New York, New York

The city so nice, they named it twice.

Katra and I went to New York for a few days to attend the Toy Industry Association toy fair, and while there we had a chance to do a little sightseeing.

The south end of Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building. The Statue of Liberty is just visible at the upper right of the photo.

One of the residents at the top of the Empire State. There were a bunch of pigeons huddling around in a cluster near a door where warm air would blow when people went in and out.

Wall mural in the Empire State lobby.

Radio City Music Hall

Rockefeller Center, home of NBC.

The giant piano at FAO Schwartz, as featured in the Tom Hanks movie, “Big”.

Outside FAO Schwartz.

Carriage ride in Central Park

A bridge in Central Park

Katra meets a new friend

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

How about a little E.V.O.O. with that?

Cracking a joke with Satchmo

I finally find someone taller than me.

Stopping off to give Bill Gates a little business advice.

Men of Steel.

Times Square

The Hershey store at Times Square. The outside was much more impressive than the inside.

Elvis M&M, at the M&M Store.

The old church next to the World Trade Center site. This church has been around for hundreds of years (George Washington attended it when he lived in New York) but it appeared to have been completely untouched by the WTC collapse. It served as a waystation for WTC workers after the disaster, and is now a museum as tribute to those volunteers.

A hole where one of the WTC towers used to stand. After over 5 years, they haven’t gotten any farther than this.

Artist’s conception of the eventual memorial. There will be two large fountain basins where the WTC towers used to stand.

A Day at the Farm

Over the weekend we made a trip to visit the families, which included a visit to Grandma & Grandpa’s farm.

Grandma with Kyle on one of his many, many trips down the BEST SLIDE EVER, in the play fort:

Kyle really got a kick out of the chickens (not literally). As I type this, he’s sitting on my lap saying, “CHICKENS!!!!!”

Original Kyle standing next to Chicken Kyle:

Kyle even helped to grade some apples. As I type this, he’s sitting on my lap saying, “APPLES!!!!!”

He picked out one of the best, and here he is waiting to buy it.

The highlight of the trip was the hayride.

Kyle even helped Grandpa drive the big tractor. As I type this, he’s sitting on my lap saying, “PAPAW!!!!!”

All in all, a very fine and memorable trip.