Had a wonderful week off last week – hubby and I took the little princess to the Jersey Shore for a few days of camping fun. We fit in one very long but terrific day in NYC – Becca’s first trip to the big apple! She fell in love hard with the city, and cried on the ferry ride back to Staten Island to the car. We hit many highlights – ground zero and the 9/11 museum (where I cried seeing letters from kids to fallen firefighters – that hits home for a paramedic/fireman’s daughter), then took the subway uptown to Times Square for lunch at the Hard Rock, some window shopping at American Girl and Tiffany, “real” shopping at FAO Schwartz and the huge Lego superstore, then a trip thru part of Central Park and a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge! We saw Lady Liberty from the ferry ride – next trip, we plan to climb her.
Day two was our beach bum day spent on the lovely Long Beach Island – a place I hugely recommend for East Coast vacationers. Charming small towns, touristy but quaint – not commercial and not busy at all. Had a great time in a huge arcade/playland, as well as on the beach.
Then it was on to the 2nd highlight of the trip – Storybookland, a 55 year old amusement park outside Atlantic City. It is without a doubt the cleanest, nicest, friendliest park I have ever been to. Small in size, it is not overwhelming for small kids, and that also allowed us to ride many things multiple times. they have lots of interactive animated displays telling classic fairytales such as the Three Bears, plus you can go thru the Old Woman’s Shoe, check out the Easter Bunny’s House, and lots more. The ride operators were awesome – even if Becca was the only child in line, they ran the ride. This place is a hidden gem of NJ, let me tell ya!
Matt spent a few days with his grandparents while we were away, so he’s been able to enjoy a nice visit with Great Gran from Scotland, who is here for the summer. Becca had a few days there by herself earlier in the summer, and we hope to be able to spend more time with her before summer’s end – but as always, work schedules, esp. Rob’s – make that challenging.
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