Friday, November 27, 2009

A Day of Sight-Seeing

Today was our last full day in Philadelphia, so we spent it seeing as much as possible. =) Ben's Uncle Wayne and Aunt Nancy were wonderful tour guides - we had a really great time! We were out the door at 9am and didn't get Reid back until about 8pm... long day for a sweet baby who didn't have a single nap (outside of a half hour snooze) and he did GREAT!

A lot of the places that we saw did not allow photography, but I took what pictures I could... (And a quick side-note... if you notice that I am wearing the same clothes as I had on earlier in the week... you would be correct. Let's just say that diaper explosions on vacations with a 9-month old can quickly ruin the small amount of clothes that you pack.)

Here's the little man of the hour as we were heading into Constitution Hall... so happy! He truly did love seeing everything and watching all of the people...

Quick pic with Mom =)

...and with his Aunt Candice =) Notice his stylin' sweater??? That was a gift from Candice!

Family Pic inside of Constitution Hall

The whole Peterson clan inside of Constitution Hall

Foyer inside of Constitution Hall

Constitution Hall is a newer museum and we spent most of the morning in there... it was WONDERFUL for people like Ben and I who love history. There was so much to see and do...we couldn't take it all in! We went through the main exhibit area, saw the constitution movie and presentation, and also went through the new Princess Diana exhibit (awesome!)... Obviously, no pics were allowed... =(

Reid was fascinated with some of the statues in the lobby area in between exhibits... He kept touching them, smiling, and wondering why they didn't talk to him =)

Grandpa, Ben, Reid, and Uncle Wayne waiting outside the Constitution exhibit...

We had to wait in line for a little while for one of the exhibits, and sweet Reider crashed out. His one and only little nap for the day...

One side of Independence Square

...the other side of Independence Square... loved all of the old buildings!

It got pretty cold this afternoon while we were out walking around... Reid refused his gloves and his skull cap... so the hoodie had to do...

And, of course, we made it to the Liberty Bell...

Independence Hall

The Philadelphia Art Museum... This was Ben's favorite because it's the famous steps that Rocky runs up in all of his movies ;)

Like I said, it was a jam packed day... we saw a lot and had a lot of fun. We ended the day with a giant SURPRISE 60th birthday party for Ben's Aunt and Uncle out at his cousin's house. There were over 60 people there, and I'd definitely say that Wayne and Nancy were surprised! =) Unfortunately, Reid was D-O-N-E by about 7pm, so the 3 of us had to leave early. But we were so glad to be a part! We owe a HUGE THANK YOU to the Carpenter's for all of their generous hospitality this week - we had a wonderful time and can't wait to see you all again soon!!

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