This is where I write about trying to balance it all - motherhood, working full time and feeding my family the cheapest, healthiest and most local food I can find. Working full time does not mean that you need to eat processed, unheathly food and be stressed out. It's all about the balance.
Als ich wisse das Morgen der Erde enden wuerde, immernoch wurd ich mein Apfelbaum pflanzen.
Even if I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther
"Factory work's easier on the back, and I don't mind it, understand, but a man becomes what he does. Got to watch that. That's why I keep at farmin' although the crops haven't ever throve. It's the doin' that's important." Madison Wheeler in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon
We love this museum! It is one of our very favorite places in New York. I've taken the kids to the city three times, and each time we've spent time exploring this gem of a museum. This time we attempted to find "characters" from Night at the Museum. There is so much to see - avoid buying too many add ons. You are able to choose a pay what you will price, but you need to do that at a ticket counter.
My kids love to run and climb. When we visit Manhatten we stay with a childless friend so it's important to give my two some space to be crazy. I can't think of a better place than Central Park. I try to make a point of walking through the park when we can so that they can blow off some steam. There are excellent rocks to climb, wide paths for silly running, and most of the park (at least in mid-town) is very clean and safe.
We spent a day at The Met - concentrating mainly on the Egypt, Arms and Armory and American Impressionist sections. If you go be sure to pay the extra $5 for the audio tour. The kids loved it - most of the exhibits had extra information, pictures and sometimes even videos. Perfect to get kids engaged with the artwork. Plan to spend the whole day. For lunch, there are some excellent cafes inside the museum, or you could hit up one of the food trucks which is always parked outside.
Two floors of all the kinds of candy your kids can dream of - just be careful - it's sold by the pound and you don't weigh the candy until you're ready to purchase.
See a Show
This time we went to see Les Miserables. My kids loved it because they're familiar with both the book and the musical. However, some parts can be graphic. I've also taken them to see Wicked and The Lion King is next on our list.
The kids and I got in one last ski trip before spring completely took over. We went to a ski area in a state park which meant cheaper skiing, but only an older two person lift. That combined with the tricky spring snow conditions in many places (mud, sticks, grass, ice, slush, water, rocks) meant that I had a good portion of the evening to get caught up in my own thoughts.
On one of the last runs down I started to think that skiing is a lot like life...
1) You never really know how many runs you'll get in before your time runs out.
2) Sometimes the conditions are terrible, sometimes they're wonderful, but what really makes it a good day is being there together.
3) If you relax and remember to breathe even the hard parts get easier.
4) It's good to wait for each other - that way you can help pick each other up if you fall.
5) If you go too fast you get out of control.
So long ski season 2016 - here's hoping there's snow in November.
Not a picture of this year. We were on the slopes more than any other season and I forgot to take pictures every single time.