Last weekend, I took Kaleb to New York for our first mom/son trip and I still have two more to go! As a single mother, it’s very rare that the boys are split up because it’s only me and it’s easier if we do everything together. I am continuously trying to find time to do things with each one of them and my goal is to find a new way each year. Last year, I started having lunches with them alone, which gave me an opportunity to get to take a peak into their world at school. It works out really well, as they eat lunch right after each other. This year, I asked what they would want to do and they all said to go to a football game, and that’s exactly what I began to work on. Kaleb’s favorite player is none other than Odell Beckham Jr., so of course he wanted to go to New York and watch the Giants play. We left Saturday, and woke up early Sunday morning to ensure we could do everything Kaleb wanted to do.
Of course we started our morning at Toy’s R Us in Times Square. I wanted to take him to FAO Schwartz, but it has been bought out by Toys R Us. This is no regular Toys R Us, it has a Ferris wheel in the center of the store and Candy Land. Kaleb spent at least an hour looking for the perfect toy!
After that, we went to find the letters LOVE. It’s a really popular spot in New York so be prepared to wait in line to take your photo. We also ran across the letters HOPE when we were out and about. I couldn’t think of a better word to describe Kaleb. He is such a sweet child with a big heart.
The famous Ruby-Red Steps in Times Square! Always crowded, but an essential part of Times Square.
Next up, we took a carriage ride through Central Park. I have done this a couple of times, but it was extra special to take Kaleb. The ride starts at $50 for the first twenty minutes and $20 thereafter for each additional 10 minutes. After our ride, they allowed Kaleb to feed the horse a carrot, which he thought was pretty cool! You can find a carriage along Central Park.
Then we were off to the game at MetLife Stadium, where Kaleb’s uncle got him field passes. How cool it was for him to be on the field watching his favorite player warm-up. At first he was snuggled up to me and then by the 3rd quarter he was up cheering and dancing. Truly the biggest blessing in life is to see smiles on my kids faces.
After the game, we went to Red Stixs to eat dinner. Apparently, the chef at Mr. Chow opened up another restaurant with a similar menu and I wanted to try it. It didn’t disappoint and it was amazing. Somehow, after dinner, I found myself back at Toys R Us. I am truly blessed I can provide my kids with life experiences. I know right now they may not understand how blessed they are to travel around the world and experience different cultures, but as they get older my hope is that they will gain an understanding and appreciation of life and all it has to offer.
On Monday, Kaleb really wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty. We didn’t have time to get to Battery Park where you can purchase tickets to go view via boat, so we went to Liberty State Park instead. At the park, we were able to view New York City skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty and got some great photos with my selfie stick! Kaleb and I had so much fun I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before now. Spending quality time with Kaleb is just what we needed because I get so busy with our daily schedule it doesn’t happen that often. This trip reminded me that I need to carve more time out for one-on-one time with me.
Here’s a few of my travel tips:
I booked my flight on Southwest. I like to fly into Newark,NJ instead of JFK airport. Newark is about a 25 min. ride into the city.
While in the city, I used Uber for transportation. Not only will they take you where you need to go, but they will wait for you as well.
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