24 Hours in Philadelphia

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My Shirt | Jeans | Bandana | Sandals | Finley’s Sandals | Finley’s crop top | Rowan’s Sandals | Rowan’s camera | Orion’s romper (on sale).

Tuesday we headed down to Philly for a quick overnight trip with some friends. Kev is in love with all things hip hop and was super pumped to go see Propaganda finally. We meet our friends down there and all rented an airbnb for the night. It worked out so great, especially with all the kids! A small shared apartment with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a nice living room was perfect for 5 kids and 4 adults. When traveling, airbnb is such an awesome option! We didn’t have tons of time in Philly (such a bummer!). We got there around 5pm on Tuesday night and left the next day around 10pm. On Tuesday night we got to meet up with Julie and Chris (yay!!!) for dinner. Love getting to catch up with my dear friend. Still so thankful that blogging brought us together so many years ago. The guys headed out from dinner to the show and we finished the night with ice cream and just hanging out at the apartment.

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The next day we tried to pack as much as we could into one day. Whenever we travel to a new city, we love just walking all around and taking everything in. We started the day with breakfast at the Hungry Pigeon (thanks for the recommendation Julie). We headed over to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell after that. I love how old the city feels- it’s so cool to think of who else was once walking those streets. I love history! From there we walked over to Franklin Square and let the kids play on the playground and ride the carousel. Feeling hungry, we walked over to Reading Terminal for lunch and to stroll up and down all the aisles looking at all the food. Rowan thought it was pretty neat in there. Next up was city hall, the fountains at Dilworth Park and then we headed to the Magic Gardens. That was top on my list of what I wanted to check out while we were there. I love all the mosaics you come across as you walk around the city. So beautiful! The Magic Gardens were so cool!! We had so much fun exploring and playing a great scavenger hunt game. Totally recommend it. Right across the street is a playground called Seger Park. We let the kids play there a little while before we took the walk back to where the car was. We ended up just walking a big ol’ circle around the city. We stopped at a Whole Foods on the way and grabbed some dinner because it was really the easiest option at that point with the kids. They love eating at Whole Foods and were starting to get pretty tired and whiney. We were trying to just push through and get to the car. They were overall good sports but of course a full day of walking around the city is a lot of little ones.

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Once we got back to the car, there was no way that we could leave without heading over to the Art museum and reenacting Rocky. Rocky is top on Kev’s list of favorite movies. He actually just watched all of them again when Orion was born. He would take the end of the evening shift with him when he was just born and give me some time to take a shower or whatnot. The girls were totally in to running up the stairs and jumping up and down. Hahah so funny.

Thanks Philly for being so fun! We loved ya! Can’t wait to come back.

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  1. Silvia •

    Jen just wondering how you manage travelling with very little ones like Orion. Both my kids (Lola is 11 months) get really cranky if they don’t sleep their naps and they don’t really sleep for long on the pram. We never venture out for whole days sightseeing as we feel it’s just not a possibility for us. When travelling we go and do things between her 2 naps, always quite local and max 2 h outings .
    It’d be great to get some insight on how you manage.

  2. Julie •

    Hi Jen, this is totally unrelated but have you posted about an illustrated bible for kids? I remember seeing it here (I think?) and it had beautiful non-cheesy artwork. I tried search your blog without any luck so my apologies if I”m making this up! If not, would you mind sharing the name/publisher?

    Thanks!

  3. Kara Brown •

    Oh man glad I couldn’t sleep and got to catch up on your blog. It made me feel reconnected to you despite us not getting much time together since…probably 2016! Abry got Lyme’s disease so just keep that possibility in mind with any weird symptoms and all your hiking (you mentioned Finley). Also, philly won’t be too far from us in Lancaster (which is also worth a visit!) Do let us know if you’re ever in the area!! I recommend Longwood gardens and the Mutter museum if you have any interest in weird medical stuff. Anyway will miss you a lot and hope to catch up really soon!

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