Sunday, December 31, 2017

Baby Blake 2017!

Chrissy and Jason had another beautiful baby! Their 4th baby and 2nd son is named Blake and he's the cutest smooshiest little guy.

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Blake is my new guy

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Hi little buddy.

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Six awesome peeps!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trillium Brewery and the Cabot Theatre 2017

After we left Boston, we had two more fun stops. We had brunch a Sunrise Breakfast in Norwood. We met up with Janice, Darren, Ellie, Bill, and Jimmy at Trillium Brewery in Canton. It was so nice seeing everyone and also tasting the delicious beers.

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Darren, Ellie, Janice, me

Trillium Brewing 2017
Darren Ellie, Janice, Jimmy, Bill

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Kevin drinking all the beers

In the evening we met up with Casey and Jacyn and went with them to Casey's work party. He's been renovating the Cabot Theatre for several years, and this was a party to celebrate the progress and to celebrate the Cabot Theatre bar (yet-to-be-named) opening. We're extremely happy for Casey.

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The Cabot Theatre outside

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Casey talking to guests

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Casey introducing Venus Mars Project

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Venus Mars Project concert

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Jacyn and Peter close-up

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Group pics are my fave

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Yummy dinner with little bahn mis.

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Cheers to a friendship that's 32 years old.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Boston 2017

Kevin goes to Boston once a year or more, usually for a sporting event, but I hadn't been since 2010 when I was pregnant with James. Before that, I used to go at least every other year.  I missed Boston but I was a little dubious about a trip in the winter.  But Grandma Kathy offered to babysit in Cape Cod so Boston in the winter it was.

We started with lunch in Cambridge on Tuesday afternoon. It was pretty chilly in the mid-20s. We went to the Crema cafe and got delicious sandwiches on pretzel bread, and warmed up with coffee and chai tea.  We started in Cambridge because there are two great bookstores in Cambridge: Raven books and Harvard Bookstore. It was heaven for bookworms and we bought 8 remaindered books altogether. We also cut through Harvard Yard.

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Kevin at Raven Books

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Harvard Yard- the first time I was here I was 16. Over 22 years ago!

Our hotel was in Copley Square, so we went back, checked in, changed and went to our free hotel happy hour. Then we walked over to the Boston Public Library and looked at the amazing John Singer Sargent murals. We walked down Newberry Street and the nearby streets looking at the stores and Christmas decorations.

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Christmas tree selfie in Copley Square

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Boston Public Library

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John Singer Sargent murals

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My favorite. The blue goddess is amazing looking.

Then we went to a lovely Mexican restaurant Lolita where we met Jaime for dinner and drinks. It's a really cute place and the drinks were especially good. Jaime and I have our own little long-distance book club of 2, so we talked about those books with Kevin and discussed some future reads. I'd never been to "Top of the Pru" in all my visits to Boston so even though Kevin was dubious, we got one drink there. Now I can say I did.

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Jaime, me, and Kevin at Lolita Mexican restaurant

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Oh yeah they gave us cotton candy after dinner!

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Top of the Pru!

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Making my (sort of Jewish) friend pose in front of a big Christmas ornament

Wednesday was much colder than Tuesday, with temperatures in the mid-teens. We hustled to a nearby breakfast diner, the famous Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe. But it was too cold to keep walking so we took the T to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's a small beautiful museum that was the former home of art-collecter Isabella Stewart Gardner, and which is most known for the famous 1990 robbery of its paintings including paintings by Degas, Manet, Rembrandt and Vermeer.

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Attempt to get pictures of famous people behind my selfie at Charlie's

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In front of the house's Spanish-style courtyard

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A part of the house with a painting of a Spanish Cafe and abbey replica

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Kevin + Mosaic

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Stolen painting fram

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Jazz band in the beautiful courtyard

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View from the top of the house

After warming up in the museum, we got brave about the cold again and walked along The Fens. We walked over to another- bookstore- the Trident Bookstore Cafe and looked through but it didn't have deals as good as Raven Books and the Harvard Bookstore. I was exhausted. We had a little nap back at the hotel, and then after a failed attempt at waiting outside a ramen shop, we ended up having delicious Cambodian food at Kim Pang.

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The Fens- it is so cold and all the ground is ice ice ice.

We took the T to the Museum of Fine Arts. Our first stop was the Takashi Murakami exhibit. Then we made our way through other parts of the museum that interested us, but ooh boy was I tired by then. I kept looking at my Fitbit, and by the end of the day I was up to 20K steps.

Thankfully, our final activity for the trip involved sitting. We saw the Strauss Symphony of America at Boston Symphony Hall. The performance is inspired by Vienna's beloved New Year's Concert, conductor Michael Zehetner, soprano Jennifer Davison, tenor Matjaž Stopinšek, and dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet.

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Me at the Murakami exhibit

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Murakami exhibit

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Regular exhibits at MFA

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Strauss Symphony of America

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Boston Symphony Hall selfie

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Strauss Symphony of America

A successful no-kids trip to Boston!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas on Cape Cod with family.

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Christmas Eve
Cookies and milk for Santa and big carrots for Monica, I mean, reindeer

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Note from James to Santa

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Watching Santa on Norad website

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Christmas morning!

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Christmas morning!

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Santa's wrapping paper is very literal

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Opening presents with Grandma

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Miranda and her Baby Alive Lily doll

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Christmas morning with Great Aunt Mary

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New York Clous, Christmas 2017

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Great-grandma Ruth and Miranda are best friends

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James hugging Great-grandma

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Miranda hugging Great-grandma

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Chris looks happy

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With Great-uncle Dick

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Group picture- but missing Andrew!
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