Each year my kids go off to camp for the week and my husband and I take a staycation. We stay at home in our quiet and clean house and enjoy the local sites without having to pay for babysitting!
What’s really cool about living in New York is that there is so much to do. You’ve got the Pocono Mountains in the North, the beaches on the Jersey and Long Island Shore, and of course Manhattan with the Broadway shows and shopping!
In the summer there are always free concerts and outdoor performances. The best advice I got when moving to New York was to “live like a tourist.”
Isn’t it true that people that come to visit your area get to do the best things? So we figured, instead of leaving New York for vacation we would try and discover and enjoy the wonderful gems of our area. We had a great time!!
I have to admit that I really am the nerd in our family. In fact, I usually have to plan fun into our family routine or it would never happen. That is why I am so happy that I married a “fun” guy. My husband constantly fills our home with laughter while playing jokes on the family or telling his ridiculous stories of childhood.
He is big on creating memories in our home and was the one to convince me to go camping. Yes, live outside in a tent for a few days. Initially I was totally against the idea but like the crock-pot that I am, I slowly warmed up to it. I’m so glad I stepped outside of my box because now it is a Murray favorite!
Murray Camping Trip 2014
My husband and I have been married for sixteen years and I truly believe that one of our biggest marriage secrets is prayer. We both pray to God. We give thanks for all of our blessings and go to Him (frequently) whenever we encounter a struggle. But when we approach God, we don’t just talk.
We listen and receive the guidance and correction solicited. Our success lies in our belief that we actually need a power stronger than ourselves to help us when things get tough in our relationship. Marriage is hard work and we’ll take all the power and strength we can get.
Meet the Murrays
My husband Bryan works for a pharmaceutical company while I work from home writing and educating our children. I usually refer to myself as a “home manager and homeschool educator” because that is exactly what I do! We have four children: Jayda, Anaya, and my identical twin boys Shaun and Jared.
We’ve moved around so much that many people have assumed we were a military family. But just due to life circumstances our journey has taken us from Oregon, Washington, California, North Carolina, Florida, and now New York.
The really good thing about living in so many different places is that we have been able to experience a variety of American culture. From the hippie northwest to the conservative South and now the competitive northeast. Although I don't like moving, we have met some amazing people along the way and I wouldn’t change that for anything.
I've been married to my best friend Bryan Murray since the year 2000. Now we have four incredible children and a super full life with extended family and friends.