I often get asked questions about our life in the city.
“How do you get around with three kids?”
“Where do you buy groceries?”
“Do you have a car?”
“How big is your apartment?”
I used to think people were being nosy. I have come to realize people are not nosy at all, they are only curious. New York City brings a pace and lifestyle most Americans are unaccustomed to. We mostly walk everywhere or take public transportation, we live in a small 2 bedroom apartment, and my double stroller is the only way I can manage to get around with all the kids! For some it may sound crazy that we pay the kind of rent we do to live this life. Believe me, I have days I think why are we here, but most days I remember the amazing work opportunity my husband has and the experience of city life we are giving our family. Recently I feel like I have been waking around with a crush on the city. Everything she does right makes me swoon and even her most annoying traits I excuse by her charm.
Last Friday night I documented our evening around our neighborhood. Hope you enjoy!
Lately we have been packing up and going on picnic at least three times a week. Picnics have become a winner in our family. First, they are budget friendly! Picnics are a great way to feel out and about with out spending a small fortune on brunch or lunch around our house. Second, It’s great for kids. We have recently had a few restaurant melt-downs with our kids when the meal has either taken too long or they just got tired of being contained. So, we have been heading to that park a lot lately with meal in tow. Ben and I end up sitting and able to visit while George runs around and Sport does his thing.
When we went to Europe a few years back we had the most amazing picnic experience. At the advice of Rick Steves book we took a stroll through the market Rue Cler. We wondered through the market getting cheese, meats, chocolate, and a bottle of wine. Next he recommended going to a park in the city and making a picnic. We chose to sit on a bench in front of the Eiffel Tower. We had some amazing meals in Paris, but one of our favorites was the lunch we had in front of the Eiffel Tower.
When Ben’s parents recently visited, we could not think of a better way to show them Central Park then a picnic in front of the Jackie Kennedy Reservoir.
We typically just pack up peanut butter and jelly sandwiches but in an effort to be healthier we have been doing caprese sliders.
All I did was toast the slider buns with a little bit of olive oil and salt. Then layer thinly sliced tomato, fresh mozzarella, and a piece of basil. Very simple and really good!
How do you like to picnic?
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Everyone’s favorite part of the week should be the weekend, right? I had no clue I could love the weekend anymore then I already did until we moved to New York City. Even though we love our house in Alabama, which we still own and rent out, we do not miss the work that was required to keep it up on the weekends. You see we had a large, high maintenance yard and a large house to clean. Since we have been married Saturday mornings for the most part have been work days. So for this season of life it is really nice to be in a low maintenance living situation. We simply wake up on Saturday, drink our coffee and decide where we want to go exploring.
Right outside our front door.
As you can see, we spent much of our weekend in Riverside Park.
Saturday morning we went to the library for toddler story time. Sunday we headed to church with a friend and then spent the afternoon in Greenwich Village.
One of my biggest worries about moving to New York was that in the hustle and bustle of city life we end up spending less time as a family. What I have found is we get more quality time together in the city. We are having the most amazing experiences and creating memories as a family that will last for a lifetime.
Of course there are many reasons to love New York City, but one that I love as a mother of small children are all the wonderful kid-friendly museums! A friend recommended that we get the NYC ID after moving to the city. It is basically an ID for people living in New York City. This is not just any ID though, because it allows you to get into many museums for free! Since getting our ID, we have been hitting up the Museum of Natural History weekly. All I have to do is show my ID and voila, we have our tickets. I went to this museum on a family vacation and a few times since then when visiting the city. I must say I have come a log way from laughing at the naked Indian statues as a preteen with my sister and have a new appreciation for the history of our world as I watch my almost three year old’s eyes light up at each exhibit. We recently took my in-laws to the museum on their visit to the city. They loved it but had to have the mind-set that they would come back because it is far to big to see in one day!
Here are a few pictures from a recent visit.
What are your favorite museums to visit in the city?
Loaded up and ready to go. Queue… “you see me rollin”
He watched the whole movie on coral!
Little man taking it all in.
What’s better than a trip to the museum? A trip to the musuem followed by hot chocolate at Le Pain Quotidien and walking up Central Park West to the Diana Ross Playground!
I would say we had a great day! See you next week Museum.
P.s. If you plan to visit the city with kids… scope out where the play grounds are. There are tons of playgrounds in the city. It’s a great way for you to people watch and the kiddos to play out some energy for a good stroller nap!
It’s been a little over seven weeks since we packed up our house in Alabama and I boarded a plane for New York City. After an airport send off with family and tears, I was headed to the Big Apple with two children under the age of two in tow and a heart full of anticipation and excitement. Waiting on the other end of our flight was my husband who had just started his new job (which is what brought us to the city) and began to unpack our new two bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side.
We arrived at LaGuardia, grabbed our suitcases, hopped in a carseatless taxi (Crazy right? The city of New York is exempt from state child restrain laws), and headed for our apartment. As we turned onto Central Park West, George opened his eyes from a hard sleep in my lap and said, “that’s Central Park.” That little boy was correct; he had placed his eyes for the first time on glorious Central Park, which would soon become a part of our daily routine. Let’s just call it our backyard, in the middle of the city.
We have had a busy seven weeks with adjusting to living in a small space, not having a car, using public transportation, meeting new people, exploring, walking thousands of steps a day, eating more pizza then I can count and relearning our day to day functions in our new urban jungle. When my husband was initially offered this opportunity we thought the timing was off. We said things like, “our kids are too young, we will do it when they are older.” On the contrary, if we would have waited till our kids were older to make a big move like this, we would have never done it; and also, what an amazing adventure to take as a family. Secondly we said, “why would we want to leave our large yard and settled house.” I have to say this was the biggest one for me. I loved our house in Alabama and the thought of leaving it was tough. My outlook on our housing situation has completely changed. First, we do not spend a ton of time in our apartment. We typically wake up, eat breakfast, watch the Today Show and hit the pavement. We have traded space for experience. In a city with so much to see and do it’s hard to stay inside. Last week we had a day we stayed inside all day and I told Ben I had total FOMO (fear of missing out). I think a retired New York City police officer we met in the park playing with his grandson said it best. As I was telling him all the major adjustments we are experiencing and the major differences between Alabama and living here, he stopped me and said, “young lady do you realize you live in the greatest city in the world.”
I completely stopped talking, sat back and said to myself, “shut up Lindsey, you are living in the greatest city in the world.” As I have shared before we are movers but we have never embarked on anything as life changing and as self growing as this. I look forward to documenting and sharing our experiences with you.
So while I am not “Strolling Through the South (bear with us, we know we need a new name),”I am embarking on an adventure with my precious husband and two babies in the city that never sleeps and what some call the greatest city in the world. We are still sisters divided by distance and sharing our experiences together. So for now I will crank up the You’ve Got Mail soundtrack and plan out what new city adventure we will embark on tomorrow. Take a listen to my new city girl theme song below.