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The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThisThe Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThisThe Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

The Mama Bears Montauk Point Lighthouse Long Island Summer Travel with KidsPinThis

 

When we first moved to Long Island a few years ago we were strangers to suburbia. Like a couple of proverbial fish out of water, the jump from the five boroughs into the two counties east of NYC may as well have been cross-country for all we knew of our new surroundings.

Over were our days of subways and buses, bodegas and street carts. No more bustle of activity in the ethnic alcoves of Corona, Flushing or Jamaica- childhood stomping grounds. Suffolk county was now our home and we meant to familiarize ourselves with every last bit of it.

Pretty quickly, through non-stop exploring with the kiddos,  we developed a few die-hard favorites including the Old Westbury Gardens, Avalon Park, and this old gem right here- the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

We first visited when the littles were still toddling around in diapers. That time we simply explored the grounds, taking pictures and having a picnic lunch down on the beach at the foot of the lighthouse, the fishing boats passing slowly by out on the horizon. We’ve visited other lighthouses since then, but we love coming back to this Long Island staple whenever we can.

The last time we visited, our toddler days were well behind us. This time we explored the museum as well and learned a few interesting things that I will naturally share with you! Did you know that it’s the oldest lighthouse in New York and was authorized by President George Washington in 1792! I just love the history we have right here on Long Island!

We also made the climb to the very top for the first time for some absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean, Montauk Point State Park and Camp Hero State Park. It’s a perfect place to enjoy the inherent tranquility of the water and the character of this sleepy fishing village. Before leaving we had to make time for our tradition, of course- another picnic lunch sitting on the shore in the shadow of this Montauk treasure.

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The Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThis

The Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThisThe Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThis

The Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThisThe Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThis

The Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThisThe Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThis

The Mama Bears Katia Fratticci Photography Summer 5 Year Old Girl Sunset on the Beach SessionPinThis

 

Sea Garden Ruffle Swimsuit :: Lands End  |  Nail Polish :: Essie  |  Tutu :: TreviAveCo

Last month, my vivacious little niece came to visit for the week and instantly filled our house with a charm and wit that is all her own. As expected, all four of our cubs were absolutely thrilled to have an extra playmate to help fill their long summer days. Together they made up stories, put on dance performances for us, veritably took over the local playground by day, and cuddled with a blanket over a good movie by night.

The week’s shenanigans flew by so quickly that it was hard to stop sometimes and take it all in. To slow down. Nonetheless, in all the ways that matter, it was enough. Enough time to breathe new life into my appreciation for family, for closeness, and for the grounding effect that these bonds have on us. Enough time to make even more memories that will last a lifetime. Enough time to strengthen bonds that had been created generations before any of us were even here.

Having this little darling around also reminded me of one thing that I find so incredibly fascinating, and that is the way that all children seem to carry around an inherent and irrepressible brand of magic that is all their own. No matter who they are or where they’re from, it’s a part of them that they can’t help but share with everyone around them. So on one of our evenings together, I thought I’d steal away for an hour or two, just the two of us and a sunset on the beach. We headed to beautiful West Meadow Beach where I intended to capture this innocence and openness and share it through a photo essay. I wanted to see this bold-faced optimism and zest for life laid bare before the camera. And she gave me just that.

I came away with a perfect little moment in time with this little love to look back on forever.