Spring in New York this year is a joke. Just like winter was pretty much a joke this past season…and fall, too, for that matter. We swore up and down we weren’t going to be those people that consistently complain about their duty stations, but we have to admit that New York really isn’t the state for us. Weather completely aside, this state reminds me so much of New Jersey and why I wanted so badly to move when I went to college. They regulate everything. From my pregnancy, to daycare restrictions, to taxes and more, everything is so militant here, and it makes us actually miss the days of sunshine and laid-back life in Arizona.
With our time here ticking away though, we know it’s not forever. In 9 months, Ryan will have to deploy again, I’ll be single momming it with two little Moores, and our time in NY really will have an end in sight. Frankly, we know we’ll be moving around 2018, so we’re starting to think about what to list as our next top three choices, and the idea of settling elsewhere is…enticing.
All that to say though, we’re doing our best to accept this state and appreciate the fluctuating weather, the wonderful neighbors, the proximity of my family and the fact that summers really are wonderful here. And, when the weather cooperates, so is spring. Spencer’s been cooped indoors far too long this winter, so when it’s not suddenly 24 degrees (like yesterday and today), we go outside and let this little man go buck wild.
We’ve also been making a point of really trying to get out – despite the bipolar weather – and do stuff so we can appreciate this state more. This past Saturday, for instance, we braved the spotty snow/rain showers, drove to Croghan and went to Yancey’s Sugarbush to see how maple syrup is made – the old-fashioned way. Spencer got to see horses, taste maple butter and play with the homestead doggies. We got to see how maple syrup is harvested by Amish horses and really experience something that’s so integral to New York.
I feel like I’ve had a sucky attitude about this state lately, but I also know some of it has had to do with some pregnancy limitations this time around. I’m excited (and terrified) to be getting to the end of this pregnancy to enjoy a beautiful summer season in New York with my little family.
I owe a lot of posts – and an upcoming feature with Jessi from Jessi’s Design – when I finally manage to get off my sulky momma booty and get things done. So, get ready for picture overload and a giveaway/feature coming soon, my friends! Spring is coming, and this momma is ready to get back to business 🙂