Tuesday, 30 April 2013

What a lovely weekend!


Wasn't it a beautiful weekend? We really enjoyed the beautiful weather that we had and took advantage of it as much as possible. We spent a lot of time walking around the city. I know I walked about seven miles one day. My feet are still a little bit sore. It was so worth it though. 

We had the worst week. All of us were sick and it was miserable for a few days around here. Mommas and Pappas do not get sick days, which is so sad. Thankfully we were all healed by the weekend and ready to play. And play we did. 

The stroller races!



She took Memi all around the MET in her stroller. 

 

Cosette enjoyed a Sprinkles mini strawberry cupcake. And she fell asleep curled up in stroller, dead to the world after playing at the park. 


We got a chance to sneak in a date this weekend. We went to Eataly and enjoyed the most delicious roasted veggie sandwhiches on the most delicious foccacia bread ever! I want some more of that summer squash foccacia bread. It was delicious! The weather was too good to eat inside so we enjoyed a picinic in Madison Square. It was lovely. 



Madison Square always has interesting art exhibits going on. Look, a wall made of blue yarn. 


Mmmmm...gelato!

 

We went to see a show, down in the village at the Rattlestick theatre. Micheal Urie did a one man show about a guy who worked for Barbra Streisand in her storage-room mall. You should look it up and go see it to really understand. So funny! We laughed and laughed and have since watched some Barbra Streisand films and are kind of becoming a little obsessed with her (but not really). That picture of the Waverly Place street sign was taken for Hannah and Ethan. (Shout out to Disney fans!)



Fresh handmade pasta!


Two gelatos are better than one. I was a little adventurous and tried a banana chocoalte sorbet. Sometimes adventures are not so fun. Lyndon was sweet and let me try some of his mint chocoalte chip. It was better than mine. 


Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Make Way for Ducklings


Cosette's favorite part about our Boston trip was the Make way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden. She is currently obsessed with ducks if you haven't heard.  

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The sculpture was inspired by the book Make way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. It is a adorable story about a Momma and Poppa duck that come to the Boston Public Garden to raise their family. 



The ducklings were still wearing their Easter bonnets!

 

Cosette was so excited when she saw the ducks. She kind of took over the sculpture for a while. She would go up to each duckling and look at their hats and pat them. 


 


Sometimes it is hard to get a picture with her looking. We tried. 
I am glad she is in a duck loving phase.  

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Boston Common and Public Garden


My favorite place we visited in Boston was the Boston Common and Public Garden. I love parks in the middle of cities. They are always so beautiful. Boston Common was especially beautiful.

 

Like many other sites in Boston Boston Common has an interesting history. It was founded in 1634 making it the oldest park in the country. Originally the park was used as grazing area. British troops used the Common as a camp before the American Revolution. So much history every where.


People were handing out cow bells for cheering the Marathon runners along. We started cheering early on. Pretty much once we got the bells we started ringing them.   

 

Beautiful statue of George Washington on the left. Soldiers and Sailors monument on the right commemorating the Massachusetts soldiers and sailors in who died in the Civil War.



I know I keep using the word beautiful, but everything in the park was just beautiful. Above is the pond in the Public Garden. There were lots of ducks swimming around which make Cosette very happy. She kept saying "Duck! Duck! Duck!"


You can take a ride on the swan boats around the pond. Wish we had time to do that.



Baby girl just wanted to run, run, run! She kept running circles around this statue of Edward Everett Hale. He is an American author, historian, and Unitarian clergyman in Massachusetts. 

There was a carousel! I was hesitant to take Cosette on it because she did not enjoy any of the rides we went on at Disney Land last summer (post here). When we got back to NYC when school started I took her on another carousel and she just clung to me the whole time. So I was a hesitant but thought we would try again. This time she loved it! She was so excited to get on. She handed her ticket to the park worker and then ran and found the prettiest horse on the carousel. It had pretty red roses on the saddle. She laugh and smiled the whole ride. I had a difficult time getting her off when the ride was over. Good thing there is one in Central Park.  


Thank you for the beautiful day Boston!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Boston!


Aside from Monday's events at the Marathon, the trip to Boston was a blast! The city is so chock-full of American history, I love it! I wish that we could have spent more time there. Mom had a bunch of Marathon events that she attended so that left me, Cosette, and Dad to go tour the city. 

Here we are in front of the Old State House. It is Boston's oldest public building built in 1713 as the seat of the British colonial government. In this building the Royal Governor and the Massachusetts Assembly debated events that lead up to the American Revolution including the Stamp Act and the Writs of Assistance. The Declaration of Independence was first read from the balcony of this building. Awesome!


Oh, and the Boston Massacre occurred right in front of the Old State House. So much history in one place!




The balcony where the Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians.


We went with Mom to check in for the Marathon. The place was packed. There were a lot of vendors with running supplies, and lots of free samples. I tried a bunch. 


After checking Momma in she went to a spaghetti dinner provided for all the runners. Dad and I started our exploring at the Old State House and then ventured down to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It had a lot of interesting shops and places to eat. 


Cosette enjoyed playing in the hotel. She would climb on top of the pillows grabbing onto the head board and then would free fall back onto the bed. She is fearless, sometimes. She has her shy moments. I love her.


Massachusetts State House is right off the Boston Commons. I love the gold dome of the building. It reminds of the Hotel de Invalides in Paris (post here). 

Kings Chapel is one of the stops along the Freedom Trail in Boston. Several Founding Fathers attended church services here.


Robert Could Shaw and the 54th Regiment memorial. He lead the first regiment of African American volunteers in the Civil War.


Baby girl was spinning and jumping around the hotel room all morning long. 


On the left is the Temple Baptist Church the first integrated church in America. I just love architecture. I was snapping pictures of it before I even knew what the building was. On the right is a view of the Old State House. 


Here is the last picture that was taken on the trip. I took it because Boylston is the street where the Marathon finishes. We had not heard about anything that had happened at this point. It was less than twenty minutes after the bombs went off. I hope all who were affected recover as well as this beautiful city. 
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