Mason really loves Owl's Head park and the pier in Bay Ridge. So, we went and had a picnic, and walked the pier (which has some really nice views of lower Manhattan and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge).
We aren't sure what's in store yet for this weekend, but we'll definitely be going over the list tomorrow for some ideas!
|View of the Verrazano Narrows bridge from the 69th street pier in Bay Ridge,|
In other news, it's crazy how much gear we got rid of in the move (like a second car),but had to get once we got here and actually started living day-to-day life. For instance, back in Danbury we got rid of Ethan's strollers. We drove everywhere and walked very rarely, so they just weren't needed. We attempted to live without them here, but quickly realized it wasn't going to happen; we walk a lot. And sometimes pretty far. It's hard on those little 4 year old legs, so we caved and bought not one but two strollers: one larger jogging stroller for long walks or jogs, and a smaller umbrella stroller for the subways and small stores.
Another buy was rain gear. We never needed it before--maybe just an umbrella would do the trick. Now, after actually walking in the rain, it was realized we really needed some rain boots, jackets, and a decent umbrella.
I bought myself a backpack for the first time in about 20 years. Now I know why so many people seemed to have them on when it was obvious they weren't going to class--it's because it basically acts as your car trunk and you can cram everything in it and be hands-free.
Our most recent purchase was scooters. Mason and Hannah noticed everywhere we went, every kid seemed to have a scooter. They started to feel left out, especially when some of their new friends would meet us at the park riding one. I used to see all the kids on them here when we visited, but never thought much of it other than it was something fun to ride. Now I realize it's actually a necessity if you want to get somewhere quickly or have your kids not complain about how tired they are. They have been riding them today for the first time and have been pretty good with them.
It's definitely been an adjustment for all of us. From our place of residence down to rain gear, everything has changed. It's all so different, yet it fits like a glove. And I'm so proud of the kids. This was a tough move. Danbury was all they knew. Connecticut was their home that they loved. They still miss their old house and backyard (I miss the backyard too, but mostly for my sanity). But here they are and they are diving right in and adjusting to this new urban life.