On the plane, Owen got his own seat without a car seat for the very first time! He really liked having the space and he got to sit in the middle between Mom and Dad. He is a great traveler.
We took Owen to his very first in person lacrosse game at Johns Hopkins University, Dad's alma mater. It was a beautiful evening--we even went without our coats for a majority of the game, but coming from Minnesota means that lots of other places are always warmer! Owen loved watching the game and got really excited whenever a team scored. Several young boys found lacrosse balls buried in the snow in the end zones and they offered Owen one, which he promptly threw back to them. Oh well, at least we know he's got a good arm.
The following day we met up with Owen's godparents, Anthony and Jackie and their 2 kiddos, Nicolo and Francesca. We had a great brunch and went over to Port Discovery in Baltimore. Owen climbed his heart out and got Mom and Dad to join in on the fun. They had a cool water area where Owen learned about what floats and what doesn't. What a really fun place!
|Francesca, Uncle Anthony, Nicolo, Owen, Solito walking together!|
Our next stop was Philadelphia........and the Phillies team store at Citizens Bank Park! We took a look at the new merchandise and had to make some difficult decisions on what to buy--so many choices. Owen got a new ball cap and some Phillie Phanatic books. Owen really loves that statue in front of the park.
We had to stop nearby and get a cheesesteak and crab fries, ballpark and Philly staples. I haven't had a real cheesesteak in a LONG time and the one I had at Chickie's and Pete's totally hit the spot.
Off to the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell! Owen would have touched that bell if given the chance, but we watched him like a hawk and so did the NPS officer stationed right there.
I noticed a sign saying that Benjamin Franklin's grave site was nearby and oddly, even though I've been to Philly a gazillion times, I hadn't visited it before. Owen got to throw some pennies to honor ol' Ben---"A penny saved is a penny earned!"
We had an afternoon free so we decided to check out Longwood Gardens which was part of the DuPont family estates and is now an open to the public set of various gardens and fountains. There was a beautiful orchid display in the main area and we walked the whole place, seeing herbs, bonzai trees, fruit, and lots of beautiful spring arrangements. The find of the place was the children's garden which had been remodeled in 2008. There are tons of water fountains, which is code for "Owen's heaven". He even got use a paint brush to do some "water painting". Just as we were getting ready to leave, he found a raining type fountain, looked at me, and stuck his head in it! So we left the building with a fairly wet, but very happy child.
I wish we had more time to visit even more people, but there just isn't enough time in the day! As much as I have enjoyed a slower lifestyle living in the Twin Cities, I totally miss certain things and certain people out East. We got to have some good meals with some great friends as well during our trip. We enjoyed spending time with you (Arnold, Angie, Tommy, Linda, Uncle Steve, and Dawn). We hope we get back out there sooner than later to visit again!