Tuesday - My mom and dad and Michael returned from Palmyra. We had the morning to spend together and then they were off to the airport and their missions. We went to a nearby park and the kids played in the water, hunting for frogs. Then they played like crazy with aunts and uncles with the little bikes and cars. Then more play time on the playground. My dad took us out to lunch and then we went back to Maria's. My dad said a prayer for all of us that I felt was very touching and then we had to say good-bye. Part of what was hard for me was that Rhianna was sad too. Now I am feeling fine (and my parents are actually in India now) but it was hard to say good-bye.
That night Calvin and Valerie watched all the kids and Steve and I went to dinner with Maria and Dave. We went to the North End of Boston this time. We got to see Old North Church of Paul Revere fame. This is the area filled with many Italian places. We went to Giacomo's which was recommended by a friend here in Tucson that has lived in Italy. And it was FANTASTIC! Butternut Squash Ravioli with diced asparagus in a prosciutto, mascarpone cheese cream sauce, Pumpkin Tortellini in a fresh sage mascarpone cheese sauce, Fettuccini with chicken, peppers, and onions in a tomato cream sauce, and a Bolognese dish that was a special. It was so good. Then we went to Modern and got several pastries to bring home for dessert, including cannolis for us and the kids.
Wednesday - Children's Museum!! The Boston Children's Museum is amazing. There is a huge tower, 3 stories tall, that all the kids climbed. Then there are several different rooms with different activities. We stayed for several hours playing and exploring. But Seth had thrown up the night before and had a slight fever and Emmy started feeling hot and sick. So it was a good time to head back home.
Thursday - Steve and I went to the Boston Temple while the kids played with Andrew and Emmy and Maria. We parked in a slightly wrong spot so it was fun walking a path through the forest up to the temple. It was so quiet and calm and peaceful since it was during a weekday with not very many people there. We then found a pretty good BBQ place and drove through Cambridge and Harvard on our way back. That afternoon we just spent a long time playing outside the house, going on a walk, drinking lemonade. Maria and the kids were very sneaky and made Steve a birthday cake. Another nice day.
Friday - Happy Birthday Steve! and we flew back home. Calvin drove us to the airport in Providence, RI. We left for the airport at about 9:45 that morning. Our flight left at 11:30 (Eastern) which got us to Chicago Midway at 12:30 (Central). We were already scheduled for a longer layover of about 4 hours. We ate lunch and relaxed and watched a huge storm come in. We could see the huge black clouds and the rain and some wind. The airport went to what I think they called a ground stop - no planes coming in or out. I heard the winds got up to 75 mph and blew out windows in the Sears Tower and there was also hail...so it was big. It blew through pretty quickly but everything had started to be delayed or cancelled. Our plane that was supposed to land and then take us got sent to St. Louis. So once the storm was over, that plane had to wait, then fly up to Chicago, and then finally take us. Our plane left at about 8 pm (Central) which got us home at 10:30 pm (Pacific) or 1:30 (Eastern) - long day in airports and planes. The kids did great. They played and watched TV and slept and ate at the Chicago airport. After so much sitting and then a 4 hour flight with little Seth asleep and laying on me I thought I was going a little crazy. But we made it and our friends the Neumillers were all there at the airport to help us and bring us our van to get back home.
It was such wonderful vacation. Seth's favorite shirt is now his Funk Sox shirt that Maria and Calvin made. I love looking back at the pictures. I love my family and I am so glad we got to see everyone!