Sunday, June 26, 2011

Summer Fun in the City of Brotherly Love

My relatives are visiting -- my sister-in-law, nephew, mother - and father-in law. They came in Friday and we have been busy ever since. Yesterday we drove up to Philadelphia to tour the city, culminated by a visit to the PPL Stadium to watch my other nephew, a professional MLS soccer player for Chivas USA, play against the Philadelphia Union. He's in the red, #21, below:

An action-packed day-- My sister-in-law, youngest and my nephew saw the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Ben Franklin's rental properties, and an old-time printing press. 
Then we moseyed on down to eclectic South Street and had Philly cheese steaks, then frozen yogurt. My son, in the forefront wearing two hats, nephew in back.

We also saw some pretty cool street musicians and here, below, street art. Now, I'm not into paintings of the planets and the moon, but I have to admit this guy was fascinating. He created all his art in about 10 minutes using nothing but spray paint, crumpled paper, a round disc, and a spatula. The kids were enthralled.

In the evening, we met the rest of the crew back at the stadium for a tailgate and some fun. The younger kids played some impromptu soccer right outside the stadium. 

Fortunately, Ben started so we got to watch him play the entire game. Unfortunately, Chivas lost, but we got to spend time with Ben after the game.
A little sad after the game...We returned at 4 AM, got up at 8:30 am, went to watch my son play hockey, and I'm kind of running on empty right now. 

Oh, and I went to an incredible yard sale down the's a peek of what I got! Stay tuned.


Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

What fun!! I used to dream of being a professional soccer player. Now I will just settle for some indoor pick up ;-) Can you believe I've never been to Philly? Crazy I know...hopefully this year I'll make it.

stacie said...

Looks like a perfect day. Great photo shots too.

Jane said...

What a busy, fun day!! I can see why you would be a little tired after all that.
I love your Paris plaques in the previous post. They are gorgeous!! Would never have guessed they displayed mushrooms and kittens in a previous life!!

Evelene S said...

Sounds like a fun exhausting day and sorry Chivas USA didn't win:-(
You always find the neatest things for your website.