lady liberty.


a few saturday’s ago, josh’s parents came to visit and we decided to play tourist and go visit the statue of liberty! we’d never been and eleanor has quite the fascination with her these days so off we went! the morning proved to be an interesting one. several trains were not running and several others seemed to be running express to brooklyn and skipping several stops in the process. since josh’s parents were staying in a hotel near columbus circle, we planned to just meet them by the ferry rather than go down together but you know, despite trying to figure it all out, half of us still ended up in brooklyn. oh, the subway on a weekend. gotta love it.

once we did finally find each other and head towards the ferry, we had a great time. i love seeing manhattan from the water and that statue of liberty is something else (although a lot shorter and stalkier than i imagined her to be up close? i just always thought she was larger. she’s still a looker though!)


^^^tickets! tickets!^^^


^^^and onto the boat we go!^^^

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^^^not a bad view.^^^


^^^the line waiting to get back on the ferry looked about 2 hours long (you can kind of see it start on the far left frame of this photo and end somewhere behind eleanor’s head.) since we couldn’t go up the statue and could only walk around the grounds anyway, we figured we’d just stay on the ferry once it arrived and dodge the line to get back on it. so we stayed on the ferry once it arrived and waved to lady liberty as we rode back to manhattan. i feel like we most definitely avoided a probable meltdown (of mama most likely) by skipping out on that crazy tourist line so i was happy. call us lazy tourists but it worked for us.^^^




^^^what trying to get a decent family photo looks like these days. this will have to do. but bless that boy samson though for always finding the camera and being camera ready. ;) ^^^

  1. amy

    looks like fun. love the family pic bit, i can relate! that samson, he is the happiest little fella!love it.

  2. he has got to be the happiest little boy! so adorable. would love to see her one day, too. hopefully one day Lady Liberty :)

    happy weekend, Davis family!

  3. Does E’s pants come in adult sizes?! ;) So cute!

    ps.I had the same thoughts about lady liberty’s size..hmm.

  4. Emily

    Looks like you had a lovely time! Beautiful photos as always. xx

  5. Love Samson in that last one. So cute.

  6. Esther

    What fun! I love playing tourist in my own city. It’s a great way to learn about your city’s history. Los Angeles has so many sites to see.

  7. what a memorable day! sweet, sweet family of four you are!

  8. bri

    great idea, staying on the ferry! we’re lazy tourists too, we probably would have done the same!

  9. Sometimes, playing tourist in our own city is just what we need to fall in love with it all over again.

  10. Hanna

    Being a “tourist” in your own city is always fun! It’s like a tour or trip with your rules & style :) I have to say being a NYer all my life, I’ve never been up close to Statue of Liberty, just checked it out on the ferry too hehe. Wonderful family pic at the end nonetheless!

  11. kendall

    nice call by not getting off the ferry ;) beautiful shots!! x

  12. hanna

    These photos are so pretty, and the trip looks great. –Hanna Lei

  13. love this! i went up the statue back in the days when you could climb the spiral staircase to the top and see out the windows in the crown. (maybe you still can?) the kid i climbed up behind sang that ‘song that doesn’t end’ the whole dang way. point is: i need to go back to erase that particular memory. ;)

  14. Haha! What a smart mama. Glad you figured that out while still on the ferry instead of right as you got off. Ohh Samson, what a heartthrob :)

  15. It would be a dream to go to NY and see the ravishing lady liberty and all the other ‘touristy’ spots – I know a lot of us brits go over for just under a week to take in the sights but I think I’d need a month – and even then not grasp all that NY has to offer. I’m pretty jealous that my boyfriend (also a Joshua, ;) stayed there with his aunt one summer. One day, NY, I’m comin’ for ya! x

  16. tracie

    lovely photos! looks like a fun day!

    also, when will you be announcing all the winners for your giveaways?!?! i’m dying!!!

  17. Addie

    Brings back so many memories from our honeymoon! We got to go inside the statue, but the the best part was the ferry rides to and from it. Beautiful views of the statue and Manhatten!

  18. Jm

    How fun! I’ve lived in my city for 5 years now and I still love playing tourist, there is always something interesting to see.

    I am planning on going back to NYC soon with my mum and I’m sure she’d love to take this boat trip.

    I was just wondering, how much are the tickets?

    Great pics as always, Samson – a future model in the making?

  19. Rinda

    I’m sure you’ve answered this a million times but where did you get your amazing hat? I’ve been on the lookout for a good hat.

  20. Kelsey

    Love these pictures! Especially the family photo one, it is much better than my continuous failed attempts ;)

  21. Oh my gosh, you people are so cute! What wonderful pictures you got of your adventure.

  22. Robin

    This sounds like my type of tourism! I don’t even have children, and that line looks like a headache waiting to happen. Good call! Love the photograph of you holding your hat staring off the boat. Beautiful.

