luke was in conference-world all day on saturday, so i was on my own with these little ones. i had a bit of anxiety about traveling alone with them, i guess because i had so much i wanted to do and see in boston and because i wanted to find a nice balance of things for them and things for me and then of course there was the simple fact that there are two of them and just one of me. so i went into it knowing i would have to be flexible and might not see everything, and i made the decision that their naps would be on the move so we wouldn't be stuck in the hotel for hours each day. we brought the bob stroller with us which felt huge in a city but was my total vehicle and saved me by holding kids and cameras and snacks and sweaters. ruby slept a lot on my back, and i ended up having a lot of photos like the one above, where i would take a picture to check if she was asleep or not (in this case, not).
we started the day walking around smelling the blossoms and trying to find a place downtown to eat that wasn't a chain restaurant. we couldn't find a local spot, so we went to mateo's old favorite place in michigan, panera. we don't have it in arizona and he was super excited. i get anxious about eating at chain restaurants when i know there must be amazing local options around, but this was a good compromise.
after breakfast we walked straight to the skywalk observatory, 52 floors above boston, which was completely empty except for us. ruby slept and mateo and i had fun finding fenway park and our hotel and watching boats in the water and planes in the air. then he spotted a photobooth and we took a few strips of photos.
ruby woke up soon after and seemed to have a great time although i'm not sure she ever noticed the amazing views of the city outside the window.
the observatory building was connected to luke's conference area so we met him and an old michigan friend for lunch at a really great asian-latino fusion restaurant.
after lunch we said goodbye to the conference guys and headed to the boston museum of fine arts. here is mateo above, demonstrating his new learned-in-boston skill of making the lights change for us before we crossed over to the museum.
i was a bit panic-y about these two in the museum. going to an art museum is one of my most favorite things to do and this one was open for maybe 3 more hours and neither mateo or ruby wanted to nap. instead they wanted to crawl and walk and fuss and touch. i tried to keep them still and semi-quiet which worked for a small amount of time.
i took several photos of our favorite pieces to show luke, since he couldn't be there. this miro made me nostalgic for barcelona.
ruby's first picasso (she is not too happy to be strapped in). mateo's first picasso was the old guitarist on our chicago trip.
mateo decided that this painting was his favorite.
then he searched each painting hoping to find one of a rainbow.
eventually i gave up on trying to push them into museum moods and let them play in the indoor courtyard. i will admit my heart was beating a little faster than usual since time was flying by and we'd seen maybe just a quarter of the art i'd hoped to see but (!) thanks to God this play time tired them out and soon i had two sleepers on my back and in the stroller, a coffee for me, and 1 more glorious hour of the museum open just for myself.
this one i thought luke might like.
this eames through-the-years room was really interesting.
this part made me think of my sister in law ashlei.
this van gogh and amazing frame around it made me happy.
so it ended up working out for the most part and i am so grateful for that hour of quiet time in that beautiful museum. we were the last ones to leave that night (we were somewhat lost amongst the ruins of egypt until a guard helped us to the gift shop). we walked back to where luke was finishing up, and then walked back through the city to chinatown where we had pho and fried rice and garlic chicken. i like how every day of our travels ends with me sharing the giant meal we had. :)