Monday, June 26, 2017

Just Another Day//Final Post

... in paradise!

So many special moments, so many memories made. Today I decided it was high time I finished up my vacation posts! So, this will be mostly scattered photos, with explanations throughout. I had to pick and choose which ones to share, as there were so many! I was beyond blessed on that trip, and am thankful that I was granted that special time with my loved ones.

These guys. They hold such a special place in my heart. *smiles*

Callen, I love you, and miss you!

Callen Lyle

Cormick Edwin

 Once a week, Josiah's family has "family night". I was so nervous going there for the first time, meeting his Dad and siblings. (I already had met his Mom. And of course his brother Amos, is my Uncle. So I already knew one sibling *wink*)
Before heading to their house, we stopped at a neat coffee shop. They roast their own coffee there!

 While Josiah and Amos played a game with their sisters, Mary and I ran around with these two little guys. They loved playing in the back of Uncle Josiah's truck!

I made pasty for supper one night.

 Josiah took my back to that cute coffee shop in Milford. I was in love with that place! It was fun sitting on a couch in there, just sipping our hot drinks and enjoying being together. It was dark, cold, and rainy. Wish I could go back to that moment.

Seriously, what is better than sharing breakfast with these two?

Josiah and I went out to breakfast quite a few times! This was just one of the mornings.

 While Daddy and Uncle Josiah worked on the sauna, big cousin ran around and played with these guys!


This was not an uncommon sight.

One Sunday after church, Callen hung out with us for a bit. He was NOT impressed when Daddy took him out so we could leave. I would have taken him with us if I could! Those tears broke my heart.

No worries though, he got some playtime later on that day. *giggles*

 After church and lunch, Josiah and I headed out on the road for Cape Cod.
Every year, his extended family meet down there and camp. It was fun driving the two hours there, meeting more family, biking, and sitting around the campfire.

We found crabs while walking along the cape! I had never done anything like that and it was so neat!

Josiah's sister, Gwen, snapped this of us while we were sitting by the fire.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream! We spent way too much time at Kimball's I'm afraid *wink*
But it was oh so good!

Driving down dirt roads.

I went to Josiah's work one day, and hung out with him for a couple hours. I even helped him with some of it!

Shopping with twins is way too much fun.

Our final day together, hiking. I got so many photos that day, but I feel as though I have shared
too many as it is!
Our last day there, Josiah was given the day off of work, and we spent the whole day together. Out to breakfast at Parker's Maple Barn, driving back roads, hanging out at his house with his parents, hiking up Kidder Mountain, eating lunch at Pizza Haven Too, floating in a canoe on the pond, and finally spending the rest of the evening together at Grandma's.
Saying goodbye was so hard that night, but I am so thankful for the memories of that day!

One week. Seven days. 168 hours. 10,080 minutes. Josiah will be here!

For TEN whole days.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Boston//The Freedom Trail

The Old North Church.

The home of Paul Revere

The Boston Harbor.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would have the opportunity to see such places. But do you know what? I did. And it was a history lover's dream come true.

Bright and early Monday morning, we loaded into Grandpa's car, and headed on the road to the famous Boston, Massachusetts. The only down-fall was that Josiah was working so he was unable to join us. Other wise, it was one of my very favorite days on our East Coast vacation!

First stop was the Boston Aquarium. After missing the turn (to which Tyrel blames me. How was I suppose to know he didn't see the sign?!) we finally found a parking garage and got the car safely parked. It was cold and drizzly but thankfully it was not pouring as the weather had said it would be.

After the aquarium we were all hungry so we headed back outside and took off walking. We found a Panera Bread and enjoyed lunch there. It was my first time being there and I am afraid I am hooked. It was so good!

The aquarium was neat, but for this girl, The Freedom Trail was why I tagged along.

The Freedom Trail is an actual line that leads you through the heart of old Boston. It's several miles long with historical markers along the way. We didn't even reach half of them before it grew late and we had to head home! It would be neat to someday go back and spend a whole weekend just walking and seeing.

Along the way we found a cute little Gelato parlor, and of course Kirsten and Tyrel had to get some.

Tyrel was not too impressed with having to take this picture, until he found out those bricks were the trail.
We ended up starting in "Little Italy". The part of Boston where the Italians settled.
This little grocery was adorable with sawdust on the floor, and home canned goodies.
Even that little Italian man stopped by to pick up his daily fresh baked bread.

Me and Emily ran around everywhere squealing and touching everything!
"Imagine who touched these walls in 1776!"

First stop on the trail for us was the home of Paul Revere. It was tucked against a large brick building, with a large wooden fence along the front. No photos were allowed inside, but it was so fun to see! They even had original pieces of furniture that Paul Revere himself had used! I couldn't help soaking in every inch of that little house, trying to comprehend that Paul Revere himself had once breathed in those very rooms. *shutters*

Once we were done there, it was back onto the trail.

That detailing. They don't make buildings like they used to.

Our next stop was The Old North Church. My absolute favorite part.

So much rich history, and where our country truly began.

I felt as though I was dreaming as I walked into that beautiful building. Touching the wooden benches and smelling that old musty smell. Imagine how this place would have looked on Sunday morning back in 1776.

Men like
Paul Revere
Dr. Warren
walked those very floors.

After the church, we headed for Boston Harbor.

It was cold, but lovely, and a lot of fun to walk along.

By then it was nearing supper time, so we loaded back in the car and headed back home.
Once home, we ate supper, I showered, and Josiah came over.

I ended my day in pajama's, on the couch, watching Andy Griffith with my boyfriend.

Now if that isn't a perfect way to end a perfect day, I don't know what is.