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A birthday, a business trip and a new ‘big tent’

16 Jun

It was my birthday recently and I was totally spoiled by everyone. Kerry and Hadley got me a really pretty bracelet plus new running shoes, a new running jacket and a plush new robe. Mom got me a pretty new dress and earrings. Leigh registered us for a knitting class. My friend Amy sent me some cool jewelry from her store. And, Dad and Kathy sent me a gift that should be here soon. I got cake and many well wishes at work. Plus, it was nice to hear from friends and family. I love when my birthday goes on for several days 🙂

The only bad part about my birthday was having to leave for a business trip to Philadelphia. The good part about this business trip was that it is an easy drive plus Mom decided to tag along and explore the city. We did have a nice dinner at Butcher & Singer with many of my co-workers (including one whom I share a birthday with). Mom enjoyed meeting everyone and the Baked Alaska birthday dessert was fun for everyone.

We stayed at a great hotel and Mom enjoyed touring the city while I was at work. Once my day was over, we did head to Jones for a great dinner. Kerry and I discovered this restaurant last summer on our trip and it was as yummy as I remember!

I had a morning break on Tuesday so Mom and I headed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Chagall exhibit, plus some other works by Warhol, Calder, Monet, Johns, Pollock and Van Gogh. Of course, we had to pose with Rocky. (Terrible of me, eyes closed and everything but oh well). The museum was really nice and

While I was away, Kerry made some progress on our little sleeping issue. He got some help from the ‘big tent.’ The ‘big tent’ is actually fun to sleep in and it moves around the house with Miss H. It looks lovely in our living room.

So, that toddler bed we bought is proving pretty useless but if this tent works, we might be investing in a real tent to set-up in her room.

Miss H finally got some use out of the Halloween costume we bought 8 months ago. She had fun running around meowing and banging on pots and pans.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

A few days in Philly

8 Aug

We had to take last week off work because Miss H’s normal daytime caregiver was off to Paris to see her sister get married (so jealous) so we decided to spend a few days in Philadelphia and then a few days at a farm near Lancaster. Kerry had never been to Philadelphia (and I had not been there as a tourist in a very long time) so we decided to explore a city that was not too far from home.

We found a great hotel that was near all the major sites and gave us a room that was pretty much a small apartment. The Morris House Hotel was perfect and the staff was so nice!

Miss H loved all the doors in our suite and really loved the blue recycling bin that she could fill and drag around. We loved having a bedroom, living room, kitchen and nice size bath!

We had fun visiting the historic sites- like Independence Hall.

The liberty bell.

Miss H most enjoyed Franklin Square- there was a huge fountain, lots of grass to run around on, a big playground and a carousel. We got to meet up with Sandy, Adam and their son Cooper for time at the playground and a great dinner.

We all went to Jones for dinner and Cooper really wanted ‘perogies and blue water,’ but unfortuantely the perogies were not on the menu. The kiddos enjoyed gourmet grilled  cheese and fresh steamed peas while the adults had some yummy sandwiches.

Cooper really can say perogies and is the only 18 month old I know that can clearly say planetarium. Miss H loved stealing the peas from his plate (I am sure they tasted much different than the ones are her plate) and got quite a fan club from the wait staff with her hello/goodbye routine.

Speaking of food- we had other great meals and snacks while in Philly. We had great pizza at Pizzicato followed by delicious ice cream from the Franklin Fountain.

If you get your ice cream in a cup, you will get it in what we think of as a chinese take out container.

According to the girls helping us with our order- these boxes were originally designed for ice cream. Who knew?

Miss H loved the black raspberry ice cream.

Of course, in Philly- you must get a Philly Cheesesteak. We ventured over to the Reading Terminal Market and had two great sandwiches but neither of us ordered the local version with the cheez whiz.

Lucky for us we did a lot of walking (one day it was over 8 miles according to MapMyRun.com) to burn off part of the cheesesteak and ice cream 🙂

We went to the ‘Rocky steps’ (aka- the Philadelphia Museum of Art).

We wandered through the Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing.

Miss H tried to make friends with the people in one of the children’s displays.

Some other random photos that I liked:

On Wednesday, we checked out of Philly and headed to Valley Forge.