Today my son aka Lil Giant is hitting the skies to visit one of the coolest places on earth, NASA. It's a magical place and one that many kids and some adults dreams are made of, I feel incredibly lucky that my son is going to get to see an actual launch (Soyuz 38) from mission control. Before he went to bed last night I gave him a whole speech about how great this is and that he should be aware how his blessings have brought him to go on this trip, after all that he was even more hyped to take that flight and I was even happier. Something that seemed or even now seems that far away can be as close as the person next to you and once you realize how special something like this is, that's when you tally up another one for the blessings list. The hits keep on coming and I can only stay in awe on how things work out and happen, life is a wonderful movie so learn how to sit quietly and watch the characters because that's where the magic is. I'm insanely proud of my son and this trip will only further enhance his thirst of knowledge and growth. Family is key.
So last weekend we threw a bridal shower for my niece, it came out great and everyone gave her many gifts. While I took photos I couldn't help but think how grown my nieces and nephews are now. I remember when this niece was a thirsty baby and how she used to yell "colate mayooon!!" (chocolate biberon) which translates to chocolate baby bottle haha! But times have changed and now she's is getting married... wow how time flies. Cheers to love, life and the family that my niece will go on and have.
Oh yes there are more photos after the jump from our China trip folks, this time it might be the last set (unless I uncover some worthy ones) and will be parts of Suzhou and Shanghai. In Suzhou we had a chance to take a great boat ride down the canal and see how the people live while waving to all the smiling faces and little kids cheerfully welcoming out boat as we pass. It wasn't the best conditions for them but nonetheless they were there yelling "hello!" or giving us the peace sign, it shows the true testament of the value on tourism and humanity when you go somewhere and no matter what they welcome you with open arms. Now Shanghai was fun and it was amazingly close to New York at night, I loved it especially after that boat ride at night... Wow was it beautiful with 'All of the Lights' illuminating faces and the water as it swayed from left to right.
Funny story about that Shanghai boat ride... while our group coordinator was rounding up all of us we had to wait in a place where the locals also bought their tickets and boy did I see those flashes going off haha. At the same time that we were experiencing something most of us never seen, so were the locals and it was our group that had different shades and colors of people. I don't remember how many babies I held and pictures were taken of us. I posed with as many as 10 people for ONE shot, it was awesome and everyone was super nice about it too. I didn't even have time to return the favor of taking their photos, it was such a people photo frenzy and right when I was about it we had to go!
In Suzhou there were a good amount of shots that happened at the right time, from people waving, doing their dailys, even a bride at an outside photo shoot that we happened to pass by. There are more miscellaneous shots but they will continue on my Tumblr so I don't over drown you all with shots here hehe. China will be missed as we had a great time and got to experience yet another country on the travel bug map. Where will the bug sweep us next? We don't know but wherever it is... we will be ready and bags packed with passports in hand.
This past weekend we went pumpkin picking with the family and it was a first for me, also took some shots of the farm scenery too. I never really had a reason to go pumpkin picking in my earlier years; growing up in Washington Heights (NYC) it wasn’t really a concern to have a real pumpkin (black cat graphic on front door) for show haha. So I was totally feeling like a suburb dad while taking shots of the fam picking their pumpkins and taking a hayride to the pumpkin patch. It was pretty cool and we got some free apple cider afterwards which was good enough to walk back and buy Lil Giant a gallon’s worth. So mid-week the pumpkins will be carved (mess?) and put outside of the house for show, I’ll try to take some shots if the Giant‘kins… unless they come out crappy haha.