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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Goodbye Philly, for Another Year

 
We left Philadelphia this morning. I didn't make it as close to home as planned due to bad weather, but I'm on my way.

Philadelphia is a city of contrasts. There are many buildings dating to Colonial days. Skyscrapers and brownstone can be seen in most every view.

Philadelphia

We all walked Rachel to work as part of our farewells. She helps develop curriculum at the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

Philadelphia

And, of course, nothing says Philadelphia like row houses.

Philadelphia

But the city also has dozens of wonderful murals. Here's an example.

Philadelphia

One last view of the skyline on the way out of town.

Philadelphia

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Here We Go- Philadelphia Flower Show 2015

 
We had all day long at the flower show, and we took good advantage of that! We went right at opening time.

Philadelphia Flower Show

Hurry! Go in beneath the marquee. The theme is "At the Movies."

Philadelphia Flower Show

The entry space was flanked with concentric rings of red and white flowers.

Philadelphia Flower Show

And multi-colored formal bouquets in the pools.

Philadelphia Flower Show

Don't forget to look overhead!

Philadelphia Flower Show

Philadelphia Flower Show

I begin the trip home tomorrow, but you'll get lots more flower show pictures over the next few weeks.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sundays in Philadelphia

 
Even though I didn't get here last year, this is at least my 4th Flower Show trip, so Sundays before the show have almost settled into a routine. First Marie and I go to Mass, and then we all go to Dave and Rachel's church. Today, Rachel sang the special music.

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Mia tried to be shy, hiding against Daddy Dave.

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Anja was willing to show off a learning project done by her youth group.

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I thought I should offer proof of all this food I keep talking about. Dinner tonight was tortellini and antipasto. We are full. (Now, Mia is the little jokester)

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fun, Friends, Food

 
We just hung out today, ferried the girls to their activities, ate a lot of food and had fun.

Casper the cat is a new addition since my last visit. Quite a handsome fellow.

white cat

We played a game that was new to me called Forbidden Island. It was only the fourth time they had played it. Instead of a competitive game, it's collaborative. You have to work together as a team to collect certain items from the island and then all airlift away before the island sinks under rising floodwaters. They had never won it before, but had learned a lot of strategy ideas from the previous attempts. We managed to win, with much cheering and high-fives.

Forbidden Island

Then we had dessert. Of course I forgot to picture it, because then all we were interested in was eating it! We had brownies with ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream and raspberries. We did a great job at making empty bowls.

empty bowls

We also decided that Monday will be flower show day, so tomorrow will be more family/friend fun.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Arriving in Philadelphia

 
Another day of mostly driving. Pam, Marie and I arrived in Philadelphia just after dark. Dave (Marie's son, and my "extra" boy) had managed to save us a parking space in front of the house.

Philadelphia

We had a late dinner because the girls were out seeing a play some friends of theirs were in. Then we played a game of Apples to Apples, which was extra entertaining since nearly everyone was falling asleep on the table!

family game

I haven't seen the girls for two years, so it's pretty amazing how much more grown up they are.

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