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As much as I loved our vacation, it’s been so nice to be back. As we were driving through New Jersey and saw Manhattan’s skyline in the distance, I said to Jeff, “I still can’t believe we live there.” And it’s true. Just like I sometimes can’t believe that I am responsible for caring for the well-being of two to three people every day of my life, I sometimes can’t believe that I get to live in what I consider the greatest city on earth.

Was it nice to have a deck while we were in Avalon and to have so much space that we didn’t see the kids (but could still hear them and knew/guess they were safe)? Yes. But at this point in our lives I wouldn’t trade our lives for any of it. We’re so happy living in the city and all that it has to offer us on any given day. But the one thing I will say is that experiencing something so different from our urban existence really amplifies how beautiful nature is. One morning in Avalon, Jeff and I set our alarm and got up early to watch the sunrise on the beach. It was magnificent. The way the sun slowly rose and drenched the ocean and the sky orange and purple and red and blue – I’ll never forget it. Diving under powerful waves and digging our feet in the sand – so amazing.

But a week away from our city also amplifies its beauty. Yesterday morning we rode our bikes over the Brooklyn Bridge. Riding towards the Manhattan skyline with the wind in our faces and our Brooklyn home right behind us – that’s magic right there.

We spent yesterday doing city stuff. We took the boys to an amazing playground near Chelsea Piers.

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Then we walked the Highline. We met a friendly drummer named Arthur who gave the boys balloons. They chased them up and down the Highline.

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Until one popped. Holy drama.

Then the boys napped by the Hudson River.

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After naps we kept riding and stumbled upon more fun playgrounds.

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We rode down to the Battery and checked out the new “Underwater Carousel.” It looked so fun. But the one hour long wait did not. However, hot dogs and brats did.

Then we took the water taxi to Redhook. A total highlight for the boys who are way into boats right now.

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We played and ate shrimp and drank beer at Brooklyn Crab and returned home way past bedtime.

Today we stayed local and let the boys ride their bikes/scooters/whatnot.

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Then we ate bagels on our stoop and talked to our neighbors.

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Tomorrow it’s back to business and every day life. I’m looking forward to it.

It’s good to be home.

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