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Last weekend Brad and I did a quick trip to Boston, just the two of us.  He is a proud Notre Dame alumnus and their football team was playing against Boston College at Fenway Park.  We met up with some of his college friends and teamates who are the nicest and most genuine guys and ALL of them married amazing girls.  It is always so fun to reconnect and see everyone.  We decided that this trip we would leave the kids at home, and have a few days of adult only time.

Although I was excited to go, I was also a bit nervous to leave Ella.  I am the first to admit that before we had her, I would hear parents say similar things and I would think “Don’t be weird.  It’s important to spend time with your partner without kids.  How is that not obvious?”  Haha. It is. On paper. But Mom guilt is REAL.  What if she thinks I am abandoning her and not coming back?  What if we never go back to Boston and she doesn’t get to experience it (which is ridiculous since she is one)? What if something happens to her and I’m not there to be with her?  To all you parents wrestling with this… GO!  If you are as lucky as we are to have wonderful grandparents willing to come take great care of your little one, it makes it easy. Saying goodbye and driving away was hard and I fought back tears.  Wearing white cashmere that was still white at the end of the day, not hard.  A full, HOT cup of coffee, not hard.  Sleeping in, NOT hard!  Just because you take a few days away, doesn’t mean you are selling out on parent duty.  In fact, I truly think recharging my Mom batteries was the best thing I could have done.  I also was reminded of how much fun Brad and I have together.  It was such a treat to have a few days, responsibility free, to just enjoy each other.

Bostonians are great.  For some reason, having never been there, I pictured two things when I thought of Boston: Red Sox and Kennedy’s.  Jersey clad, sports crazed middle aged men and Jackie O.  Fenway is amazing and has the most magical feel and the Newbury street shops had me dreaming of iconic fashion but Boston is friendly, unpretentious and beautiful.  And Boston is “wicked” FUN (as the locals would say).  There are pubs on every corner and an endless energy.  The history is everywhere and fascinating. Note: I would leave the driving to the cab drivers!  If you go, be sure to take a Duck Tour.  Old military style vehicles take you on a land and water tour and give you the Cole’s notes version of all things Boston.  It’s cheesy and I wouldn’t call it luxurious but we had a great time and learned so much.  Last note, we stayed in the best location at a great boutique hotel, Boston Park Plaza.

It was a fun, restful weekend and the best part was having Ella run to greet us with a big kiss upon our return.  Happy, content and seemingly unscathed from having Mom and Dad leave for a few days 🙂