Our trip back east was so great. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with Drew. We did absolutely everything we would have done whether she had been there or not. She was such a trooper. Late nights, unfamiliar meals, lots of walking, weird weather and really not a peep from her about any of it. Such a good girl.
I'll break it down day-by-day with a picture (or two or three) and blurb about each. We really did have many unplanned adventures, all of which definitely added to our amazing trip!
This is as we were waiting for the train to take us to the airport. Is it morbid that I always take a picture at the beginning of a trip... just in case? Like, in case something happens and they find my camera and my family can say, "Oh, at least we have this last picture."? Is that weird? And don't look past the fleece and pearls. She rocked those pearls the whole trip and got more compliments than you can imagine.
Like she's been doing it her whole life.
Taking off for the first time
On Monday we met my cousin Jennie at the Boston Children's Museum
We took a water taxi across the hahbah from our hotel to the city to walk around and explore. What a fun way to get around!
I gave Drew her own camera so that she could photograph our trip. I thought seeing the trip through her eyes would be neat, a different perspective for sure. Well, yeah. I got 8 pictures of the top of the building she's taking a picture of here, 13 pictures of a lobster in a store window, a sewer drain, and a lot of other things that I won't even post. Well, maybe at the end of this blog post I'll put a few just so you can see what I mean but I couldn't use her pics for the entire blog post. I was kind of bummed but she had a great time taking them so... whatever.
Planking at Quincy Market
At 3:00am Drew woke up screaming. She's a tough kid so if something hurts her enough for her to scream about it, it's the real deal. Her right ear was hurting her so badly she couldn't stand it. For one of the first times ever I was at a complete loss of what to do. I immediately searched on my phone for a Kaiser only to discover that Kaiser is only in a few west coast states - who knew? Finally I just called downstairs to the front desk and asked if there was an urgent care or ER around. My new friend Adam (at the Hyatt Harborside front desk) told me to just get up and get dressed and head downstairs and he'd have directions ready for me. I did just that. He not only had directions ready for me but he offered me his own personal GPS to find my way around, he made sure I had cash for the tolls, and he tore up my $68 hotel parking pass so that I could get out w/o having to pay. The service of our hotel was phenomenal and made kind of a chaotic situation so much better. In the pouring rain with a kid in pain I found our way to Mass General Hospital.
The pediatric ER department wasn't busy at 3:30am on a Tuesday morning and we got right in. Turns out her tubes were in place, her right ear was a bit red, but her congestion was off the charts and causing pressure and pain, not helped by the flight. She was started on a strong antibiotic, Sudafed, and pain drops. We were given such great immediate care. After an hour of chilling at Mass Gen we headed back to the hotel, in the pouring rain. We got terribly lost, despite the GPS, and saw much more of Boston than we'd planned. No biggie, just one more thing that wasn't planned that turned out just fine.
We got back to the hotel a little after 5am and since mom was still sleeping, we hung out at the restaurant downstairs and ate an early breakfast. Drew got Fruit Loops and her own carafe of milk and according to her that was worth the ear pain. BTW, that bowl of cereal cost $6.00.
Mom got up and came down to join us and we sat and had breakfast #2 together. See the view? It was amazing and despite the $6 bowls of cereal and $12 bowls of oatmeal, we ate lots of meals here. It was too pretty not to. After breakfast we were off to Sudbury (where mom grew up), Wrentham (where my dad grew up), and then on to Cape Cod for 3 nights.
We met our good friend here for lunch. This is Longfellow's Wayside Inn. So much history here. You can read about the Wayside Inn here if you're interested.
Mom and Drew in front of the Mary Lamb school. Did you know it was a real place, where Mary brought her lamb to school? And mom went to school there! And my Great Nana taught there! I really encourage you to read about the Redstone Schoolhouse here.
This is my maiden name and this street is named after my grandpa in Wrentham, MA. He was prominent in the community for 30+ years and after his death a street in a new development was named after him. It's not a name you often see in print and it was pretty cool.
Our Cape home away from home. Thanks to Carlyn for always welcoming us the way she does.
We went strawberry picking - here are Carlyn and Drew climbing the hill
Drew baked for us and made these. YUM!
We went to a favorite spot in Woods Hole
Drew and Carlyn walking up to the point. Notice how Drew is wearing a skirt? Mom later discovered a tick that was having dinner on Drew's leg.
Heading back home
Drew was in love with Carlyn's cats and spent much of her time finding them, petting them, talking to them, or dressing them up in pearls.
Carlyn teaching Drew calligraphy
On Thursday my cousin David, his wife Teni, Uncle Dennis, mom, Drew, and I took the ferry over to Martha's Vineyard. It was the first non-cloudy day and it just couldn't have been more beautiful.
David, Teni, Drew, Uncle Dennis
In front of what Aunt Debbie always called the Cupcake Houses
Drew holding the sign she made for Uncle Dennis, the morning we left to go back to Boston
We headed back to Boston, checked back into our hotel again, and went to the Red Sox game. Here, the obligatory picture on Yawkey Way with the sign that Teni made for Drew!
Getting her picture taken by the Red Sox website person with her sign. How convenient is it that her name is Drew and the right fielder for the Red Sox is J.D. Drew? She's always got a Red Sox shirt with her name on it.
After the game, after midnight, in the hotel lobby bathroom. We took this to send to Chris. After this we sat down and all 3 of us ordered dessert. Yep, we milked vacation for all it was worth.
This was our last day in Boston. Drew was representing the OFD as she sat quietly before our busy day began.
In the Public Garden on the swan boats. You've read Make Way for Ducklings, right?
Under the bridge
Did I mention that we were there for the Bruins victory parade? I could give two shits about hockey BUT it's hard to not get caught up in the excitement of it all. Here Drew is on the shoulders of my cousin Jennie watching as the Boston Bruins players rode by on the duck boats. It was loud with music and people and confetti was falling from the sky. It was awesome. And crowded.
There she is, the Stanley Cup!
An estimated 1 million people showed up for the victory parade. You know how many bathrooms there were? None. NONE. Not one port-a-potty. After walking around for 30 minutes looking for a bathroom and becoming desperate, I used Drew as an excuse. I told her to hold my hand, shut her mouth, and look sad. She performed beautifully! A woman took us up to her private condo which was extremely generous of her. She said she has kids, she knows how it is. I felt awful lying but not so bad as to not do it. I was desperate.
Drew spent much of the parade like this, sitting on the street petting her new friend. Such an animal lover, she is. Just like her Nana.
Our last dinner at our favorite restaurant at the hotel.
JetBlue is so awesome. Here they took Drew into the cockpit to look around.
After a great vacation, lots of new experiences, no bedtimes, too many desserts, an ER visit, a tick bite, and meeting lots of new friends, this girl was wiped. We arrived home much later than expected but that's because we stopped at Macaroni Grill - just the two of us - before driving home from the airport. We had to get in one last dessert before vacation, and desserts, were over.
Obviously lots happened that wasn't photographed but I would say for the most part these are the highlights. I'm really excited to take her back next year and as I've promised him, bring William, too.