Although we wish Dad could be here (miss you!), we have had a great time with Mom since her arrival on Thursday morning. We have enjoyed some tasty food, beautiful weather, and fun adventures. Here is a recap of her visit:
Thursday: After picking her up at the airport and giving her a tour of the house, we picked up Kyle and went for lunch at Harvest, which was tasty as usual. While Kyle finished his work day, we took a walk around Media and checked out some of the local shops and the weekly farmer’s market. Media is a fair trade town, so it was interesting to see the what the local and global shops had to offer. After Kyle arrived home, we took her to our favorite Italian spot, Fellini’s cafe, which also did not disappoint.
Friday: We set out to enjoy the history Philly has to offer, but we had to fuel up first. We took the train to the Reading Terminal Market. We were just deciding what to eat when (for the first time in 22 years), the entire market lost power. We stood around with the rest of the customers for a few minutes wondering what to do when the back up generator kicked in to restore power for some of the equipment. Kyle enjoyed his usual Italian pasta while Mom and I tried the turkey platters from The Original Turkey. After a quick tour through Chinatown, we set out to see some history.
We later found out that the third weekend in May is the busiest weekend of the year for the historic sites in Philly, and Friday was no different with the beautiful weather. We were able to fight the fieldtrip and tourist crowds to get tours of Old City Hall, Independence Hall, and Congress Hall. We peeked at the Liberty Bell through the window. We also saw the Philosophical Hall for the first time, which wasn’t much to write home about. We also visited Washington Square to see the tomb of the unknown revolutionary war soldier. We made a quick pit stop at the Dairy Queen before paying a visit to Ben Franklin’s grave, and then we headed home to rest for the evening.
Saturday: Another beautiful day in the Philly area! In the morning, Kyle ran his marathon training run while Mom and I enjoyed a walk through Ridley Creek State Park. Our exercise helped us work up a healthy appetite for some Amish grub. We set out for Lancaster County to try Dienner’s Country Restaurant, which was a buffet of Amish goodness. I am pretty sure I ate myself into a food coma, but we were able to walk it off through the Kitchen Kettle Village shops. Our final stop on our Amish trip was a really fun horse and buggy tour to a real Amish farm thanks to Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides. Buster and Buddy (our horses) led us to John’s (our tour guide’s) dairy farm. We learned a lot! On the way home, we made a pit stop for Mexican food at El Gran Rodeo for a tasty dinner.
Sunday: The day started out just as beautiful as the rest, so we decided to head for the beach in Ocean City, NJ. However, we made the newbee mistake of not checking the weather at the beach before we left. We realized as we saw the bank of clouds ahead that things weren’t so sunny on the ocean today. We made a quick trip to the beach for a photo op before deciding to purchase some hoodies on the boardwalk to warm us up. We enjoyed a decent lunch at Ocean Cafe. Then we had a treat at Kohr Bros frozen custard. We had talked up the “jimmies” (aka rainbow sprinkles) that they top their custard with, and Mom agreed that they make the cone quite delicious. We walked around a bit more before heading home to watch the Pacers game and a movie.
Overall, we have had lots of fun!! Here are some pictures from our adventures: