Happy New Year!

Happy New Year.. and belated holiday celebrations! I know I promised to upkeep this blog, but honestly, I got a bit overwhelmed with activities. With Christmas, New Years, celebrating my Quarter of a Century (25!!) and weekend getaways, there was so much going on. I’ve finally got a chance to sit down and sift through all my pictures.

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Happy Thanksgiving all!

Hope you all had a wonderful (and filling) Thanksgiving!

This year, I celebrated with my family and close friends. We filled our bellies with some of the traditional favorites turkey, honey baked ham, and sweet yams with the marshmallows on top. Just thinking about it makes me full!

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My brother (and cousin) showing off the bottle of wine he brought.

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IMG_0301WMAccording to my cousin, instead of the “duck” face, the “sparrow” face is in.

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I am very thankful for many things: all of the wonderful people who have come into my life, the amazing experiences, and most of all the delicious food I’ve gotten to eat. I’m thankful for all the good and the bad.

And to whoever is reading this, I’m thankful for you and your support. It’s the little things like you readers who help give me a positive attitude to keep pushing myself and pursing my goals. Thank you.

Sneak Peek: San Francisco

Hey there!

I’m out here in the lovely (and chilly!) San Francisco for a couple of days. Hanging out with family and catching up with friends is just what the (relaxation) doctor ordered. I just wanted to give you a sneak peak and let you know there will be an upcoming post or two that’s photo heavy. I cannot wait to share this adventure with you.

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WEDDINGS: Rhoda and Phil

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Congratulations to Rhoda and Phil! This past Friday, these two lovebirds finally decided to tie the knot and officially join their families together. Here’s a little info on the bride. Rhoda is one of my coworkers and has been a family friend for a long time. She has been a part of my life since I was a youngling running around. Now that I am all grown, I have had the opportunity to watch her little ones grow up. So when I was asked to be her photographer at her wedding, I was beyond excited. I felt so honored that I had the privilege to be with them on this special day.

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Crestline Winter Drive

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Happy Sunday everybody! These past couple of days have been a doozy. I still haven’t fully adjusted to the idea that we’re in 2013. It’s pretty insane, I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the year.

The weather has been so cold and I’ve had to bundle up 24/7. We took a drive up to the Crestline cabin with Joelle, Ashley, and Mama, where we enjoyed the cold and light snowfall (something that Joelle has been anxious to see).

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Planned synchronized jump, not planned pose. Funny how things like that work out.

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Right before the down pour of snow.

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New York, I love you.

Now I know that’s a movie title, but it’s honestly the truth. I won’t deny how much I enjoy the holiday season in New York City. It’s a place of miracles.

Currently, I am hanging out on the Upper East Side with my good friend Luke (who has thankfully allowed me to crash on his floor – okay, air mattress). We spent this cold and rainy day walking through Central Park. If you get the chance, there is a restaurant inside the park called The Loeb Boathouse, it’s located near the lake, and they have the most delicious hot apple cider. Just sipping that while strolling through the park made my day. As the rain continued to pour down on us, it was decided that we’d best find shelter. What better place to take refuge than the Met? The Met slightly reminded me of The British Museum, just because there was so much to take in. That place is filled with so much that there is no possibly way that a person can see it all in just a day. And no, I don’t challenge anyone to that. All I have to say is that it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

I remember when I was younger, I  was in New York with my parents, it has to be one of my most favorite childhood memories.. I think this is why New York brings such nostalgic memories to me, but I remember specifically, I was with my mother and we walked down 5th avenue just to look at the window displays. Everything looked so spectacular. We did all the tourist-y stuff back then. We still do. Sort of. And then I’ll never forget going to Rockefeller Hall and seeing the Christmas tree all lit up and having a light snow that started to fall.. It was truly magical. New York – you’ll always have a place in my heart.

New York – Part 2

Finally finished sifting through all my photos and was able to condense it down (I have yet to go through the weekend trip to Boston). I have never walked so much in such a little time. Strolling up and down the streets window shopping and comparing cheesecakes (my pick is Vinero’s in Manhattan). The last time I was on the East coast for a visit was roughly 6 years ago. My how the city has changed. What was once an area that was not safe to walk through at night has transformed into a local hotspot filled with shops, cafes, bars, and other nightlife. New York, it’s never boring.

I will admit, I was lucky that returned from New York early last Sunday before Hurricane Sandy shut the city down. I hope everyone else out there who had to face the storm recover. Although I escaped the storm, my family and friends that lives there had to go a few days without power or deal with flooding, but overall they are safe, which is all that really matters.