Since school is out for me (school is not really out for Noel; he is working hard with his internship for the summer), Noel and I were able to take a lovely vacation. First we went to Rochester to visit Noel's family. I'll tell you what...riding in a car for 10 hour is no cup of tea. Especially when your already swollen feet rival an elephant's in size. Really, the traveling was not that bad. And all in all, the whole driving experience went smoothly.
While in Rochester, we had a blast! We went garage sale shopping with Lynne and got a bunch of stuff for the baby. The nice thing about the garage sales in Rochester is that most of the people around only have 1-2 kids and then sell everything. So the stuff we got is still in great shape. We could barely fit it all in the car when we were coming back to Lexington. Thanks Lynne for all the great finds!
We also went to see the play "Wicked." It was FABULOUS!!!! I absolutely loved it! It has a great story line, awesome music, and the performers were fantastic. Noel keeps saying that he can never watch "The Wizard of Oz" the same way again. If you ever get the chance to see it, do. You will love it.
Rochester has a minor league baseball team called the Rochester Redwings. They are affiliated with the Minnesota Twins. We went with Noel's parents, sister, grandparents, and some of Gordie's clients. It was a perfect night. It was clear and cool (I was actually a comfortable temperature).
After spending 5 wonderfully relaxing days in Rochester, it was off to Boston! I had never been to Boston so I was super excited. It took us about 7 or so hours to get there. It should have taken around 6, but there was a semi that caught fire on the interstate and we hit a rush hour a bit. When we checked into our hotel, the manager upgraded us to a suite at no extra charge. Noel kept telling me that it was great that I am pregnant because people are nicer to us. A definite perk.
Our first day in Boston, we went to some of the big historical sites. We went to the Trinity Church; it is absolutely beautiful. These pictures don't do it justice.
We went to Faneuil Hall. It was built in 1742 and served as a market place and meeting house for the town. Then we had lunch at Quincy Market and walked part of the Freedom Trail (a walk around the city that leads you to different spots that are important in U.S. history). After that I was pretty tired (I'm such a wimp), and we got to give our feet a rest when we went on a Duck Tour. When you go on a Duck Tour, you ride on this World War II amphibious vehicle that takes you all over the city. Basically, you get to see Boston in a nutshell for an hour and 20 minutes. It was so much fun!
The Boston skyline from the Charles River.This is a fountain right next to a reflecting pool outside the Church of Christ Scientist building. All these little kids were running through the fountain. Looked like a good idea to me.
Then we did what you absolutely have to do in Boston...went to a Red Sox game. My dad is a big Yankees fan and has raised his children to follow in his footsteps :). But despite my upbringing, I went to Fenway Park, cheered for the Sox (sorry Dad), ate a Fenway Frank, sang "Sweet Caroline" and the whole bit. We saw three home runs that night, including a grand slam over the "green monster." I loved the atmosphere. Fenway is such a cool stadium. Noel and I felt a little out of place though because we were not dressed from head to toe in Red Sox gear.
Noel chowing down on his Fenway Frank aka expensive hot dog. :)
The next day, we took a ferry to Martha's Vineyard. It was a perfect day. It was sunny and warm, but not too warm. Martha's Vineyard is beautiful. We rode the public bus out to part of the island called Gayhead to see the lighthouse there and go to the beach. On the bus ride there, we had to switch buses at the airport. At the airport we had a possible celebrity spotting. We swear we saw William H. Macey. If it wasn't him, it was somebody who could win a look-alike contest. We also got to walk on the beach. The water was too cold to get in and swim, but it felt soooo nice to walk in the water and cool my feet down.
The ferry ride back from Martha's Vineyard.
The next day (Saturday) we traveled back to Rochester, packed the car, and drove back to Lexington on Sunday. It was an awesome trip. We definitely enjoyed it since it was our last big trip before the baby arrives--about 2 more months :).