Archive | February, 2012

2.28.12 – Our little PeaPott :)

28 Feb

We are super excited to officially announce that we are expecting!  We are due at the beginning of September.  Life has changed a lot for us in the past couple of months, but we could not be more thrilled about how this little one will change our lives in an even bigger way in a few months.  We just can’t wait!

2.20.12 – A visit from Mary and Kelley

20 Feb

Happy President’s Day!  We had a weekend visit from our friends Mary and Kelley who made the long trek from Bloomington, IL to see us.  Unfortunately, Kyle and I had to work on Friday, but they had a good time exploring our hometown on their own.  Friday evening we met Mary’s nephew Bryan for dinner at Triumph in Philly, which was quite delicious.  After dinner, we went to the Arden Theater (where Bryan works) to see a play called Clybourne Park.  It was a really fun evening!

Saturday we set out to explore Philly’s historic sites.  Naturally, we started at Reading Terminal Market to eat breakfast at our favorite spot – the Dutch Eating Place.  We all tried scrapple for the first time which had mixed reviews, but the pancakes and french toast did not disappoint.  After breakfast, we headed to Independence Hall.  Unfortunately, the rest of Philly decided to check out the historic sites as well to celebrate President’s Day weekend.  We decided to skip the long lines and checked out Ben Franklin’s Grave, Betsy Ross’s house, and Christ Church (check out the pictures in the gallery). After the historic sites, we met up with Bryan for snacks and drinks at National Mechanics, which was a fun little bar and restaurant in Olde City.  Our historic tour ended there. 🙂  We ended the night with a slice at Soho Pizza and a quick trip to Love Park for a photo opportunity.  We may not have accomplished all the sightseeing we set out to do, but we still had a ton of fun.

Sunday was a day of rest.  We ate lunch at our local Iron Hill Brewery and dinner at our favorite Italian place Fellini’s.  Mary and Kelley confirmed our opinions of Fellini’s deliciousness.  We are so glad that they were able to visit us, and we had a lot of fun!  Here are some pics from our adventure:

2.9.12 – Mexican food fail

10 Feb

So last night Kyle humored me to try the Mexican restaurant in town, Dos Gringos.  He isn’t a huge fan of Mexican food, but I had a hankering for some chips and queso and my usual tacos, rice, and beans.  Much to our surprise -this place was not your typical Fiesta Ranchera (for the BloNo folks) or Don Panchos (for the K-town folks).  Let’s just say it was missing the authentic vibe.  First of all, no queso on the menu.  (WHAT!?)  Sure they had a variety of salsas and guacamole, but I wanted some cheese! 🙂  I decided I could live with that fact, and we decided to try their cheesey sausage appetizer dip.  It was OK, but it was no white cheese sauce.  While we waited, I decided to search the menu for my Combo #10 – two tacos, rice, and beans.  Unfortunately, most of the menu items were really fancy sounding, included some ingredients I hadn’t hear of, and were over $17.00 a plate.  Needless to say, we both ordered off of the kid’s menu for an additional $2.00 charge each.  The food we did order was pretty good. They did have a BYOT (Bring Your Own Tequila) policy, which was interesting.  It was the first time I felt like a boring Midwestern girl in an uptown restaurant who just couldn’t hang with the foodies.  Guess we should have just gone to Taco Bell… but we haven’t given up hope on finding our “Fiesta” – we’ll keep you posted. 🙂

2.4.12 – Fun-filled Philly Weekend

5 Feb

Well, folks, we made up for our lack of fun the last two weekends – all in one day!  Yesterday, we were determined to do some exploration of Philly’s historic scene.  The weatherman predicted 50’s and sunny, so we thought we better take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures.  We set out (more like ran out) to catch the train for a little Philly fun. Of course, sunny never transpired, and we were a little under-dressed but still had a great time.

First stop – breakfast Amish style at the Dutch Eating Place in the Reading Terminal Market.  We first visited the Dutch Eating Place during our house hunting trip, and once again the Amish did not disappoint.  It was delicious!

Second stop – Independence Hall. You don’t have to get tour tickets in February, but there was a long line to get in.  We had to wait about a half hour, but that gave us a chance to snap some pics of the building outside.  Once inside, a tour guide leads you around and tells you the story of the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  They have original items like Washington’s chair, Jefferson’s cane, and the ink stand used to draft and sign the Constitution.  It was pretty cool to be standing in the same rooms where the Founding Fathers stood in 1776.  The first room you’ll see in the pictures was a court room for the colony of Pennsylvania where lawyers from opposing sides shared a table and the same law books.  In July 1776, representatives from each colony met in that same room to risk their lives and defy the King of England.  The next room is where the Constitution was drafted and signed in 1787, which is where you will see Washington’s “rising sun” chair.

After the tour, we explored Congress Hall.  You’ll see in one of the pictures this is where the original U.S. Congress met before Washington D.C.  The bottom floor is where the state representatives met, and the upper floor is where the senate met.  You’ll also see pictures of committee rooms where the different congressional committees would meet.

Our final historic stop was Old City Hall. This was the original City Hall of Pennsylvania before its current location, but it is also where the original U.S. Supreme Court met.  Not as much to see in this building but still pretty cool.

On the train ride in, we noticed an abnormally large amount of people on the train, and many of them were talking about the car show.  Kyle decided to check it out online and saw it was at the Convention Center right by our train stop.  After our history tour, we decided to check it out.  It was huge, and there was a mixture of current model cars and museum cars.  The “Dubs” room held the motorcycles, rims, stereo systems, etc.  We were a little disappointed there weren’t any “concept cars,” but it was still fun to see all of the different brands and models in the same room.  You’ll see some of our favs in the pictures in the gallery.

After the car show, we headed back to Reading Terminal Market to share a baked ziti from By George! Pizza, Pasta, and Cheesesteaks. It was as delicious as we remembered.  I also had an apple dumpling from the Dutch place – yum!!  Then we headed back to catch the train for home.  It was a super fun day, and we both slept very soundly last night.  Hope you enjoy our pics!

2.1.12 – Peace out, January!

1 Feb

It’s been awhile…the end of January was somewhat uneventful and included a lot of traveling for Kyle and a lot of school and internship work for Jamie.  Kyle spent two weeks traveling all over Pennsylvania and back to Illinois for work.  The long period away was not much fun for either of us, but Jamie kept busy interning at her school, getting homework done, and crafting (thanks, Pinterest!).  Jamie attempted to fly into Bloomington the same weekend as Kyle but got her dates mixed up and ended up being there the weekend after.  Oops!  It worked out well though, because I was able to attend Nicole’s baby shower (can’t wait to meet their baby girl!). We both really enjoyed catching up with friends and both got to see our all-star coaching friend, KB, coach his girls during his undefeated season!  Jamie also got to help prepare decorations for Leslie’s first birthday coming up this weekend, which was a lot of fun.

We are both back to the grind this week.  Jamie’s internship has been almost a full time job, but she is learning a ton about being an elementary principal.  When she isn’t at school, she is trying to get her homework done for her online class.  She called today about her teaching certificate status, and of course the state moved to an online system in December and wasn’t going to process anything until she registered online.  She was supposed to know this from an e-mail that has been in her junk e-mail folder since December.  So frustrating… but she is one step closer to being able to substitute teach.  Kyle is still working long hours but is getting more settled into his new role as his projects are starting up this month.

The weather this week has been amazing!  It feels like spring outside.  Hopefully it will stay this warm over the weekend, and we will have a chance to do some exploring!  Check back soon for a weekend update. We are looking forward to a fun-filled February with visits from friends and less traveling for work.  Have a great rest of the week!  We miss you all!