There’s nothing like returning to the home that bore my childhood. My birthday’s, 3-17, were all celebrated in the same kitchen, in the same house, on the same street… on ‘Day Street’ actually, where the sun never sets… #9 . It makes me happy that I have a niece and a nephew that are growing up in the same fantastic neighborhood that I grew up in. I got to introduce Jace to two of his cousins, my two sisters, his two great-grandmothers… and most importantly, for me, his grandfather… my Daddy. He is very dear to my heart and I want those two very important men in my life to become acquainted. Here is Jace with his two cousins, Cameron and Brooke, most commonly known as Cammie and Brooka:They just could NOT get enough of him and he enjoyed EVERY minute with them:
The first night that I was home, my sisters and I treated ourselves to a night out on the town. Girls will be girls, and “girls just wanna have fuh-un”… so, we did. We went out to eat at The Cheesecake factory, where I can NEVER go without a full piece of White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake [my wedding cake!!] We ate dinner, round-robin style, each sharing eachothers meals like only sisters can do.
Tia Love!! Then we finished the night off with very authentic Carrie Underwood impressions in the parking lot.
The next day was my baby sister’s graduation! That’s right, I call her ‘baby’, but it WAS in fact, graduation from HIGH school, not kindergarden or anything. I wish she was facing the other way, because I did her hair! That was a big feat for me… I’m no hairstylist, that’s for sure.
Saturday was one of my favorite days… ‘TAKE ME OUT TO THE BAAALLL GAME!!’ My sister got some Red Sox vs. A’s tickets and we had such a blast. It was GORGEOUS weather, sunny with a cool breeze.
Apart from us winning 9-8 in the bottom of the 14th [longest game since 1979], my favorite part of the entire game was having to change Jace’s diaper and nearly clearing all the stands surrounding us because of the stench. My Dad yelled: ‘What are you feeding that kid?’ At that point, the cool breeze did not work to our advantage. It was an amazing game, with Papelbon getting kicked out of the game for the first time in his career and J.D. Drew walking off in the 14th.
And OF COURSE, we had to have the hot dogs and peanuts. For over processed, unidentifiable meat, they were AMAZING!
These are my grandmothers. They loved that boy more than anybody. My Grammy Pat on the left, was one half of the equation of how Jace got his blue eyes!These are Nate’s parents, Jace’s grandparents, and Jen, Nate’s Mom was the other half of where Jace get’s his baby blues. They nearly fought tooth and nail to hold Jace the entire time. I LOVED It! They came over for a typical Costa Rican meal and afterwords, we played our new favorite game, Canadian Salad. They brought the most amazing Chocolate Raspberry cake… we overindulged ourselves. My Mom took Monday off, and took me and my brother and sister and Jace into downtown Boston. We had SO MUCH FUN!!! I am ESPECIALLY entertained and very easily distracted by the street performers. They were such a riot.We went to Quincy Market and Fanueil Hall… of course, to get something to eat. To those that have never been, Quincy Market is this incredibly long hall way with restaurants lining each side. The options are endless!!! They have developed the Costco technique of leaving samples out for people to try. We had the hardest time picking one, so we bought a few different things and all shared.
We checked out a bunch of the shops around the Market, and this booth was outside of Local Color. I love it!!
After that, we still had time to spare and even though, we shouldn’t have been hungry at this point after sharing Quincy Market delicacies, we decided to head to the Famous Mike’s Pastry shop in the Italian North End. The canolli’s were out of this world. Here I am estimating what I am going to look like after this trip is all over. We took our snacks down to Boston Harbor and watched the ships come and go in gorgeous warm sunshine. Can you believe that that night we still went out to dinner? We went out to a Hibachi restaurant where they cook your entire meal right in front of you!!Complete with pyrotechnics!! They put on quite a show with the juggling of knives and tossing us pieces of shrimp to catch in our mouths… sea lion style.
Hummingbirds have a special significance for my Dad, so in Boston I found a mini one for him to hang on his rearview mirror. The sushi chef decorated his plate all fancy with his little gift right in the middle.
This was BY FAR, the best trip home that I have ever had… I haven’t lived at home for quite some time, and they made this event the best yet. Still… nothin’s quite home unless Nate is there. We sent him this picture on our final flight home. It is SO good to be with my Nate.