Boston <3

I went to Boston for my senior trip after I graduated from high school, so I knew most of the places that I wanted to see during our most recent trip to Boston. But, it has been about 3 years since I had been there so there were also a lot of things that I had forgotten. So, naturally I started looking up things on Pinterest about Boston trying to figure out some other things that we had do see/do on our trip. But, in my searching I didn’t really find anything that helped. When I travel I like to do and see more of the local culture instead of just doing touristy things, so I was a little disappointed when everything on Pinterest was touristy things. So, because of that, I made it my goal for our most recent trip to figure out some of the best things to do that hit both the local culture and the touristy sites.

So… Here are some of the must see’s and do’s & trips and tricks for Boston, MA. All of this is my own opinion, so take it for what it’s worth. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Fenway Park

I am a huuugggggeeee Red Sox fan (obviously ;P) which is one of the main reasons we chose to go to Boston this year. But, even if you aren’t a baseball fan or a Red Sox fan, going to Fenway Park is probably the biggest MUST to do in Boston. It is one of the most incredible places in the entire world. Red Sox fans are so loyal and love their team, so the atmosphere is so competitive, fun, and amazing. The traditions that go on at each game make it that much more special. The fans have individual cheers for many different players, each time a Red Sox player scores they play a sweet pump up song, they sing ‘Take Me Out To The Ball Game’ for the seventh inning stretch, they passionately sing ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the 8th inning (my favorite part. I seriously cry.), and the songs after the game if they win.. like holy cow. I cannot even put into words how incredible this place is. It truly is almost like a spiritual place. Not even kidding. If you go to Boston, you HAVE to go to Fenway. Plus, what better thing to do on vacation than watch a baseball game, at least in my opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Not only is it such an amazing environment, but the history of Fenway is very fascinating. Fenway Park is the oldest operating baseball stadium, so it’s been through a lot. The stadium itself is not that big, but to listen to the ins and outs of the history and why Fenway is the way it is, is freaking awesome. So, not only should you go to at least one baseball game while you are in Boston, you also have to make sure you go on the Fenway Park tour. I promise you will not be disappointed. The tour guides are the cutest, most entertaining, awesome people who love Fenway and want to share their love for Fenway with you. Also, the cool thing about the tour is that you get to go to so many different places in the stadium that you normally wouldn’t get to go to if you were just going to a game. You see so many awesome angles of the field and let me just say, each angle is breathtakingly beautiful in its own way. Like, seriously, just walking into Fenway for the first time is incredible enough to make a person cry. Best. Place. Ever.

2. ย The Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a more popular, touristy thing to do in Boston. It consists of a trail of red bricks throughout the city that stops at many different historical sights. The history is so rich in Boston, and many of the sights that the Freedom Trail stops at are old buildings or old sites that historical events actually happened at such as the Boston Massacre, Bunker Hill, the Boston Tea Party, and many more. The buildings are so old and so beautifully made that is makes the walk so worth it. Plus, being able to see places that brought our country togetherย brings a deep gratitude for our freedoms that we have today. So, definitely make time to follow the Freedom Trail, and WALK it. I personally don’t think you get the full effect if you don’t walk. However, if you can’t or don’t want to walk there are different trolleys and tours that you can take, but they are a little pricey and busy. So, just walk and soak it all in. It’s worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. Ghost & Gravestones Tour

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So, this is maybe a little weird, but the cemeteries in Boston are seriously beautiful! They are so different and unique and sorta awesome. It’s kind of interesting, too, because you’ll be walking around downtown Boston and all the sudden walk past a random cemetery. Haha Which is fun because the cemeteries also have some crazy history that comes along with their unique beauty.

Fun fact: In the past, they started running out of room to bury people because the city was growing with buildings, so instead of finding a place to make a new cemetery they started burying up to 10 people in the same grave!

The Ghosts & Gravestones Tour is an absolute must to go on. The college students put on a great tour that takes you around some of the ghost history of Boston. You go to many different cemeteries, see where some famous people are buried, and listen to some fun stories. It’s about an hour and a half long, and super awesome. So, make sure you take the time to hit this tour.

