I’ve lived in NYC for nearly five years and somehow took all that time to visit the famous Bronx Zoo. Thanks to encouragement from my brother-in-law, we made plans to take all of the kids a few weeks ago.
For the last two years, our family has visited the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, and with our visit this year, I think we can officially call this one of our family traditions.
The holiday season is a hectic, stressful time for a lot of us. I’ve certainly had years when I was overwhelmed by holiday parties, gift shopping and failed attempts at trying to send out Christmas cards. I generally look forward to the week after Christmas when things actually slow down.
But this year, I’m setting an intention to make things different. I think what I’ve lacked most in the past year is a clear game plan for how I want to enjoy and soak up the goodness of the holiday season. In essence, I want to feel more in control of the holiday season instead of feeling like it has control over me.
Have you heard of or been to Storm King Art Center? It had been on my radar for awhile, but it certainly had a moment of gaining mass recognition for people even outside of NYC when it was featured in an episode of the show Master of None earlier this year.
Last Friday, Jordan and I rented a car and drove an hour and 15 minutes north of the city to make our first visit there. And while I can’t compare our visit to one we’d make during another time of the year, I’m very confident that nothing could be as magical as visiting Storm King Art Center in the height of the fall.
On Saturday I turned 35, and Jordan went out of his way to make the day really special. It started with breakfast in bed (of which, Jameson ate half), and it ended with having family and close friends over for dinner. And in between, we took a day trip to a place I’d been wanting to visit for awhile — Bushkill Falls.