Since there is always so much going on, I decided that there needed to be a place for family to go, to keep updated with the Kuhlest Family around!!!! This will be that place. I usually send out long emails about once every six months to let you know whats been going on, and what there is to come, but I thought this might be a more fun and interesting way to keep up. And maybe, just maybe, I will update more than once every six months!!!!! Hahahahahaha!! I will still probably send emails to let you know when I update, but feel free to drop by anytime! We love you guys!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

the BIG apple

Three days, three kids, and one BIG city! I'm sure New York City can be overwhelming to just about anyone, but add three kids, walking....everywhere, early mornings and late nights in a city that just about never sleeps, and you get three zombies that will suck the life right out of you!

But we had an amazing time despite the cranky "I want my lollipop!" at the top of the Empire State building. If you think that being 1250 feet high on the 102nd floor would make a kid speechless,you are totally wrong. Come on kids!!!! Look at all the HUGE buildings and tiny cars that stretch as far as the eye can see!!!! Isn't that cool!!??? I mean, who else can say they went to see New York City at age 5/2/1?

You know what caught their eyes tho? The huge LED signs and billboards that lit up Times Square! Now that plus the hustle and bustle of the city made the whole trip worth it. I am so happy we ended up getting a hotel on Times Square, despite the contemplation of getting a cheaper one in Queens or Newark. Even if it was $380 a night!

And the runner up is.....drumroll......the 3 level TOYS-R-US store!!!!! Who would have thought? With a giant 60 ft indoor Ferris wheel, a two-story Barbie doll house, LEGO Empire State building, LEGO Statue of Liberty, and a 20 ft. high T-Rex dinosaur. Of course there was the Candy Land store too! Yum!

One of the most anticipated things to see was the Statue of Liberty. The kids, at least the older two, have been talking about it nonstop since they found out we were going to NYC. Of course, it was the one thing we did not see (close up anyway). They ended up closing the tours early the day we wanted to go. So we got the Battery Park view.

Going to Mars made it all okay though. What!?! You say? Mars? Yes! We went to Mars! We had to ride a spaceship to get there of course! The restaurant Mars 2112 was an awesome place to take the kids. As you walk in a flight attendant shows you to your seat in the space ship and you get ready for take off. It was quite a bumpy ride getting there,but well worth the trip to Mars. Red Rock, aliens, and of course other humans were there to greet you upon arrival. Unfortunately we had to get back to Earth shortly after our meal, but we did manage to play some arcade games before we went back.

The big hit with mom and dad...the Double Decker bus tour! A break from carrying kids all over NYC! A kind of relaxing way to enjoy the sights and listen to the history of biggest city in the US.

All in all, it was an amazing place to visit, and I can't wait to go again. Although, I think it will be without kids the next time! Any volunteers for babysitting??!!

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