While Cam was on his mission the groundbreaking for the Philadelphia Temple took place. Cameron made it a goal to go back to Philly for the dedication of the temple. Fast forward to 2016 and we made the trek out. It was Crew's first flight and I was TERRIFIED. He's been a rough baby, or, at least he had been to that point (now he's doing much better). Anyways, I spent a lot of time reading tricks and tips for flying with babies and found a few things that really helped like bringing a large pillow for baby to sleep on durning the flight and making sure you fee baby on take of and landing so baby's ears don't hurt. Turns out, though, that Crew did great! He must like flying and traveling.
We flew in to Philly on a red eye and immediately drove up to Scranton, PA for the day. We visited some of Cameron's old areas. I LOVE visiting his mission with him. It makes him so happy. We had lunch at Revelos in Old Forge, which is supposedly the pizza capitol of the world. It was literally the best pizza I've ever had. After 4 years of hearing cameron claim that it was the best, I confirmed that he was right.
The next day we visited the Wocijikis in the morning. Don't worry, crew threw up on their new house carpet to make sure they remember him. It was so fun to meet them! We had a great visit. That afternoon we drove to the city and saw the beautiful temple. It was breath taking. We took a tour. The inside is very 'colonial' style, which I love considering the history within Philly. There was even a beautiful painting of the founding fathers signing the constitution within the temple. It was so beautiful. I loved walking around the temple with my little family. It was a great chance to slow down and be grateful for all that I have. Cameron teared up as we left the temple. This city and these people mean so much to him and the temple is the cherry on top to his favorite city.
The next day we decided to head up to NYC. We did everything. The statue of liberty, trinity church (because alexander hamilton is buried there), wall street, broadway, time square, the 9/11 memorial, grand central station, and so much more! We got lost trying to navigate the subways back to our hotel in NJ and we had to lug the stroller up more flights of stairs than anyone should EVER have to carry that thing up. But the city was amazing. It was surreal to visit a place that we've seen on tv and in pictures so many times. Standing in time square was insane. Crew really loved all the lights and sounds. Once again, he was an angel baby. He made so many friends on the ferry, subway, and just on the street. It was so fun to experience the city with my boys.