This summer my daughters and I took a trip to Pennsylvania and New York. A part of me was hesitant to share this on here but my hope is that someone somewhere can take a look at their life from a different perspective. I’ll share with you why as we go on.
Meet Kirsten, my youngest. (4)
Before you call her Kristen. It’s KEIR-STEN. She (well, we) cringe when people mispronounce her name. She’s my bubble gum and the baby in our family.
And my oldest, Kourtney. (6) Who sometimes does and doesn’t like to pose for pictures.
She’s my helper and my mini me. My smart girl who I know one day will accomplish great things.
For the past couple of months I was back and forth about taking this trip. Mainly because I would go on this trip alone (with children). But if you’re anything like me and believe in fate then, I felt like I was destined to go on this trip.
On the day we arrived, we didn’t do very much because we landed in the later part of the evening. The locals in Philadelphia recommended a popular place that served cheesesteaks. Sadly, I don’t have a picture of our food but you can believe me when I say it was pretty damn good.
Day 2 was mostly dedicated to sight seeing and the aquarium.
The girls and I had a blast looking at all their underwater creatures. (:
We then went off to visit the well known, Liberty Bell.
I believe I was more excited than they were.
It was still quite early so we made a trip to this place called, Magic Gardens. It was absolutely beautiful!
Instilling art appreciation into my children is something really meaningful to me.
They loved this place.
We visited some well known statues as well.
Mind you I had to go up these famous, “Rocky Steps” carrying a stroller. -.- Out of breath and out of shape but the view was well worth it!
We decided to call it a night after this.
Day 3. Sesame Place!
Also 4th of July! God Bless America!
My girls and I LOVED this park and their incredible 80 degree weather.
Swimming is something my girls always love to do. So we did exactly that.
I’ve read that life is too short to care about what others think of you and what you look like. Like most moms there, I wore my swimsuit proudly because my children will grow up and remember the memories I gave them and NOT what I looked like. 🙂
As the night was ending and the fireworks began, it poured! I mean, pretty hard. But we soaked up every single moment. Literally!
Day 4. New York City!
The place I had only seen on television and pictures. I couldn’t believe we were here!
My girls and I got to visit NYC’s American Girl store where they each picked out their very own doll.
I probably have the least amount of pictures to share from NYC mostly because I was lagging around a stroller and afraid of getting pick-pocketed.
But these memories will last me a lifetime though. 🙂
As you know, we HAD to visit the Empire State Building.
I swear I felt light-headed and could not look down for more than 5 seconds without feeling as if I was going to fall.
So a “selfie” from a distance would have to suffice.
Day 5. Cupcakes for breakfast!
We visited TLC’s Carlo’s Bakery.
And made a stop at Coney Island.
This day will forever be one of the BEST days of my life!
For lunch, we visited my *ahem… future husband’s restaurant,
ughhhhh…. it was sooooo good!
We drove to Hershey, PA and had some time to spare so we visited the Chocolate Factory.
Day 6. Hershey Park!
We got up bright and early to make our very own chocolate bar.
These two couldn’t wait and ate their chocolate shortly after.
We walked on over to the Park and spent the day getting on rides.
We all had so much fun! We definitely have to return here in a couple of years.
Lastly, we went back to the hotel to shower and change for a quick (I mean like 10 minutes) photo shoot. It was so pretty and peaceful in Hershey that we had to make a stop for some family pictures.
Thanks to my handy tripod and self timer that took this. I love this picture and the little girls who are in it.
Day 7. Back to Philadelphia!
But first, we stopped to dip our feet at this gorgeous pond.
We also have this little tradition where we look for an antique shop to visit when traveling.
This antique quilt made it’s way back home with us to Texas.
And that little deer on the top right cubby. I have a soft spot for antiques.
We ended our night at Philadelphia’s Spruce Street Harbor Park.
This was too cool!
I laughed in tears!!!!! We probably all looked like amateurs but I didn’t care. 🙂
As I reflect on the past couple of years in my life I’ve realized that life doesn’t stop for anyone. Take vacations and go make memories with your family. You can always earn more money but you cannot get these years back once the time has passed.
Many friends had asked, “Why Philly?” I shared this on my personal fb page and this is my main reason.
I felt the need to share a little piece of my life on here because my clients who most have also turned into friends helped make this dream of mine possible. Know that every time you hire a small business owner, you help a family like mine. From dance classes, to summer vacations, to helping me get through school, I thank you. I love photographing you and your families and pour my love into this craft so that your family and mine can both have memories to cherish years from now. ❤