Christmas in Philly, Part 3

January 2, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Posted in Holidays | 3 Comments

Today, we begin the long drive back to Minnesota. Thank goodness we have awesome friends and 4 ipods to share the journey!

Since Christmas, we’ve been busy out and about. We spent Friday lounging around at J’s parent’s house, and then headed out to visit our friends, Phil and Nicki, and their adorable almost-two-year-old daughter, Cecilia. She was too cute, showing us her blocks and shape sorters. Phil and Nicki are great parents – it is a little strange (and amazing!) seeing friends parenting like real grownups. It makes me wonder when we got old enough to actually have and successfully raise children. Hmm. Because I still definitely feel like I’m 12 years old.

Saturday, we headed to downtown Philly with J’s family.

J’s cousin, Stacy, and I on the Speedline (train).

Philly. I just kind of liked this alley shot.

Our first stop was at Macy’s. We stopped to watch the light show, which was 15 minutes of lighted snowmen, nutcrackers, and evergreens on a huge screen. Julie Andrews did a lovely voiceover and a light Santa appeared riding a train.

The light show

Our second stop was the Dickens Village. It’s an almost-life-sized diarama of A Christmas Carol, complete with creepy fake people whose hands were not proportional to their bodies. Aside from the fact that I hate being herded through small spaces with lots of people in them, it was charming. Thanks to Bridget and Jim (J’s uncle) for introducing me to this Christmas experience. I’m told that the entire family has gone other years, but they decided against it this year and went shopping instead. After some shopping, a few of us hit up a Mexican bar nearby and ate delicious guacamole and drank margaritas and beer.

At the awesome Mexican Bar

Then, we headed back to South Jersey to have dinner with the fam.

An awesome sign in the train station.

Bridget and Jason on the way home.

J’s aunt and uncle served snacks and pizza, and we hung out with a few family members that we hadn’t seen yet. I made friends with Charlotte (J’s cousin’s daughter) and we played with the new kitchen that she got for Christmas for a while before the rest of the family warned her that I might try to steal it from her. Because her kitchen is a) bigger than mine, and b) has an oven and dishwasher.

Charlotte and I

Sunday, we attended mass and then had a lazy day around the house. We sent Kevin, Amy, Peter, and Lucy on their way to Indiana, and Bridget and Sean headed back to their apartment. So then we had the ‘rents to ourselves! We went out to dinner with them and 2 of J’s cousins, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.

Monday, we met our friend Sara, her husband, Michael, and 8-month-old daughter, Starlie at the Manayunk Brewery. Michael is also a homebrewer, so him and J speak the same beer language (you know “hops” and “bitterness” and all that). Anyways, Starlie is adorable, especially when she crinkles her nose and smiles at you. Sara and Michael are both doing well and are fantastic parents. I got a lot of insider here’s what happens when scientists have babies information from Sara, you know, just in case I mature from Age 12 to old-enough-to-handle-kids sometime in the next 10 years. Anyways, it was a fun lunch and good to see Sara and Michael again since it’s been a few years.

J outside the Manayunk Brewery

Monday evening, we went shopping with J’s parents and then out to dinner. Tuesday, JT, his mom, and I went to his cousin’s basketball game. Later that evening, we headed into Philly to have dinner with our friend, Melinda. We had a great time catching up with her, even though we just saw her in October. She has the coolest row home, and if we ever lived in Philly, I would hope we could get a row home like hers.

Our New Year’s Eve was pretty quiet. We did a little shopping, ordered takeout, and watched The Office at J’s parent’s house. His parents headed to a party in Cape Cod, so the two of us were left to fend for ourselves. I think we did a good job, although JT managed to eat THREE panzarottis (deep fried pizza turnovers), and I’m fairly certain that they are not very good for you.

New Year’s day wasn’t much more eventful. We visited his grandma, picked up lunch, and spent the rest of the day doing laundry, packing up, and working (yep, it’s not the first time this week that I’ve pulled out the laptop to do real work. sigh.).



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  1. LOVE the picture in the alley…that’s so Philly!

    …and I’m cracking up at your “stealing the kitchen” comment. That’s hilarious. I can’t wait to see you remodel your kitchen in 2009! You’ll be so happy!

    You are so sweet, Jen. I love reading your blog. Glad we “met” through a contest! And glad we weren’t in the same category, because I would’ve had to have taken you down, and then we wouldn’t be near as good of friends… 🙂 Happy New Year!


  2. I would have walked off with that kitchen tooooo. Anything is better than nothing! Oh well, you missed that opportunity! See you real soon?

  3. I’m sorry we bailed on you! I complain about never seeing you and then head away-how rude! I am NOT sorry that I wasn’t here to see Jason eat THREE panzarottis. I don’t know how he does it.
    We had a great time in Cape Cod with the siblings and spouses so thanks for forgiving our rudeness!

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