Boston vacation {recap}

Old Navy_Best Son Ever_shirtStarbucks cupCambridge_fall_leavespregnant bump_fall_leaves19 weeks pregnantHead of the Charles Regatta programHead of the Charles Regatta_Cambridge_MassachusettsHead of the Charles Regatta_CrewCharles River_Boston_Massachusettscrew_Head of the Charles Regatta_HOCRElliot Bridge_Head of the Charles Regattatoddler Harvard shirtHead of the Charles Regatta teddy bearHarvard UniversityHarvard University buildingHarvard University_fall leavesmommy and son kissfuture freshmen_Harvard UniversityHarvard Square19 weeks pregnant_fall maternity fashionFenway Park_BostonBoston CommonBoston Red Sox hatAfter our week stay in Washington D.C., we hopped aboard our next flight to Boston, Massachusetts.  From the moment we touched down in Boston Harbor, I was one giddy mama.  I had mentioned in an earlier post about heading to New England for the fall, but I failed to mention we were coming in town specifically for the Head of the Charles Regatta (the largest crew competition in the world.)  Being big nautical fans, the Regatta had been on my bucket list.

Additionally, living by the California coast, I actually crave the cold.  Not the usual “cold” I experience (that being the morning fog that rolls in, but then is burnt off come 11am.)  No, I crave the “drop in weather and wearing fashionable layers of plaid, vests, and scarfs” kind of cold.  That being said, our trip to Massachusetts was the perfect East Coast state to visit this time of year.

I found our 3 day stay in the city to be perfect.  We stayed in Cambridge and visited Harvard.  I quickly gifted our son with enough toddler-sized Harvard gear to hopefully instill a love for the University.  So fingers crossed I have a future freshmen on my hands :).

Another day was spent enjoying the HOCR as we watched the rowers compete along the Charles River.  An absolutely relaxing day, we literally spent the day at the River watching the competition, eating amazing food truck grub, and indulging in some retail shopping thanks to Brook Brothers and the other preppy brands available.

On our last day in Boston, we were super touristy and checked out a “hop on and off” tour bus so that we could see all the major tourist spots.  I’d have to say it was a great way to see a town in a day.  We visited several spots, but my favorites included: Fenway Park and Boston Common.

Stay tuned for part 3 of my East Coast recap.  Our Cape Cod adventures might just be my favorite part :).

Sincerely, Kymberly

Travel Plans

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and by now I would have created the cutest collage to present my own Mother’s Day wish list.  Especially as a blogger, it’s sort of the status quo to do so, right?  However, unlike last year’s Mother’s Day, my heart’s not in the place to share what materialistic items I’m coveting.  As part of my 12-step shopaholic recovery program, I’m being fiscally responsible.  So I’ll be a good girl and (do my best) to save for the upcoming trips 2014-2015 has in store for my family.

While I slow down on the frivolous spending at the clearance aisles of Target, I’m planning 4 trips that I want to give you the sneak peek on:

(4) Moab, Utaharches national park_moab_utah

What will begin as a trip to celebrate the wedding of one of the cutest couples I know, will turn into a week-long hiking trip to explore the Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park and even a cruise down the Colorado River.  This trip will be the kick-start to this summer’s plans.  Finger’s crossed the wedding goes off without a hitch and our hiking trip with an almost 2-year-old goes smoothly!  I loosely define “smoothly” as getting through the day without a “127 hours” incident on our hands (no pun intended 😉 ).

(3)  Central Coast, CaliforniaPismo Beach_Central Coast_California

I’m a let you in on a little secret, I’m a Californian whose once flawed perception of California was divided between Southern California and Northern California.  The whole central coast was more of a drive-thru to get from Los Angeles to San Francisco.  Now that I’m a Santa Barbara resident, I have no excuse not to make trips along Highway 101 to visit the coastal towns of San Luis Obispo, Monterey, and Santa Cruz.

(2) Boston, MassachusettsBoston_Massachusetts

Come Fall, when the leaves will be turning and the weather will have dropped just enough to validate dressing in layers; we will be heading to the greater Boston area to fall wickedly in love with the New England lifestyle.  Should my son fall in the same foot steps as his daddy, I think a toddler-sized “future Harvard law” shirt will be on my shopping list ;).

(1)  Charleston, South Carolinacharleston_south carolina

Not to get your tongue twisted; but I’m a sucker for seersucker and seaside.  😉

A trip not yet on the books, I’m eager to explore the southern charm and history this coastal town has to offer.

So there you have it; a glimpse of what my future travel plans will be.  I’m jumping for joy at the idea of visiting these cities all for the first time :).  Whether you follow my blog or stumped upon it while surfing the ‘net, If you’ve been to any of these cities, I’d love to hear feedback.

Sincerely, Kymberly