After an action packed December trip to India and a couple of weeks of adjusting to timing differences we had a long MLK day weekend upon us. We had not planned anything for this long three day weekend. Really, were we going to do nothing? And we decided to try it out, a 3 day relaxing retreat in our own house doing practically nothing.
The first thing I did before Friday ended was go stock up the fridge. We ate home made meals, as a family, all three days, except for one lunch outing. Devam made his own egg omelet, all by himself, and was very proud of it. We played board games, computer games, did painting, read books and lounged in our pajamas. Devam finished his outstanding homework without any time delays or parental involvement. We conversed about our favorite moments from the recent trip to India, shared personal stories from our past and discussed diverse topics including Indian mythology. Devam had received his kid power band from Unicef, essentially a pedometer, and was able to complete the 1000 steps required to donate one food packet to the needy.
At the end of the three days, we collectively felt like we will miss this vacation, our three day retreat in the warmth of our own house. Sometimes it’s great to aim to do nothing and discover ourselves in the process.
Hope you all had a fabulous long weekend just like we did!
An easy 2.5 hours drive from the city, Hunter is a great ski destination for the entire family. You have the option to make it a day trip or stay overnight at the wonderful Kaatskill Mountain Club. I would give it an A+ for skiing, an B for overnight stay, B+ for rental gear and a C for food.
I would suggest you pre-rent ski’s, pre purchase your ski pass prior to arrival at Hunter. It is fast to get your rentals if you contracts are printed and ready. If traveling with a tot I suggest you start skiing early in the morning and then take a breakfast break at 10:00AM at the Main Lodge. I would even recommend bringing your entire days food rather than eating here. While there are plenty of food options they are somewhat unhealthy and food courts get very busy at lunch time. Get back on the slopes and enjoy till 2:00PM. Grab a quick snack and hit the mountains till 4.00PM. If you can stay till 6:00pm, you can enjoy snow tubing outside the Kaatskill Mountain Club. They have long runs, fast runs, fun runs and runs for toddlers. After all the fun drive out to the town center – enjoy a somewhat healthy dinner and head back to NYC.
As 2013 comes to an end I wish to change the tone of this blog site based on my experience in the last year. 2013 has been a busy year for all of us. It has been a year of uncertainty and surprises. We have all worked hard to figure out the best course for the upcoming years.
This holiday season we choose to stay home, we choose to not pack our bags but rather take a break in our own comforts. When tots turn 4 years old – there is an amazing transformation. They desire social interactions with kids their age and with other families. This is the start of their life journey, they need a sense of belonging and they are building a small world of their own. Their immediate family and the other families that they often meet and see are becoming their world. It is so amazing to see them relate to others in their own simple and small ways.
Our holiday break itinerary:
Play date with a new friend and visit a museum
One day sports camp
Christmas with our close friends
Pajama party with friends and movie night
Day at the office with daddy
Day trip to a ski destination (still to take please in the upcoming 3 days)
Spent a lot of time with daddy – making up for lost time in 2013
We will be spending the rest of our 3 days planning our one special vacation for the year, the books we would like to read, the day trips we would like to make in and around NYC and the few changes we would like to make to our lives to make 2014 a special year.
Sometimes it might be worth enjoying what you have around you. As our tots continues to grow older I feel like we all need time to explore our immediate world and the people that make our world so special. Take our time to appreciate, to internalize and to thank our close and dear ones for making this life journey so pleasant.
We wish you all a Happy New Year and don’t forget to plan a special vacation for the coming year. Do share your plans with us so we can blog about it.
This year we decided to not travel, to stay back home to relax and take it easy. I am thus going to write on a topic that is not about traveling. It is about everyday life.
It is so easy to tell a tot that he / she is wrong but are we able to equally appreciate everything they are doing right? My recent experience with my four year old has taught me a very important lesson on building confidence. As most Asian moms I started teaching my son to read this past summer. We do 5 pages of reading and some writing everyday. It is a bit taxing for him and like most four year old boys he would get easily distracted, loose patience and want to do be doing something else instead. About two days ago I started to tell him that we need not do this work as he has become a reading expert. I told him that he had gained super reading powers. Given his obsession with Super Heroes currently he surely made a note of this. It is day 3 and he asked me if he could do some reading today. It was the first day I did not probe him and he finished reading 5 pages in 3 minutes without any help at all.
Tots teach you important lessons everyday. Instill a bit of confidence in a person and he will soar. Its almost like filling air in a balloon. Though be careful to not fill too much to create a sense of overconfidence.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year