Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A visit with the Hamiltons

My Aunt Sue, Uncle Mark, and cousins Alexis and Lauren came to visit Summer and I last week. They arrived on Thursday evening and stayed through Sunday evening. I hadn't walked or eaten as much in our entire time here as we did over those few days; we had a great time!

On Friday my second cousin, Father Dan Moloney, came by for a visit. Summer took to him very quickly and had him playing hide and seek in the apartment until the Hamiltons joined us and we headed out to a nearby Italian deli for lunch.
Photo credit: the Hamiltons
Photo credit: the Hamiltons
Photo credit: the Hamiltons
Photo credit: the Hamiltons
(Left to Right: Fr Dan Moloney, Summer, Uncle Mark, Alexis, me, Aunt Sue, Lauren)
Friday was one of the warmer days we've had in Boston since we've been here, and we took full advantage of it with a long walk.

After Dan went back to the seminary, we started up Charles Street, which is a fun street to walk. It's full of cute shops and row houses.

Here are Summer and Alexis in one of the shops:

At Boston Common, we played a bit in the "Frog Pond." It was still quite icy and slick on the ground, but that didn't stop Summer from having fun!

From Boston Common, we headed over to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall:

There, we came across the balloon man:
He spoiled Summer a little:

Saturday was my birthday, and I had a fabulous day. We ate a delicious lunch at PF Changs, had pedicures at the mall (in amazing massage chairs) while my aunt and uncle watched Summer, then hung out at the apartment for the evening.

Summer took a long nap and let us grown-ups watch an entire movie without interruption. Then we ordered in some Indian food for dinner and baked a birthday cake, thanks to the birthday in a box my mom sent. Good thing Alexis paid attention to the balloon man, because she showed us how to make our own balloon shapes with the balloons that came in the box.
(Photo credit: the Hamiltons)

On Sunday, we had a delicious brunch at Cheesecake Factory and wandered through a mall I hadn't been to yet on our way back to the subway.
(Photo credit: the Hamiltons)

Summer loved trying on all the hats at one of the mall kiosks:
From there, we took a little stroll through the Harvard campus, but we didn't stay out for very long because it was so cold that day. Summer had it pretty good though:

Shortly after we got back to the apartment from Harvard, it was time to say goodbye as the Hamiltons headed to the airport and back home. We definitely had a lot of fun and made the most of their time out here!

On Sunday evening, we got together with a couple of Christopher's Haven families for dinner. The kids provided great entertainment to accompany the yummy Omaha Steak dinner. I am really going to miss this group when we're all gone home!

The kids: Casey, Summer and Spencer


And the moms:
(left to right: Denise, Diane, me)
I know I've said this before, but we really will be a little sad to leave our new friends behind. Casey finished treatment this morning and will be heading home tomorrow. It's hard to believe we'll be the next ones to go!

Congratulations Casey! We will miss you guys.


  1. What a great week, and a great blog! I love the picture of Summer trying on the hat - so beautiful!

  2. I'm so proud to call you my friend! I'm enjoying reading about all of the experiences and PICTURES! I sure LOVE your "Harvard" sweatshirts. Truly praying and desiring a healthy Summer and a renewed strength when you get home, especially as you enter in too the season of a new baby. Love you lots,