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Old MacDonald Had a Duck October 14, 2013

Filed under: animals,Boston,Friends — Kelocity @ 4:38 am

While I was home, I wanted to get together with some of my friends and their kids! Seems like yesterday we were all 16 and driving to the beach together, but now, I counted 12 kids between us! It’s so much fun. We found a local farm to meet up at where the kids could see some animals, have some donuts and play. The weather was great, a perfect New England fall day.
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Adele thinks anything with a beak is a duck, so she was quacking at the turkeys and the peacocks. haha
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(PS. these pants. Love!)
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It was fun to catch up with my friends too. In between tantrums, cranky babies, sleeping babies, dirty babies, hungry babies and running babies… we somehow managed a few minutes of actual conversation. Kinda. At the end, all the kids were melting down, it was actually pretty funny. That’s what it’s all about, right? Nothing a little pumpkin ice cream and some cider can’t fix.

I love this picture of Adele and Harper because I’m pretty sure I have one just like this of Shelby (Harper’s mom) and I at a farm when we were this age too! I have to find that!
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I had big plans for a big group photo of all the kids, but it just wasn’t in the cards this time. Shelby and I stayed a little longer and let the kids wander around the pumpkin patch and chase ducks. Wish we lived closer!
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When we got home, Adele wanted to take Gizmo for a walk. Out of all the animals at the farm, I think she still likes doggies the best.
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Biking in Boston October 13, 2013

Filed under: Boston — Kelocity @ 12:36 pm
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After Mikaela’s bachelorette party, Irving met me in Boston and we got to enjoy two whole days together in the city! Adele had plenty of babysitters at my mom’s house, so we took advantage of the time to explore the city where Irving and I met!
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On Sunday, we walked around Faneuil Hall and the Harbor. It was gorgeous out and we had fun just looking at everything that has changed (and hasn’t changed) since we left. (PS can you believe I’ve been living in LA for 9 years already?!) Crazy.
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We ate lunch in Downtown Crossing.
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And had dinner in the North End. It was fun to hold hands and pretend we were still in college. Awe, memories.

On Monday, we started our day with a tour of Emerson’s new campus. I’m so jealous of the kids who get to go to school there now. So many awesome changes. And somehow, we ended up getting the Will & Grace set put on display in our library! Neat!!
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(Here’s what it looked like on the show):
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And then we rented bikes through Hubway! It was only $6 for a bike that we could use for 24 hours. The only catch is that you have to park and exchange it every 30 minutes or you get charged by the hour. I think it’s intended for short commutes, but Irving and I took this as a challenge. We biked 13 miles stopping to exchange our bikes 7 times (there are stations all over the city, it’s awesome!) Here’s a rough estimate of our route:
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For lunch, we stopped at our old stomping ground! Wing-It!!!!!
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Oh man, SO good!
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After lunch, we were tired and headed back to our hotel (We stayed at the Omni Parker this time, it was pretty nice. Really old, but also charming and romantic.) We wanted to try and make it almost all the way back in 30 minutes (to minimize bike exchanges in between) but there was still time for a little pit stop along the charles:
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What a fun adventure in the city. =)

 

The Night We All Got Wild October 10, 2013

Filed under: Boston,Wedding — Kelocity @ 6:52 am
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It seems like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve posted anything! But I have a good excuse. We were busy watching this last week:
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But that amazing day happened at the end of my week in Boston, so there’s lots to catch up on before then first! We flew in on Friday, September 27th on a direct flight. We booked an early morning flight out of LA this time and it was a good move. Adele played for a while and ended up falling asleep on me for a few hours in the middle.  We arrived in and met Laurie at the airport (she arrived a few minutes before us!) And we rented a car and drove to my parents house. We had a nice big family dinner that night and called it an early night. Feels good to be home!

Saturday was a busy day! Mikaela’s bachelorette party!!
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A bunch of us girls decorated the place and hosted a potluck dinner before the festivities!

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And we toasted to the bride to be!!!

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Sisters!

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Soon, our huge SUV limo picked us up and we headed into Boston! First stop… photo opportunity at Fenway park! haha
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It was a crazy night, you guys. We all got wild and…. did a hotel room PHOTOSHOOT! YES!!
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That’s how we roll! We were channeling our inner Annie Leibovitz. Pretty good, right?!

