Saturday was our last full day in NYC. Time was flying and we couldn't believe it was already almost time to go. Not gonna lie--I was kind of excited because I was SO ready to see my babies. But I was also excited for the day we had planned!
After lunch, we shopped some more and then made our way to Grand Central Station. My mom and sister wanted me to see it. To be honest, I wasn't really sold on the idea and thought it would be boring. But I'm so glad we went! It was beautiful and there were so many little shops and SO many people.
We went to our room for a bit after that to rest. Then we decided to go to another movie. We picked Downsizing (WORST. MOVIE. EVER.). My mom slept during most of it and we seriously considered leaving in the middle of it but decided to stick it out since we paid $17 to see it.
After the movie we decided to grab a few slices of pizza from 2 Bros. My mom went ahead of us to the hotel and when we got there, she was just sitting in the lobby. We asked her what she was doing and she delivered THE most annoying news.
The elevator was broken.
Now....in hotels I've been in in the past, that wouldn't have been THAT big of a deal. But in New York.....every building is skinny and tall. REAL tall.
We were staying on the 29th floor (insert worlds biggest sigh here).
We stayed in the lobby for a few minutes before we realized the elevator wasn't going to be fixed any time soon. The lobby was tiny and everyone was waiting, so it was crammed full. We finally decided to climb ALL 29 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS.
I have nothing nice to say about that, so I'll just summarize and let you know it took us about 20 minutes and we were sweating by the time we got to our room. SO annoying. And we carried our pizza with us the whole time! Because we're THAT dedicated to pizza.
Once we had finally gotten settled in our room and we weren't panting from climbing all those stairs any more, we started packing up. It was sad, but I was glad to know I was a few hours closer to seeing my kiddos! We had a bit of an issue checking in for our flights the next day, but Brooke finally got everything figured out and we had a car service lined up to take us to the airport the next day. I prayed and prayed that night that God would go before us so our flights would go smoothly and safely.
Here's our last picture in New York...
Mom woke up in time for our "complimentary snack." It was our favorite one we'd been given, so I had to snap a picture. Those little things were DELISH. Brooke was still sleeping, so we voted to eat hers for her. Oops.
We had a layover in Chicago for a few hours, so we grabbed a bite to eat there. We all called home to touch base with our families. Nick ended up having to go into work unexpectedly, so he was SUPER irritated, but promised that he'd be there when I got to the airport! Michael picked up the kiddos and brought them with him to get Brooke.
When we boarded our flight from Chicago to Wichita, I realized it was the worlds SMALLEST plane. I'd sat by my mom or sister on each previous flight, so I was super bummed to have to sit by a stranger on the way home. My claustrophobia and introvertedness made for a sucky last flight. We also sat in the plane on the tarmac for about an hour before finally taking off. But before I knew it, this view was out my window....
I was only gone for 5 days, but it felt like an eternity. Once we pulled into our driveway and I stepped out into the fresh air, I couldn't help but think how quiet it was compared to NYC and how big and open it felt! Everything was so busy and cramped there and to be home in the middle of open pasture with green grass and trees felt weird, but amazing!
Overall, I'm so glad I went. The time spent with my mom and sister was the best part of it all and I'm glad I got to see NYC and all the fun and beauty that it holds.
What an adventure!