Weekend Recap: Super Mega Recap

by Courtney Sirotin on August 19, 2013

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I have a bunch of moments to share so I’m tossing them all into one big recap. My trip to Boston with Jay as well as Dylan’s birthday celebration are included along with much more.

What’s funny about blogging vs. making a photo album is that if I don’t post pictures to my blog within five days of taking them they feel like old news, but if I make a photo album with pictures taken from anytime in the last two years, I feel like I’m being super productive. With that in mind, the pictures kicking off this post from last Tuesday are either out of date or cutting edge, depending on your perspective.


Highlight of the day was going blueberry picking!

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Ryder LOVES blueberries. Here’s proof!

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For Dylan, the highlight of the farm trip was this peacock. He desperately wanted the bird to show its feathers.

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Begging the bird to shows its feathers…

(Not pictured: Dylan’s meltdown over something to do with the wagon that necessitated we leave before picking peaches.)


Munchkins eating munchkins Smile

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A trip to the park:

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Hugs! Always and forever.

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Later that day at Kelly’s house. Julia held a story time.

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As Kelly noted, there’s an air of truth to this picture:

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Parker! This is the only selfie we took where our tongues were in our mouths. Your welcome.

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Carol and Joyce visited on Thursday. Carol is my mom’s cousin and one of this blog’s biggest supporters. Hi, Carol!

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Mom and Joyce match!

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Carol knows how much Dylan loves exploring iPads!

Late Thursday night I met Jay in Boston for our weekend away! Boston is a special city for us because its where we met/fell in love/got engaged.


We walked and ate our way through Boston. The following are lots of pictures of the city and random shots of my meals.

Breakfast at Anthem in Faneuil Hall:

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Walking along the waterfront…

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Cool statue!

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Its rare to see a man’s foot bigger than Jay’s. (Granted, this wasn’t to scale.)

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Spent a long time walking around Harvard Square. I stopped by the restaurant where I used to work hoping to get some of the breadsticks I used to love there, but they don’t serve them until 5 p.m. Sad smile

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People in line for the release of a new sneaker:

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We relaxed in our hotel room for a few hours midday and then went to the North End for dinner.

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Its was a festive night in the North End. Food for miles.

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A local getting ready to enjoy a live band.

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We grabbed a drink at one restaurant before dinner. They have us this pretty olive oil/balsamic dip:

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We ate dinner at the same restaurant as the night we got married. <3

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I tend to always order some version of chicken, broccoli and pasta in a spicy red sauce.

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I wanted a brownie for dessert but Mike’s Pastry was too busy. I couldn’t justify waiting in this line for a single brownie.

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We enjoyed the walking around at night. The weather was perfect.

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Quincy Market offered another opportunity for dessert.

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And I took full advantage.

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Breakfast by the waterfront again:

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Jay being silly in a toy store:

We got a chance to meet up with our good friend Jimmy in the afternoon! The three of us were actually roommates for awhile back in the day!

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We ate lunch together then I dragged the guys around shopping. I was in pursuit of some birthday gifts but I never found any. The walk to the Prudential was lovely.

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Malls of any sort are Jay’s worst nightmare. He and Jimmy had a drink while I looked around. Then we left.

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Boston Strong:

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We crashed in the room for awhile then went back to the North End for dinner. Can’t get enough! Every single restaurant was packed. Like, two hour waits. We ended up eating at my parents’ favorite spot, Pagliuca’s. The wait was only 40 minutes. Winking smile

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Duplicate of my first night’s meal.

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Another pretty night to walk around…

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We returned to my parents’ house Sunday morning for Dylan’s birthday party! He had a great time with my parents and sisters while we were away. (Thanks, guys!)

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Jay and I whisked Dylan off the the grocery store as soon as we got home. We needed to get a few party supplies. Dylan had a few things to pick up too.

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He doesn’t look too happy here, but he was:

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Katie and Brad joined the festivities!

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Summer corn is always a hit with the kids (well, the kids minus Dylan who won’t eat anything healthy).

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Dylan is, like, very much aware of his birthday this year and he’s all about cake and a song. Here he is blowing out the candles, pleased as punch with the world.

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He was good about thanking everyone for his gifts and giving hugs of appreciation.

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Katie wants this memorialized…she’s good at horseshoes!

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The green team…we are such dorks.

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Winding down after a fun day…

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Phew! I’m glad we’re all caught up! I’m also so happy I have these pictures in my pseudo photo album to remember these special days.

(P.S. I always forget to mention it, but all of the instagram pics included in this post and basically any of the artistic shots of Boston were taken by Jay. He makes it easy for me to write my recaps because he documents everything beautifully!)

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

MANDY August 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Feel like I relived our NH vaca w blueberries and playtime at the commons ;-). Looks like you had a great trip and Dylan had a happy birthday


COURTNEY SIROTIN August 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Thanks for the blueberry tip! That place was awesome! Hope you are settling in well back home and feeling great!


CAROL August 20, 2013 at 3:24 am

That certainly was a great recap! The North End pictures made my mouth water! Have a safe trip home!


DONNA CUSHING August 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Dad and I just enjoyed resting this post together as we sit at Clery’s in Boston. The pictures and the memories of the summer spent with you are priceless!


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