Summer: You had me at Aloha

Even though summer just officially started, I've been on "summer mode" since my mom visited at the end of May. Yay for Abuela-Time! 

Here's our wish list of what we'd like to do in the next few months while the days are long:

  • Friday Night Picnics in Carl Shurz
  • Panama City Beach, FL with Family (it's been 8 years since we've been there, can't wait!)
  • Make homemade ice cream and host neighbors
  • Have Sangria with friends
  • Hear the Philharmonic play at Central Park
  • Have breakfast at The Palm Court
  • Visit Coney Island
  • Visit the Intrepid Museum
  • Visit the Transit Museum in Brooklyn
  • Check out the Rooftop Exhibit at the Met
  • Taste new delicious treats at the Smorgasburg in Williamsburg
  • Support our friend who will be DJing at the Ladies of Hip Hop NYC Festival  
  • Take Lucie to the Splash Pad at the Museum of Natural History
  • Dance Salsa at the Bronx Brewery
  • Go to Shakespeare in the Park (one of my favorite summer traditions) 
  • Attempt another 5 Boroughs in 1 Day adventure
  • Visit the Guggenheim - we walk by it almost every week and admire the architecure but still haven't been!

That's a long wish list, and hopefully we can do most of what's on there, if not everything. Above all, though, I know we'd really like to carve out time that helps us to rest, recharge and refuel so that we can connect with each other, our families and our friends. Days fly by and all of a sudden it's already the end of June. The to-do list is never ending filled with fun things, regular run of the mill day to day things, and big matters of responsibility, but at the end of the day, isn't it about connecting and building relationships?

When my Mom was here we had a great time being tourists with her. We went down to see The Fierce Girl statue but the Wall Street Bull. We also went to the Intrepid Museum (yay, that's one from the list), had a picnic in Central Park, went bowling and watched fun movies. It was so nice to have her in town for a few days. After she left, Lucie went around the apartment asking, "Where'd Abuela go?" If it weren't for all the stairs everywhere (and the cold winters) I think Abuela would happily move here for more Lucie time, haha!

Here's a look at the past few weeks that we've been able to enjoy and we are look

Love, Los Hicksons