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Headed to The Burbs

You might remember one of my posts on checking out of the city for summer weekends. We did just that last weekend!  We were invited to New Paltz, a small quaint town at the base of the Catskills, by our friends Pete and Cindy.  We were really looking forward to seeing them and dodging town.  Going to their home always feels like a mini vacation with great margs, amazing views, solitude of the country, fun conversations, and an evening fire (with s’mores!) under the smog free stars.  This city dweller forgets how beautiful a star filled sky can be.  Wish we could get here more often.  Why wish, lets make it happen!

Thought I would share a couple photos from our weekend.

Couldn’t resist a walk in the neighborhood.  Look at that Catskill view!  Always fun to walk by and admire the perfect homes, with the perfectly manicured endless lawns, perfect vacation-like backyards, and I’m sure the perfect family is laughing and sipping tea inside.  Okay, I might be dreaming just a little again, but the area is gorgeous and we did spot several deer frolicking through the yards!  Ha!  It did seem a little fairytaleish.

Then we had a delicious brunch with omelets, bacon, cider donuts, fresh berries, bloody marys and mimosas.   All this while over looking the Catskills on their terrace!  We certainly are starting the day off right!  Oh how I dread to leave.  If we moved into the guest bedroom do you think they would notice?

However, Maddie might blow our cover.  This almost perfect weekend had a minor glitch.  No baby proofing!  Chasing Maddie around was not easy and look where I found her!  Who knew she could climb so well.  We might have a future Catskills rock climber on our hands.

Wish we didn’t have to say good-bye to the weekend, but always nice to get home as well.  I have to say, this city girl does see herself in a country house someday or somewhere with open space.  Maybe I’ll settle for a home on a vineyard or beachfront property!  Not asking for too much, right?  Or, I might have to resort to pinning my five acre beachfront property!!  Either way, I think city living and having a family has caused me to appreciate the beauty of a rural lifestyle a lot more.

Where would your dream house be located?  Please tell!  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,



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  1. julie says:

    Looks beautiful. Madison sure is growing and getting mobile. Time to stay on top of that cutie.

  2. Deb says:

    Would be fun to get Madison and Gavin together, they would have so much fun! Madison has gotten so big! Like you said, it’s a busy age! We took Gavin camping, you think of camping as relaxing, right? We were exhausted from chasing him around….lots of “no-no’s” in nature! ha,ha

    • Amy Fechner says:

      HA! Sometimes trips and outings sound like a good idea, but Wow (!) can they be more exhausting than fun. Camping, so many place to run and explore! xo

  3. Deb says:

    What inspires me? CHILDREN, and what we adults can learn from them.

    Yesterday Tiffany and Gavin (Gavin is 19 months old) were out and about and a family was walking towards them and they had a little boy with them who was no older than 3. He and Gavin walked right up to each other and gave a big hug then said, “BYE “. It was so precious! Imagine if everyone was that loving and friendly!

    • Amy Fechner says:

      Awe, so very sweet!! Yes what a world it would be…can you imagine, HA! Maddie has me seeing the world through a whole new set of eyes :) Thanks for sharing Deb! xo

  4. Lourdes says:

    Sounds like you had a great time. The pictures you took look great. Did you take photography classes? Maddie is growing so fast, she’s so cute!
    We have been trying to keep the girls busy this summer. We have been going to different places every weekend. We’ve gone to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Santa Cruz, Camping, State parks, Funworks, movies, swimming and to Gilroy Gardens like 3 times. It’s been a lot of fun, but I can’t wait to take a vacation without kids!

    • Amy Fechner says:

      Wow, you all have been getting around this summer! How fun Disneyland and Universal Studios!!! I can’t wait to take Maddie. I hear you…vacationing without kids…hope to very soon!! Thanks for sharing! xo

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