Wednesday, November 19, 2008

not just a pipe dream...

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If I had a life list - (I do have dreams and ambitions...wishes and aspirations - just haven't formulated them into a physical, concrete, catalogued arrangement) - taking a trip to Boston would be somewhere near the top of that list. Ever since my brother, Aaron, and his wife, Dorothy, moved out there nearly four years ago (to pursue dental school at Boston University), I have been dying to make the trip. At this stage in life, and in our current financial position, I have considered this a hope that would be impossible to achieve...just another (of many) pipe dreams.
After this last week, however, I'm proud to announce that my life list (if - hypothetically speaking - it actually existed) now looks like this: Take a trip to Boston! That's right, we did it! We spent 10 days (minus 2 for travel) - walking, and running, and driving, and going...just about everywhere; and seeing, and doing, and eating, and enjoying...just about everything we could - in and around, beautiful Boston, Massachusetts. John had a few things lined up out there for work, so we decided to take the whole family and make a trip out of it; and, what sweetened the deal even more for us, was that we got to stay with Aaron and Dorothy, and be the first in the family to meet their baby (Asher's newest cousin)...little 2 1/2 week old, Cormac. I couldn't believe (but was completely thrilled) that Aaron and Dorothy were so laid back about us staying at their place, and so willing to be our hosts and tour guides...despite Cormac's newness and delicacy.
We have been home for almost a week now, and I still haven't been able to completely readjust to normal, everyday - life. In fact, my suitcase still lies on my bedroom floor, with it's contents spilling out and forming trails...trails which have now branched to every corner of the room. Luckily, I did all of our laundry at my brother's place before we left - making it fairly easy to put all the kids' stuff away upon our return home. I guess there's still a small part of me, though, in denial...a part of me that wishes we could have stayed forever...a part of me that resents the fact that - due to our empty pocketbooks - not to mention jobs, church callings, bills, and other responsibilities - we were forced to come back to the daily grind. So, until I can fully embrace the idea of being home, I imagine that my poor suitcase will remain in it's sad little corner of our cluttered little bedroom.
I do have to thank John for realizing this longtime dream of mine; and Aaron and Dorothy, for being so good to us...always so hospitable, and oh so much fun to be around. This trip far exceeded my expectations, and I have no doubt it's memories will remain etched in my heart and soul for years to come.

*pictures and outline of activities to follow...

9 comments:

Cormac said...

Hey Nick. We had the best time with you guys. The trip did have that feel to it--a kind of escape from time and the daily grind. I loved coming home and having you dudes there to hang with every night--pulling crazy all night hours and downing cokesiez like water. It just goes to show that we need to live close to eachother and have many frequent get-togethers. I can't wait for the activities listing to come.

ahe said...

Congrats! What a fun trip. I have been once but was there on business so I only saw a few of the "sites." It would be so fun to go with the whole fam and be there to see fam!

ahe said...

p.s. I noticed Asher's hood and lack of tears. I am a believer in "whatever works...do it."

Dad said...

I'm so glad you got to go! And I know it meant a lot to Aaron and Dorothy, too. Sounds like a wonderful trip, and I can't wait to see the "pictures and outline..." to follow. I love you.

Brooke said...

Can't wait for the details!

Layn & Celeste said...

I'm so glad you guys had fun. I've been to Boston once, and I loved it. Part of me really wants to move to the East coast one day. We shall see...

Its good to have you guys back! Thanks for coming on Friday, we should do more girls nights out like that more often.

Rachel said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to head back east and explore. Can't wait to see pictures!

disillusioned said...

I agree--Love Boston!

Mary P.

Shelleymarie said...

We took a trip to Boston a few years ago to visit Robert Taylor & his wife. FOR SURE one of our VERY favorite places!! Sorry to hear about the chaos with the flying but it really does make the memory that much fonder!