Philly recap + monster madness

11.27.2012

We are back from our Thanksgiving vacation in Philadelphia.  It was an enjoyable trip.
We watched the Thanksgiving parade
Visited the Mint, walked through Christmas Village, ate at Reading Terminal, went on the carousel at Franklin Square

visited the Love statue
And the boys ate the Philly cheese steaks at both Pat and Geno's (I didn't partake because of the whole vegetarian thing)...  The epic battle came to a unanimous decision...
...It is Geno's for the win.

I mentioned last week that Eva entered into a terrible two's stage.  Literally over night, she went from being generally happy, silly, and reasonable into a whining, crying, fussy monster.  She could barely go 15 minutes without throwing herself on the floor screaming "No!  No!  No!".  This drastic attitude change came out of nowhere.  Her crappy 'tude lasted into the beginning of our trip but thankfully, she is magically back to normal.

Just one thought on parenting through toddler monster madness phases- don't give in.  Even though it was physically, mentally, and emotionally draining, we followed through with her discipline (time outs and "breaks") 100% of the time.  She was removed from fun times when she couldn't pull her craptastic attitude together- almost every single time.

Am I lucky that she is generally happy and well- behaved?  Sure.  But, do I work my butt off to MAKE her generally happy and well-behaved?  Absolutely.

Parenting is hard.

Have you been to Philadelphia?  Did you eat at Pat or Geno's?  Which one did you like better?  
  
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29 comments:

  1. We live in Philly, and Matt and I say Pat's wins, hands down. A lot of locals will say Tony Luke's, but we haven't been there yet. My favorite sandwich in the city is actually the Italian Pork at DiNic's in the Reading Terminal. It is DELISH!!

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  2. Looks like a fun trip - even in despite of the meltdowns!! :)

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  3. Those cheesesteaks look amazing :)!

    I love kids, but I'm so grateful to give them back whenthey fuss. Good job parenting :)!

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  4. Looks like that was tons of fun! I've never been to Philadelphia but this made me want to go there!

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  5. I have never been to Philly but I want to go now! I want to see the Love sign and I want one of those cheesesteaks ;) BTW, following you on Instagram now. I'm semperfifam, if you want to follow back.

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  6. I miss Philly. We lived there for six years. I wasn't a fat of Pat's or Geno's ...we always went to Tony Lukes.
    I'm glad you guys had fun!

    Reagan is totally in the terrible two stage also. The attitude on her! Oh man...

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  7. Aw the photos make it seem like you had a great time!!

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  8. Cute boots.
    I have never been to Philly but I think I have heard of the rivals between the two Philly cheese steak places on tv.

    Good momma for staying up with keeping Eva happy and out of the terrible two episodes!

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  9. Looks like you guys had a great time! Oh yes the terrible twos....they sometimes go into their threes. Eeeks! Parenting is hard, if you are doing it right. At least that's what I tell my parents when they tell me it's hard having a teenager. Great job following through!

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  10. I am not looking forward to when the real tantrums start...

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  11. Looks like you had a great trip! If I'm not mistaken, I think there is a simliary LOVE statue in NYC. Cute family pic, Jamie!

    -kelly
    sweettea-lemonade.blogspot.com

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  12. That is the BEST parenting advice and I tell it to everyone! I never gave in ever and my 4 year old is well adjusted and doesn't have an attitude problem. His friend who is a smidge younger still cries like a BABY screaming and hollering like a small small baby and he can talk. No sense in it but his mom gives in and she's paying the price big time now.

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  13. Blake is hitting the terrible 2's as well. Threw herself on the floor in the mall right in the walk way on Black Friday. It's so hard sometimes in public, but eh - what can we do?

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  14. Looks like you guys had a very fun time. I've been to Philly 2 times for conferences but did not try a cheese stake, gasp! It's a nice city, what I saw of it, except driving! I hated driving there.

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  15. Oo I so want to try that Geno's place. Or Pat's. Mmm.

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  16. I'm so hungry now! I always wanted to try those Philly sandwiches!

    Parenting is hard. My son will be in a good mood and the next he will pick something up and chuck it across the room. Then start flinging stuff everywhere. Just frustrating sometimes!

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  17. Jamie, you have such a beautiful family!!! And, I don't doubt for a second how hard parenting is. Way to do it well! ;)

    xo

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  18. Way to be an awesome Mom!! Tough love is hard but it will turn her into an awesome obedient daughter!! Philly has a special place in my heart cause my hubby purposed in a train station there (it was still very romantic I promise! haha) So glad your family had a fun vacation...PS LOVE the BOOTS!!

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  19. Awesome parenting skills! I followed your blog for more tips :) Will be a mom soon myself! Your family is so inspiring :)

    ♥,
    Shari

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  20. My parents were awesome but also tough on me at times. And I tell you what. I appreciate that so much now as an adult. I'm who I am because they didn't let me run wild.

    Hold strong lady. She'll appreciate it one day.

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  21. Ian and the two's were fine, three's a different story. i am surprised i have hair left.

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  22. Sorry about the meltdowns, but at least she seems to be back to normal now. Even at two they can sense change ahead...
    Looked like a fun trip!

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  23. I've never been to Phili. But its on my to visit list. Sounds like yall had a great Turkey / Thanksgiving trip!!

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  24. How fun! I have never been there but I would love to visit one day. :)

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  25. How fun! It looks like you all had a great time :) I am so jealous of the boys! I have had friends whom went & tried both & they all have said that Geno is way better... I have always since then wanted to go so I too could enjoy it :)

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  26. I want to go to Philly just to see the LOVE statue :)

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  27. I'm glad you got her to snap out of it, my sister was the WORST. She turned into devil child at two. At least in my opinion ;)

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  28. I thought my son was an angel because he wasn't one of those "terrible two" kids BUT then he turned 3 and I'm pretty positive he got the Terrible 2 symtoms! Looks like you you guys had a fun time! I SO want to go to Philly to have a Philly sandwich :)

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  29. I'm glad you had fun!
    Gotta love toddlers...parenting them is HARD!

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