mike turned 34 last friday (34!!), and since he had to work, i planned a saturday day-trip to philly for the lds temple open house, and to re-visit the great splash pad at dilworth park! i also hoped to redeem our last crappy cheesesteak experience. (i shouldn't have gotten my hopes up on that last expectation.)
we visited last memorial day weekend (here & here)- side note: the kids have grown so much since last year- it's so crazy to compare!!! this trip we opted to go cheap & fast, so we hopped on the bus early, and returned back to nyc that same night. i planned to rent this super cool jeep and spend the night to really celebrate mike's birthday, but as usually happens, we cancelled and opted for the more conservative route. *whomp whomp*
we found the biggest preying mantis (gag) as we walked to the temple...
our tickets were for later in the day, but we decided to try to go early. we managed to enter the grounds from a side door, and somehow got right in- starting where you put on the little booties. that was lucky and awesome;)
the last time we had the opportunity to attend an open house was while i was pregnant with jude. elle was at a tough age, and the whole experience was chaotic (if i remember right). this time was peaceful and lovely. the temple was incredible. it fit right into the city. the paintings and finishings were historic and unique. the flooring was perfection. it was a perfect modern take on colonial beauty.
last time we were in town we found these amazing smoothies. we went back and thankfully the place was still there, and they still had the smoothies! they were so sweet i'm pretty sure they had no nutritional value, but they cooled us off;)
speaking of cooling........
i skipped the parts where we had the most awful food- we tried a super highly-rated place (yelp fail), and it was so awful, i spit it back out into my napkin. nothing was edible- the cheesesteak, fries, or hamburger. even the soda mike got sucked. we also found tie dye bagels, but they were dry and tasteless. i also dropped by phone, twice, and it cracked, twice. we tried to go into a store or two and our stroller wouldn't fit through the doorway- which has literally never happened. it kind of was a frustrating day. i missed new york city and the ease at which we've adapted to city life (there's no city like it), and i got so frustrated at how challenging things can be- especially when you work so hard to plan smooth sailing. i'm really grateful we at least started the morning on such a good note at the temple.
also, we saw jesus listening to music on an ipod. (last time it was benjamin frankin.)
until next time, philly. whenever that might be;)