Week & Weekend Recap: One on One Dates, Coney, Manhattan & McKinley Park!

What a week/ weekend!!

This week Israel had therapy twice a week - on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4. It's about a 12 block walk from our apartment, which might be around 15-20 minutes depending on how many red lights you hit.

Other highlights from the week: Wednesday night we had a date night!! We went to the library and got library cards, then went to dinner at Blue Agave, and walked to the pier and watched the sunset!

Thursday: I took Israel to therapy, and then we strolled home, going by a fresh fruit stand and 5 Guys for french fries. Meanwhile, Will took Edith to IKEA. He didn't buy anything, but just explored with Edith. She had the time of her life testing out all of the furniture, and they ate dinner there.

Friday: After the kids' nap time in the afternoon, we decided to take the train to Coney Island. Israel got to ride three rides, we took a walk on the boardwalk, and then went to the beach. Israel LOVED Luna Park, where the rides were. He looked like a typical kid among his peers, just enjoying the ride and grinning so big everytime he saw us waving at him. It made my heart so happy.

When we went to the beach, we were happy to see a sprinkler area and a playground. Some big kids were kind of scaring Israel, so we decided to take the kids down to the water to see how they liked it. The last time we went to the beach, Israel was a toddler and Edith was in my belly! Israel didn't love the beach, but Edith LOVED IT. She loved the sand, loved crashing in the waves, and wanted to wade down to where the big kids were. She was absolutely fearless and it was exhausting to be the parent in charge of her!!

We decided to leave the beach, and that was a little complicated. Edith sobbed and ran back to the water when we took her life jacket off. Israel fought getting his clothes changed because he was sandy. Finally we wrestled Edith and gave her a paci. We headed back to the boardwalk where we saw all kinds of knock-off characters like Mickey, Elsa, and Batman.

We finished the night with some Nathan's Famous hotdogs (we got our hot dogs free thanks to a sweet old man with a coupon!). We did a photo booth picture for our annual picture!

The train ride back was peaceful and we vowed to return this summer! Coney was only 45 minutes away and so much fun!

Saturday: In the morning Will took the kids on a long walk. I was able to get some cleaning done around the house and have a moment alone!! :)

After nap time we decided to be adventurous again since Friday went so well. We took the train into Union Square, walked around, ate dinner outside, and then went by Washington Square Park. Israel was SOO mad that he couldn't play in the water sprinklers. I posted this picture of him scooting online, and it is a total misrepresentation of that event. He was actually chanting "No! No!" as he moved because he was trying to find his way back to the water. Edith had a meltdown because she couldn't get on the swings, and then we finally decided to just move on. We walked to Times Square so I could get Israel this Mickey t-shirt that I wanted him to have, and it was chaos to walk through with a stroller! We saw a fun breakdancing group on our way back to the subway, which Israel loved. All in all it was a decent trip, although Friday was much better!

Sunday: I was able to sit IN the service!!! Praise hands!!! It was really nice to attend worship and hear my husband preach. I'm so excited about our church. Meanwhile, in nursery, the workers let Edith take a nap in the stroller, which solved her weekly meltdown issue.

Edith didn't take another nap in the afternoon, so I got to have really fun play time while Will and Israel napped.
After they woke up we headed to McKinley Park, which is just about 6 blocks from us. It has a splash pad, which Israel was glued to, and a lot of obstacles for Edith to conquer. She thinks she is 10 years old. She loved to go down the fire pole and going down the biggest slide.

Writing this out exhausts me! It was a really fun but really busy weekend. I'm so thankful when our family of four can make memories together!


  1. So many fun things and you hit a lot of classic NYC must-see places!


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