4. Little Italy

Little Italy has my heart, like if I lived in Boston this is where I would want to live. Little Italy is located in the North End of Boston. It is very beautiful and very old. It is actually the cities oldest residential area. I’m not exactly sure why I love it so much, I just think you get so much of the Italian/New Englander feel and culture in this area and its incredible. I could walk around Little Italy for hours and hours. If you do go to Little Italy, don’t go in expecting a destination, but expecting to soak in culture and enjoy the walk.

Two musts in Little Italy..

  • Mike’s Pastry: like seriously the most delicious pastries. So, definitely go there and get at least 2 different things per person so you can try lots of things. ๐Ÿ˜›
  • Regina’s Pizza: okay. There are lots of different Regina’s Pizza all throughout Boston and they are all equally delicious. BUT, if you go to one, you have to go to the one in Little Italy because it is one of the first ones and it just throws you right into the Little Italy culture.

5. Harvard Square

Take the subway and head over to Cambridge to venture around Harvard Square. It is fun to see how the smart people live. lol. This is another thing that isn’t necessarily something you go to to see a certain destination, but more to walk around and soak up the culture and history. However, one thing you must do is stop by and rub John Harvard’s foot for some good luck. ๐Ÿ˜‰

6. Prudential Tower (Top of the Hub Restaurant)

Eating at Top of The Hub Restaurant in the Prudential Tower is so awesome. It is a pretty dang nice restaurant on the 52nd floor of one of the tallest buildings in Boston. The restaurant has windows so you can look out at every single angle of Boston and see for miles. Plus, they love tourists so feel free going in your touristy attire!

7. Salem, MA

Unfortunately, this most recent trip we weren’t able to do any sort of ferry ride because of the weather. If the weather is good, I would definitely suggest taking a ferry ride over to Salem. Any ferry ride would be cool, I’m sure, but we did the one to Salem when we went for my senior trip and I was very impressed with the views AND the nap I got on the ferry. Haha! Jk. I do remember taking a little nap on the ferry, but once we got to Salem I was wide awake and ready to learn about some witches. I loved learning about the Salem Witch Trials in high school so to actually be in Salem and learn more about the history was freaking sweet! If you aren’t into that sort of thing, then maybe take a different ferry. But, I would definitely recommend at least a couple hours spent in Salem.

8. Cheer’s

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I have never actually seen the old show about Cheers. But, I will say that it is still worth stopping by and getting a picture at. There is also a cool little museum to walk through that I thought was super awesome. I love little random history and fun facts so I think things like this are super duper cool to see in person.

9. Boston Commons

Boston Commons is a really cool place because its the commons. lol. But, seriously, there are lots of cool things that go on here. Boston Commons is a starting point to the Freedom Trail, people come just hang out here, walk their dogs, run, and sometimes even do some crazy, random things. It’s fun to just sit and people watch here. It’s also an extremely beautiful place- a beautiful park with a beautiful city surrounding it. Make sure you walk around the Boston Commons and see the Frog Pond, the Public Garden area, and the cute little ducklings. There are always cute little ducklings and swans!

Fun Fact: there was a little kids book made about the ducklings in Boston Commons.

10. WALK, WALK, WALK

You guys, I know that your legs might get a little tired but walk! Walk everywhere. Seriously. It will be worth it! The first day we were there during this trip we walked 30,000 steps and then the other days we walked at least 18,000 steps. Not only do you get to see and feel and experience so much more if you walk, but you’ll just feel so dang good about it. My Fitbit was so happy with me that day. ;P Just trust me, walking is the best way to fully experience Boston.

11. If you don’t walk, take the Subway!

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If you feel like you need to go farther than what is worth walking (like to Harvard Square or something) then take the subway! It can be a little intimidating at first if you haven’t ever been on a subway or used the subway system, but once you get it figured out it is way easier, faster, and cheaper than Uber or taxi.

12. Boston Marathon Finish Line & Bombing Memorial

I would recommend watching the movie ‘Patriots Day’ before you go to Boston. The movie is about the Boston Marathon Bombing and it seriously is one of the best movies ever. I love it. But, not only is it a good movie, it brings a whole different feel walking down Boylston Street knowing more details and gaining more respect for those who were involved in the bombing. There isn’t a memorial built yet, but the city is in the process of building a memorial to put in front of the Marathon Place store on Boylston where the first bomb was located. However, right now there is a tree in front of the store that acts as a memorial. This was a really cool thing to see on this trip. I already loved Boston, but I gained so much more respect for all the people in Boston because of how they came together after such a tragedy. It definitely is a special place, but it is also such an encouraging place as well! This is definitely a must see to show respect, as well as motivate and feel the unity.

