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Keeping them busy!

Keeping them busy!

We survived 3 days! The hard part is truly over right?? ha

We’ve been intentionally trying to keep these first few days both exciting but relaxed as possible for the kids. Our mornings have been packed with exploring the city. Basically, whatever Jozlyn says she wants to do, we try and do. So far, we’ve hit up two parks, rode the train to Brooklyn and Queens, got lost on the train to Brooklyn and Queens, and went to get cookies from an awesome New York spot.

The first day was just getting settled in, but as soon as we could, we found the nearest park! The girls needed to burn some energy, and luckily, Central Park has the Heckscher Park just a couple blocks away, so I have a feeling it’s going to be a staple for us when daddy starts work. It’s awesome. It has slides, swings, a large area to run around, and a fenced in sand area (apparently it’s a normal thing up here)…which made my florida-self feel right at home. Jozlyn was quick to rip off her shoes and sink her toes in the sand while Kendall stayed on the swings basically the entire time. Any time I stepped away to see what Jozzy was up to in the sandbox, I was met with a quick “Mommy push!” from Kendall.




We decided the next day, it was time to buy a stroller. We headed to a store over by Union Square and on our way, we walked past another park and had to promise the girls they could play after we went to the store. This park was even better than the last! It has a large area with a squishy floor so I don’t have to worry about my little Kenny falling (as she does often) and hurting herself. It has more climbing equipment and a sculptural element to its design. In addition to that, though, it also has the large litter box and swings! Kenny even got brave enough to climb up and go down the slide by herself!





After, a morning full of play and shopping, we got to go to church at Hillsong. Jordan doesn’t start at Calvary until the next Sunday, so we decided to take advantage of the week and see where some friends go. It was such a cool experience.





I was kind of hoping that all those times I visited New York would help me with understanding the train stations, but I am still completely lost. I have been assured by friends that I will get it… I keep repeating that mantra in hopes that one time it will convince me. I took Jozzy out to a kids consignment store in Queens only to find out it was closed, so we headed to one in Brooklyn… we got a little lost. We’ll call it good mommy/daughter bonding time. It would probably be more appropriately named “Jozzy got so tired that my high energy, talkative, outgoing daughter fell asleep on the train home”.

The next day was the best yet. We decided that our new philosophy is going to be dessert in the morning!

The first few days have been packed with fun things for the kids and the nights have been full of setting up house! I need more ideas! Who has been here and found something fun for kids? Please leave a comment!

The house is pretty much as set as we’re going to get it for now…seeing as how this place is temporary. Hopefully, soon I’ll feel good enough about it to put it up for ya. I’m trying not to fall in love with this place…it’s hard.

Praise God for happy kids and a city with lots of fun things to do! Send those ideas!


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We are a family of four just trying to figure out what our "new normal" looks like in Manhattan! I'm Kayla, a 29-year-old creative with a passion for theater and writing. Jordan is a musician and experience pastor with a heart that loves people. And we have two awesome little girls, Jozlyn and Kendall. Our house is crazy...always full of energy and laughter.... and we have no idea what we're doing! Help us figure it out as we go!

  • Mandy Luciano says:

    Hi Kayla! I’m so glad you are getting settled into New York. You’ve already found my favorite place to hang out with my kids on Sundays (Central Park Playground). Your girls might enjoy a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. When my kids were little we played at the Staten Island Children’s Museum a bunch. They also may enjoy the Central Park Zoo. And if you are willing to travel to Coney Island, they have a nice aquarium there. Although, I don’t have girls…. I’ve heard the American Girl Doll store is an incredible place to spend time. Have fun exploring!

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