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So sorry to have waited so long to post this session but things, fortunately, have been very busy around here! I couldn’t be happier to have met this family…they are such loving people and our 2 year old sons are definitely besties!  I can’t wait to watch their little ones grow up and will follow them on all their adventures. Congratulations on your *newest* addition – she is a doll. Love you guys!Carolyn Clement Photography Carolyn Clement Photography Carolyn Clement PhotographyCarolyn Clement Photography Carolyn Clement PhotographyCarolyn Clement Photography Carolyn Clement PhotographyCarolyn Clement Photography Carolyn Clement Photography Carolyn Clement Photography

 

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I have to make this brief but I really wanted to share these…I love discovering a new place where Elliott can run around and I don’t need to constantly tell him “no” – Don’t Touch, Get Down…The Morris Arboretum is perfect for us; this place is HUGE.

We spent at least 3 hours just wandering from one exhibit to the next which included The Rose Garden, Out on a Limb and the Garden Railway . Only a couple days later, we returned once more for the Third Thursdays where Eli was able to participate in his very first game of musical chairs.

It’s no secret that Elliott loves trains and now every time he hears me mention the word park he’s convinced we’re going back to the Arboretum to visit his pals Thomas and all the other wonderful toy trains…

Let’s just say that he didn’t want to leave…Don’t worry buddy, we’ll be back soon!

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This past Saturday was a real treat for me. Not only were we invited to celebrate our friend J’s 2nd birthday but since Jon was with me and thus Elliott was looked after, I had the rare opportunity to photograph the party and all of our friends who were in attendance.

What a party it was! Brought to us by the letter J and the number 2, the theme of the day was unmistakable Sesame Street. There were at least 6 different activity stations for the kids: Elmo’s beads and strings kit for jewelry making; Big Bird’s treasure dig filled with bird seed; Abby Cadabby’s magical bubble land; and Ernie and Bert’s rubber-ducky pond…to name a few.

And then came Elmo. Definitely a big deal for our little ones, it was interesting to see whose children couldn’t resist hugging Elmo and those who were more comfortable taking it in from a distance.

Lara put a lot of love, time and effort into making her son’s 2nd birthday a very special day for everyone and she has set the bar high. We enjoyed a great evening with fantastic friends watching our kids play, discover and create together – couldn’t ask for more. Thank you for a wonderful party, Lara!

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In keeping with the theme of great places to visit when it’s so darn hot in Philly, I’d like to share my fondness for the Wissahickon Valley Park. Since it’s basically located in our backyard, there’s no need for me to buckle Elliott into his car seat and drive to get there – I just ask him to climb into our jogging stroller and we’re on our way.

In case it’s unknown to some, there’s an entrance just a couple blocks from the Acme on Ridge Ave in Roxborough. You can take either Green Lane, or Monastery Ave with a right onto Janette St, which will bring you to a path just across from horse stables. Once you’ve located this path, you will see a sign that indicates that you are now entering the Wissahickon Valley Park and you will begin your short (but rather steep, especially on the way back up) descent to the Forbidden Drive trail.

We love running and walking on the Forbidden Drive – a 5,42 mile gravel trail that allowed the passage of cars until the 1920s – mainly because the temperature drops significantly as you set foot into the park and shield yourself from the sun. When a pregnant girlfriend recently asked if we knew of any local hiking trails, I told her about Wissahickon. A couple of days later, we brought our toddler boys for a lengthy stroll and the kids loved it as much as we did. They saw butterflies and blue colored bugs (still unknown to me), played on the rocks near the water’s edge and even got their little toes all wet and muddy.

Approximately 2 miles into our walk, we came across the Valley Green Inn. Had I realized this was to be our half-way point, I definitely would have brought my wallet. I cannot wait to go back to this charming restaurant which was built in 1850 and has a wonderful view of the Wissahickon Creek. I have a feeling that I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of everything this park has to offer…

 

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On a hot and sunny day in Philadelphia, there are plenty new places to discover and to stay cool. One of our new favorite spots is the Sister Cities Park located on Logan Square at the corner of 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just across from the Cathedral Basilica SS Peter and Paul.

Sister Cities Park opened in May, 2012 and as a few of us were discussing the other day, if you didn’t know to look for this new park, you’d have a hard time stumbling upon it. There is a children’s garden which was inspired by Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley, where children can climb the mountain or send small boats/toys back down the stream. At the bottom of the stream is a small wading area where little ones can splash around and meet new friends.

With a cafe called Milk and Honey Market and plenty of grass to lay down a picnic blanket, we are able to spend a full afternoon at this wonderful park, while enjoying the urban landscape that surrounds us. My advice is to bring a bathing suit and swimming diaper for the kids as they won’t want to leave…and sunblock because most of the park is without shade.

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Art All Night, something for everyone…

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While the Los Angeles Kings are celebrating their Stanley Cup win, I am also celebrating a win. I come from a large French-Canadian, hockey-loving family, who participate in an annual hockey pool. This year (I think it’s maybe the 6th?), we were 32 competing for top honors of said hockey pool. The rules are to chose 17 players among the 16 teams that make it to the playoffs. We are awarded 1 point for every goal scored and 1 point each for up to 2 assists. You may use any strategy when selecting your players; just make sure you win the most points by the last night of the playoffs.

Final Results From our Family Hockey Pool

Well, I’m delighted to say that this year, I have finished in 1st Place! And I must thank the Philadelphia Flyers for my win. Out of 32, only 5 of us chose the Flyers’ players to advance while the remaining 27 chose the Penguins. After the very first series, almost all of my competition lost 1/4 of their players. The other teams I chose were the Vancouver Canucks, the San Jose Sharks (bad call), the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils.

The icing on the cake? That I narrowly beat my older brother and lifelong Pittsburg Penguins fan, Paul. Just don’t feel sorry for him, he’s already won twice. 2nd Place is a great consolation to losing to his little sister 😉 Xoxo

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