Boston Travel Series – Day 1

Hello friends!

Randy and I are home from Boston and we had the most wonderful trip!

I’ve been trying to figure out how to blog about it, so here’s a travel guide series that gives you the scoop of what to do in Boston, food, costs, etc. while going over what we did on our trip there. Enjoy!

*Travel Tip – Randy and I used our American Express Skymiles card to get points and pay for our flights. Flights to Boston are normally around $400, we both flew for only $200! I recommend this card if you have good credit, and know how to manage your money, as this card has a pretty high interest rate.

*Travel Tip – Randy and I flew a red-eye, which I highly recommend if you’re looking to save money! We got to the airport around 10:00 PM, ready for our 11:50 flight. We slept (or tried to sleep) on the way to Boston and around 5:00 AM I woke up to see this gorgeous sunset outside the window!

My brother came and picked us up from the airport and drove us to their apartment. They live in Cambridge which is really close to Boston, just a train ride away! We rested for a few minutes, saw our niece, freshened up and were off! We wandered around Harvard Square, lost, until we finally found Mike’s Pastry! It was HOT and HUMID and we were dying a little bit. After locating Mike’s Pastry we got a cannoli and a tiramisu – both really good! *Travel Tip – There is also a Mike’s in downtown Boston that is usually BOMBED. It’s fun, but if you just want the pastry without the hassle and the pushing and the rush, go to Harvard Square instead.

Randy and I then got on the T, which is the subway system in Boston. *Travel Tip – we got Charlie Cards and just loaded money onto them for the week, instead of having to buy a ticket each time. This was faster and easier than having to purchase individual tickets, and we could control how much money was on the cards!

We got downstairs in the T station and waited….and waited….and waited…..we were down there for about 45 minutes with a hundred other people. A disabled train was preventing everyone from getting into the city and lots of businessmen and women bailed – we heard that there were no Uber’s or taxi’s left leaving Cambridge because they were all taken! Finally after we were thoroughly hot and sweaty a train came! And we couldn’t fit on it. So we waited for another train! We were squished and Randy was pushed up against the door, and it was quite the adventure.

When we finally got to Boston we went to the Boston Common. We were a little tired, hot, and I was a bit confused and lost in the city even though I’d been there before HA. So it was a bit rough. We people watched, sat on the bench that we’re pretty sure is the Goodwill Hunting bench, and saw the duck statues from the book “Make Way for Ducklings” (it’s adorable. If you haven’t read it, go read it now.)

Then we headed off on the Freedom Trail! For those of you that don’t know, Boston has a red brick trail that goes all over the city and leads you to some of the most important historical spots. It’s really awesome! *Travel Tip – and it’s free so basically if you go to Boston, DO IT.

The Freedom trail lead us first to the State House, which is beautiful. Then to the first Church in Boston, which is also really beautiful. It was so fun to go inside and see the memorials to all the leaders of the area, etc.

Then we went to a cemetery which was BEAUTIFUL. The headstones were all rubbed off with age, sinking into the ground. Some pretty famous people were buried there including Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock. We then went to the King’s Chapel which was the first church built for the Church of England. It was a beautiful building, and again so interesting to go inside and see the organ and the pews. Then we went to one of Randy’s favorite stops, the Old Corner Bookstore. It’s now a Chipotle which is hilarious! But it’s amazing to think that Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens both worked in that very bookstore. So much history in one little shop! We then saw the old South Church where the town meeting was held when they decided to go forward with the Boston Tea Party. It is so amazing to be in places where so much history happened! It was about this point that we were just so excited and happy to be in the city. Downtown Boston is beautiful, and Randy and I just LOVE the city, so it was awesome to have all the historical buildings right next to all the new skyscrapers.

Next we got to the State House, which is where they read the Declaration of Independence to Bostonians for the first time. Queen Elizabeth later made a speech here about how our countries are friends, no longer enemies, which I thought was really cool.