13. Walk around the back neighborhoods

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Seriously though, go on the back roads. Go on the main roads. Walk through the businesses. Walk through the neighborhoods. Walk on any and every street that you can and soak it all in. The back roads and neighborhoods are some of my favorites. I love the beauty of the old buildings. I think they have the cutest little houses. I love to see people doing every day life and feeling that I am apart of that by walking past.

When I went with my parents for my senior trip, we walked down one back road neighborhood one night and ate the most delicious ice cream and listened to some street music and it was seriously one of the top coolest experiences in my life. I don’t know how often people are out playing music in the streets of the neighborhoods, but if you happen to come across this, stop and enjoy it. It was seriously like in the movies. It was definitely one of those nights where you wish time would just stop. Ahh… it gives me have butterflies just thinking about it.

14. Must Eat’s

  • Cask’n Flagon is right by Fenway Park. It is the oldest restaurant still running next to Fenway and is absolutely delicious. Sounds a little gross, but the baked macaroni and cheese is pretty dang good! It’s always packed and is definitely worth the wait.
  • Dillon’s is right by this cute firehouse so I had to throw the cute firehouse picture in here too. (Fun Fact: this is a super old fire house and actually caught on fire, but it is still in operation today) Anyway, Dillon’s is pretty dang good. If you see the firehouse then you know you’re at Dillon’s. Get the sliders at Dillon’s. Mmmhhmm.. they are delicious.
  • Terry C’s Bar and Grill is also close to Fenway and was really really tasty. I got a delicious, juicy burger there.

I would definitely say eat at as many places as you possibly can because the food is soooo good! Of course you have to get some lobster and clam chowder while you are there. When I went with my parents we seriously ate at least 2 dinners a night just to try different places. LOL. It was so worth it!

15. Go With People You Love

I mean, this is kind of a no brainer, but go with people you love. Both times I went to Boston I was with some of my very favorite people. Experiencing Boston is great and amazing, but experiencing it with people you love and who are passionate about the same things you are is unreal! It is an unforgettable trip to say the least. I love these people so much and am so grateful I got to experience these trips with them.

 

I am already counting down the days until our next trip to Boston. โค

drew

 

 

April Temple Date

At the beginning of the year we made a goal to go to the temple at least once every single month. So far we have been able to keep our goal alive. This month though, for some reason was extra special to my heart. I was done with school and had been able to spend time at home and spend more stress free time with Fuzz. That stress free time that we got to spend together made our relationship so much stronger in such a short time. So, the fact that we got to go to the temple, stress free together, and do sealings was such a fun experience this month. Of course, the beauty of the blossoming flowers made it even more enjoyable. ๐ŸŒธ

Sunday Dinner #33

You guys. The time has finally come that we get to be back in Vernal for a couple months and get to enjoy a Sunday Dinner with the family and not have to stress about going back to Logan right after. O.M.G. It’s so exciting! ๐Ÿ˜บ 

Our first Sunday Dinner back in Vernal we had with my family. We went to church at my families ward and then spent the day napping. Haha literally, we all took like 3 hours naps which was incredible. Then, we helped my parents get more settled into their new addition on their house until dinner. It was a beautiful Sunday to welcome the beginning of many perfect Sunday Dinner’s to come this summer. We ate some delicious roast and potatoes and chatted the night away. Just the chaos of everybody in my grandmas kitchen is enough to make my heart want to explode with so much love. It truly is my favorite thing. Everybody scrambling around each other, catching up on the weeks events, eating some delicious food, laughing at memories, and just being together. 

