This has been such a great week. (Well, I was a bit overworked, didn't get much sleep, and ended up sick at the end of the week, but family-wise, it was great!) My office closed at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, so I met A and R and our friends at the Public Garden in Boston for a ride on the famous swan boats. (Make Way for Ducklings is one of R's favorite picture books and a Boston classic. The book features the swan boats.)
Afterwards, we got ice cream and hot dogs from Mr. Frosty (ice cream truck), used the boys' room at the Four Seasons Hotel (when you've got to go, might as well do it in style!), and headed home for a LONG ride on the T and bus. R actually fell asleep in my arms on the bus. He NEVER does that.
On the 4th, we set up our pool for R and his friend A to play in. They had a blast together. They've been playing more together lately instead of each doing his and her own thing. They've been inventing games, which is so cool to watch. Later, we took R to a carnival in the town next door. He LOVED the rides - his favorite was the roller coaster.
I went with R on an obstacle course thing, but he left me in the dust. The three of us went on a huge gondola ferris wheel, which was a lot of fun. But, for the most part, I got my first taste of being the one to hold all of our stuff while R and A went on rides together, which was fine with me. I got some fried dough and was happy. :-)
Later, our friends came over to hang out for awhile and then we headed out for dinner at a fun, kid-friendly place in the center of town. We went there last year together on the 4th, so we're starting to make it a tradition. The kids were a bit nutty, but it was still fun.
I was back to work on Thursday and Friday, but this morning we met up with our friends again at a local playground to let the kids run and climb and burn energy.
Tonight, A made a delicious grilled dinner of steak, corn on the cob, and baked beans. For dessert, we had watermelon and blueberries. A perfect summer meal for a perfect summer day and week!
Hope everyone had a happy 4th!