Philippines,Travel,Travel & Kids

Ending the Year with a First

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I am grateful to God for the year that has passed. No doubt, one of our best ever. We explored, learned, laughed and grew. But if I could sum up our year with just one word, I would describe it as the year that we truly enjoyed.

In 2017, We enjoyed traveling, knowing each other more and celebrating many firsts. So it was only fitting that we end the year with a simple road trip to the beach; Luke’s first of hopefully, many more beach trips to come!

Luke’s First Time at the Beach!

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Our trip to the beach was long overdue. Luke’s actually relatively late for it already, considering that we live in a tropical country blessed with the most amazing beaches! He’s already turning 3, but it’s better late than never right?

(How cute are these milestone cards, right? Got them from The Nest APH!)

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I always say that I’m not really much of a beach person. But that’s not entirely true. I love staying under the sun, feeling the sand on my feet and hearing the sound of waves crashing on the shore. Actually, I really like beaches.

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It’s just that, if you ask me to choose between a trip to the beach or a trip to a city I’ve never been to, I would most probably choose the latter. The beach is great but I would really much rather explore ruins, visit museums, walk on old towns and check out castles and palaces.

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But Mor is a beach person, through and through. And it looks like Luke is too.

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So there is no escaping the beach, I guess!

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We spent the afternoon playing in the sand; singing songs, building sandcastles and burying our feet. If only all afternoons could be spent this way.

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Soundtrack of the day: Disney’s Moana with a little Lilo and Stitch.

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My boys are happy in the sand!

Enjoying this year’s firsts

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Like I said, I’m so grateful that we were able to enjoy many firsts this year. Aside from his first beach trip, it was also his first time this year to:

We currently have no plans yet for this year so I have no idea what sort of adventures we’ll be having. But I guess that’s just part of the surprise isn’t it? Let’s see where God will lead us this year!

Happy New Year!

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Welcoming the new year is always exciting. We’re more hopeful, excited, ambitious and determined to make things better. Last year, I wrote a list of travel resolutions that, I’m happy to say, I was able to complete… well, more or less! Haha!

This year, I would still love to bring Luke on even more trips and explore even more of the country with him. We’ll see, by God’s grace!

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I don’t know what your goals and plans are for the new year but I pray that your 2018 will be filled with lots of love and light. May you have new adventures, create new friendships, discover new things and most of all, grow closer with God.

Happy new year, from our family to yours!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Nancy
    January 2, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Happy New Year, Sheena! I love how you’re giving Luke a lot of wonderful first experiences. It’s always better late than never. Luke looks excited with his sand gear XD. Hope you and your family will have an amazing 2018! Congratulations on completing your travel resolutions from last year.

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 2, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Happy New Year Nancy!! He really enjoyed building sandcastles. Hehe. Hope you have an amazing 2018 as well!!

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    Ashley
    January 3, 2018 at 1:59 am

    Awww, what a fun first, too! The beach is amazing!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      It was pretty fun!!

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    Megan
    January 3, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Aw, what a cute first time at the beach!

    I haven’t been to one (well I did visit a tiny one, so…), since I was a kid. Used to really enjoy it. One of those nice memories.

    Have a great year!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm

      Aww thanks Megan!! You should go back!!

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    Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    January 5, 2018 at 2:33 am

    Oh my gosh, Luke is such a vibrant, happy, smiling kiddo! He’s just the cutest! Ben and I are definitely beach people, so I get his excitement haha. What an amazing first for him!
    So excited to see what 2018 brings. I love your word to sum up 2017 though, I think we feel the same way about it. It was definitely a year filled with so many blessings!

    Happy New Year Sheena (and family!)

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 5, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Happy New Year Susie!!! <3 Excited to read more about YOUR adventures this year!!

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    Lyndi
    January 5, 2018 at 5:39 am

    Aw what cute family photos.
    Happy New Years!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

      Happy New Year Lyndi!

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    togel online
    January 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    is it at pipi island ,thailand ? nice start for the year.. happy famiy

    • Reply
      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 6, 2018 at 12:13 am

      This is in Subic in the Philippines! :) Happy new year!

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    Carly
    January 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    I’m so glad 2017 was good to you! It looks like Luke loved the beach and you had a wonderful family day. My little guys loves going to the beach to. If you want to make your beach trips even more fun try building giant sand castles with Luke. I son absolutely loves spending hours on castles and they always cause more kids to come and play, which is fun too!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 7, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      YES! Would love to do that next time!! I will definitely challenge him to build bigger sandcastles! <3

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    Senyth
    January 7, 2018 at 1:17 am

    What a lovely family! Wishing you more travels, good health and unity for 2018. Thank you for patronizing our own tourist spots! <3 It also makes me happy that you are living life with God by your side.

    Belated Happy New Year!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 7, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Aww thanks Senyth! Yes I really wanna travel more around the Philippines! <3

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    Cris
    January 7, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful experiences in 2017 and I can’t wait to read many more in 2018. Happy 2018. xoxo Cris

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 7, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks Cris happy new year to you too!

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    the adventurer
    January 8, 2018 at 2:22 am

    The beach is always fun, and I love the picture of him in the hammock! So cute xx

    Wishing you and your family a beautiful new year

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 10, 2018 at 1:36 am

      Happy new year to you too!! Haha yeah he’s chillin’ like a boss!

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    Yuliya Oleynykova
    January 11, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Luke is the cutest kid ever ^_^

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      January 12, 2018 at 12:30 am

      Awww thanks Yuliya! <3

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