Saturday, October 31, 2015

Fall 2015 Photos by H+M Photo

When our friends were in town in September, we took some family photos at Brooklyn Bridge Park. I'm so proud of how these turned out. Edith was a woman on a mission because she did not like to be held or stopped, so there was a lot of toddler moments happening in the background. I really love that they captured some photos of me and Will, because we haven't taken a decent picture of the two of us in years!

Thank you Hali and Micah for the photos. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Israel's Birthday (No School!)

Israel's birthday fell on Columbus Day this year, so he was able to get a free day from school. We tried to make it fun. We started the morning with some more Mickey-themed presents from some family and friends, and a new truck and book!

We went to the park and then came home and played. I texted a friend last-minute and she and her kids met us at our corner bakery for some cupcakes. Another patron bought all of our kids balloons! How thoughtful was that? The person heard that we were having a birthday party.

Side note: I know it may not seem like a big deal that I texted a friend and she met me at the bakery... but that was a big moment for my heart. That weekend was really hard with Israel's behavior at the parks and the zoo, and I just was really feeling a little lonely and missing the ease of our life in Alabama. I missed the jumping place from last year where we had his birthday party and all of the kids that he was friends with. I missed my friends and what his birthdays were in the past (college students! staff kids etc). So when I texted Andrea "want to meet in 15 minutes?" and she could do it... it was really a big deal and something I needed in that moment. A friend, available, with kid-friends for my kids.

Will and Israel went on a long walk that afternoon (Israel's favorite). Overall, it was a good birthday for our boy.

See: Israel 4th Birthday Letter, Israel 4th Birthday Party

Israel's Birthday Weekend (Park Day and Zoo Fail).

On the weekend of Israel's actual birthday, we tried that Saturday to take the kids to the Bronx Zoo. We went for Edith's birthday and had a blast. We saw that there were several Halloween themed events throughout October so we wanted to go.

Well, we drove around for two hours but because of traffic we just couldn't get there so we headed home and went to a few parks. I'll be honest: we miss summertime at the parks. Israel is much more content when there's a water element. But we made the best of it, I managed to snap a few happy pictures to make you guys think that's our life all the time! Yay happy pictures!

Sunday afternoon we tried the Bronx Zoo again and it was a big fail. Big big fail. Israel just didn't have a good day. It was really crowded, he didn't nap in the car like Edith did- so he was sleepy and overstimulated. Things that should have made him happy didn't. He ended up taking a 20 minute nap in the stroller so Will and I took turns looking at a few exhibits (BABY GORILLA YOU ARE THE CUTEST!!). We headed home feeling pretty defeated because some people at the zoo said some snarky comments to us about Israel yelling. But, when we were walking around to our car, a man looked at our two kids and said "God bless your family." It was such a simple and sweet statement at a time when we both felt like we can never do a normal outing.

We tried our best to make some happy family memories and I think we did what we could. There were good moments in there! And we did our best to make his birthday weekend fun!
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