I wanted to post pictures, but my cameras are having serious issues. So those of you who were here, would you forward me the pictures and/or videos of your trip, please? Thanks! I'll posts those after I receive them.
As of May 16th, Mark is now officially a Boston University School of Law Alum. YAY!! He even gets to add the "J.D." to the end of his name now. Totally awesome, huh? It's ok, I know you're jealous! hee hee! To tell you the truth, it's hard to believe we're at the end of this tunnel. We moved out to Boston for Mark to attend 3 years of school, and now he's done! Of course, he still has to study for the Bar Exam which he will be taking this July, but the biggest hurdle is over! Wow! There is light at the end of the tunnel.
To celebrate such an exciting accomplishment, last week was super busy. Mark's parents and grandparents came into town on Friday, and my parents arrived on Saturday for Mark's graduation on Sunday, May 16th. We had fun just relaxing and hanging out at our apartment on Friday and Saturday. (Thanks Mom and Grandma for all your work fixing the robe we rented. Mark's robes looked better than anybody else's I noticed out there!) Sunday we attended the Law School Convocation at 9am.
It was actually a pretty interesting event with (1) the student helping to direct walking traffic right into a traffic jam and then getting so flustered that she passed out, (2) the keynote speaker being US Attorney General Eric Holder, (3) one of the student speakers getting up to the podium on crutches, and (4) Canon watching the people in the row behind us playing peek-a-boo and other eye-catching motions that kept him a happy camper through his whole skipped nap-time. Afterwards, there was a reception at 11am in the adjacent building where we took pictures and ate some yummy refreshments. It was a very beautiful sunny day, but it was hot so we were happy to get back home and out of the sun. Later that afternoon we had a nice roast beef dinner with our fine China and goblets. (Apparently I did a pretty good job on the gravy, so that made me happy!) It was a wonderful evening to just relax and be with family... and show Mark how proud we were of him.
The rest of the week is a different story! From Monday through Friday, our days were chock full of fun things to do in Massachusetts!
Monday the Dahls rented a van so that we could all drive out to Cape Cod. If the rental place had actually had their ordered vehicle ready in time, we just might have been able to get to do the things in Plymouth along the way, but alas we were out the door later than we wanted to be. We took a harbor cruise off the Cape (Canon was not too thrilled about the wind in his face, so I had to take him down below to try to feed him), and we enjoyed some very yummy seafood at the nearby Spanky's Clambake Restaurant in Hyannis. Then we drove out to the beach at the tip of the Cape, where I think I lost my earring, my mom got changed into her swimsuit just to dunk into the water and get out (brrrr... so cold), and we were all able to walk out into the sand just to say we were at the beach. All in all, it a pleasant, yet very full day!
Tuesday we all toured Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. That was actually a lot more interesting that I anticipated, and Canon was pretty good through most of it. When he started getting really fussy, I was actually able to nurse him as we were walking until he fell asleep. (I was sooo glad he finally took a nap!) Then we all ventured to Stephanie's on Newbury Street for lunch. After that we all walked to the Boston Garden to ride the Swan Boats. I have been wanting to ride those boats ever since we moved to Boston, and I FINALLY got to do it! YESSS!! Then we took a few more pictures over at the Make Way for Ducklings statues before we all headed back home. That was a good day too!
Wednesday was the day that Mark's parents and grandparents were going to head back home to Utah, and it was supposed to be rainy outside-so, we said our good-byes the night before. My parents and I were able to get an early start on making our way for Salem. We stopped in Concord on the way to visit the Concord Museum and the Old North Bridge Battleground. Then we continued on to Salem where we visited the Salem Witch Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. We even got to walk around an old Chinese home, with courtyard and everything. There was so much fun stuff to see there. I'm glad we went. I'm also glad that Mark was awesome enough to watch Canon the whole day and make dinner for us. My parents ended up going out to a movie instead of coming straight home, so Mark and I even got a few hours together while Canon napped. Yeah...it was a pretty awesome day!
Thursday Mark decided to not stay home alone again and joined us for a trip to the Museum of Science and a Charles River Boat Tour. It was fun to take my dad to the Museum of Science because I know how much he likes that type of stuff. Mark gets bored with science, but he got to participate in a survey-type project where he got to take a digital camera around with him and take pictures of exhibits that he liked and disliked. I think that helped to make it a little more enjoyable for him.
Friday started off just fine, but I could tell that I was starting to wear down. I woke up with a slightly sore throat, but it just got worse through the whole day. We had fun though. Mark stayed home again, but this time I took Canon with me and my parents. We were aiming for the USS Constitution the whole day but never quite got there. We rode the Beantown Trolley and got off at Long Wharf where we took a Harbor Cruise. Then we walked to and ate at Quincy Market, roamed Faneuil Hall, and got back on the trolley for the rest of the ride. We ended up skipping the USS Constitution stop when we walked to Quincy Market. Oops! Then we walked over to see the something over by the Christian Scientist Church, but it closed an hour before we thought it did... so we just sat in the pleasant little garden park until it was time to go to our dinner reservations at the Cheesecake Factory. We had a nice yummy dinner at the restaurant, but Canon was starting to really get difficult (for him anyways- he's a really good baby!). I was really feeling tired, and the 5 cough drops I had that day didn't seem to soothe my throat much. I was ready to go home by this point. But overall, it was still a really fun day.
Saturday, I decided that I really shouldn't go out with my parents again. I needed to stay home and rest. My parents went out on the town though, and they got to see the USS Constitution (finally) and a few other things that I don't remember. They certainly were crazy-busy tourists and really enjoyed themselves. Some vacations are relaxed and laid-back...but not this one. They toured as much as you can tour, and they seemed to really have fun. Good thing too... I don't know when the next time will be that they will be able to come to Boston. I'm sure we won't be here when they do, unless they plan to help us when we move to Utah in August. Ha ha!