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This afternoon the boys road the train for the first time. We were going into Philly to see the Christmas lights, but the highlight of the trip was the train! They were pretty excited, especially Adam, who of course, was not very patient at all…


Of course there was only one way to keep them from crossing the yellow line at the edge of the platform…

The boys and daddy

And so YADDA, YADDA, YADDA, we walked around Philly until FINALLY! The boys are back in the train station for the ride back home! Adam is still impatient…

Alex tells a story

Alex, on the other hand, just can’t stop talking about his trip to Philly!

Adam and Mommy

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This afternoon, we ventured into Philly for this Cars 2 event sponsored by State Farm Insurance. Basically, the boys could have their pictures taken with three of the characters from the new Disney/Pixar film Cars 2: Lightening McQueen, Tow Mater, and Finn McMissile. The characters were on display in the parking lot of Citizen’s Bank Park, the home of the Phillies, and as luck would have it, the Phils were playing the Marlins. Unfortunately, the game was sold out, and though we gave it a try, there were just no tickets to be had…

Alex and Adam at Phillies Game

Oh, yeah, the boys did get their pictures taken with Lightening McQueen and the gang…

But according to the web page where I am to retrieve the pictures, they haven’t been “processed” yet (which takes 48-hours). So stay tuned…

UPDATE (2/19): It’s been 48-hours and the “process” is complete. Here’s one of the pictures: This is us with the new Cars character, “Finn McMissile” (a British Mi6 agent played by Michael Caine):

Finn McMissile

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Jess and Kameran were supposed to fly out yesterday morning, but the weather (SNOW!) led to flight cancellations at Philadelphia International. So, their Christmas visit was extended a couple days. That’s okay, especially for Kameran who was looking forward to a white Christmas this year!

Snow Bunny…

Snow Bunny

A rather pouty Snow Bunny…


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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

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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