This January the kids were selected to model for ad campaigns for Too Small Organization and The Next Generation. Both are two organizations looking to educate parents so that they can better help their children in school and in early learning. Better education and early learning is something that is near and dear to our hearts.
My Aunt Christina sent me a link of a Photographer in San Jose, Ca. looking for children in a certain age range, I thought, why not. If we get a spot then my husband and I could take a mini trip back to San Jose where we grew up. A few weeks later and a few pictures being sent back and forth we were selected to be part of the photo shoot! We were very excited and honored.
The trip to San Jose, is three hours from our home in the central valley. We pulled up to a house that wasn’t far from ironically where we both grew up. We had a second to reminisce and then we walked into an amazing Eichler home and met the photographer, Kate of JetKatphotography and her awesome assistant. They were very easy going and warm. The house was beautiful and the kids felt right at home. I was worried that the kids wouldn’t participate but that wasn’t the case.
Kate had the kids play with blocks while she took pictures. Everything was very natural, the setting in a home and playing with toys. Carlos fell in love with the tambourine and Emery found a room with an antique puzzle. Kate wanted us (the parents) to be in some on the photo’s, we didn’t expect to be in any so it came to a surprise. Victor and I just played and pointed to different things that were on the floor while Kate snapped away.
At the end of it Emery didn’t want to leave but we had more things to in our short little time in the city.
Just down the street we surprised Emery and Carlos’ great grandparents with a visit. It was Carlos’ first time meeting Grandma and Grandpa Zak. Grandma Zak had tons of toys for the kids to play with and take home (as any good grandma might!) and Carlos was extra excited when he saw two huge orange trees. Victor and I just looked at each other and started laughing. His favorite fruit is orange, if he sees an orange he wants it. He eats the rind (if we don’t catch him in time) and has been known to make a whole with his little finger and suck the juice out.
Since my husband and I both grew up in San Jose, there’s always friends I’m wanting to meet with or friends begging for me to come up and visit. I had to meet with at least one while I was here or I wouldn’t here the end of it! I’ve been friends with Jessica since my High School days at Mt. Pleasant. Of course we’ve seen the boy friends, the jobs and all the stuff in between. Now we both have little kids and a husband. The last time I saw her was three years ago, I needed to meet up with her and meet her son Marcus. Jessica ended up calling me and asking what I was doing that weekend. I said, “nothing i’m actually going to San Jose want to meet up?”. It was meant to be!
Driving around San Jose was very nostalgic. My husband and I grew up so close together, shared the same land marks, maybe saw each other while one of us was driving by but never knew each other, never went to the same school and to be honest we probably wouldn’t have been friends. I was friends with all kinds of different people and clicks but I feel like we were two different people back then.
The day was coming to an end and for the first time since leaving my home town when I was 16, I thought, I could live here again. Victor was thinking the same thing and we reminisced some more as we headed home.