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A fun night to kick off the week of wedding festivities!!! Mikaela’s got some awesome friends!! Those girls are fun!!

 

Boston for the Weekend June 4, 2013

Filed under: Boston,Family — Kelocity @ 8:38 pm

Remember that time I flew all the way across country by myself with a baby to spend one night in Boston and then flew all the way back home? Yep. That happened last weekend. It really takes an insane person to think that sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it? The flight wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty (I’ll spare you the details), but in the end, it was most definitely worth it.

This weekend was a surprise trip that my sister Laurie and I schemed up to surprise our family for a couple of important birthday celebrations. She had flown in the night before and stayed with a friend and then met me at the Boston airport early on Saturday morning. We rented a car and headed off for a day of surprises.

We originally planned to show up at our other sister Mikaela’s house (she was having a yard sale that morning!) but because of my delayed flight, we missed that opportunity. So instead, we decided to surprise my mom and dad first. My mom was participating in a kayak race down a river, so we wanted to be there cheering at the finish line as she came in….. but even THAT plan got foiled when we learned she had paddled so fast, she was the first woman to cross! (GO MOM!) When we arrived, she and my dad were already loading the kayak into the car, so our big reveal happened in the parking lot. They were SO surprised and in shock I think!
IMG_8202Side Note: Dad, send me the pictures from your camera and I’ll add in the ones with you in them too!! 

Adele spent the afternoon hanging out with her Grammie, Grandpa and Aunties (we were able to surprise Mikaela too when she showed up at mom’s house!) Everyone had fun playing with the baby and I got to steal a quick nap.
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In the evening, we took some family photos since the weather was SO NICE while I was there.
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And some special Auntie pictures too!
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Adele smells a flower… and then tries to eat it. LOL

So why were we all dressed up? It was the night of Great-Grammie’s surprise birthday party!!! Our entire family was there! Twenty-Four of us in all. She was SO surprised to see everyone there… and even MORE surprised to find out Laurie, Adele and I flew out for it! The moment that made the entire weekend worth it.
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Grandchildren (and Great Grandchildren) picture!
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We had an awesome dinner. The food and company was great. Adele had fun schmoozing the crowd and eating lots of yummy food. Her smile says it all.
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Haha I love this picture, looks like she’s trying to solve a difficult algebra problem or something.
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Candid sisters photo.
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After dinner, the party continued with cake and presents!
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Happy 80th Birthday, Grammie!!
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Such a wonderful and special night, so glad I got to be a part of it.

After our one and only night sleep in Boston, Adele enjoyed Sunday with our family. They soaked in every second with her.
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A few hours before my flight out, Adele took a nice nap on her Grammie. I was in shock that my mom was able to get her to sleep like that. I took notes and I was able to do the same thing on my flight home that night! She slept the whole way back! Thanks, mom!
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Today is actually my mom’s birthday too! Happy Birthday, mom!!!!! Love you so much! Hope you enjoyed our impromptu weekend home!

 

Walk down Boston’s Memory lane September 16, 2012

Filed under: Boston,Friends — Kelocity @ 4:45 am
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We were so excited to take Adele into downtown Boston to introduce her to some of our favorite spots when we were in College. First stop was to take her to our old dorm!
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We used to walk around Boston Common carrying backpacks and camera equipment for class, and now we’re toting around a baby. Kinda weird!
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We met up with Erika, Timmy and our friend Sean! It was super hot in the city, but it was SO FUN to walk around with them. I miss the old crew!
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Can’t wait to take Adele on her first Swan Boat ride. Maybe next year?

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Fun to get the girls together again too! They are almost exactly a year apart!
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After a sweaty few miles of walking, we stopped to have lunch in the Prudential Building (=air conditioning!) Someone must have been very tired from all that heat! haha!
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I tried “The Cheese Box”. It was pretty awesome.
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Right after, we met up with my friend, Steph! She works nearby and we hung out at the Public Library for a while together. (PS. I had no idea the library had a courtyard in the middle! So cool!)
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After that, we walked back across the common, through Quincy Market and to the North End (destination: Mike’s Pastry!) It was so fun to spend the day in a city I love so much. Irving and I started our story in Boston and it’s so fun to visit now as a family of three!
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Wicked Smaht September 6, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Boston,Friends — Kelocity @ 4:06 am
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On August 30th, Grammie, Irving, Adele and I went into Boston to meet up with Baby Gaga.

