Ethan is off on his Philadelphia/ Washington D.C. trip! Here he is, all packed and ready to go Saturday night:
My alarm went off at 3 a.m. and we were at school by 3:30 a.m. yesterday for him to catch the chartered bus to the airport.
I had a pretty great day with him on Saturday!! Ivan was gone at a soccer tournament with Asher all morning. I stayed home with Ethan, and we had a really nice day just getting him ready to go, running some errands, etc.
We stopped at the Dollar Store to pick up a couple of snacks for him to pack (and a little candy for the plane…). Then we made a Target run.
Made a detour to the Halloween aisle… still not too old to turn on the animated Halloween decorations 🙂
Also picked up some trick or treat candy!
I kept asking if he wanted different snacks to have along on the trip… “What about a bag of pretzels? No? Cheez-its? Are you sure you don’t want to pack some granola bars?”
After he had already selected a couple items (and I kept trying to add more), he was finally like, “MOM!!!! We are gonna have meals…. I just need a couple little things along, jeez!! I’m not heading off into the wild for a month.”
It kind of became a running joke as we passed other snack options. I kept saying, “Ooh, wait, but what about this??” He would roll his eyes at me and laugh. hahaha.
So as we were packing him up, I snuck a little note into his carry-on (inside a small box of fruit roll-ups that he did want to pack), that says, “Are you sure you have enough SNACKS?!?! 😜 Have a blast! Love, Mom”
Hopefully that will get a little laugh or smile out of him when he finds it. 😉
He set his own alarm for 2:55 a.m. because he wanted to take a quick shower before we left. Here he is loading his suitcase….
And waiting to get on the bus to the airport!
Luckily, all was smooth with their flights. They had a layover in Charlotte, then flew to Philadelphia. Yesterday they hit the ground running right from the airport and already fit in the National Constitution Center, Christ Church Cemetery and the Rocky Stairs yesterday. Then they all had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia. Sounds like an awesome first day!!
The school had us (parents + kids) all download an app from the tour agency, and it has a Gallery feature where the kids can upload pictures to a photo feed. It has been VERY entertaining so far! lol!! Lots of crazy 8th grader group selfies coming through. 🙂 I’m loving this feature. Ethan has also been texting me pictures.
Today they were at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other Historic Philadelphia sites. I got a picture from him captioned, “Where the Declaration of Independence was signed!”, and also a picture of some really tasty looking tacos from a cool Food Hall they stopped at. 🙂
I’m so excited for him to have this opportunity. Kind of makes me excited for what’s to come for him in life. Little kids are great, but watching them start to spread their wings a bit more independently, doing cool stuff…. pretty awesome, too.
We had a fun Sunday with just Asher, involving a soccer game, lunch, a little shopping/ exchanging at Lululemon, and a short stop by Ivan’s cousin’s house. It was a super warm day, so we went to a local creamery (on a farm) for ice cream.
After the 3 a.m. wake up (I never went back to bed….), I was pretty much toast by 6 p.m. or so. Ivan and I ended up watching maybe five episodes of Younger back to back in bed with a bowl of popcorn. It was glorious. (Although, not good, because we are breezing through this show WAY too fast, and I love it, and I don’t want it to end, either.)
Okay, hope everyone is having a good Monday. I’d better get back to work!
I’ll leave you with a pic of Ethan at the Liberty Bell! He has now officially been somewhere I have not been. I’ve been to D.C., but not Philadelphia!
I am grateful for the technology allowing me to “follow along” with Ethan’s trip! It has been warming my heart to see all the pics coming in.