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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 Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThis

The Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThis

The Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThisThe Mama Bears Gardening with Littles Spring Plants Long IslandPinThis

 

There was a time when the idea of plopping my littles down in front of a pile of dirt and seed packets was inconceivable. Inevitably that dirt would have been snatched up by chubby little fingers and ingested with gusto. Those little packets? They would have been jiggled around vigorously like maracas- their contents flying all over the yard within seconds. I say this with all the certainty in the world because, of course, we all know that babies and gardening just don’t mix.

But that was then. Now, of course, not only is some time spent working in nature possible, it’s damn near necessary in this era of Vitamin-D deficiency. Spring is here, the sun is out- it’s time to get busy, and busy we were last week when we planted some seeds together in the backyard. Now I’m not talking any serious landscape design considerations or tree/hedge plantings here, just simple container gardening that any little this age can do.

I gave them each their own little galvanized steel buckets and we shared a community bag of dirt and a smattering of seeds. Then, using the skills they so conveniently picked up over the years at Benner’s Farm, we got to work planting sunflowers, organic cherokee purple tomatoes, organic romaine lettuce, organic melon, and organic peas. And how’d they do? Great! We got to laugh and talk and be outside on a beautiful sunny day, but most of all, they got to feel the sense of purpose that comes with working with your hands and a sense of ownership and pride in their own home in the process as well.

Gone may be the days of hyper vigilance and baby-proofing all of my most treasured worldly goods, but these days that’s been happily replaced with sharing. We share with them everything from stories about their families to household chores. We patiently/nervously stand by and let them pillage our closets and makeup drawers and commandeer our car radios. All in an effort to help them grow. The best things to share? Our hobbies and favorite physical pursuits.

Sometimes it’s rollerblading together, sometimes it’s a ball game with all the fixings. This time…it was gardening. I got to share with my cubs a favorite activity that is relatively new to me as well but that brings out the very best in me whenever I do it. And I think that’s because it feels so good, as a parent, to get a little of yourself back after motherhood has begun. Each new piece of the old you that you regain access to as your baby grows older feels like a little victory, doesn’t it? These recovered pursuits are reminders of who we are behind the mommy mask we wear around the clock- of the things that make us who we are, and the directions in which we’d like to head.