Thursday, February 24, 2011

Four generation fun in Philly!


We just got back last night from our road trip to Philly.  Bob (as J calls my dad), J, and I drove down together and stayed with Gigi (my grandmother). 

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We enjoyed the near tropical weather (for us) and played at the park the first day.  Bob played a little too hard as always, but they had so much fun.  J ended up completely covered in mud from falling under the merry-go-round and continuing to do it over and over.  Funny thing is this is the same merry-go-round I remember falling under and thereafter being terrified of.  Guess J and I are different in some ways!

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The next day we visited the Hershey factory, in Hershey, PA.  Lots of fun (and crazy kiddo insanity).  We made our own chocolate bars!

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Our family favorite chocolate factory.


Reading the Sunday morning funnies with Gigi.

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Please Touch Museum.  Long line, but lots of fun!  Not the greatest pictures, but he really enjoyed it all, including the play grocery area.  I found his completely sugary and boxed food cart interesting.

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One of the highlights of any trip to Philly is a visit to Himmey’s (Jewish deli/family favorite resaurant). I couldn’t help but take a pic of the matza ball soup


And my Rueben ;-)  (Picture of Mama’s Philly cheese-steak missing; guess we ate it too fast.)

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Crayola factory—lots and lots of crafts!


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And the Canal and Train museum.

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Oh, and this is how J enjoyed the Martin Guitar Factory.  Most time I have had to digest a museum exhibit in awhile.  

We had so much fun.  We also enjoyed exploring Waverly, where Gigi lives, including making use of her pool.  We visited some old friends and we had a wonderful visit to a fun place called the Tree House where J got to take a gymnastics class, a dream come true for both of us.  Oh, and we even visited a “real” not-just-for-kids museum that we often enjoy (the Brandywine River Museum).  J thought the museum shop was the best part, though he did enjoy the original “Treasure Island” illustrations.  Unfortunately, with all this fun he also picked up a strep bug and is sick sick sick.  So we are just resting and relaxing for the rest of our vacation week.  It was a very special visit, most importantly for sharing so much time with people so important to us ;-)


jenna said...

It's good to hear that you guys had so much fun and Joseph got to see so many new things! Hope he feels better soon! And, oh my god! He's gotten huge and looks so old!!!!!

Ruth said...

Thanks birdy! So great to hear from you. Hope to see you!