Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Zimmer Museum

The girls haven't been out in a few days so I made plans to take them to the park, have breakfast there and play for a few hours. The girls had the entire park to themselves. Well, for me, the highlight of my day was when a white van...NOT a mini-van...drove into the parking lot. I saw a man step out of the driver's seat, and then one by one....I counted one, two, three, four, five...and six kids(yikes !) step out of the van. They all walked around the track once (as a family, I assumed) and then they were free to play. They seemed to range in age.. from 2 to about 12...they werent' Jon & Kate plus 8 (those of you who don't watch their show....they're a family with a set of twins and sextuplets) but they reminded me a lot of Jon & Kate's family. I did ask the father if they were all his. He smiled and said "yes" and that the mom is at home with the newborn. After about a 1/2 hour of play, they were told to get back in the van...they all seemed to be very well-behaved. Well, I gave myself a pat on the shoulder and told myself that I'm doing a great job with my two girls....that I should continue to do my best everyday. I can't even fathom what my life would be like with 7 children. Nonetheless,I believe that God gives us strength and courage to rise to the occasion whenever we're faced with challenges.

After they played I decided to trek up a hill and get my exercise for the day. The girls usually don't like the stroller but they seemed ok today because they had the chance to run around a lot. After my hike, I took the girls to Zimmer Museum today. It's a hands-on Jewish-themed museum for kids. If you have kids, especially toddlers, you really should go. Thanks Julie, for recommending it. It's great! There were so many things to do and not enough time to do them all. Today was a full day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Philadelphia

Hi everyone. Just wanted to give you a quick update from Philly. It's 4:30pm here and Faith and Erin are fast asleep taking their naps. We arrived in Philly at midnight last night after almost 6 hours of flying. Needless to say, Faith and Erin were exhausted. Will fill you in on the details later on our quest to keep 2 tots occupied in their seats for almost 6 hours. We'll be here until Friday morning so we have some time to recupe from yesterday's flight.

We'll be attending the grand opening event for Elyse Design & Events and the Cafe tonight at 6:30pm. In my last post, I don't think I explained the purpose of this Cafe. This is an email that I receivd from Kayti back in October of last year....I will let her introduce this to you all.

"This cafe/eatery would be a "seasonal" cafe. By this, there are 4 seasons of the year equalling to 4 families, 4 people, 4 situations, or 4 of whatever God brings us.. to help and serve. For example: "SUMMER" would be to raise awareness and fudnraise for an illness thats affecting someone in our local community. "SPRING" would be to fundraise for a family in dire need to pay medical bills or to pay for a new ramp for someone who is in a wheelchair.

These funds would be raised by holding musical/cultural events -- amatuer performers, locals, poets, artists, etc. during the evening. All or percentages would be gathered for that specific season during that season.

The other aspect is that the food is not necessarily ORGANIC.. but local -- to help our local farms, and also to get the freshest indgredients. I have a few friends who are coming up with fresh, new healthy menu.

Now when I saw the final vision in my mind.. this is what I saw: first a piano inside.. then comfortable seats/tables.. a barista area.. the musical piece abstractly painted or stenciled onto the wall of "Fur elise"

This is where I ask you for permission-----

"Fur Elyse"
Cafe Eatery

I would like that to be the name --- For Elyse..."