It was so great to get away this past weekend. Jeremy and I had an awesome time, although the beginning and end was a bit stressful. Here is a recap of our mini-vacay as seen through my stress fluctuation. The scale is from 1-10 with 1 being no stress and 10 being high stress.
Wednesday PM – My birthday… looking forward to a nice family dinner out to celebrate. Unfortunately Jeremy was not feeling well, and Cooper started his constipated-related screaming and crying in the afternoon and didn’t stop until the middle of the night. Needless to say, I didn’t get my family dinner. Our drive to Nana and Papa’s house was horrible with traffic and a screaming boy. Stress level = 10
Thursday AM – Departure. Cooper was feeling a bit better. The kids did not seem to mind that we were leaving them. Jeremy was still not feeling great, but pushing through. Stress level = 7
Thursday afternoon – Traveling up 95 and into Rhode Island. Our drive up 95 was great. No traffic, we were listening to grown-up music, we stopped when we wanted, etc. After getting through NYC, it was time for lunch so we stopped in Rye, New York and found a great restaurant for lunch. We then got to walk around and peak in the upscale shops before heading back on the road again. Then a bit further up the road, we got off 95 to drive on Route 1 closer to the coast. In Connecticut, we peeled off and found a quaint seaside town that we just drooled over. Who wouldn’t want to live here? Stress level = 2
My idea of heaven.
I could have stood out there for hours.
Thursday PM – We got to our hotel just south of Providence and decided to head out and find some dinner. After a long day of driving, we were somewhat tired and unsure of what we would find. We thought the small town of Wickford Village would offer a variety of cute restaurants, but we could only find one or two. Otherwise we saw a ton of “bar and grills” on our drive, but we weren’t up for grill food since we had had it for lunch. In the end, we stopped at a small Mexican restaurant. Just after our food came, there was a knock on the window next to us. The only two people we know in Rhode Island were standing there. It was a high school friend of Jeremy’s and his wife… needless to say, they were shocked to see us there. They joined us for dinner, and we had a great time catching up. Stress level = 2
Friday AM – We couldn’t visit Providence without a visit to the spot where Jeremy proposed 8 years ago. Stress level = 1
The corner of Benefit and Angell streets right near RISD's campus.
Friday afternoon – We continued to travel through Rhode Island checking out small towns along the way. Loved Warren and Barrington. Not so much Bristol and Tiverton. Lots of driving, a bit of disappointment. We couldn’t even find a good place for lunch and ended up eating at a mall’s food court. Stress level = 4
Another picturesque town that I wouldn't mind living in.
Yet another self-portrait.
Friday PM – We finally made it into Massachusetts and went straight to Hingham. This is honestly the perfect town. It is on the water, has a quaint downtown area, the houses are beautiful, nice people, etc. And to make it even better, some of my favorite family friends live there. After doing some shopping, we went to our friends’ house. Seeing them is like coming home for me as they were my surrogate family when my mom and I moved to Oregon my junior year of high school. We even got my favorite dinner – steak tips, mashed potatoes, salad, and brownies… and a vodka tonic too! Stress level = 1
Saturday AM – Besides a delicious bagel sandwich breakfast, what better way to start a Saturday than with a brewery tour? We drove to the Sam Adams Brewery and luckily got a tour time for only 10 minutes after we arrived. (This was very lucky because when we left an hour later, the place was packed, and I think tour waits were over an hour!) While this is certainly not Miller so there was little to see, our tour guide was great, and the beer tasting was delicious. Stress level = 1
Sad to leave, especially after trying their Boston Brick Red. Who knew?
Saturday PM – We checked into our hotel and then set out for a walking tour of Boston. We walked all over the city, and it was a beautiful day. From Quincy Market to Boston Commons to Newbury Street to the Boston Public Library. It was awesome!
Jeremy said these were the best nachos he had ever eaten! Meanwhile I discovered Raspberry Stoli and tonic... yum...
More self-portraits - made easier with the iPhone 4 reverse camera!
By the end of the day, we were exhausted, so we took a little break before going to see comedian Jim Gaffigan. We had never been to a live comedy show, and this was great. He is hilarious, and made better by the no cussing, family-friendly jokes. To end the day, we got some dessert. Um… peanut butter whoopie pies anyone? Wow! Also, one of the better chocolate chip cookies I’ve eaten. Both from Finale in Boston. Stress level = 1
Sunday AM – While the drive home was uneventful and a bit faster than we expected, we were stressed thinking about Cooper ailing at home and the decisions we would have to make on some monetary issues in the coming weeks. Stress level = 8
Sunday PM – We were so grateful to have had the chance to get away. Grateful to our parents for watching the kids! While we love getting away and decompressing for a bit, nothing can beat the hugs you get as soon as you step out of the car. Stress level = 5 (In the end, I netted a 5 point stress decrease! Pretty good for 4 days away.)
Mason gives wonderful hugs! (2010 Halloween pic since I didn't get a Halloween post up)
And this one... well, let's just say I hugged him pretty darn tight!