Right outside the State House is where the Boston Massacre occurred, which Randy thought was the coolest thing ever. We heard a bucket drummer at that point, so Randy raced me across the street to listen to him, he was really good! That’s one thing we love about Boston, there are lots of street performers so there’s no shortage of entertainment.

The last Freedom Trail stop for us on day 1 was Fanueil Hall. It used to be a big marketplace and now it’s full of restaurants and stores! *Travel Tip – you can do the whole Freedom Trail in one day, we loved breaking it up so we weren’t history overloaded! Randy and I had lunch at the Cheers Bar which was cool, even though neither of us are particularly crazy about the show.

Randy then spotted his all time favorite store in Japan, Uniqlo and was seriously on cloud 9! We had no idea they had one in the states, so of course we had to go and shop! Randy got lots of cool things, and it was so awesome to shop at his favorite store!

At this point, we were exhausted so we got back on the train and headed to Cambridge for a little nap. We slept and played with Candace and Ben and Kim. Then at about 5:00 we figured we needed to get back up or we would never get to bed! So we got ready and ventured out again to Harvard Square where we went to Shake Shack. Now, I love Shake Shack, and Randy had never been. He’s a bit of an In N’ Out crazy fan, so I wanted to see if we could convince him to convert. No such luck. Watch the video for his full explanation of why In N’ Out is better haha. But Shake Shack is really good food and has AMAZING ice cream!

We wandered around Harvard Square for a bit after, then walked back through the park to Ben and Kim’s apartment. The park by their place is awesome, it has the tree marked where George Washington took charge of the continental army, some stole British canons, and statues to many people who fought in different wars. It just has so much history, it’s incredible! *Travel Tip – literally almost every building and house in Boston has some history behind it! Check out things as you’re walking, the history is there!

We also attempted to vlog on this trip, the camera we used is blurry and weird for some reason which is lame! So here’s our day 1 vlog, very weird and very scattered but still! We are trying!

Stay tuned for day 2.

Another Wedding

Can you believe it, Randy and I had ANOTHER wedding last week! And of course it was also absolutely magical.

My parents jetted off to Paris the day after Liv got married, so Randy and I got to house sit/drive Bethany around when she needed to get places. It was fun to hang out with the three of us, mooch of my parents amazing garden and food, etc.

Friday Caleb and Nannette got married and it was absolutely wonderful. Seeing them walk out of the temple was a dream! We’ve gotten so close to them as they have been dating and gotten engaged, and it was so awesome to get to see them be sealed together for all eternity.

I got their early to do Nannette’s hair and makeup, they had a beautiful sealing at the Provo City Center temple which was awesome, we grabbed some Chinese with Dallin and Alexon after the sealing before Randy had to jet back to work, I made us almost late getting back to the reception, and the night was a party. I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off to get all the stuff to decorate the car, which was fun! Randy and Alexon wrote a beautiful song, like Alexon and Caleb did for our wedding. We have a really awesome group of friends and hearing them sing this song specifically written for the bride and groom made me a little teary. They’re just so in love and it was amazing to be a part of their special day. The day ended with late night Chic-Fil-A which was awesome, except for Randy getting a completely burned, meatless nugget as one of his 8 pieces HAHA.

Randy and I celebrated 5 years of dating on August 13th. If you don’t know the story, you can check it out here.

I had no idea that five years ago, a guy I had a crush on would turn into my husband. I honestly can’t even describe how much these last five years of falling in love with him have changed me. I wouldn’t be who I am without him.

Randy thanks for every single memory. I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the universe.

We celebrated with some sushi and shopping (two of our favorite things).

Sunday we went to church, then had a birthday party for Matt and opened all of he and Liv’s wedding presents! It’s so fun to see them get all the things to build their house together.

Anddd Monday my parents celebrated their anniversary. It’s so awesome to have parents who are so loving and caring, and who love and car for each other. We’re so lucky that they chose each other, and continue to choose each other every day.  Love you two crazy kids.

Wedded Bliss

My sister is a married lady! How crazy is that!

