Once again, our annual family holiday tradition of Festibond was outstanding. This year we celebrated on December 27. For those who are unfamiliar with this tradition we started several years ago, its purpose is to create and strengthen our family bonds, both individually and as a unit. Festibond actually encompasses a month or so beforehand with our writing meaningful and thoughtful letters to each other. Then about a week prior to Festibond Brent and I separately taking each of the girls out on one-on-one dates, and the girls and I bake sweets. On the day of Festibond we go out to breakfast, come home and read our letters to each other, spend time together playing games and doing other activities, and snack throughout the day on a light buffet and baked goods the girls and I previously prepared. We’ve changed and added a few things over the years, but our dates and the letters to each other are the primary focus. Continue reading Festibond 2014: Kirsten
Skye has been asking me to take her to Boston for a while now. She loves the city. Her GT (gifted/talented) class is going in four years and she’s wonderfully excited. She said she loves Boston more than she loves Maine.
I have most of this week off work and about a bazillion Choice Privileges Points so I decided to take the girls on a mini-vacation before it gets too cold. Kirsten, unfortunately, had to work. :(
Sunday morning we drove to Boston, parked the car at Quincy Center, and took the Red Line train into Park Street Station. Skye wanted to check out the Granary Burying Grounds so we headed over there. Then we strolled around Washington Street before heading to Marriott’s Custom House (my favorite Boston building) where we would see the city from the 26th floor observation deck.
After the girls were too cold to stand out on the observation deck at the Custom House Tower we walked over to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The girls enjoyed running around a fountain and playing on the concrete structures.
When they finally tired of playing and decided it was time for swimming we walked to Government Center where we boarded the Green Line. At Park Street Station we switched to the outbound Red Line (Braintree) train. The drive to Hull from Quincy was nice. Our hotel was the Clarion Nantasket Beach Resort Hotel and Spa. Our room had a balcony with ocean view, fireplace and whirlpool tub. The girls were very excited! After spending a long time in the swimming pool Jenna and I played Battleship while Skye and Hayley watched Cartoon Network.
Monday morning we got all freshened up, went downstairs, and enjoyed a long breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant. The girls, especially, loved the buffet. After breakfast we got a late checkout so Skye and Hayley could go swimming again. After a brief swim (and bath) we strolled along the beach in front of the hotel before again driving to Quincy Center to catch the inbound Red Line subway.
I asked Hayley, “Do you not like mornings?” “I do like mornings, I’m just really tired.” She is always the last daughter awake and is usually the last to fall asleep at night. Interesting.
The girls insisted that we go to the Custom House Tower again so, after getting off at Downtown Crossing, we ran and walked as fast as we could through the financial district. We got to the Custom House right at two o’clock, which is when the daily tour starts. We were all a bit tuckered out after that. The views were impressive and the weather significantly warmer this day.
After the girls were done at the Tower we took the Blue Line from Aquarium to Government Center where we switched to the Green Line to Boylston Station. Our waitress at the hotel told us we could ride the Swan Boats for a dollar but they weren’t running. So, we walked around the Boston Common and Public Garden and took lots of pictures.
When we were done at the library the girls and I were tired and missed Kirsten. Besides, it was getting dark and the mercury was falling. We decided to call it a couple days and head home. On the way home the girls were very hungry (they hadn’t eaten since breakfast) and Jenna asked if we could have dinner at Hooters. We had a great time there (is there any way to not have a great time at Hooters?). Hint: if you ever go to the Hooters in Saugus, Massachusetts, be sure to sit at Tia’s table. She’s stunning and sweet.
It was a wonderful two days in our favorite city, but we were all glad to get home and give Kirsten a great big hug!
These photos were taken with my DSLR, phone and video recorder. Quality varies accordingly.