A Very Delayed Vacation Recap: Boston

In October we went to Boston for a few days. Upon arrival in the Boston area, we drove out to Newton, where my husband dropped me off so my running-obsessed-self could go run the Newton Hills and Heartbreak Hill section of the Boston Marathon. It was glorious, but I also know that those hills are not so glorious when you’ve already run 25+ kilometers. The neighborhood and the Boston College campus are so beautiful!

After my run, we went to Wahlburgers for dinner, but there were no Wahlburgs there that night 😦 I’m seriously hoping that the people who opened a Wahlburgers in Toronto open one in Ottawa asap. We checked in to our hotel and got settled. Odin played with blocks and then we all passed out. We spent the following day touring Boston. We walked all over and went to TD Garden to take pictures for Ryan’s dad who is a Bruins fan, walked through Beacon Hill, the Boston Public Gardens, Cheers and Copley Square. I took a zillion photos of anything that had to do with the Boston Marathon, and my drive to qualify for it (and run a full marathon) went into overdrive.

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The people in Boston were soooo friendly! We ventured into a lot of running stores and all of the people in there chatted about different races and products – I was in heaven.

The following day we drove out to explore Cape Cod. We did the entire Cape, stopping to take pictures at the Cape Cod Light and then spending the rest of the day in Provincetown. We picked up some delicious salt water taffy and enjoyed being outside. Odin loved playing in the sand. there were quite a few places that had already closed for the season which was unfortunate, but we had a great time!

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Thursday was game day. The main reason for the trip. We are HUGE Patriots fans. We’ve always gone to see the Patriots play in Buffalo because it’s easier to get tickets and slightly closer to home, but this was our first time to Foxboro and Gillette Stadium and it did not disappoint. We purchased tons of Patriots gear, and even scored free hats. It was the Thursday Night Football game, so it was cool to be there to experience the live broadcast – where we got to be steps away from Robert Kraft, Deion Branch and Ty Law. We went closer to the field to take some pictures.

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At half time there was a ceremony to celebrate Ty Law’s induction to the Patriots Hall of Fame that happened over the summer.

The Patriots won, keeping us on the edge of our seats until the last minute by blocking a field goal that could have resulted in a loss.

It was such a great trip and we accomplished a lot when we were there. We will definitely be back!

Little Man, Big City

This past weekend we took Odin on his second trip to NYC. My husband has family there, so we try our best to visit each year. NYC holds a special place in my heart, as I have so many wonderful memories there with my husband and his family, and it’s also the city that witnessed our engagement back in 2009:

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A few years ago on our trip, Ryan, his cousin Cyrenne, and I were in the NBC Store at the right time, and got invited to watch Jimmy Fallon test his monologue and this “Thank You Notes”. It was so, so, cool. We were there over a weekend this time, so unfortunately Odin wasn’t going to get to meet his beloved Jimmy (he freaks out when he hears the theme song for the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, we PVR it so that he can watch).

This year we drove down like we usually do, stopping at the Woodbury Commons outlets on the way. For the past two years we’ve had the best luck shopping for Odin at these outlets. We’ve been able to buy him an entire year’s worth of clothes and his winter outerwear here.

We took Ryan’s brother with us on the trip, as he had never been before. We made stops at Rockefeller, Central Park, Times Square, walked through SoHo to make stops at Trader Joe’s, then further on to Magnolia Bakery and Sockerbit (a new stop for us, which is now a must for future visits!) and down to the Ground Zero site. We spent time with my husband’s family walking through Central Park, and visiting his cousin where she works – she works for Brooklyn-based Liddabit Sweets, and their sea salt caramels are to die for! Next summer we want to go back and spend even more time in Central Park now that Odin is older and can enjoy the play areas and splash pads.

We got caught in a storm on our way back to the subway from Central Park, but Odin loved it! Odin even rode the subway like a pro:

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It was such a great trip away even though it was only for a few days. We are so lucky to go there as often as we do, and we hope to continue this tradition every summer 🙂

 

 

Planning a Trip to Boston!

In October we will be heading to Boston and I cant’ wait. for. this. trip!

Our trip takes us from our home, down to Buffalo, NY and then down to Boston. We have tickets for the Patriots in Buffalo on October 12 for our 4 year wedding anniversary, and then we have more tickets for the Thursday night game in Foxboro, where the Patriots will play the Jets. We are a football loving family, so we are so pumped about this trip! Odin has had a love for football since he was 3 days old, and already know what “Tom Brady throws” and “what Gronk catches”- see his touchdown arms below:

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When we arrive in Boston, my husband is driving me to a spot where I can run the dreaded Newton Hills. I’ve mapped out a 10km stretch of the Boston Marathon route to run, and it’s going to be hilly! I eventually hope to run the Boston Marathon one day, so I wanted to run part of the route while we are there, and it just made sense to run the toughest part. I know it won’t equate to the experience of running the hills approximately 25km into the 42.2km run, so I will savour the run, because hopefully the next time I set foot on those hills, it will be as a marathon participant 🙂

We plan to spend time in Boston, going to Cheers, some running shops, TD arena, Fenway, then spend a day on Cape Cod, and then game day in Foxboro at Patriots Place and the Patriots hall of fame.

Food stops include Wahlburgers, the Cheesecake Factory (a must in every city we travel to) some yummy seafood on the Cape (looking for restaurant suggestions!) and of course Dunkin’ Donuts.

I’ve mentioned a few of our plans for our trip, but we are also looking for suggestions! Feel free to leave a comment with any of your Boston “must-sees/must-dos”!

 

Hitting the Road

It’s Friday! I especially love Friday’s when I know that in a few hours we will have a packed vehicle and be on our way out of town for a few days.

Tonight we will head to Rochester, where we make mandatory stops at Funkin’ Go Nuts (that’s Dunkin’ Donuts for those who don’t watch Jimmy Fallon 😉 ), the Eastview Mall, Trader Joe’s and of course, The Cheesecake Factory. We will stay in Rochester tonight and move back across the border tomorrow to visit my Great Aunt and Uncle in Welland at their home, which has been referred to as The Pork Palace for as long as I can remember. I’m really looking forward to this visit, as I have a ton of fun memories from my own childhood at their house, and am so grateful that Odin will be able to make memories there too.

We have some additional family and friends that we will see in Welland, and then on Sunday we will move along to Mississauga to visit my husband’s aunts and grandmother – who is so excited to see Odin’s ‘Happy Feet’ dance again. The day will conclude with a visit and dinner with one of my closest friends and then we will hit the road and return home.

My Starbucks mug collection will also grow on this trip – with the addition of the Niagara Falls and Toronto mugs, and likely another New York one (I already have 3 of those alone…). For those of you that may not know what I mean by this, Starbucks releases mugs for certain cities, provinces, states and countries. I’ve been collecting these mugs for a number of years now and add to it everywhere I go. My dad even found the Paris and France mini mugs for me, as I went there during high school on an exchange trip.

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Have a great weekend everyone!