I’ll post a few more photos when she actually gets back from her honeymoon and has all the photos, but here are a couple things for the time being.

Also it’s Matt’s birthday, so happy birthday Matt – welcome to the fam!

Here is the first look video I did for them a few weeks ago! I’m not a professional, clearly, but it’s fun to whip out the camera and remember some of my editing skills. Hopefully I’ll get to do a few more videos here and there and really hone my skills!

The wedding week was great, things went pretty smoothly and the day of was magical.

Liv woke up early and had her hair done by Lexi McPherson who did fantastic. Her makeup was done by the incredibly talented Madelynne Morgan. She is seriously so fantastic, Liv’s makeup looked beautiful and she got there in the wee hours of the morning to make sure it was perfect. She’s truly awesome and I highly recommend her!

 Liv and Matt had a beautiful sealing in the Salt Lake LDS Temple and it was so amazing to be there with them and watch them be married.

Their photographer and videographer were so on top of it and I can’t wait to see the photos from the day of! For now, just check out these couple photos from the bridals/a few from the day of that the videographer snapped.

Photogrpaher: Meg Barlow

Videographer: Megan Owen
Megan Owen also snapped a couple pics the day of, she also does photography sometimes and she’s awesome! I can’t wait to see the video!

Both the Meg’s were seriously OUT OF THIS WORLD. So awesome and fun and they were so cute with our family and made sure Liv had all the shots and video she wanted.

The flowers were done by the amazingly talented Bailey Jo Lucas and guys she was a dream. Just check out that bouquet. She was so sweet and wonderful and so fun to work with.

Every single person my sister hired to do things for the wedding were wonderful. They made the day so easy!

Matt and Liv had their luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, where we had an introductory story as per tradition, the traditional song “When I Fall In Love” and some funny stories about the two newlyweds.

The reception was at the Lion House and it was a beautiful garden party perfectly fit for my sister.

Basically everything was a dream, and I am so happy for my sweet sister!

Message me if you have any questions about the vendors or anything!

I got my skirt from Cozy Boutique, Bethany got her dress from Piper and Scoot, and the groomsmen ties were from Tie One On.

Happy Tuesday everyone, happy birthday Matt and happy honeymoon to the newlyweds!

Summer Is Flying By

Can we just put a pause on summer really quickly? This has been the fastest summer of my life! I keep saying I have all these things I want to do, and for some reason I never get to do all of them!

I did however get to cross a bonfire and s’mores of my bucket list, thanks to Courtney and Tommy! We always have a blast hanging out with those two.

Thursday was Nannette’s Bachelorette Party! We had some delicious P.F. Changs with her close friends, and did some shopping. It was such a chill party but still so incredibly fun. I am so excited for her and Caleb to get married in just a week and a half! It’s coming up SO quick!

And speaking of upcoming weddings, my adorable little sister gets married on Saturday! It’s so crazy, I can’t believe it honestly. She is going to be the most beautiful bride and she and Matt are just perfect for each other.

Saturday our cute neighborhood threw her a delightful shower, we got to see lots of friends and it was so fun. We’ve been getting to hang out with my family a lot lately, which is super awesome especially since my brother is finally back from his internship in California, and my sister-in-law and niece are still around! We are going to miss them so much when they leave.

Sunday we went to my cousin’s mission farewell, he did so good and he will be so missed! We also had a big family dinner after a long airport wait, poor Matt was on the runway for an hour after landing back in Utah! Tip: never fly Frontier.

This week has already been so full, with our cute niece Candace’s birthday party! She turns one in September but we all got together to celebrate before they all leave to go back to Boston. They did an adorable smash cake and she got lots of cute presents. I just love her!

Guys aren’t they so cute?
Randy’s face here is my absolute favorite thing in the world.

Yesterday my cute sister went through the temple, and let me tell you, it was so wonderful to have my family there. Just missing one sister! It was so great to wait in the celestial room for my sister to walk in, all of us there with our spouses, a big happy family. I feel so blessed and lucky to have such a wonderful family, and especially a wonderful husband!