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
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 :)