ringing in the new year in boston

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^^ inside the press box! ^^
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^^ from the top of the green monster! ^^

somehow i’d forgotten a little how perfectly charming and wonderful boston is, despite the weather. i truly love that city, especially dressed up for christmastime!

we decided it was way too cold to be downtown for new years eve, so we had a super fancy dinner at saydi and jeff’s, followed by a dance party, games and martinelli toasts and banging pots and pans at midnight.

^^ jeff even got out his tux! ^^
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^^ and saydi made the most delicious beef tenderloin ^^
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^^ a screenshot from a video of our dance party, which was pretty epic ^^

on new years day, we went to wellesley, my alma mater (and saydi’s too!). everything was closed, so we couldn’t really go inside any of those beautiful buildings, but i looooved showing the campus i called home to the boy.

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^^ my first year dorm room is inside that bay window! ^^
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^^ this photo was taken by a six year old :) ^^
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^^ our last stop was the greenhouses. i did some studying on that bench in the tropical room on really cold days! ^^
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^^ on the way home from wellesley we stopped in the north end to get some canolis at mike’s pastry! i love the super narrow, feel-so-well-worn streets of the north end. ^^

the boy attended a conference that started on the 2nd, so i stayed downtown in a hotel with him and then met saydi in the morning for a run along the charles river. it was spectacular! after, we ate breakfast at our favourite place, the paramount at the base of beacon hill.
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that afternoon, we went ice skating on the frog pond in boston common. i’ve skated on three amazing, cool rinks in the past two weeks: union square, central park, and the frog pond! (i think the last time i skated before that was like 2009!) it was totally fun helping hazel, charlie and emmeline learn how to skate. they loved it even though it was cold and quite crowded! i enjoyed watching the scenes in and around the rink change as the sky moved towards night.

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on the 3rd, we met our almost-sister eva and her daughter skye for a walk at a wildlife sanctuary half way between her house and saydi’s. i love love love eva. she is sunshine packed into a human.

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and then, our trip was over and a new year was here! i have enjoyed thinking back on all the miracles of 2014 and am looking forward to lots of adventures, challenges and joy in 2015.


  1. I love all your recent posts as usual, I just got caught up on the past few from Christmas and New Years, I love the way you do the things that mean so much to both you and the boy!! Sometimes it's maybe a little more of your traditions and sometimes his but it is clear to see you do things that are special to both of you and in doing this you are forming the start of yours and the boys own traditions. Keep up the sweet blog posts and Happy New Year, to both of you!!!!

  2. I've never commented but I really enjoy your blog. I have been reading 71toes for a long time and came to your blog from there. "Sunshine packed into a person." That is a lovely description!

    1. You you said human, not person which is even cuter. :)

  3. Oh my gosh.....loved this post! As an avid reader of your blog and a true Bostonian, it was so weird, but cool to see you in these photos with "my city" as the backdrop! I work next to the large mirrored skyscraper in your top two photos....love being in such a great city eveyday! Happy New Year to you and Ian!

  4. Love you Char. Thanks for ringing in 2015 with us. It's gonna be good.

  5. Ohhh! We that Boston and all those great people in the photos. Sounds as though you had a spectacular New Year's Eve celebration, complete with pounding on the pots. A great tradition!
    Beef tenderloin looked scrumptious. I need to find out how Saydi does that. She's amazing! Praying for the boy!

  6. Oops, left out LOVE. Bad word to leave out! Love you too, so now I got to say it twice!


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