June was a month full of celebration. I had a birthday and a dear friend got married. I also traveled.
First, I went to Philadelphia for a baseball game with my son. We had a list of food items to try, like cheese steak, crab fries and Beilers donuts.
Then, we were off to Montreal in search of crepes, poutine and the Montreal bagel.
I’m already packing for our next outing…
The month of May has been a blur due to the flurry of events that I attended. First up, the Junior Committee event for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. I served on the event committee and it was a fun night at the Dream Hotel – Midtown with food, drinks, games and a silent auction.
Thanks to a friend, I attended a black tie event at Pier 60 for the New York Urban League. A part of the greater National Urban League, the organization has an impact on communitues of color ranging from educational programming to job readiness.
Last, I attended a fundraiser for my son’s school. I served on the committee for this special year, our long-time head of school is retiring. The event took place at the American Museum of Natural History. We had dinner under the whale and danced next to the dioramas.
Such fun and all for a great cause!
This month was quite busy, but fun. Spring gala season is in full swing and this year my husband and I co-chaired the New York fundraiser for Help Us Adopt. Funds raised that night will help make adoption more accessible for dozens of families. The organization celebrated 10 years of building families this year and we were honored to be a part of this milestone.
I have to admit that March has been a bit of a blur. Work, home and life are at full pace. I’m teaching, chasing deadlines, planning playdates and clinging to my social life (can’t forget about hubby and friends). I’m tired and currently surviving on coffee, ambition and dreams of warmer climates.
This month, my travel plans fell through. I was a bit down about it at first, but have too much on my plate at the moment to fully relax. So, I stayed at home in NYC.
While at a dinner party, the hostess encouraged me to take a look at the view from her terrace. I snapped photos from every angle that I could. Instagram worthy staycations aren’t so bad.
This month has been jam packed with work, but I still managed to sneak away to one of my favorite places, the Grande Lakes resort. Although I only had a couple of days there, I made the most of warm weather and amazing service.
We had delicious meals, a day at a Disney Park and plenty of time to explore the hotel. My son enjoyed the new decor and play area at the Kids Club (Ritz Carlton). By staying at the JW Marriott, we were closer to the lazy river and had a relaxing final day floating around the pool before heading home.
Now, we plan spring break…
January has been quite busy. I re-entered the classroom, became acquainted with my students and adjusted to the workload. It feels good to be settled.
Lately, I’ve been planning upcoming travel and preparing notes to speak at the New York Times Travel Show. I was asked by the Family Travel Association to join a panel and I gladly accepted.
This weekend, I nervously entered the stage of the Family Travel Pavilion for the panel discussion. My husband and son were there to support me and once I started talking about my family’s love of travel–I felt calm.
I can’t wait to share my upcoming travels with you! I’ll be sure to post my latest published work on all social media accounts. Until then, safe travels.
It has been a while since my last post, but I couldn’t let 2016 go without a final note. The year was busy and exciting for me with life events (15th anniversary) and a career shift (I’m a teacher–again!). Throughout it all, I continue to write about my love of family travel and I hope you’ve come across my recent articles and posts.
This year, I traveled to some old and new favorite destinations. In the coming year I look forward to continuing my travels, writing more and sharing it all with you. Before the new year, I wanted to share one more roadtrip from 2016.
For Christmas, my husband and I decided to give our son the gift of experiences. So, with mild weather, limited French and a longing to escape– we drove to Montréal. Midway, we stopped in Saratoga Springs for lunch then continued on to the Canadian border. Once cleared, we headed to our hotel in Old Montreal.
Our few days in this beautiful city were fully booked. We took a bus tour, visited the Olympic Park, the Biodome, Planetarium and Science Center. We had many delicious meals and treats in between. It was so enjoyable to experience French culture just hours away from home. More to come in 2017…