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Thursday, July 17, 2014

All Grown Up

The Thursday before last Thursday was my last day on the job that I worked at throughout college.
{That may have been the most confusing sentence ever.}

In other words, after nearly three years, I quit my college job in anticipation of a new, full-time job.
My coworkers are so sweet. On my last day, we went out to lunch and they surprised me with the most precious gifts. I am going to miss them! I couldn't have asked for a better job or nicer people to work with. 

Tomorrow is the first day of my first full time job! 
It's been seven months coming since I got the job last fall. Seven months, and it's finally here.
I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that I'll be a working lady, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. My stomach is a pit mixed with excitement (because I love the company that I'm going to be working for) and hesitation (because it's the end of an era). 

No more spur-of-the-moment, mid-week trips with friends, no more sleeping in, no more staying up until 2 am just because I can. That wonderful, beautiful will-nilly freedom is about to fly away.

BUT there are also so many yes's. Yes to learning, yes to building relationships, yes to putting that college degree to use, yes to earning a salary!

I am excited. And nervous. And I feel all grown up.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Last Stop, Philadelphia

I can't forget about our last stop back in Philadelphia.

It was funny because after coming from New York, Philadelphia felt so easy going and seemed almost empty even though it's a big city in its own right. 

First up, watching the Phillies play ball, of course! This was our third baseball game of the trip. I almost lost count ;). Us girls would rather go shopping, but we've learned to appreciate baseball for the sports loving boys in our family.

A visit to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell completed our whirlwind east coast trip!

Things we did in Philadelphia:
Phillies Baseball Game
Independence Hall
Liberty Bell
Philly Cheese Steak @ John's Roast Pork (the best in town!)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Let's Hear it for New York

After driving from Boston, we finally arrived in New York! 
Our hotel was just a couple blocks from the Empire State Building, so we grabbed our tennis shoes and headed over. 
This is the view from the top of the building (which is open until 2 am). 
That saying, "the city never sleeps" is so true!

Afterward, we wandered on over to Times Square. It was bustling. The restaurants were packed and the streets were filled with people, at midnight! New York is a night owl's dream. 

Visiting Hershey's Chocolate World in Times Square. We love chocolate!

The next day we sailed around Manhattan

And then we visited the royals. 
Prince William, Princess Kate, and mini me. They're wax, but don't they look real?

Getting some air on the Top of the Rock. 

His picture is way cooler than mine.

More city views. 
Buildings upon buildings for miles and miles. 
Central park (it's huge!).

We got to watch the Yankees. If a ballpark were ever to be described as extravagant, this one would be it. There's a museum and a memorial park within the stadium. But the real kicker? When you buy hotdogs, they aren't wrapped in plain old foil, they come in pinstriped boxes stamped with the Yankees logo. Ok, ok, maybe that's only glamorous to me.

 So many yellow cabs.

Lady liberty. We got up early in the morning and chased after a bus to see her. 

9/11 memorial. This is the largest man-made fountain and sits where the Twin Towers once stood. Walking through the memorial and reading their stories was a powerful reminder that each day is a gift. I desperately hope that my days glorify Him, because when all is said and done, that's what truly matters in this life. 

The newly constructed Freedom building.

Art of the Brick exhibit at the Discovery museum. Every piece is made entirely of legos. 
My eyes looked like this after visiting the exhibit. I was impressed!

There's something so intriguing about New York. It's full of energy and movement and activity. The buildings are tall and close. There's certainly no lack of things to do and people to meet. And thank you, New York, for making me walk everywhere. My calves have never been so fit! 

We enjoyed our time in the concrete jungle, but were ready to get back to quieter lands. 

Bye NYC, hello Philly. 

Things we did in New York:
Times Square
Empire State Building Observation
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum 
Top of the Rock Observation 
Yankee Baseball @ Yankee Stadium
Evening Bus Tour
Statue of Liberty
Ellis Island
9/11 Memorial & Museum
Madison Square Garden Tour
Discovery Times Square Museum