While it appears Old Man Winter has arrived in most cities, we here in New York are still experiencing some extended fall-ish weather. The ‘ish’ meaning that we can still enjoy outside activities without our tears or snot freezing when we step outside the front door. As long as the winter bite hasn’t set in yet, it’s fair game to be outside all day before we all head into hibernation mode through April.
The beauty of living where we are in Brooklyn, is that most everything we could leisurely desire to do during the weekend is within walking distance for us. I’ve found this extremely beneficial since having children and your world becomes a bit smaller in scope since you can’t exactly galavant around the city from sunrise to… well, sunrise… like we did pre-children.
Recently, when I find myself needing some fresh air, space and some exploring options for Parker, we head straight for Prospect Park. I have a whole route and system to our park dates. If my husband is reading this, he is likely rolling his eyes as I have a routine and system for most things that he finds a) adorable/funny or b) likely frustrating.
First… coffee. Always. Then, it’s no park date without snacks on snacks, so we swing by our local grocery store and grab our favorite bites. We stock up on everything from hummus, crackers, cheese, grapes, pretzels, salami… snacky things. Since I have zero self control when it comes to flowers, I always do a drive by just to see what they have available for the weekend… I probably just bought fresh flowers yesterday, but ya know, just in case!
On our latest visit over the weekend, we ran into the farmer’s market that pops up at Grand Army Plaza. It’s really one of the best I’ve seen in the city, aside from Union Square (obvi), and always has a vast selection of meats, cheese, baked goods, flowers, dried lavender, veggies… all the things. What usually happens is when I’m not looking, Eric sneaks Parker over to the bakery stand and they snag a donut to share. I know this because Parker is terrible at keeping secrets and equally terrible at wiping the evidence away from her mouth.
If you haven’t noticed by now, we are test driving the newest Bugaboo Donkey Weekender and I’m quite smitten. Since we live in a city where your stroller is like your minivan, I geek out over stroller talk like some guys would over car talk. For starters, just look at that cognac faux leather trim and handle bar. Gah! The blue-grey denim style fabric gives it a refreshing and super stylish look. I’ve never had so many people stare or stop and ask me what stroller I’m using before. Quite the conversation starter! Want to meet new mom friends? Get this stroller!
She drives like a dream and easily maneuvers through the tiny shop doors and aisles of stores here. Which is a big deal since you don’t want to be that mom who’s ramming into door frames and clogging up the shopping aisles. I’ve been guilty of that before. But in my opinion, the best part is the sidecar style bag. I’m an options girl. I like to have them. With this setup, you have the option to store things in the under basket or you literally have the storage equivalent of a carry on item in the side luggage bag. Maybe to some that isn’t important, but for those of us who need the space of a cargo van in our stroller, this is super helpful when it comes to packing up everything we need for a whole day out and about. Plus, it’s easily accessible to grab things on the go and I don’t have to bend down and dig through my bag to find keys/phone/wallet/snacks/water/sunglasses… you name it.
So how did our picnic go? Well, once we got to the park, we scored the perfect spot under the brightest tree and Parker was in awe. It was pretty cute! Sidney Sloane finally woke up, so she got to play in the leaves and do other ridiculously cute baby things. I have a feeling this was our last outing to the park this season before it gets super cold and uncomfortable. I'm glad we were able to do it as a family!