More Boston – Day Two

We started Friday morning with brunch at Sound Bites, a local cafe near Katie’s apartment. The staff knew her by name, so I get the feeling Katie spends a fair amount of time there. (Given the caramelized French toast with goat cheese and pears, I’m not surprised.) The owner spied Ava and brought her this colorful fruit plate. In his thick (and incredibly charming accent), he exclaimed, “This is because I love you!” She was appropriately coy in response.

Ava and Olivia with Gramma (“Dramma”) at the restaurant:

After brunch, we headed into downtown Boston to check out the Common and the Public Garden.

When Ava was tired of riding in the umbrella stroller (five minutes after we put her in it), my mom said, “If only we had a bungee cord, we could tie it to the side of Olivia’s stroller rather than carrying it.” When I managed to produce one immediately, I saw a look of pride unlike any I’d seen from her before. I may not be able to balance my checkbook, but I always have a bungee cord on hand. I really am her flesh and blood.

Despite a line a mile long, Ava talked Katie into taking her for a ride on the swan boats.

It’s not a place you take kids (or so I’m told), but we did walk by the famous Cheers bar:

Here’s a rather bad photograph of the most photographed street in America, Acorn Street. I lamented the poor shot as Katie drove by, narrowly avoiding pedestrians and cars on the incredibly small side street. She informed me that if it was indeed the most photographed street in America, I’d be able to find a much better photograph online anyway. She was right.

On Friday afternoon, we retreated to Katie’s apartment. Olivia wasn’t quite herself, and after a short period of fussiness, I decided to take her into urgent care. She had an ear infection–I think we caught it pretty early. She was feeling much better by the time we flew home on Sunday. (By the way, we’ve now taken the children to doctors in four states, just in case you’re keeping track. We’re heading to Maryland this summer–what are the odds we can make it five?)

Doctor’s visit aside, it was a quiet end to a nice day.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Karyl on May 1, 2008 at 6:23 am

    What a wonderful weekend – I love the park and the swan boats! The first picture of Ava is so cute – she does, indeed, look appropriately coy!

  2. Posted by Laura on May 1, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Great post! That’s hilarious about the bungee cord–I don’t typically have one on my person, but I’ll seriously have to think about this. I do carry large bags everywhere, so I have space to accommodate one. Hmm…

    Sorry about Olivia’s ear infection! Hope it’s all cleared up.

  3. Posted by Double L on May 1, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Great pictures!

  4. Posted by Jessica on May 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    But what time was it in Kansas??? That is too funny

  5. Posted by Rebecca's Mom on May 1, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Jessica, your comment is funny because, as you know, none of us live in Lincoln anymore. I think Mom is just wishful thinking that the three of us were still in Lincoln!

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