  23. maggie

    These photos are lovely – I am visiting New York for a quick weekend in October for a friend’s wedding, so I don’t think I will be able to do this, but one day!

  24. TJ

    I can’t believe how camera ready Samson is! Too perfect!!
    xo TJ

  25. Leith

    Samson is too cute! Does he ever cry?! I have a niece and nephew around E’s age and they’re both starting preschool soon, which got me thinking: E will be joining preschool soon. Crazy! So much fun watching your family grow on this blog!

  26. Becky

    Such an adorable little family! I’ve been to NYC three times and every single time Miss New York isn’t running!! Looks great though, glad you enjoyed yourself!

    xo Becky
    Seductive Mania

  27. Faith

    Such great shots of New York! Isn’t it fun to be a tourist in your own city sometimes?! I probably would have done exactly what you did though and stay on the boat :)

    PS : S is just the cutest in that last photo!


  28. I don’t blame you ONE bit for stickin it on the ferry boat!! That last family picture has me in stitches – you’re all still so dang cute despite the 2 men being the only ones looking at the camera!!

  29. Briseidy

    adorable as always!
    those ferry lines are always super crazy!
    love the photos
    have a great weekend!

  30. That is totally what our family portraits look like these days too… sigh! My baby son is definitely the best at smiling at the camera, I gotta say.

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  31. RoselyC

    What a great way to spend the weekend. Seems like fun although I do tend to avoid crowds.

  32. bea

    i totally wanna visit it!!!thank you for sharing!
    you guys look great!!!

  33. Courtney

    I love that you guys stayed on the boat! That is so something I would do, sometimes it’s just not worth it. Love that last photo, Samson is such a doll.

  34. lea

    You have my empathy on lazy tourism! Sometimes the crowds outweigh the benefits, and a meltdown avoided is pretty much a miracle.

  35. Sinead

    Beautiful pics! That line is crazy, you were definitely right to stay onboard.

  36. Cátia Ferreira

    Olá! (hello)My name is Cátia and I’m from Torre de Moncorvo, Portugal. I want to congratulate you for your blog, your beautiful family, and your graceful written. Sometimes I laugh so hard that my family, friends, or anyone around me look at me and think I’m crazy. Congratulations, and all hapiness to you and your cute family :)

  37. Beth

    Ah, what a wise mama you are to know what limits to set for your wee ones, especially after transit issues and long lines. Living in New York throws a lot of these curve balls, doesn’t it, but it’s way more fun to make the most of the situation than let it get the best of you. And a boat ride is always fun.

  38. Brandi

    Bucket list item #29 (not really, I don’t really have a list written out) but I definitely need to see the statue of liberty in my life time. And I would be ok with “seeing” it as you all did. Looks like such a fun day. Also I need to know where your cute hat is from????

  39. jaana

    if it weren’t for those pesky lines, i would surely ride out to see the Statue of Liberty on every visit. blah!

  40. Samson is a super star!

  41. Jenkins

    i love you guys! never leave a comment, but i have to this time. really enjoy watching/reading your blog!

    Jo Jenkins

  42. Rachel

    DEFINITELY made the right choice not to get off the boat. I still have nightmares of going with my family and nothing but endless lines!

    PS if you ever want to take the kids back for a free view of the statue, the Staten Island ferry drives right by it. The boats are big and if it’s not rush hour, you’ll have it to yourself. Just go on a day the subways are working :)

  43. Anne

    Oh sweet Samson always smiling! So cute

  44. Samson is so cute. Seriously he is the smiliest little guy. I’ve never been to the statue of liberty. Jealous haha.

  45. How fun! When I was in NY in July we tried to go to see Lady Liberty but there was a 4 hour wait for the ferry.. not down. We took the free ferry to Staten Island instead and still got a great view of the city though!

  46. I went to the Statues of Liberty as a child and it’s still a favorite memory. My husband and I recently relocated from CA to return to my southern roots and I can’t wait until I can take my eldest on a train ride up to NYC. She says the Statue is on her list of things to do. :)

  47. Brooke

    Your family is such an inspiration to me! Beautiful pictures, I love seeing the bright smiles on everyones faces!

  48. stacia

    where did you get your hat. on the look out for one and that one fits the bill.

  49. jason

    “Stalkier?” I think you mean stockier. Spell check — it’s your friend.

  50. Sherlyn


    Would love to know where u got ur hat from?
    Love the shade of tan!


  51. Meredith

    Ditto the above comment about your hat — cute and keeps the wrinkles away.

  52. Gem

    Those kids of yours! Too blimen delicious! x