A truly spectacular weekend!

My husband, Mike, spontaneously decided we needed a three day weekend with a road trip – I secretly felt like Spring cleaning might be more appropriate – but I’m glad I relaxed and just flowed with his suggestion.  Because we went to Mystic, CT, and Boston, MA, and a truly spectacular time was had by all (especially little Penelope!)


Don’t forget to pack the essentials when you daytrip.  Such as a fake credit card.  And diapers.

We started out in Mystic on Friday afternoon.  Again – props to my awesome husband for picking a perfect hotel, theHilton Mystic.  It’s conveniently located across from the Mystic Aquarium, which was our destination that day – and also from the very picturesque Olde Mystic Village – a collection of 60 shops nestled in Colonial style buildings.  It was quite stress free, considering we were only there for the night, and with a baby to boot.

We checked in and walked across to the aquarium…

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Trying the sensory pool at the Mystic Aquarium

… and enjoyed Penelope’s enjoyment of the marvelous fishes, sea lions, and penguins

sea lion show

Although the sea lion show was a bit long for a one year old’s attention span – we enjoyed the first 5 minutes or so

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The fish tanks were a big hit however

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All smiles for the camera!

When we left the aquarium, my husband graciously offered to stay in the hotel room with the baby while I checked out the shops (not entirely coincidentally – the Masters were on TV).  I found a great Easter hair ribbon for Penelope at Teddy Bearskins!  Picture to come next week – I wouldn’t want to ruin the Easter outfit surprise 🙂

I spotted Go Fish while shopping, and the combination of a Zagat sticker on the door and a tip from a friendly shop keeper that there was a sushi bar inside were enough to persuade me to recommend it for dinner!  One of the highlights of the trip for me was the fact that we ordered Penelope her first ‘big kid’ meal – a pizza – only to have her prefer my burdock root sushi!

burdock sushi

More reason to save the money and let her eat grown up food in the future!  I also thought the roll was delicious – pickled and delicate.

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Penelope also made Beautiful Art at dinner

We returned to the hotel and the only downside of a little one a weekend trip – one person has to stay in the hotel room to watch baby!  So my husband headed to the Mohegan Sun solo, and I enjoyed a quartino of champagne and some R & R with a book



The next day, it was up early (ok, every day is up early with a baby – let’s get real) and off to the Boston Children’s Museum!  I was blown away by the museum, and so was Penelope – she enjoyed it so much that we had to literally drag her away from several of her favorite exhibits

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Enjoying the construction zone

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Testing out the “pull yourself up” pulley and lever system.  Daddy may have helped her out a bit

After a couple of hours at the museum, we took advantage of the perfect, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky day and strolled down the water to Jerry Remy’s Seaport.  Because, naturally, you watch the Red Sox game on TV when in Boston (even if the actual game is in NYC)

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Such a cool view!

tuna salad from j remy's

Excellent seared ahi tuna and watercress salad.  Not pictured: not quite as photogenic (or healthy) nachos

Jerry Remy’s has several locations in Boston – including a rooftop deck at their Fenway location!  Cait was politicking hard for us to meet her there – but alas it wasn’t meant to be.  Next trip for sure 🙂

We originally had planned on staying in Boston overnight, but ended up heading home, partially because I had a dress rehearsal for Trashion Fashion in Hartford on Sunday.  Which meant another trip out – with baby – although Mike stayed at home this time and enjoyed some well deserved ‘man cave time.’

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Preview of the runway!  So excited for next Saturday

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Amy, who came up with this amazing event – modeling the Yelp skirt she is designing for me to wear next week in the show.  All the dresses are made from upcycled material – which is wicked cool

Aunt Virginia very graciously watched Penelope during the three hour rehearsal, and they enjoyed the sunny Hartford day at the Bushnell Park before heading over to the Kitchen at the Library, right across the street from City Hall.  I walked over to join them afterwards – right into a surprise meeting with Kerri and Allison!

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I can’t thank you enough for this photo Kerri.  It’s perfect

Plenty of people were out and about in Hartford for the UConn Victory Parade, which we ironically didn’t stay for as baby was in bad need of a nap.  I was sorry to miss the parade, but it was great to see so many people enjoying downtown Hartford and – judging by the coverage – the parade was just spectacular!  So anyway – there you have it.  What a lovely Spring weekend in the Northeast – feeling very blessed today, if a little tired our from all the fun.


5 thoughts on “A truly spectacular weekend!

  1. LOVE IT!!! you guys are everything. I want that champagne! penelope learned so much this weekend i am so impressed with the little lady she has become. great post-keep em comin!

    1. Thanks Hannah! We will have so much fun hanging out with you this summer – and drinking champagne (well, Penelope will probably have apple juice in a sippy cup… but you know…)

  2. This post is so wonderful! I didn’t realize you were rockin that champagne alone in the room and that makes me love it all the more. I think it’s great that you and Mike both got to do what you wanted to this past weekend – gambling and golf for him, champagne and shopping for you! Do you notice that alliteration? I love that Boston Sci Museum and haven’t been since 8th grade so I’d love to come with you guys next time you come to Boston. I’m glad you had a great time in Beantown even if we didn’t meet up. Next time for SURE!

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