Monday, June 27, 2016

Outer Banks - Day 2

June 5, 2015

We stayed right downtown at the Warwick Hotel at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia.  I got up early the next morning in search of breakfast, which I found at a French patisserie near our hotel.

It was a dreary and foggy day in the city.  We walked around and saw the downtown sites. 

We couldn't pass up photos at the LOVE sculpture.

Ada helped us out by taking this one.

There was a bit of a line to see the Liberty Bell.  Mostly Asians.

Independence Hall.

We didn't take a tour of Independence Hall, but instead we made our way to the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar for lunch. Kate was in heaven. A crepe, ice cream, gummy bears and a chocolate sauce for lunch.

Ada wasn't complaining either.

I had real food for lunch which was pretty good.

Alison went with a dessert plate.

After lunch we checked out of the hotel and made our way to the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall.  This is a children's museum that is housed in an extraordinary old building, the last major building remaining from the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.

We spent most of the afternoon at the museum. The girls played house and store, shot rockets, watched a play, went through a maze, painted as well as other activities.

After the Please Touch Museum we hopped on I-95 and headed north to NYC.  Our first stop in NYC was at Times Square, where we made ourselves visible on one of the billboards (You can just see Alison's right arm raised in the top left corner of the photo.  She's wearing a yellow jacket).

Times Square.

We stayed in the New Yorker Hotel, which has a pretty incredible history.  It was opened in 1930, it had 2,500 rooms, its own radio station and DC power plant, as well as all of the other fanciest amenities that could be imagined at the time. And overnight valet parking for our rental car was only $80/night.  Ouch.

Next we visit the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and make our way to the Belmont Stakes.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Outer Banks - Day 1

Now that we've been home from our trip to the Outer Banks for more than a year, I figured it was high time to add the trip to the blog.

We flew into Washington DC and made our way to directly to Philadelphia.  We had tickets to the Phillies game that night (MLB Ballpark #20).  The stadium was beautiful, but the game was a little chilly).

Next, we spent most of the day in Philadelphia before driving to NYC.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The House - Week 27

Week 27 - April 27, 2015

More good progress was made this week. Things are really starting to look good.

Master shower grout completed.

The railing is now pretty much complete.

Hot sauce.

The basement.  Nearly all prepped for painting.

The blue house.  Spot Lyla and Kate.

Fox 13 News.  I often see news trucks up here whenever there is a new development or fuss over the landslide.  These guys were going door to door looking for somebody willing to spout off on camera.

The slatted ceiling.  This was a late add to the project, and we're really glad that we did.

The girls were in a really photogenic mood during our visit to the house today.  I love the picture above and the next two pictures because you've got Lyla posing in the foreground and Ada going to check out the upstairs tub in the background.

I was going to post that this was our fireplace mantle, but it looks nothing like our fireplace mantle.  It must have been for another house, but they brought it here to work on it because all of their tools were here?

Ada, Kate and Lyla.

Kate, standing outside the theater room.

Lyla was just sitting here squatting and Kate wanted to join her.

Caulking the door frames and trim.

Kate and Lyla.

Ada at the garage.

The view from our neighbors sidewalk.

The blue house.

Painting has commenced!  Starting first by staining the railings.

Some of the railings had to be stained in place.

The texture coating of the deck has been added.

Sanding and prepwork on the slatted ceiling.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

The House - Week 26

Week 26 - April 20, 2015

Now that I'm a full year behind..., I've got to keep posting about the house for posterity's sake I guess.

This week was a good week.  Lots got done.

Tile in the master shower.

Tile around the master bath.

And my only contribution to picking tile colors or finishes in the house.  The master shower floor.  I love it.

Shelving in the closets.

Basement bathroom tile surround.

Lyla chilling on a gravel pile.

Alison testing the tub.

We visited the house after art lessons one night.  The girls had a friend in tow.

The railings were quite time-consuming.  Here the posts are installed.

More posts.

More posts

Painting of the exterior house started.  First the white trim.

Painting the trim.

Our first view of the blue on the front porch.

More progress on the railing.

Upstairs bathroom.

More painting.

About now is where Alison and I looked at each other and asked each other if we were ok with a blue house.

More progress on the railing.

Another view.

Painting the back of the house.  This was a big job.

Cubbies in the mud room.

Next week: More finish work and prepping for painting.