Cruises. Last October when I was in New York, I saw the Statue of Liberty using the Staten Island Ferry which is free and very quick (about an hour there and back, if you’re fast). I mentioned that to my husband, but my kids overheard and they wanted to go to the actual island. Darn kids! So I sucked it up and purchased the tickets just to go to the island and back. It also includes a trip to Ellis Island, but we didn’t do that, though I would like to go back and listen to the history of it all. You can get tickets to go up onto the pedestal or even into the crown, but those are extra.

In total, it took us about 3 1/2 hours all together taking our time. That includes getting a few drinks and lingering in the gift shop. You have the option of getting these little speaker boxes to speak to you about the history of Lady Liberty, and we tried to listen, but beyond 15 seconds our kids were GONE. Again, we’d like to go back without those rascals to learn.

Because the movers are still not here with our stuff, I just gave in and got this single stroller for Eddie. (We have a double stroller in the truck!!) I really really like it! It’s skinny and I don’t have to worry about it NOT fitting through a doorway. It’s also light enough to bring up and down the stairs in the subway, even though I’d rather not take the subway alone with all three kids. And, as long as there is a kid buckled in, I can load on the groceries! #winning

The backpack I’m wearing has been a lifesaver! I thought about the purse/diaper bag I have and it just would fall off my shoulder which is super annoying and not practical for me. So, I got this bag and I LOVE IT. I found it and purchased it in Canada when I was visiting my parents and it is the cutest, most perfect sized backpack for everything I need! And I did not buy it when it was on sale like it is here. You’re welcome.

My black demin jeans are my very favorites that I keep bombarding you about (really good if you large larger thighs and a small waist, like me!) These flip flops I’ve had for YEARS (yeah, Target!) and I just got this t-shirt recently (in abstract blue), also from Target.

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  1. I LOVE your bag. Super cute 🙂

    What a fun and educational trip with your family. We are homeschoolers so I always appreciate stuff like that 🙂 But it is too bad the kids overheard you so you couldn’t do the free option. I feel your pain. I hope you make it back to Ellis Island, I hear that is really cool!

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  2. Another good and free boatride is taking the ferry to ikea on the weekends. Catch it near the seaport

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  3. I’m really enjoying all of your blog posts and instagram photos of NYC! I went to NJ last September, to celebrate the first birthday of one of my best friends son. We took a day to go to NYC and managed to pack in a lot more things than I expected. I’d love to go again though! We weren’t able to go to the Statue but she was beautiful when we passed her on the ferry.

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  4. Lauren. Have followed you forever but must have missed the post that you were moving to NY. I live in eastern Upstate NY. Welcome to NY.

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  5. Hi Lauren,

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and enjoy it but a few posts ago and then this one made me pause. I’m sure you mean nothing by it but describing someone as speaking broken English is offensive, racist, and othering. Not all immigrants in America have the opportunity to learn English fluently and pointing out their deficient language skills is insensitive. I hope you take my comment as it is meant to be, an educational point, and not as a gesture to attack.

    Thank you,
    Sebastian

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    • Hi Sebastian,

      You are absolutely right, I meant nothing by it. I would have added more context but I said it so briefly and in passing because the post prior was my Parliament Hill post where I talked about a group of lovely asian tourists who stopped us to take photos of Eddie. It was a similar experience. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll be more aware in the future 🙂

      Lauren

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  6. Beautiful pictures, it’s been a good while since I saw Eddie, he is just adorable. I love that wonderful smile, and that hair is just to beautiful. One of my grand daughters has a 1 year old boy with long curly hair that she threatens to cut daily, but I keep asking her to prolong it till he’s 3, but he hates to have her comb it.

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