Brooke Burke: A Different Kind Of Trip

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I’m off to New York, kids in tow, and this trip is such a different experience. Last night, instead of my usual separation-anxiety over leaving my family, I was filled with excitement knowing that they’re joining me in the Big Apple.

We just made it through the airport and I was having déjà vu remembering the days I wore my baby in a Baby Bjorn and another one in a stroller with two car seats attached plus bottles and pacifiers. Always a challenge, but we were world travelers and found ways to make it work. But now I’ve ditched the baby gear for books and homework and my son has become a helper – instead of a sleeping sack of potatoes.

I miss those days, but I’m loving this different experience watching my kids lay out their own clothes and even help carry our bags. My bag is bigger than my son, and still the little gentleman is attempting to help Mom out.

I can’t wait to get to the city; I have a bunch of fun things planned for us. It’s usually an in-and-out, whirlwind tour when I’m working in New York but this time I get to do it with my kids and they have no idea what they’re in for.

Thursday (April 24) happens to be a super fun national holiday – Bring Your Kids To Work Day – so that’s exactly what I’m doing.  It just so happens that my gig that day is at Dylan’s Candy Shop, which is one of the greatest candy stores in the world. I have a feeling this one may backfire on me in the funniest of ways when my son realizes that the professional landscape I work in just happens to be in a candy shop. Oh boy, I may never get out of the house alone again!

Then I’m taking the kids to the Empire State Building where the search for King Kong continues. Every time I used to leave my son to go to New York for work, he asked if I could find King Kong somewhere in the skyscrapers and capture a picture for him. This time I get to take him to the top of the building… I’ll be sure to post a pic.

I’m so excited to be able to see New York with different eyes this time with my children. I’ll avoid the New York Zoo and possibly step into a museum and maybe even take my family to a Broadway show.

I’m so grateful to have my family with me this trip and I’ll let you know how our NYC adventure goes.  Work is especially fun when I can mix business with pleasure. Letting my kids know what I do at work and including them when possible not only makes them feel special but gives them a great visual of what Mom’s professional tasks look like.

I can’t wait to see Shaya and Rain’s faces when we pull up to the Candy Shop.  This one is a far stretch from reality, but who says working shouldn’t be totally sweet?!

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