“The trip of our lives”
Recently I saw a quote to this effect: A vacation is what you take with your spouse. A trip is what you take with the kids.
4 kids–9 days–2000 miles–The boys are calling it “the trip of our lives.” I guess that means I never have to plan another one! Although I would love to go back and do it all over again. And I can seriously say that, even after 9 days and 2000 miles together. I really love these guys and they are fantastic travelling companions. We had such a fabulous time together.
The blog might turn into a travelogue for the next little while I try to process everything we experienced and deal with the hundreds of photos we took. In a nutshell we flew to New Hampshire, drove to Maine, then came back to Boston to be tourists. There’s a big long story behind why we went this September, but I’ll get to that another day. Here are just a few of the exceptional moments that stand out to me in retrospect.
- Watching the sun rise over the Wasatch mountains moments after we took off from Salt Lake International (it almost made up for our 4 a.m. wakeup)
- Hearing all the new sounds and almost-words E tried out on this trip
- Discovering what a handy tool the Google maps app is on the iphone (we still made a few wrong turns, or I should say DH did. “Turn left….your other left.” But we could have gotten seriously lost without that app.)
- Seeing E wave to every plane, baggage cart, train, trolley, subway, bus, big truck–you name it, he waved at it. It was so very, very endearing.
- Watching the boys line up with the costumed volunteer on the Lexington Green where the Minutemen would have stood watching the Redcoats coming down the hill and thinking here’s where it all began
- Walking across the Old North Bridge at Concord and having a similar emotional reaction
- Having a gentleman tell us thanks for the entertainment when he got off the subway
- Seeing the boys’ surprise when the subway came up out of the ground the first time
- Watching the waves crash against the rocks at Nubble Lighthouse (we could have stayed there all day!)
- Watching the sun rise over the Kennebec river after getting up early to nurse E
- Stopping to watch the Tabernacle Choir’s special 9/11 broadcast on Sunday morning on my laptop in a parking lot in Brunswick, Maine
- Seeing the signature of our immigrant ancestor on the Billerica, Massachusetts, town charter from 1654
- Watching my very dear husband chase the boys around the playground in Boston Common after a long day of sightseeing in the city and hearing squeals of delight from all sides
- Going to the ancient Egypt collection at the Museum of Fine Arts and watching the boys light up at all the things they were seeing for real that we’ve only just read about in the past few weeks, and hearing them intelligently discuss the sarcophagi, and the hieroglyphs, and say, “Look, Mom, there’s Anubis!” or “Look Mom, the eye of Horus.” It was awesome.
- The dog mummy, the cat mummy, the kitten mummy, the baby crocodile mummy, the ibis mummy, the human mummy….
- Seafood, fresh from the Atlantic…need I say more?
- Having one of those perfect-I-don’t-want-it-to-end happy moments, even though it was just sitting in a plaza in the North End, eating take-out lunch, sharing a pastry, and watching the boys play
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