It’s been busy.  But it’s also been jolly.  And all in all, I have to say it’s been a great December for our family.  We decided to kick off our kid’s Christmas Vacation last Saturday, by taking a trip into New York City.

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It was cold.  So cold that I didn’t mind parading around like an eskimo, because I was far more concerned about being warm, than about being fashionable.

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We had a few things in mind, for our Saturday in the city.

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We did our best to stop and take in every moment, every memory.

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Our first stop was to visit a friend, who was staying at the NYU Hospital.  We had a great visit and it was a blessing.  And it totally fulfilled part of our Christmas goals this year, and that is to do our best to do think of others.  I’m so proud of our family and how much more we are getting out of this Christmas season because of little things like that.

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Afterwards, we caught a cab to take us to our next destination.  It was fun, because usually we are just walkers, or subway riders.  My smart husband did the math and realized that for four riders, it wasn’t much of a difference to take the cab compared to the subway and it was much more convenient and fun.

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And it got us right to where we wanted to be, and that was the Museum of Modern Art.  We went right to the Art Lab, because that is what the kids were most excited to check out.

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There was a fun shelter building activity going on, so we all jumped in to build our own shelters with cardboard and tape.

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Afterwards, Jeremy and Christian went out to check out the museum, but this sweet girl found the Beyond the Cut-Out Matisse-inspired studio and went to work.

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She created all sorts of artsy fun with a variety of cut out flowers and kept busy for a good twenty minutes, working away.

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Afterwards, we caught up with Christian, who stopped for a picture in front of Kandinsky, with his own Kandinsky like art creation.

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Then Ellee insisted on a picture with “Starry Night,” because she knows that I love it, and I do.  There is something so wonderful about living close by a city, where this kind of art can be found.

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After the MOMA, we walked.  Because that is what we love to do.

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We weren’t the only ones.  In fact, it was pretty claustrophobic all around, with many others who had the same idea that we did.  They were also out, enjoying the City at night and all of the wonderful things there are to see this time of year.

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We stopped in to M&M World, so Ellee could get some much needed pink and purple M&Ms.  She was delighted, and someone we got away cheap when her little bag weighed in under a dollar.  Good, cheap fun.

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And our final destination of the day was this beauty.  The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.  It was glorious, and I’m so thankful that we were able to end a great day in the city, admiring such a beautiful sight.  All in all, it was a fantastic family day.

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And I did think that I should make a note, with my deepest prayers and condolences for the families of the two New York City Police officers that were killed in the line of duty on Saturday.  There were so many different times that we saw Police Officers on Saturday and every time I always have such great admiration for the men and women who serve on the police force.  I found out on the train on the way home about the tragedy that had happened that day and my heart was so saddened for what had happened.  I’ll continue to have such great appreciation for those who serve and again, pray for peace and comfort for those who lost their loved ones that day.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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