my trip to new york was not just any ordinary trip, it was a mission trip. my youth group at my church went with a organization called mission serve that we go with each year. we normally go somewhere in the south, but every few years we save up for a big trip, like new york. so everyday of last week did not consist of site seeing, shopping, or time square. monday through thursday we worked with kids in brooklyn. we would do backyard bible clubs, basketball camps, some home repair, and building. i mostly did the backyard bible club with younger kids and played basketball with inner city boys. it was a lot of fun and i loved impacting these kids lives even in the smallest of ways. they taught me so much about being grateful and accepting life. these kids had basically nothing, yet they were still always happy and eager to face to day, when i would get mad that we did not get to go shopping. this was a totally new and exciting experience for me- i did not know what was next. last week really impacted my life and the lives of those kids. God truly did amazing things by letting our youth group be the hands and feet of Jesus. here are some snap shots i took during the day as i worked with these little youngsters.
i did not decide to look cute while working with the kids because, well kids and a park all day= dirt and sweat. it just would not make sense. i loved working with all the sweet kids each day, and adored forming relationships with them.
new york, oh new york. you have been on my bucket list since i was born it seems, and this past week you were checked off. it was the best feeling i've had in a long time.
i arrived in new york city, new york last sunday, july 15, after a long day of travel. it really was everything i had imagined... big, beautiful, amazing, and so much more. it didn't really hit me that i was actually there until i stepped out of the of the plane and saw the city in it's lights, color, and movement.
my friend, parker, and i got these wish necklaces back in march at a local store and decided it would be the perfect thing to both wear as we enter the city of our dreams. you are supposed to make a wish when you tie it on and when it falls off it supposedly comes true. ours both fell off on that tuesday!
wow. that is all i could say with a big grin on my face when i saw the city for the first time on the plane. wow.
one of our first stops was central park. we had a few hours before we could check into our room in the hostel, so we just walked down the street, grabbed a bite to eat and got to see a little bit of the beautiful park. i felt as if i was in a movie... it was just so amazing.
as i just mentioned we stayed in a hostel. originally, i thought it was going to be extremely plain, and just like a old hotel or something... oh no. it was the coolest place i have ever stayed! the hostel was very creatively decorated, and i loved that there were people from all around the world staying there too. when i would go to the restroom, i would hear someone speak french to my left and Chinese to my right. it was very eye opening and cool!
one of my favorite things i loved about new york city was the architecture. where i live, i normally see a neat building every once in a while, but here they were everywhere. i appreciate and love really old, detailed buildings.
my first impression of new york was like a really good cup of hot green tea... and that is saying a lot.
today my hair was a mess... and I mean a foot wide on each side kind of mess. so what better to do than wrap it up on top of your head? well maybe straighten it and actually fix it like a normal person. but that is over rated anyway. with just a few Bobbi pins, a hair band, and a squirt of hairspray (or 17) you have a easy hairstyle that looks like a million bucks. you're welcome.
today's outfit is normal. nothing special (well maybe the hat!), nothing too exciting (okay... my new purse is pretty exciting) but just something that looks like me on a regular bases. today I helped take care of kids at my church, so I wanted my outfit to be kid friendly but still cute and fun! I am wearing my new fedora (target), a gray tank top (aerie), coral shorts (loft), my sandals (ae), and i am carrying my new bag (urban outfitters). you have no idea how obsessed I am with my hat... I absolutely love it. oh and my new beautiful bag (sadly you didn't see much of it in the pictures...) will be featured in an upcoming blog post of my Dallas haul! glad to share with you my simple yet lovely outfit today!
here is a little sneak peak into what I am doing today. I am bored of the basic regular shorts everyone has... so I am adding some fun to a pair of navy shorts I already own today! with a bit of paint, a pencil, and shorts (or any item of clothing) you can add polka dots to your outfit! I don't want to show the final product yet because in the near future there will be a DIY and a 'how I wear it'!
I know I haven't posted in a while... but I have been so busy lately! two weeks ago I had a weekend girls trip with one of my friends, and last week I went to camp. oh and it's been hot. very hot. which makes Cate tired and not want to do anything consisting of being outside for more than 30 seconds. above are a few photos I've taken of my life these past few weeks.
I hope to be posting more this coming week before I leave again... for NEW YORK! I honestly cannot contain my excitement for this trip if you can't already tell. just wanted to share with you snapshots of the life of Cate over the past weeks... hope you enjoyed.
(p.s. these photos are very out of order [technical difficulties] ... so food and food and cute stuff-- girls trip. gravel background and sweat-- camp.)