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    All Things Seem Possible in May





    The world's favorite season is the spring. 

    All things seem possible in May.

    ~Edwin Way Teale

    I've never done a monthly wrap-up post before, but because May was particularly awesome this time around, I've decided to give it a try. What blessings hath May brought? 

    I RAN ten miles (without stopping!) at the Broad Street run in Philadelphia - My longest running distance ever (so far!): 

      

    The kids completed their first season of Soccer; making me a… (wait for it…) Soccer Mom. Should I get that soccer ball sticker for my minivan yet?


    Speaking of Mom, on Mother's Day weekend, I was treated to a box of brownies, breakfast, flowers, gifts, a drive-thru zoo where the giraffes come right. Up. To. Your. Car. (I love New Jersey), an amusement park, and dinner at my favorite vegetarian restaurant in Philly. Not bad if I do say so myself:


    Many of my flowers started blooming. May is one of the most amazing months in the garden.


    I traveled to a television studio in New York City and met two blogger friends and an attachment parenting guru:


    Next up, my baby turned FIVE. Five I tell you. Unbelievable. My heart:


    Later that week, we took the kids for their very first backpacking trip - 11 miles, three days, and two nights out in the backcountry of Virginia! It was amazing and awesome (and wet and exhausting) but so wonderfully bonding as a family. It was incredibly refreshing to get so close to the earth, and back to basics (No social media! No laptop! No cellphone service!):

     

    And we concluded with a trip to Washington DC to visit the museums and Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day:

     

    It's been a spectacular month. I can't wait to see what's up next - bring it on, June!!!    

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    Wordless Wednesday: Liberty





    We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.  ~Robert J. McCracken

    For Mother's Day, we took a daytrip to Liberty State Park in New Jersey. From there, we hopped the ferry to Ellis Island, and then on to the Statue of Liberty. It had been years and years since I saw the statue up close - some long-since-filed memory from a forgettable middle school trip, I'm sure.  This time, combined with the wonder of Ellis Island and the exuberance of my children it was much more meaningful and exciting.  Our 6 year old really got into the trip - as she was able to read all the signs and descriptions in the museum on Ellis Island. Our nearly 4 year old wasn't nearly as jazzed about the museum as he was about the ferry rides and climbing all the stairs inside the statue.  There are a few things available to younger guests - phones to pick up & listen to people talk about their experiences arriving on Ellis Island, and a gift shop with wooden whirly birds for sale, as an example. But on the whole, I'd say being reading age makes this trip much more interesting for children. We also got to see, relatively close, the new Freedom Tower under construction.  While the skyline looked a bit strange, as it always does, without the World Trade Center towers standing, seeing new construction was inspiring. In all, we had a fabulous time. It was amazing to me to see all the old photographs and artifacts, and with taking a ferry to & fro, I really could imagine what it would have been like arriving in America for the very first time. Amazing. For a history of Ellis Island & the mass immigration that took place there from 1892 - 1924, visit the EllisIsland.org Some photos from our trip:


    Sign on the way to the ferries.


    My son's favorite part of the trip.


    Lady liberty from afar.


    Walking around Ellis Island - checking out some of the names inscribed on the "Immigrant Wall of Honor".


    Luggage (amazing).


    Babywearing - nearly 100 years ago! :)


    The restored great hall where immigrants were first greeted & divided into groups for health, intelligence, legal processing, and other screenings. Here's a "then & now"
    photo gallery.


    Looking out over Ellis Island - the statue is off in the background.


    A list of the food available for purchase by immigrants. CANDY! :)


    A wall of postcards illustrating the various ships that brought passengers to the USA.


    Walking outside the main building, on the way to the ferry.


    The Manhattan skyline from the ferry. Missing the World Trade Towers.


    The statue from the ferry... getting closer!


    Preservation of the old torch.


    Odd art from the museum.


    Yes, there are elevators, but we walked!


    La Liberté éclairant le monde


    Family pic! (6 year old is making faces & 3 year old is bored)

    Posted: May 12 2011, 08:28 by kelly | Comments (2) RSS comment feed |
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    Wordless Wednesday: New York Toy Fair 2011





    On Sunday, we made our annual trip to the New York Toy Fair. We had a fabulous time meeting up with some of our current vendors, and looking for new puzzles, games, and stuffed animals for a few of our shops. Honestly, I look forward to this day for MONTHS - it’s like Christmas for adults (okay, maybe just me...) - and I don't even mind the tired feet. Here are a few highlights of our trip. Enjoy!


    The Entrance! There were guys riding pedal scooters around in circles ALL DAY. I suppose there are WORSE jobs to be had...


    Giant. Pink. Play Kitchen. This thing was MY HEIGHT.


    Oh, SMURFS! How I adored The Smurfs as a kid!


    Adam, Jack, and Me... Yarrrrrg!


    Just amazing. And, made of Legos, folks.

     


    For all you Angry Birds fans!


    Two old folks (Ad & Me) demonstrating how you lose balance as you age.

     


    Dexter Bobbleheads & ACTION FIGURES?! (yikes)

     


    Awesome Etsy seller. Aren't those cones are the CUTEST things?


    The SeriousShops.com Toy Fair '11 Crew! Dan, Adam, Spence, and little ol' Me in front of the "World's Largest Puzzle" - 36,000 pieces!!!

     

    Posted: Feb 15 2011, 22:52 by kelly | Comments (16) RSS comment feed |
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