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.
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.
^^ my first year dorm room is inside that bay window! ^^
^^ this photo was taken by a six year old :) ^^
^^ our last stop was the greenhouses. i did some studying on that bench in the tropical room on really cold days! ^^
^^ 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.
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.
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.
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.