Our Family in NYC and West Point

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Happy Thursday friends! It’s been a while since I posted about my personal life so I thought I would share about our first family trip with you all!!

My oldest step-son received a scholarship to attend and play football for The United States Military Academyin West Point, NY and we were invited to watch a home game last month. Me and Justin (my dear husband) decided to make it a family trip and take all the kids.

— For those who don’t know, I’m a step-mom of three and I love it! Being a step-mom is a daily challenge but so worth it, specially to these amazing kids – they have taught me so much about life and unconditional love and I thank God everyday for blessing me with such an extraordinary family! Yes, me and Justin plan on having kids on our own and we are letting God guide us and show us the right time. Another side note for those new here: I actually moved from NY/NJ to Fort Lauderdale because of this amazing man I can call my husband. I came to Florida in January of 2013 for vacation, met him, fell in love and decided to stay.  —

Anyways, back to our family trip. Since I lived in NYC and around NYC for almost 11 years it was only natural that I wanted to show them all around. I know that city so well and I have taken family and friends that came visit from Brasil touring the city numerous times so I was excited to show my own family one of the cities I call home (I have so many)! We managed to rent an apartment on East Harlem (awesome neighborhood) so we could have a real NYC experience. We flew to JFK and took the subway all around. It was the first time they were visiting NYC and the first time the kids were in an airplane. It was an adventure. I took them everywhere. On the very first day we took the 6 train downtown to Grand Central Station, then we walked to Times Square,  M&M store of course, then we walked all around the south part of Central Park and back to Harlem to eat dinner with my friends. It was a lot of walking and we were exhausted. The very next day we rented a car for the day and drove to West Point to watch the game and meet the coaches in person. We had a blast!! That place is amazing!! Justin Jr loved it and can’t wait to be a cadet and play football for the Army! Huge deal!! We are so proud of him! Then we went back to the city and spent the next 3 days exploring the city. It was cold but we enjoyed so much as we don’t get to experience the season in South Florida. This trip was such a special time for us as a family and I’m so grateful we were able to do it. We are excited that we will get to visit NY on a regular basis for the next four years as Justin Jr goes to college. Here are all my favorite pictures from our awesome trip. Cheers to more trips to come!

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