Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Love Park

LOVE Park, located in Philadelphia, was built in the 1960s.
Around the 1980s the park became famous for skateboarders because the way the park was designed.  With curving stairs and ledges, is perfect for the sport.  
In the early 2000s, the city banned skateboarding in LOVE park.
Even with the ban, I saw plenty of kids skateboarding the day we visited the park.
(I'm in the middle of the group, with my sunglasses on).

Normally LOVE park has gorgeous fountain behind the 'LOVE' sign, but it gets turned off when the city puts up the Christmas tree.  They were putting it up the day we were there.
Close to LOVE Park is a courtyard filled with HUGE game pieces. 
I don't know if this is unique to Philadelphia, but it's pretty cool!

In front of LOVE park is Philadelphia's City Hall.  On top of the building is a statue of Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn. Until 1908, this building was the tallest in Pennsylvania.
The William Penn Statue is gorgeous, but the day we were there was a cloudy, overcast day and I couldn't get a good photo of it.

Tid Bit of history:  Contrary to belief Pennsylvania was named after William Penn by King Charles II and not Penn himself.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

How Brave are You?

I am surrounded by little children all day, so is it surprising the first image that comes to my mind when thinking of bravery is the Disney movie 'Brave'?  If you haven't seen it, you should.  It's one of my favorite Disney movies.

When I think of being brave, I think of a soldier placing himself in danger to protect our country.  I think of a police officer putting himself in the line of fire to make society feel safe.  I think of a fire fighter putting out fires to save our homes and lives.  These men and women do things that a lot of us are afraid to do.

Then there are others who are brave, just because it's the right thing to do.  One story of bravery puts me in tears every time I think of it.  A 27-year old Sandy Hook teacher, Victoria Soto, sacrificed her life when she hid her students in a closet to protect them from crazed gunman, Adam Lanza. When Lanza entered her classroom, she told him that the students were in the gym. The terrified kids started running from the closet and Lanza began shooting. Soto threw herself in front of the children and was killed. The last moments of her life were spent protecting her young students by using her body as a shield against bullets from the deranged madman's gun.

Then there are smaller types of bravery.  For instance I am brave enough:
  • to catch a stink bug but FREAK when I see a spider.  
  • to tour colleges even though I am not ready to let my son go.
  • to get on fast rides at an amusement park, but refuse to go on a roller coaster.
  • to fly in an airplane even though I am terrified of heights.
  • to speak in public, but hate to confront someone one-on-one
  • to forgive even when I've been emotionally hurt.
  • to let my son go to senior week after high school graduation... 
    • okay, maybe not.  I'll be worried the entire time he's gone.
  • to venture into my teenage son's bedroom/bathroom AND clean it!!

What fears have you been brave enough to conquer?
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Philadelphia Art Museum

The Art Museum in Philadelphia is impressive. It looks like a Greek Parthenon was placed at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Highway. The detail on the building is amazing!

The school that Todd teaches at hosted an exchange program with 10 girls from England.  We took the British girls and their American hosts to a day trip in Philadelphia.
The view looking from the museum into Philadelphia is breath-taking.  Especially during the fall months when the leaves are changing colors.
I had Todd take a picture of me with the Moose statue.  For many years we called our youngest son "Moose" until he rebelled at 13 years old and told us he didn't like his nickname anymore.  I still feel sentimental when I see a Moose.
For those who know the movie "Rocky", starring Sylvester Stalone.  The movie is based upon the real life of boxer, Robert "Rocky" Balboa,  A famous scene in the movie shows "Rocky" running up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps.  The statue used to be at the top of the steps. It was moved a few years ago to the bottom when some stuffy, well-to-do folks said the statue was not "art".  


We didn't have time to explore the museum (only to use the bathroom). 
It was cold, but beautiful day to spend in Philadelphia.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Four Fill-In Fun

Each week, Hilary from Feeling Beachie lists four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her at Hilary(at)feelingbeachie(dot)com.

 The statements: 

1. ___ is ___
2. I am much better at ___ than ____
 3. In the winter I will ___ because____
4. Growing up I ate ____ but as a adult I eat ____

My Answers

  1. Reading a book is a way I can escape from the world.  Perhaps that is why I read a lot. ;-)
  2. I am much better at playing with children than relating to (some) adults.  =)  This is one reason I run a daycare / preschool.
  3. In the winter I will hibernate because I hate being cold.
  4. Growing up I ate meat but as a adult I eat  fruit and vegetables.  I do not consider myself as a "vegetarian".  I do, however, prefer not to eat me.
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cape May, NJ {Sunday In My City}

During our vacation we spent a day in the lovely town of Cape May.   In fact, it's one of our country's oldest vacation spot.  I would recommend this gorgeous town as a top place to visit.

Cape May began as a vacation spot for people from Philadelphia in the early 1800's.  In 1878 a huge fire burned down many homes.  The homes were re-built in a victorian style.  Cape May is designated as a National Historic Landmark because of the victorian home.  The details of the homes are stunning.  My husband and I walked around the town and tried to capture the beauty in these homes.

A lot of the homes have been turned into Bed and Breakfast's, but some are still private residences.
Could you envision yourself sitting on this rocker, relaxing during a cool summer day?
I love this hammock!  
 I hope you enjoyed the lovely view of Cape May.
Unknown Mami
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ocean Waves

Brandon and his friend, Frank went swimming in the ocean.
They were having a great time playing in the waves.
The waves were rough that day and I told the boys to be careful.
Then a huge wave came crashing down!

 I think the waves won!

Footnote: The boys were fine and went back for more.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Beach!

Our family vacation was spent in Ocean City, NJ.
We don't see our nieces and nephew as much as we would like, 
which makes our vacation special because we are with them an entire week.
The weather was perfect to be at the beach and the water wasn't cold.
 Uncle Todd dug a hole big enough to bury Tyce.
The girls were determined to find sea shells to fill their bucket.
 I'm proud to say I taught Tyce how to use the boogie board.
I had a great time at the beach!  I know the kids did too!