the statue of liberty and amanda and dave!!

Amanda, Dave and Sam came and visited from the 17th to the 19th of April. We hadn't seen them since our last day in Provo way back in 2011. That seems like a lifetime away! Gratefully, Amanda and I have kept in contact through Instagram and through texting and phone conversations and when they arrived it was like we had just seen eachother weeks before, instead of years. Yay for technology!

We started Friday evening off with a trip to Central Park and the Upper West Side (my home away from home :) and then got up suuper early on Saturday to head to the Statue of Liberty. // Oh hey, goal #74. Done! // Ryan couldn't be there due to a previously committed service project, but met up with us later that day. It was a long ride down and Sam was super chill the whole way, while my boys were kept at bay with Trader Joe's snacks and stickers and crayons. But we finally made it to the boat, on the boat, across the bay and BAM, the Statue of Liberty. Ryan and I saw it when we visited in 2010 (I feel so old typing all these forever ago years!) but the boys had never been so it was fun to have them experience a deeper part of New York's history other than every.single.playground. We (Henry) listened to the tour, took many bathroom breaks, and made it up to the platform and finally got back to Manhatan for a late, but amazing lunch at Joe's pizza. With dessert at People's Pops. And dinner to go at Murray's and dessert to go at Molly's Cupcakes. I'm telling you, that area by West 4th is one of my favorite parts of the city. And also, I really like to focus my travel on food. So much goodness!

After a crazy day, we headed back home to rest and get the kids down for bed and then chatted and went to bed ourselves not much later. Sunday came and we headed to church and then had a quick lunch before saying goodbye to our friends and resolving to see eachother way sooner than 3 1/2 years from now.

(one parent and two kids: I never had a chance)

I've got many pictures of the four of us from DC and it was so fun to see what a difference a few years have made--we've almost doubled our group!

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