Of course the night got a little heated up when the back yard wiffle ball game began and everybody’s competitiveness came out in full heat. But, what a wiffle ball game without somebody getting butt hurt they lost?! Right? Haha that is what totally makes the game worth it. And, let’s just say, my team didn’t lose. ๐Ÿ˜ 

To end the perfect first Sunday back in Vernal my mom and I went on a nice, very fast paced, evening stroll and chatted about the upcoming summer and how great it was going to be. Just catching up, and being able to live in the same world again is such a relief. Of course we can still communicate with our parents when we are in Logan, but to feel like we are living the same life as them is a very comforting feeling. So, here’s to many more wonderful Sunday Dinner’s like this one. I can’t wait for the rest of the summer. ๐Ÿ’•

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Sunday Dinner #32

The last Sunday Dinner in Logan before summer break was pretty casual. Our Sunday Dinner tradition in Logan got to an all time high about the middle of the spring semester and then plummeted down rapidly towards the end. The last Sunday Dinner we went out with a bang though. We had some delicious baked potatoes & I ate the most delicious sweet potato, steaks, and asparagus & zucchini. It was delicious, I’m telling ya. So, all those peeps that thought they were too good for Sunday Dinner were really missing out. ๐Ÿ˜œ lol. Jk, kinda. 

I guess the great news is that now we won’t have to stress about all our friends on Sunday’s, we will just be able to spend it with our families in Vernal. Which is very exciting!! Next Sunday Dinner will be back in Vernal. Wahoo! ๐Ÿค— Then, once we get back to Logan in the fall we will take a nice evaluation of the peeps there and decide who we want to invite. Which could be extremely stressful/frustrating/worth it, but we’ll deal with that when the time comes. For now, we will be enjoying every Sunday Dinner with our people in Vernal. โค๏ธ

drew

Beauty School Graduate

I graduated cosmetology school on April 11, 2017 and it was honestly one of the best days of my entire life. Not only because I couldn’t wait to get out of school, but also because I can now venture out and truly become successful. Now, the real work begins. Trying to find a job, trying to decide what route you want to go and what you want to specialize in, or if you even want to specialize. So, hopefully, I’ll be able to figure all of that out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Luckily, I have my first job lined up for this summer (thanks to my awesome mother-in-law). I am working at a salon in Vernal called New Look. I am stoked because I get to work with some awesome people, work the days that I want, and most of all.. be in Vernal!

So, in beauty school, well at least my school, doesn’t really do a graduation ceremony. All they day is have you stand up at the front of the school and ask you a coupleย of questions. It is extremely awkward and I was definitely not going to do it, however my mom & dad wanted to come out and support me so I ended up doing a graduation ‘ceremony’. My parents came out and stayed with us and came and supported me at my graduation. It was extremely awkward. But, it was so awesome to have my parents and Fuzz there to support me. It made me feel so good to know that I had stuck with it all and accomplished a goal. It made me feel even better to know that I have so many great people who are there to support me.

Now… here’s to the future. Everybody pray I will be successful. ๐Ÿ˜›

drew

Sunday Dinner #31

1This Sunday Dinner we had some delicious hamburgers. It was really small again this week. It ended up being just Lauren, Payton, Fuzz, and I. Which was pretty dang nice. It was super easy to cook and not much to clean up. So, another easy Sunday Dinner is the books. ๐Ÿ˜›

Also, I forgot to take a pic again. Dang it! But, some exciting news. Only one more Sunday until we move back to Vernal and then there are going to be soooo many awesome Sunday Dinner’s with family. โค

drew

Week #12

Who are/were your greatest friends?

This is a fun one to write about because I have so many awesome friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I was little I lived in a neighborhood that had 3 of the coolest girls that were my age. The girl that lived right next to me was my best friend. Her name is Aspynn. Aspynn and I were friends with some other neighbor girls named Seneca and Jerlyn as well. We all hung out and did little girl things like ride bikes, lemonade stands, and all that good stuff. We were all really good friends from the time I can remember until I was about 8, then I moved out of the neighborhood and went to a different elementary school and our friendships slowed down.

