Exploring Philadelphia

This is the third in a series of posts about our 5th anniversary vacation. View the first post on Maryland here, and the second post on Washington DC here.

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Our day trip to Philadelphia was honestly the highlight of my trip. The original plan was to go to New York City for the day but after our exhausting afternoon in DC and the prospect of 6 hours of travel time round trip, Chris wasn’t too crazy on the idea. I was super disappointed at first, but looking back on how great our day was I don’t even mind that it was spent in Philadelphia instead of NYC.

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I did a little research the night before and had a long list of places I wanted to try and see while we were in town. Philadelphia is obviously a really historic city but not being a big history buff myself, I really wanted to do some other ‘fun’ things besides just taking a history class. But Chris took a look at my list with a loud groan. He is the history buff kind of guy and wanted to take advantage of being in such a historic city.

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Much like DC, there was a lot of free stuff to do. We took a quick walk through the Liberty Bell museum, got a pic of the bell and moved along to Independence Hall. I still don’t really get the big significance of the Liberty Bell.

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You have to get tickets for the tour at Independence Hall but they’re free. You just pick them up at the information center across from the Liberty Bell. The tour was actually pretty cool. I liked our tour guide and surprisingly I wasn’t bored even though my attention span and interest level is similar to that of a 15 year old girl.

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^^This is where the magic happened. Washington sat in that chair at the front

The US Mint (where they make money) is right across the street and also free, but we decided to skip out on that one.

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5th Wedding Anniversary in Maryland

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Christopher and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary a couple weeks ago. It was fabulous. Not only because we’ve had 5 lovely years of marriage but also because I convinced him that 5 years was so significant that we needed to go on a trip to celebrate. My  compelling argument included the fact that soon we’ll have a newborn and two children which will make traveling a tad difficult. I may have also convinced him of this while he was only half listening (and also playing a computer game).

Naturally on the list of my top dream vacation spots, Maryland doesn’t actually make the cut but we decided to go there for four main reasons.

  1. We could stay with my aunt so we’d save money on hotel and eating out expenses.
  2. She and her two daughters would be fabulous babysitters in the event that Chris and I want a day to ourselves.
  3. She lives relatively close to DC and New York City so we could still do some fun touristy things without having to pay to stay in the city.
  4. Also I really like my family a lot and was excited for an excuse to visit them.

I have to admit, this vacation turned out to be so much more wonderful than I ever expected. It was such a glorious mix of relaxing/doing nothing and sight seeing. I got to chill and there were always people around who wanted to play with Evelyn so I got a little mom break. Plus Chris took off work for an entire week. So even if no on else was around to watch her, he was. And that was fabulous.

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I may have even left him home a few times with her so that I could have some girl time and I didn’t feel bad about it at all.

One of the highlights of my trip was getting my hair done. I’ve been wanting something fresh and new for a while now and I am thrilled with the outcome!

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Chris was not okay with the pink, so I compromised and just got them as extensions. That way I don’t have to worry about them fading either. Win-win.

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^^My aunt tried to get Evelyn to call Uncle Darryl ‘Duncle’

but it didn’t catch on…he was just Uncle.

Evelyn loved getting to know her great aunt and uncle and her (second?) cousins too! She especially loved Jack who taught her how to fist bump. Should I be worried that she is so keen on boys? I was honestly surprised at how quickly she took to my Uncle. She just did what he said from the get go. And danced and played ball.

The weather was pretty crappy the whole time we were there but on one of the nice days we went to the park (where Chris kicked a soccer ball into my face..) and then walked on this adorable promenade down to a lighthouse.

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^^It was a hoodie and yoga pants kind of day

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