(Part 1 is back HERE.)
On Sunday we got to go to church with Eli and Julie.
I love going to church in different places. I love that the gospel is the same anywhere you go in the whole wide world.
And I love that E & J go to church in the same building as the New York LDS temple, and that they live walking distance.
One of my brothers got married here. (That post is back HERE...such a beautiful wedding.)
We continued our tradition of "touching" the temple:
I think Claire was faking up there...maybe here too...
But this smile is no fake! One of Dean's first and we got to be there to experience it.
We planned to have a picnic at Central Park but it started pouring. So we had a picnic at the apartment and headed out.
Not going to let a little rain stand in our way!
The downpour lightened up when we got to Bethesda Fountain so we reenacted one of the pictures we took at my brother's wedding :
Ok, so this one is a little different but you get the idea:)
And love this girl!
Next we headed over to the Brooklyn Bridge.
I wish I had a picture of all of us lugging this double stroller up and down all sorts of subway stairways. It was awesome and the kids were SO GOOD.
I love this little pier by the bridge.
One benefit of the rain is that we got to check out Tom Fruin's glass house that is the "traveling" art display there right now without any hustle and bustle of big crowds.
Cutest little family.
My kids love this brother of mine so much!
Then we meandered on home...
...took a quick break to listen to some beautiful music in the subway and wafting up through the subway ventilation as we walked to check out Times Square night-time-uncrowded-because-of-rain version.
I had never taken the ferry to Liberty Island before, I'd only taken the one that passes it from afar. I loved approaching that lady and imagining how all those immigrants must have felt when they finally held her in view.
We lucked out and got the "pedestal tour" added to our tickets (thanks to Eli) and this little museum in there was fascinating to me. We had some audio tour headsets and learned so many interesting historical things I had never known. Here is the first torch she held:
Here's her face to scale:
The view from the balcony of the pedestal:
We got an audio tour here as well.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
...and a delicious Japanese curry lunch before we scrambled to get to the airport only to wait.
Lots of crazy details in there that no one cares to hear, the bottom line is that the flights home were an adventure in and of themselves!
So grateful to soak up these three middle girls of mine as we got ready to send Elle off on her internship.
It was a trip we will all treasure up in our hearts for a long time to come.