This year, Ran and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary and we opted to skip all the flowers, gifts, and romantic date and went on a little family road trip to San Antonio instead. Our first plan was to go to Sea World since Leia would definitely enjoy it, then days before the trip we learned that the park was closed so off to plan B, San Antonio Zoo!
One thing about having a child that I learned is it brings back the inner kid in you. I learned how to look for things and places that are not only fun for kids but for adults as well (hey, mommy and daddy gotta have some fun as well). Every decision depends on weather Leia will enjoy. I don't mind being silly if it will bring my baby to smile.
During the Holidays, Ran stumbled upon this place called Santa's Wonderland and thought Leia would definitely have fun looking at different colored lights. Pre-Leia, we wouldn't even bother going to such places. I now realize how much fun my daughter has added to our lives. It's like we are also growing up with her and all her excitements we share with her.
Our last whole day of our New York escapade was spent with more walking and sightseeing. Our first agenda was to find the original Halal Guys. Since I don't eat lamb, I opted for the Chicken. I can say it is definitely way better than the first one I tried in Times Square. After our Halal lunch, we walked around Rockefeller then spent a little time to rest in Central Park. We then hopped to Grand Central Station and finally did a little shopping around Bryant Park. Quite tiring but fun indeed. Thanks New York!
Another travel opportunity for my little family came knocking and this time the destination was New York. I'm really glad that I finally got the chance to visit the big apple, now I can scratch it off of my list of places that I would like to go.
Of course, our itinerary consisted of visits to the famous tourist spots in NYC. With a baby in tow, I highly suggest skipping subways and just opt for a taxi or Uber. Yes, it definitely cost more but it's a whole lot easier, with all the bags and stroller, to roam around New York. With the Fall weather being so perfect during our stay, I can say I really enjoyed walking around and sightseeing with my family.
What to do on your first day when visiting New York? I say, visit the Statue of Liberty. Although, it takes a while to finally get into the Island, (Long lines, super tight airport-like security, and Ferry Ride) it was definitely worth it. Then, we stopped at Battery park to watch some street performers then headed on to see the infamous charging bull. Our second to the last stop was a visit to the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. In all honesty, I felt emotional upon entering especially when I heard a voicemail (better to hear it yourself, I promise you that!) I say it is a MUST to go here when you're in NYC. After walking away with a heavy heart from the museum, we went to Times Square to do some walking around and a little shopping for our last stop for the day.
With very busy itinerary in the Philippines, I made sure to squeeze in a photo shoot for my baby. Since her theme was Pink Spring, I decided to transform Leia into a very cute Pink fairy baby. Here are few of my favorite photos out of tons of frames.
When we found out that I was pregnant, I made sure to have maternity photos taken. I was about 29 weeks when we had the shoot. I thought it was the perfect time because at least I still haven't gained so much weight and my face and feet weren't swollen yet from water retention.
For inspiration, I looked at maternity photo ideas on Pinterest (my main go to site). As expected, there were tons of cute ideas so I had to go through all of them and picked my favorites. We didn't hire professional photographer, instead, we asked for my ever reliable brother-in-law, Kuya Radnee, to take our photos.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the shoot.