Monday, September 28, 2015

A Week of #engageJSU friends!

Last Monday - Wednesday, our friend Kelly from Alabama came to see us. She was one of our college students for the four years we lived in Jacksonville, and she just graduated from JSU. She is heading to Spain for 9 months for a post-graduate program. Kelly stayed with us on her layover en route to Spain.

Wednesday night our friends Hali and Micah came to New York. They stayed until Monday and really got to explore Manhattan and Brooklyn. We showed them a few of our favorite places and they even took family photos for us on Sunday in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Edith liked Micah's shoes.

It was so nice to pick up where we left off with friends. And we always love exploring the city, so doing it with friends is lots of fun!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sunday: New Website for Crossroads and Church Picnic

Sunday we did the launch of our new website for Crossroads. Check us on on social media @CrossroadsBklyn and our new website

After church we had a picnic at Owl's Head and I was determined that the kids would take a short nap, so I walked around the park until they fell asleep. It was a brief nap but I felt very victorious for those 15-20 minutes!

We love having extra time with our church family and getting to spend time in fellowship with them. 

It was a fun Sunday. I'm so proud of Will for his hard work designing the new signs and branding, and all of the hours he has put into the website. I hope this allows for people to find our church and come visit!

Block Party

On Saturday our block had a "block party" and it was neat! It was an all-day event and each family paid to participate. It was from 1-8? ish pm and there were several events throughout the day.

We went after nap time and hoped for the best... but alas, it just wasn't fun for the kids. Sometimes you can build things up in your head and then they just don't happen the way you picture it. Like, I think "bounce! what fun! what a way to meet our neighbors and continue with the community building!" When the reality was that both kids had huge epic meltdowns that required "resets" in the house.

Edith is really obsessed with her shadow these days. She also DID NOT like cotton candy. 

So... we made the best of it. We went back inside, and tried again later. Israel ended up loving the live music part, and Edith eventually went down this Titanic slide thing. We didn't stick around for the magician or ice cream like I thought we would, and we really didn't have any significant conversations with neighbors because the kids were being really fussy. 

The positive note: we DID meet a few people, even if our kids were having bad days. I think in this season, we just have to be flexible and know that it is okay to have bad outings. It's okay to have to go back and try again later. Sometimes things aren't successes but at least we are trying, and there ARE good moments in there like when Israel cheered during the music and Edith delighted in going down the very big Titanic slide. Israel LOVED the bounce house and watching the kids jump. Edith ate lots of popcorn and we had an excuse to not watch all of the AU/LSU game. Take our wins where we can!

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