Thursday, December 31, 2015

Back in Brooklyn!

Sorry for the post overload, but this is my little online journal and I love to look back in detail over what life was like in these busy years with littles. 

We're back in Brooklyn after a good trip to the South, and we are very thankful that Brooklyn is feeling like home. The walking, the laundromat, the same grocery stores and fruit stands... these are our normal and our routine now. We had a great first Sunday back and Will and I are just happy to be here and excited for what is to come. I took a good walk with the kids the other day and they were so happy to be in the land of parks and busy streets. Israel was excited to see the trains and buses and hear ambulances again!

Edith's latest thing is pushing Israel down the slide. She doesn't really want to go down it herself, but she wants him and her stuffed Daniel Tiger to enjoy it.

On our block there was a Star Wars themed blow-up thing that said "Droid to the World" and sang the theme song.

Will and I took a super quick trip to get our memberships to the Children's Museum. We were only there about 20 minutes because it was about to close, but it was enough for the kids to get soaking wet playing in the water.

We are happy to be home. Excited and expectant of what 2016 has in store! Happy New Year!

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 2015

Christmas Eve:

The day began with our flight home. Thankfully the kids took a little nap so we could start the unpacking process and Will was able to look over his sermon for the night's service!

We had a Christmas Eve service at the high school where our church meets. It was at 7 pm, which is right around bedtime for us. And we woke up before 5 to get on the road. So needless to say, we didn't stay very long. 

Edith's thing is laying down on public floors. Obviously this is awesome when you live in New York and have a plethora of germs.

Edith's best buddy at church is Keyla. They are right around the same age and I can't wait for them to grow up and be sweet friends!

The kids were disappointed that the kids' classroom was not set up. They kept going down the hallway towards their nursery room.

We attempted to go in the service, but didn't last long.

After the service, Will and I set up the kids' Christmas gifts. Edith got a micro scooter, Minnie Mouse helmet, and Daniel Tiger book. (She actually got the same one last year for Christmas but had torn it up! As I was wrapping it I had this dejavu feeling and that's when I realized she got it last year!!). Israel got a sit and spin, keyboard and School Bus book.

Christmas Day:

A friend mailed us some fancy waffle/pancake mix so we had fancy waffles and coffee out of Christmas mugs!

It was a weekday so they watched a little PBS in our bed!

Will took Edith out on our block to try out her scooter. She definitely needs a little more time figuring out, and she mainly enjoyed walking it. Soon enough she will join the other Brooklyn kids on the street with her scooter!

Christmas Day was lazy and sweet. We ended the afternoon at our friends, the Stocktons, home. They graciously invited us over for Christmas dinner and it was so nice to spend the afternoon with friends! All in all, it was a very sweet first Christmas in Brooklyn.

PS Christmas 2014 Recap. // Christmas 2013 Recap // Christmas 2012 Recap // Christmas 2011 (Waiting for Israel)

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas Vacation: Flights

Ahhhh... flying with kids. There are many, many posts written by bloggers out there with tips and tricks. I asked friends for tips. I read those posts. But most of those probably don't have a special needs kid who doesn't walk and has sensory issues. I read those posts. I prepared my diaper bag. Will and I had lengthy "what if" and how to prepare conversations. But the flight TO the south was awful. TSA check was awful. Israel screamed for a long time. It was just awful awful awful. I think we all cried at various points. (We flew out of Newark btw and I hear that Newark is just bad news anyways). 

Will and Edith sat together and she did pretty well for herself. She stayed pretty entertained but did get bored by the end. 

Israel actually slept for a little bit but when he wasn't asleep, he was screaming. And hitting me in the face.

The trek home was different. We drove to Charlotte and stayed with my sister, who lives only 30 minutes from the airport where we were able to drop off our rental car at a park and ride.

We mentally prepared for the same on the flight home (which was EARLY EARLY from Charlotte) but the kids were a million times better. The whole experience was better. Southern TSA workers are so friendly and helpful. We checked our carseats with our main luggage this time instead of carting it through the airport.

We kept the kids in PJs, let them act crazy and roam/scoot around in the terminal, and then fed them an inappropriate amount of fruit snacks on the flight. But, we survived. No major fits. No crying. Hallelujah and Merry Christmas.

So my tips? Read the many blogs out there from people with typical developing kids and pretend like their advice will do something for you. If you have a special needs, sensory kid... good luck and plan for a break when you land. Get a babysitter, go to the warm welcoming arms of grandparents who have cooked you a fresh meal and are willing to let you go to bed at 8pm.

We don't anticipate flying again anytime soon but at least now we know what to expect!
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