Weekend away: Part II


Before I continue on with part two of our roadtrip, I have to first celebrate this Throwback Thursday with a picture of Jared and I in 2008. Today marks five years we've been together and yes, we still 'celebrate' that date even though we have a real anniversary now too. I know it's cliche, but time really does fly when you're having fun…. and if you know anything about us, it's that we love to have fun. So happy 5-years, Jared! Oh, and readers?! That stud of a man has his FIRST EVER guest post in the works and I cannot wait to see it and share it with you all next week! :)


So now that you let me get all my mushy-gushy stuff out of the way, we can get back to our trip to NJ/Philly. My first recap was mainly about the roadtripping experience with Jared and I, so now we can get on to the really good stuff. After a much needed night's sleep we were off to explore Brittney & Aaron's hometown with them.


We had lunch at a quaint little Irish Pub nearby. The food was all DELICIOUS, especially the appetizer Brittney suggested we get: Spicy Potatoes. They were basically just peeled, round potatoes covered in buffalo/hot sauce. Sounds simple, but we inhaled them. Probably should get two orders next time ;)

We spent most of the day exploring the huge, HUGE mall nearby. It's funny.... I work in and live near what I've always considered to be a pretty big city, but this trip proved me oh-so-wrong. I used to always think that my local city was so diverse, so multicultural. Totally not true now that I've seen the NJ/Philly area. It was actually pretty cool to see an area that really could be considered a cultural melting pot!

Of course, if you're ever out shopping and see a hedgehog in any form, you MUST take a picture (no matter how large and in charge you look) to let Robin know you were thinking of her and Tate while vacationing.

We got to attend my sister's church later that night and hear her beautiful singing voice and meet a few of their friends. Afterward, a few not-so friendly games of foosball broke out between Jared and Aaron. It's safe to say that Aaron practices....a LOT ;)

Sunday rolled around and it was time to tear up Philadelphia like the tourists that we were! This was Jared's first time visiting, and it had been 4 years since my first and only visit. Our first stop was to see the Liberty Bell.
Jared in line for the Bell with Independence Hall in the background :) 

There she is!!! There is just something so cool about seeing a piece of history that we've all read about and heard about since we were little elementary students.


Jared's ringing the bell, don't tell! ;)

Independence Hall was our next stop! This area in Philadelphia is SO PRETTY.

And you can't just go take pictures in front of Independence Hall without taking a handful of jumping pictures.... Am I right?!

The first stop inside Independence Hall. The tour guide (who was hilarious and you will meet a little further down) said about 80% of the furnishings, paint, woodwork etc is original in this room. Unreal!

Oh! There he is!! Let's just say, he was a very smart man who obviously loves his history... but we DID feel like we were getting military orders barked at us from time to time.

And boy, do I wish this picture had turned out better. It'll have to do ;)




A fave picture from the trip. The three of us engaged in a lively debate in the former home of Congress!


Another favorite part of the trip for me was getting to see where/how they printed different newspapers, flyers and other paper materials. As a former journalism/graphic design student, this was very cool to see. I actually took a class, "History of Graphic Design" in college where I studied and learned about a lot of this so getting to see it reenacted was a treat! Nerd Alert.


Yes, I spazzed just a little over seeing this ;)




And what would a trip to Philadelphia be without a lunch consisting of Cheesesteaks!?
Yes, mine was chicken but it still counts!

And one last stop to let Jared had his "Rocky" moment in front of the Art Museum?!

So I think it's safe to say we crammed just about everything into a short few days that we could. It was so nice getting to hang with Britt & Aaron on their turf and also be tourists. They were the perfect hosts and I refuse to let another 4 years pass before I get up there to visit again :)

29 comments

  1. you always have the best jumping pics!
    it's bc you are so darn cute.
    and I want to see the liberty bell!!

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  2. happpy 5 years!! your jumping and lively debate pictures made me laugh! what a fun trip!!! :)

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  3. Ah, that looks like SUCH a fun trip...and I'm dying over the tour guide. Sexy can I! (haha---ick!)

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    1. It was a blast!! :) The tour guide CRACKED US UP!

      PS- you are a no-reply blogger, so I couldn't email you back directly. You can change that in your blogger settings!

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  4. so much fun! I need to take a trip to Philly some day!

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  5. Looks like you guys have so much fun! I have friends and Philly and would LOVE to go out and see them and tour the city.

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  6. Oh my goodness it looked like y'all had SO MUCH FUN! What a great weekend getaway. Plus there's nothing better than good quality sister time :)

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  7. This looks like soo much fun! Y'all definitely did a lot of good, touristy type stuff! I would have wanted to do all of that myself :)

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  8. I have never been to Philly but I have been to Pittsburgh and I'd love to go back!

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  9. That sounds like such a fun trip! I love all the history there! So cool! I totally want a philly cheesesteak now. Thanks for that. :)

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  10. Mmmmhhm cheesesteak sounds good! Glad you guys had so much fun!

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  11. i've never been to philly, but i would love to visit! and a philly cheesesteak would be a must... those are my fave!!

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  12. Looks like you guys had a blast! I love your picture of you guys having a debate. Too funny!

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  13. Hahaha I think my favorite picture from the trip is the debate one...Aaron's face is hilarious! & I of course love the infamous jumping pictures... I am so jealous. I can't wait for Caleb and I to take a weekend trip somewhere historic!!

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  14. Looks like a GREAT trip!! Love the pictures!!

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  15. You know how I feel about jumping photos. Totally approve!

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  16. Looks like a GREAT weekend! Your pictures are SO fun and wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.
    PS: Love the hedgehog!

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  17. I really live your hair in the throwback picture. John lives history stuff so this kind of trip looks right up his alley. How did you and Jared meet?

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  18. Love the rocky pose & love your scarf!!

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  19. This was awesome - felt like I was there!

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  20. It sounds like you had a fabulous time in Philadelphia! I would love to visit one day!

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  21. I found your blog on the Grow Your Blog Hop today and I'm totally keeping up with you! I was reading your About Me section and it reminds me so much of my life with my husband. We're Midwest folks and love football (but love other teams) but football is what brought us together. It looks like you two had a great time on your vacation! Can't wait to read your future posts!! ~~ Meghan from thetastyfork.com

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  22. I love that last picture of you and Jared! It's a keeper! Glad you all had a fun visit!!!

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  23. Love the photos sweet girl.. Looks you both had a blast!I love that place from the photos you have shared & that little pub eek I wanna go...Oh & happy 5 years to you two :)

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  24. The spicy potatoes sound yummy!! Love all your pictures too!

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  25. Basically just had a panic attack! I live near the pub! My boyfriend actually lives in the neighborhood behind it. Literally freaking out! So happy I just randomly came across this!!!!

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