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We walked all over Cambridge and along the Charles River. I forgot how beautiful the city is in the Summer.
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We ended up exploring the MIT campus for a while. All those years I lived in the city and I had never been there!
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Adele was soaking in all the academic vibes humming around MIT. I love when all the college kids bring the city to life every August. We hung out on the steps and enjoyed it.
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Baby Gaga and Irving did a fair amount of playing too! Adele will be able to keep up with them soon!
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Guess what I did when we were there? Breastfed for the first time without a nursing pillow!!! HOORAY!!
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I was so proud! Thanks for the moral support, Sarah!
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Wish we could have spent longer in the city, it was so much fun!

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I Flew Across the Country for Hoodsie Cups! January 17, 2012

Filed under: Babies,Boston,Family,Food,Friends — Kelocity @ 7:44 pm
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This past weekend I traveled back home to Boston for a few days. Flights were SO CHEAP! I scored a deal on Jetblue that came to about $99 each way plus tax! Couldn’t say no! I was so glad that I did. It was nice to see family and friends and have absolutely no plans. There was no big event or reason for my visit, so everything was relaxed and fun and I got to spend some time with some of my favorites.

I crashed and took a 2 hour nap when I got home, and then met up with my mom, grandmother and sister for lunch at an Irish Pub nearby. It was so fun to have a girls lunch and catch up. That alone was worth the plane ticket.

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And for dessert… I ordered a Hoodsie Cup!!!! If you’re not from New England, you have probably never had one of these, but it’s SO GOOD! I crave them on the west coast and was happy to introduce the baby to the joy of Hoodsies. =)

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In the afternoon, Mom and I ventured to Buy Buy Baby to do some research. I was numb by the end, so many decisions to make! How do you know what kind of crib/car seat/stroller/high chair/bottles/etc/etc/etc you need?! I walked away with the Baby Bargains book (it was on my to-do list this week anyways!) so hopefully that will help in some of those decisions. It was so fun though and got me so excited to meet the little one.

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On Sunday, I helped my mom clean up her computer (she downloaded a virus. sigh). It took all day to get it all straight again, but it was nice because in between we played games of scrabble and went shopping. Things I really never get to do with my mom when I come home for Christmas or something.

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In the evening I met up with my high school friends for an awesome dinner at a place a few towns over. I miss these girls so much and it was awesome to spend a whole night with them. Hi Steph and Court!

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Katie is 6 weeks ahead of me and it was fun to compare notes. =)  Wish we lived closer! But maybe our kids can be pen pals some day!

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After dinner, we watched the Golden Globes…. and had another Hoodsie Cup!!!!! Yes. They are that good.

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Monday morning I got the pleasure of having breakfast with this guy!!! I can’t believe how big he has gotten, he was a little man, entertaining us while we ate. I gave him lots of kisses and hugs and in return he gave me tons of smiles and giggles.

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His momma and I also enjoyed a morning of scrabble, laughing and trying on maternity clothes (I’m a lucky girl, she gave me so many shirts!) One morning is never enough, but I was happy to be able to hang out!!

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And that was it! The weekend went by way too fast but it was one of the best.

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Living far away is tough, but if you scoop up good deals when you can, it’s do-able. Although I think my parents were much too sad to see me leave this time. I’ll be back soon though!

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My flight was an hour delayed leaving Boston, but Jetblue made up for it with free movies on board. Add that to the free checked bag and empty seat next to me and all was forgiven. (Take note US AIR!)

I skipped Yoga last night. I was so sad because I had been looking forward to it, but I was jetlagged and just exhausted from the trip. I have to start listening to my body I suppose. Plus it was the kind of night where you break a glass in the sink and then have to fight back tears (yea, I was tired). But I feel much better today and all is right in the world.

 

 
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