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Festibond 2014: Kirsten

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

I Took the Girls to Boston

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.

Park Street Station in the Boston Common

Granary Burying Grounds

Washington Street is a pedestrian shopping
area in downtown Boston

Sitting on mailboxes on Tremont Street

Inside the Custom House Tower

Departing Runway Nine
Graves Light

To see the girls had to climb the short wall

They carried their Halloween candy everywhere

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.



Hayley and Skye race and chase


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.

Waiting at the oldest subway station in the US

“All aboard!”

Skye loves the subway

Clarion Nantasket Beach (not my photo)

I beat her, but just barely

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.

Hayley lost her first tooth!!!

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Hayley loves to play on the steps

Skye improved her fish skills significantly


I love to read and hang with my girls

One thing the girls miss about
Kansas is having a bathtub

Across the street from our hotel
in Hull, Massachusetts

Clarion Nantasket Beach Resort
Wash me!


My girls

The Red Line back to Boston

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.

City Hall

Boston’s North End

Custom House Tower

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.

The Blue Line’s Aquarium Station

Boston Common in autumn

Jenna poses in the Boston Public Garden

Hanging out

On a bridge

Under a tree
(Jenna’s idea)

Sitting in leaves

Playing in an empty fountain

The equestrian statue of George Washington

From the Common and Public Garden we made our way up the Commonwealth Avenue Mall to Copley Square and the Boston Public Library.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Boston Public Library

I love the architecture, design and decorating
of the Central Boston Public Library

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.

Dinner at the Saugus, Massachusetts Hooters

Hooters in Saugus, Massachusetts

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.