After I moved out of my first neighborhood and started going to a new elementary school, I met one of my very best friends, Kacee. Kacee and I were in the same third grade class and that was where our friendship began. We just clicked. I was an extremely shy little girl and Kacee was the cool, outgoing girl that was nice enough to be my friend. We did everything together. Third grade was just where it began and it took off from there. We were in the same fourth grade class, then all through middle school, junior high, and high school we were inseparable. We definitely had our ups and downs and little bickers here and there, but for the most part… we were BFF goals. We never liked the same boys, we always dated friends so we could hang out, we played softball and volleyball together, we were the middle infielders in softball and totally killed it, we couldn’t have asked for a more awesome friendship. It was seriously so awesome. We have so many great memories together. We laughed at just about anything and everything that happened. In every situation we would think of a way to make it funny. We had more slumber parties than I can count. We shaped each other into the people we are today. She taught me so many things that I will forever be grateful for. She is one of the funniest people I have ever met. She loves to serves others in need and is always going on awesome service trips and bettering lives around her. She is a hard worker, a fighter, and loves Jesus with all her heart.

Throughout high school I had so many great friends. Alyssa Lewis was somebody that I could always count on to have a fun time! She was always full of energy and was always making people laugh. She supported me so much in everything that I did and always had my back. Laci Reynolds was always down to play some back yard baseball or float down the gross canal by our house or go hang out with boys. She was such a good example and always stood up for what she believed in. Tanika Merkley is hands down the funniest person I have ever met. She never leaves a room dull. I love hanging out with her because she just makes you feel so happy and stress free. She has the biggest heart and loves people so much. Keeley Bowthorpe is the coolest, smartest person ever! She is such a good person, stands up for what she believes in, and doesn’t care one bit about what anybody thinks of her. She is a hard worker and is such a good friend. Jade Timothy was my go to volleyball girl. She was always down for any sort of volleyball. She’s a feisty blond and made me so much better of a person. Lyssa Anderson was always there if I needed a girls night or wanted to go on a double date with. I always admired her ability to share her testimony and love others. There were so many good people I had in my life and am so blessed that I have a lot of them in my life still. Good friends in high school are such a great blessing.

While I was in Rangely playing volleyball I met one of my greatest, life long friends, Janna Hall. I learned many different things, had many great experiences, and met experienced some awesome places. But, one of the greatest blessings that happened to me while in Rangely was getting to meet and play volleyball with the one and only, Janna. Janna and I clicked right off the bat because we were both LDS. Thank goodness for that similarity that brought us together, after that our friendship took off. We enjoyed traveling to some awesome places together and getting to play volleyball every day together, something that we were/are both so passionate about. There were some hard times in Rangely that I wouldn’t have been able to get through without Janna. We grew together and we both helped shape each other into the people we were striving to become. We had never ending great chats about life and some of the funniest, craziest memories such as moving a teammates car in the middle of the night or streaking in the middle of Duchesne to wake us up during a long car ride back to Rangely. I was extremely blessed to meet Janna, and am even more grateful that our friendship continues to grow each and every day. We can go days and even weeks without talking, but when we do it is still like old times.

In beauty school I met an incredible person named Sierra Merrill. Sierra is one of the most genuine, giving, compassionate, responsible, thoughtful people you would ever meet. We became great friends as we played with mannequins in beauty school and spend every afternoon talking about life, goals, pasts, and futures. She helped me grow and better myself. She is always encouraging through example and through her friendship. I was so blessed to meet her in beauty school. We definitely helped each other get through beauty school, thats for sure. Haha I cannot wait for the future of our friendship. I am hoping that we will be able to continue doing hair together. I am so grateful for Sierra.

I have been extremely blessed in the friendship department over the years. I don’t know what I would do without each and every great friend in my life. They teach me so much, support my dreams, and inspire me to be better.

Week #11

What were your favorite subjects in school?

My favorite subjects in school were english and history. I always loved to write papers and to do any sort of writing. I remember everybody always hated writing essays, but I loved them. Probably because I was always really good at them. I could write an essay in 5 minutes and get 100% on it or I could take my time and enjoy the essay and do really good as well. English just kind of came naturally to me. I, also, really enjoyed history because I loved the stories. I loved learning about what people went through. I loved when teachers made the stories interesting and I was able to relate and understand what people went through in history.

I absolutely hated math and science. I was decent at math, but I didn’t like it. Science on the other hand, no thank you. I was never very good at it, and I absolutely did not enjoy it. However, even though I hated them, I still got good grades in them. I was a pretty good student. I worked hard in all of my classes and graduated with a 3.98 GPA. ๐Ÿ™‚

drew