I suppose I should start at the beginning. Usually the best place to start, right? After a few years in Carbondale, IL, P and I decided it might be time for a change. He began looking for jobs and was offered a position in New York. And we took it!!! We became Queens, NY’s newest residents in September.

What a ride it has been! We arrived late Monday night and took a taxi from JFK to our new place in Queens. Fortunately, we got a mini-van taxi because we had several LARGE bags, two strollers, a car seat, 4 carry-on pieces, and a diaper bag. Oh, and a 10 month old who just went through a cross-country, 5 hour flight. He was a champ.

Arriving late at night to JFK

P found the house through some colleagues and signed the lease before I ever saw it. So, I was moving into a house, unseen. We totally lucked out, though. The house has many of the amenities that one might worry they would lose when moving to a city, including our own washer/dryer and a dishwasher.

I should stop here and acknowledge a MAJOR absence. Where are the Beast and the Diva? Rest assured, they are still a part of our family. P and I are very lucky to have some generous, and animal-loving, friends and family. The Diva is spending the summer and fall at Grandma’s house in Illinois and the Beast is spending two months at a dear friend’s house in CA. She has three kids, so I’m pretty sure he’s having a good time. They will both be joining us in a few weeks.

Beast loving it at A’s house

My one concern is that they are going to try and turn him into a Giants fan. We can’t have that. 😉

So, back to NY! We’re here and I certainly still feel overwhelmed and nervous. P really likes his new job, so that does help ease some of the concern about being here. The Monster and I are in a few Mommy and Me and Playgroups, and are meeting other babies and toddlers. There is no shortage of little ones in our neighborhood.

While the last month has been focused on settling in, we’ve still managed to go do some quintessential New York things. Namely, go to Central Park and Central Park Zoo.

Monster in Central Park

Taking it all in in Central Park

I love the park! There are so many things to watch and incredible people-watching. But it also provides a nice respite from the city around it. One thing we’ve checked out is the Central Park Zoo. P’s sister gave us a family membership as a bday/moving gift. After our first use, we realized what a valuable gift it really is. We joked/really mean it when we say that the membership is probably something we’ll have to factor in our yearly budget.

Monster and Daddy next to the Seals at Central Park Zoo

The Family Premium Membership gives free admission to two adults and all kids in the household to all of the major zoos in NYC. Plus there are a bunch of other free goodies, such as free parking, admission to education programs, and a free shirt! (Who doesn’t love a free shirt?) Thanks B and family for the very thoughtful and useful gift!