city living

I read once (on Vanessa’s blog!) that when you live in the city, you live in the city. Meaning…your living is done more out in the city than it’s done at home. As our kids get older, I can see more and more how true that is for us.

We have 3 family memberships right now: the zoos (which we’ve had for 3 years!), the Museum of the Moving Image (a Christmas gift for Dave which we are ALL really enjoying) and the Science Museum. (I also have a membership to Museum of Modern Art…but we don’t take the kids there…not yet.) I LOVE having these memberships. I love them because they have changed the way we go to these places. When we go we don’t need to make a whole day of it to pack in as much as we can to make the admission price worth it. We fizzle out in around two hours anyway. So, because we are members, and our admission is free, we can go for our two hour limit, only see a part of the museum and leave, well before the meltdown stage, knowing we’ll be back soon.

Having the freedom to come and go to these places and stay as long or as little as we want has made these places feel like a part of home. Instead of hanging out in our living room playing with the toys we have here, we can hang out there and play with those toys. They’ve come to feel like extensions to our living room. ;) Which, when you think about it, makes for one really rad house.

Looking through my photos and assembling this collage was pretty eye opening for me. When I printed it out I showed it to Dave and yelled “I LOVE OUR LIFE!” Making the collage also showed me that we’ve been getting much, much better at living it. And we’ve gotten MUCH better at living in the city and using its resources as best as we can.

Man, I’ve come so far. :)


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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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3 Responses to city living

  1. Mama V says:

    the city gets under your skin, doesn’t it?!

    did you know that your science museum membership gives you free access to the Transit Museum? it does, it does! wouldn’t the boys dig that?

    museum memberships are the best city bargains out there!

  2. Amy says:

    We are in far outer suburbia, but still only about 40 minutes from the CBD, and, I have to say, we do not use the resources well. Once we finish the house I would love to explore our urban environment more.

  3. Brenda says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Not sure if you still have the same email address, but I sent you a message about a trip I have scheduled to NY. Any tips about what to see or do would be great!

    Take care,
    Brenda

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