we heart new joysey

Sitting at my new friend Kim’s kitchen table. She’s on her Mac laptop; I’m on mine (Gabe’s). Gabe’s sitting to my left, talking to Kim about the Sky Safari ride that broke at the Bronx Zoo last year. John’s doing dishes across the way. What a great guy!

We’ve had a wonderful day! Up early. Our friends (and hosts) Pete and Angela took us to the cutest coffee house, “Dick and Jenny’s Bake and Brew.” Great food, great conversation.

Then we headed to Niagara Falls (!) for an hour. What a gorgeous, gorgeous piece of work. God is so awesome. We want to go back sometime when we can spend more time. And go to the Canadian side. I was fascinated by all the Buddhist monks in orange. (I kept trying to get Gabe to take pictures of them on the sly.)

Got to the zoo, met Jennifer, the PR director–an OSU grad who grew up just a mile or so from where we live. She gave the girls ride tokens and goody bags. They were thrilled with their new stuffed panda and polar bears.

My favorite part was feeding the giraffes. So awesome.

And I’ll save the rest of the zoo stuff for my Buffalo Zoo Blog Post (in October-ish).

We drove from Buffalo to John and Kim’s in New Jersey (6ish hours) and got here just in time for BBQ chicken on the grill. Yum. Livi and Ava and I played Turbo Yahtzee with Breanna (13) while Kim and I chatted. Nina and Connor (3) played with toys. And John and Gabe talked tech.

Can I just say that I absolutely love it when we meet new people and feel like we’ve known them forever?

Then ice cream, bed for the kiddos, and now we’re chatting the night away. And if this post is the most boring (or disjointed) one you’ve ever read, it’s because I’m trying to join in the conversation while I type. And I am SO bad at multi-tasking.

Up early in the morning for the Bronx Zoo. Woohoo! We’re excited!

Oh, and side note. Did you know they have bears in New Jersey? I didn’t either! Bears! In New Jersey! John and Kim see bears all the time behind their house, in their yard. Livi was kind of scared to go to sleep, but she’s out like a light now. And not just bears, but deer, beavers (!), snapping turtles, rabbits…

Okay, time to wrap this up. I don’t even have any idea what I just wrote. Gabe told me earlier today that half of what I tweet isn’t “tweet-worthy.” He warned me that if I’m not careful, I’m going to lose a lot of followers. Who died and make him Tweet King, I’d like to know.

So, please don’t quit following my blog based on this one lame post. John and Kim, you deserve so much better. You rock! Thank you so much for your hospitality and friendship!

Okay, going now… Have a great Thursday, friends!

8 thoughts on “we heart new joysey

  1. Kori

    Yikes… bears!!!! We don’t even have those in the backwoods of Indiana!!! Can’t believe you are seeing so many things so quickly… you all really MOVE!!

  2. Mary

    soooo jealous you got to see niagra!!! i’ve always wanted to go – can’t wait to see your pics!

    p.s. you mentioned ice cream…but did they give you blue bell? i doubt it. don’t forget us here in texas 🙂 kidding

  3. joyce

    Enjoy….we are in mid-move from England to NJ…lived there 15 years ago with the bears, deer, skunks, raccoons, chipmunks…kinda like wild kingdom in our own backyard. Our new house has lots of woods behind so I know we’ll see bears once again….just hoping our pup isn’t too curious. Fat chance!

  4. Danielle Barger

    Have fun! I’m from NJ & it’s a great place. Also, enjoy staying with Dan & Sarah! Dan is my cousin….and Sarah & I lived together at Cedarville….which is how I introduced Dan & Sarah. Their daughter is precious. Enjoy!!

  5. Bethany

    I don’t think most anything people tweet is “tweet-worthy” so I say tweet whatever you want! 😉

    I want to see pictures of the cute coffee house!

    I think if I was tagging along, my favorite part of all your trips would have to be staying at all these people’s homes and seeing how they live, the meals and desserts they make, their little towns and special places they like to go! Are you going to include all of that in your book as well???

    I’m glad you’re having fun! Give your girls a squeeze from Aunt Bethany and a kiss from Isabelle!

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