New York City is Your Gift Part 2

No New York City trip would be complete without a trip to the Today Show, right?

If you remember correctly, my daughter and I went to New York City to celebrate her 10th brithday. We left no stone uncovered, and did it all -including a final surprise (for her) to go to the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series.

NYC is your Gift-Part 2

That morning, I woke her up at 5 am telling her that the NYC Birthday trip ended that day; and that I had one final surprise for her: going to the Today Show with VIP passes to see Fifth Harmony.

The poor girl was so sleepy; I don’t think she wrapped her head around what we were doing nor why we needed to be up so early since I omitted the WHAT and WHO of what we were doing. I just told her we needed to get up and get dressed, moving very slow since we were awake and eating delivery pizza in our hotel room the night before at 11 pm.

NYC is your Gift-Part 2

When we arrived at Rockefeller Center, there was excitement all around us. Incredulous, I never thought that a couple of hundred people would wake up in the middle of the night to stand in line, under pouring rain, for the possibility of getting a pass to the concert series.

Once we got there, I picked up our passes from the Today Show producers and when she looked at the pass the squeals of excitement coming out of my girl fit right in with the crowd.

“OMG OMG OMG We are here to see Fifth Harmony!!!! Mom!!!!” and things like that for about twenty minutes.

NYC is your Gift-Part 2

With VIP passes come standing in the front, next to the stage and the Today Show crew. One minute you are standing there watching these young girls perform the next Tamron Hall is hugging your daughter telling her that she is beautiful (she nearly passed out).

And then, there is that moment where Carson Daly is standing next to you, and you are looking at each other like “I’ve seen you before somewhere” and your daughter says: my mom cooked with you in a segment! And he tilts his head and says: yes! let’s take a picture. And we did.

NYC is your Gift-Part 2

After all of that excitement, my girl told me I was officially the coolest mom ever. Whew, I made her cook-mom-club!

We had a blast documenting the entire trip on Snapchat and this morning made it a real finale for her and all our friends watching. My only regret is not having my “real” camera with me that morning since the battery died the night before.

NYC is your Gift-Part 2

After that exciting morning, we headed to the airport and flew home. The concert was an incredible finale to our mother-daughter trip.

My biggest takeaway from the trip is that our children need our undivided attention, and we need that alone time, away from our daily lives to reconnect that bond that formed the day they were born.

Have you taken a trip, one-on-one, with one of your kids? How was it?

July 8, 2016

12 thoughts on “New York City is Your Gift Part 2”

  1. Polly says:

    OMG! That’s amazing. I bet your daughter was over the moon.

  2. Ashley says:

    Wow, that must have been the BEST SURPRISE EVER. Glad you guys enjoyed your time together.

  3. Allison Rodgers says:

    I took my daughter to LA for a long weekend and we both had such a great time. I think it is super important to just get out of your daily routine and take a break to just have fun.

  4. Megan Tinkler says:

    How awesome! Your daughter must have been beyond excited.

  5. Shannon says:

    “Coolest mom ever” – love it! I try and take my kids on trips for them to experience other cities, countries, people and cultures out there.

  6. Jennifer Smith says:

    I’m so jealous! Sounds amazing. I want to take each of my kids on one-on-one trips.

  7. Diana says:

    Great experience. I love the idea of taking one on one trips with each child.

  8. Daniela says:

    I can’t afford to take each child on an own trip but I do plan a day just for one child and do fun activities together.

  9. Joy Foxx says:

    Wow, what a great ending to an amazing trip. I think it is a great idea to spend time with your kids and give one child your full attention at a time.

  10. Amy says:

    I’ve taken a girls trip with my oldest daughter each year since she was 7 she is now 17. I love love these trips more than anything. We almost always drive so I have her undivided attention for the entire trip. You get a lot of info out of them in a long drive.
    I’ll start these same trips with my youngest when she turns 8 as well. I can’t wait.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I’m so happy to hear you do this too Amy!!

  11. Talida says:

    You are the coolest mom Laura!
    She will remember this trip for the rest of her life. A defining moment…

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