Last Saturday, my mom got on a plane to head back to Arizona after an eventful 9 day vacation at our house. Margot was so excited to see her Grammy, it had been 7 months since her last visit. She hadn’t seen our new house yet, and we were really excited to give her the tour of our town.
One of the first things my mom had on her “must do” list was to check out Reading Terminal Market. She and my dad had seen an episode of “Worlds Best Sandwiches” on the Travel Channel, and apparently #1 was at this restaurant called DiNic’s. We headed to Philly in the morning on a weekday, which was good because the lines in the market weren’t too long—have fun workin suckers! I went to a Mediterranean Grill for a Chicken Caprese sandwich, which was delicious. My mom got the coveted Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Broccoli Rabe at DiNic’s, she thoroughly enjoyed it. Our next plan was to get some delicious desserts from Flying Monkey and explore the rest the of market. My mom, lover of olive loaf, found paradise at one of the deli’s and just had to bring some home. All in all, I’d say it was a very productive and delicious afternoon. Plus, this was my first time navigating to Philadelphia via train all by myself…and I didn’t even get us lost or killed–WINNING!
Margot and Grammy had lots of fun going for bike rides around the neighborhood, going to Newton Lake Park and Knights Park, and exploring the backyard. Margot got a new playhouse ( which we found in our neighbors trash… it’s amazing what people just throw away) and she had lots of fun cleaning it and picking pretty flowers to go inside. It was so nice to see Margot bonding with her Grammy. They spent a lot of 1 on 1 time, which was a nice break for me too .
Another adventure we had to take Grammy on was to the Philadelphia Zoo. We recently became members and I am so glad because Margot absolutely loves seeing all of the animals. However, she was disappointed that they didn’t have elephants. The most exciting part of our adventure was Margot and Grammy getting their faces painted! Grammy went first. Then Margot gave it a try…she was shy, and the lady who was to paint her face was not too supportive or patient. So, we got a refund and went on our merry way. Although, Margot was not happy to leave without her face painted. For the next hour that’s all she talked about, “mom, I want a kitty face, please!” After talking to her about not being shy, and actually looking at the person who is painting her face (rather than burying her face into my shoulder), we decided to try again. This time we had a young guy painting her face. He was awesome. He showed her the paint brush, let her hold it, put some paint on her arm so she could feel what the paint felt like, and he reassured her at every step. He even asked her permission to start painting. She was so excited to see the finished product. I have never seen her so happy! Of course, now everyday she wants her face painted so she can be a kitty. Grammy came up with a solution, use eyeliner to draw a kitty face. Now Margot requests ”kitty make-up”—of course I can’t resist. So, thanks for that Grammy .
As when anyone leaves, it was sad to see my mom go. Margot was especially sad when we were leaving the airport. She said, “Where’s Grammy? I want her, I just love her mom!” That one made me cry, but I told Margot to think about all the fun she had with Grammy and to think about what kinds of things she wanted to do with her when we visit her in AZ–that always makes me feel better.
We are so lucky to have family visit us at least once a year. We always look forward to seeing their lovely faces, because we do miss them in our everyday lives. I was sad that my dad didn’t get to come this visit, but I look forward to seeing him, and everyone, when we come to AZ in August. In the meantime, keep those flight comin and there will always been a warm bed for you here.