Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

I had a rather low key weekend.  It was good though.  Three day weekends are THE BEST!

I love that on Sunday night when you usually have that terrible feeling (come on I can't be the only one) you then remember that you get one more day off. . . so great!

Want to know what wasn't great?  The weather!  This is what the sky looked like at 4:30 PM during my drive home Friday night.  I've never seen anything like it.
On Saturday I went to Peyton and Ella's dance recital.  This was the first time I was able to go since they started dancing.  The last 2 years I've been out of the country during Memorial Day weekend and missed it.
I love this picture of Ella puckering up in the mirror.  Too cute!

They both did such a great job!  Ella (in blue) had one dance.  She was so cute and knew all the moves unlike several little girls in her class.  Lol!  Peyton was in 2 dances - "I Have No Strings" (costume above) and "Ladybug Picnic."  She did such a good job.  She had the biggest smile on her face and looked like she was having so much fun.  It was nice to see b/c she tends to be shy!

Sunday I went to the Wrentham Outlets.  I had attempted to go on Sat but it was SO crowded and pouring rain.  So I left.  I went back on Sun and got there when they opened.  It was still crowded but not as bad.  I got a dress for a wedding I'm going to in a few weeks and a few other things.  Maybe I'll share some pics later this week!

My mom treated me to lunch at Cracker Barrel after shopping and it was so good!  The server sold me on the Sunday special chicken and when I couldn't think of what I wanted for my 2nd side she sold me on fresh strawberries.

On Monday I met my friend Kendall for lunch at PF Chang's.  I was so happy to see that they have added sangria (my favorite) to their menu.  Yum!  Oh and I would also like to point out that this is the first time I had alcohol all weekend.  Sometimes when I blog I feel like every picture is of a drink.  I really don't drink that much!  Haha!

I had lettuce wraps but dove in and forgot to take a picture.  Love those things.  Oh and this was my fortune.  I guess it doesn't say for who. . . it is safe to say there wasn't much love and affection going on in my apartment last night (unless you count the season premier of The Bachelorette)!

On Monday afternoon this motivated me out of my apartment to take a walk.  This is one of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen.  Flags as far as you could seen on the Boston Common.  You may remember that this hill is the same hill that was the bane of my existence just last weekend during bootcamp.  Well this weekend it was just glorious.  Breathtaking really.

33,000 flags.  Wow!  It really was such a beautiful site.  I'm so glad I got off my butt and went to the Common.  I needed to walk to continue my training for the MS Challenge Walk but I have a hard time motivating.  This did the trick.  I took the T down to the Common and walked home.  My walk ended up being 6.25 miles.  I love walking through the city.  It makes the walk so much more interesting.

After walking through the Common and Public Gardens I made my way to Boylston Street.  The Arlington Street Church has this beautiful display along their fence.  All the cloths had messages of hope.  So simple yet so pretty.

Some of you have asked me if the Boston Marathon tragedy memorial is still there. . . it is.  It looks just as amazing as it did when I first saw it despite the rain.  The 4 crosses are still the central point and they are surrounded with so many tokens and messages.  I wonder how long they will leave it there?

It was such a beautiful day on Monday after two days of temps in the 40s/50s this was much appreciated.  It was such a great day to be outside.  I loved walking through the city.

Oh and just in case you needed proof that I really did walk 6.25 miles. . . my blister and another one was starting on the side of my big toe.  Ugh!  I dislike blisters.  Hoping to get my feet tough by the Challenge Walk.  50 miles and blister free?!  It could happen!

I hope you had a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend.  I know I did.  I have a love/hate relationship with 4 day work weeks.  They are short but you end up cramming 5 days of work into 4!  Oh well - just 4 days for me and then a 4 day weekend since I took Mon and Tues off next week for my staycation/Rachel's visit!!!!!



  1. Wow the pictures of the sky and the common are incredible (in very different ways!). Sounds like you had a nice relaxing weekend! Have a great week :)

  2. Whoa clouds!! Peyton looks like a Christmas elf-- too cute! Glad you were able to get outside in some warmth this weekend-- gotta get ready for the big 50! ;)

  3. the weather wasn't great here either but looks like you managed to have a great weekend. love all the flags, that's incredible!

  4. I enjoyed following all your photos on the IG this weekend, but I was so moved by the flags at Boston Commons. It's amazing how something so simple can make such statement!

    You cant tell Peyton is shy by the looks of those photos! Both her and Ella are adorable.

    Love. Me. Some. Cracker. Barrel.

  5. The girls are so cute!!! They have such personality and it comes through in the photos. What a great weekend! Looks like tons of fun and the two tributes are sobering and heart warming at the same time.

  6. Those clouds are intense!! Sounds like a pretty great 3-day weekend. Peyton and Ella are SO adorable :) And the flags are so impactful - as are the other memorials.

    You seriously make me want to visit Boston ASAP!

  7. three day weekends are wonderful!!! those clouds are crazy! what cute girls!! and what a neat picture of all the flags

  8. We had hot humid weather but matching clouds like yours. In fact we got caught in a nice rainstorm on saturday while on the Harley.
    The flags in the Commom are gorgeous. I love everything about Boston. I have family in Revere and so very familiar with taking the T.

  9. Your girls are adorable!!! Sounds like you had a great weekend- low key is sometimes nice :)

  10. Oh my goodness, those girls are too cute in their costumes!

    Your Cracker Barrel looks YUM! I haven't been there in forever.

  11. Those clouds pictures are amazing! I love the pictures of the girls, so sassy and adorable!

  12. oh my those girls are adorable! and those flag shots are super impressive.

    sorry about your feet! hope they've healed up by now :)