July 2010

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The lovely and talented Kameran…

Lovely and talented Kameran

Strike a pose!

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It never fails. Whenever Jess comes to visit, at some point, whether he likes it or not, Adam is going to have his hair put-up in pigtails…

Poor Adam

Caption courtesy of BigHugeLabs

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The boys big sister, Jess, and niece other big sister, Kameran, came to visit for a few days. They flew into Philly and although the airport is less than 50-miles away from the house, it took us almost 2-1/2 hours to get there because the traffic on the PA turnpike is…just….awful! Anyway, we made it there and back, and Jess and Kam only had to wait a little while…well, 20-minutes or so, which probably seemed like an extraordinarily long time after an afternoon spent traveling.

Kids Castle Today, everyone visited “Kids Castle” in nearby Doylestown. The castle is an eight story wooden playground structure designed & named by children of Doylestown Township through an art contest in 1996. As you cross over the drawbridge, you enter a magical world that includes a 35-foot high castle with a huge twisty slide, a very friendly dragon, a tree house, a barn yard, a rocket ship, a downtown promenade for toddlers, a multitude of slides and swings and a children’s amphitheater. It’s pretty darn cool, and the kids had a blast!

And there was ice cream! 🙂

Adam eats ice cream Kameran eats ice cream Alex eats ice cream

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Today’s my birthday. How old am I? Old enough to know better than to tell you how old I am. Seriously, though, I’m 29…or thereabouts 😉

Anyway, I really enjoyed the baseball cake mom and the boys made got me…

…so did the boys!

Alex eats cake Adam eats cake

MMMM…cake! It’s not just for wearing on your shirt! 😉

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The boys got much-needed haircuts today, and after returning home, just before dinner, they engaged in an exploration of telephone technology…

Jedi Mind Games

Remote Control

Tasty Apple

Captions courtesy of BigHugeLabs

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Everyone, I suppose, needs a pacifier to thoroughly enjoy their nap …

A Bink for Daddy

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Non-stop playing makes one very thirsty! Adam and Alex take a break from running and jumping and climbing and running to enjoy a cool, refreshing, and rejuvenating bottle of H2O …

Adam says, “Ahhhhh…cool!”

Adam enjoys a bottled water

Alex says, “Ahhhhh…refreshing!”

Alex enjoys a bottled water

Alex says, “I’m finished!” and chucks the empty water bottle…

Alex enjoys a bottled water

Alex is not an environmentalist!

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Time is winding down on the family visit. Nana, Pa and the boys’ favorite cousin, Katie, will be hitting the road for the return home tomorrow. But today the sun was shining and the air was warm; the perfect weather for swimming trunks and kiddie pools…

Alex and Katie Katie plays with the boys

Katie plays with the boys; Alex loves the slide!

Katie in the pool

When the boys are finished lounging by the pool, Katie takes them for a drive around the yard…

Going for a drive

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Americas Liberty Bell

Katie and the Liberty Bell Today we took a break from unpacking and ventured into Philadelphia for a bit of sightseeing. Cousin Katie (pictured left) has never been here before, so Nana thought it’d be nice to take her to see the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell is one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War. It is a familiar symbol of independence within the United States and has been described as an icon of liberty and justice.

According to tradition, its most famous ringing occurred on July 8, 1776, to summon citizens of Philadelphia for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians today consider this highly doubtful, as the steeple in which the bell was hung had deteriorated significantly by that time. The bell had also been rung to announce the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774 and after the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

The Liberty Bell was known as the “Independence Bell” or the “Old Yankee’s Bell” until 1837, when it was adopted by the American Anti-Slavery Society as a symbol of the abolitionist movement.

The inscription on the Liberty Bell reads as follows:

Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof Lev. XXV X
By Order of the ASSEMBLY of the Province of PENSYLVANIA [sic] for the State House in Philada
Pass and Stow
Philada
MDCCLIII

The source of the inscription is Leviticus 25:10, which reads

“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.”

Hanks at the Liberty Bell
Alex and Adam pose with mom and dad in front of the Liberty Bell.

The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

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Happy Independence Day! The boys celebrated our nation’s birthday by wrestling with their Nana in their new playroom…

Alex and Nana Adam and Nana

This was a lot more fun than watching a baseball game with the ol’ man…

Tho’ not as quiet 🙂

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