Trent's sister Melissa came to visit and we had a great time. She got here on Monday and braved the subways and streets to meet Trent in times square to ride the train home with him.
Tuesday and Wednesday we hung out here in Fairfield county, but on Thursday we ventured in to the city. Julianne and Catherine got out of school at 1:15 and in a very well orchestrated timing miracle we all caught the 1:27 train to Grand Central. It was cold and raining -- with occasional downpours. We kept hoping the rain would stop -- IT DID NOT! So once we got to times square, I left all 4 kids with Melissa, grabbed an umbrella and braved the weather to wait in the TKTS booth line. TKTS sells same day tickets to anything in New York for half price. The times square booth opens at 3:00 and I got right in line. 45 minutes of standing in line in the cold, pouring rain and we all had half price tickets to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. But with the weather so bad we still had several subway rides ahead of us. We raced through the subway and even picked up dinner (which we quickly consumed) and made it to Radio City for the 5:00 show (without ever walking in the rain with the kids!)
The show was awesome! Then we headed by Subway to Macy's on 34'th street to go to Santaland. That too was a lot of fun. Everyone had warned us about the lines, but apparently when the weather is really horrible nobody else goes out, so we had no lines at all!