Every so often Ryan's birthday falls on Easter Day
So this year, after our dinner, we celebrated his 9th birthday with cake.
On Saturday it was a special outing with just Ryan, Pop-Pop and Mom-Mom. We visited the Battleship USS New Jersey berthed at the Camden waterfront and afterward we gave him the choice to eat whatever he wanted. His firm decision was someplace that served pizza!
It was a chilly day as we took the tour. The Battleship New Jersey was built at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and launched December 7, 1942- just a year after the Pearl Harbor Attack brought America into WWII.
The dimly lit Combat Engagement Center displays radar and sonar tracking stations, while videos show the launch of Tomahawk missiles. A highlight of the tour is the turret where 2,700-pound shells were loaded and fired. Best of all, some of the tour guides served active duty on the “Big J” and are more than happy to share their personal experiences. (source)
From Wikipedia: Among other awards, New Jersey earned the Navy Unit Commendation for Vietnam service, the Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of the Philippines, and the Presidential Unit Citation from the Republic of Korea. She received nine battle stars for her World War II service, four for her service in the Korean War, two for her service in the Vietnam War, and four for service in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf region. Due to her outstanding service record, New Jersey holds the distinction of being
the most decorated battleship in naval history.
We were all together for Easter day.
We discovered Jared is now as tall as his Aunt Jamie!
Kids ate in the kitchen, grownups (and Cambrie & Chloe) in the dining room.
There were lots of giggles and happy talk around each table.
By the end of the day, we had some tuckered-out children!
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