One of the local events that is a huge draw in Boston is First Night, an elaborate New Year’s Eve celebration of the culture and community of the city. While many other cities and towns across the nation now hold First Night festivities, Boston is the original and standard bearer. It is really quite grand and kicks off well before midnight, starting around 9AM and carrying through to midnight fireworks.
One of the cooler features are the marvelous ice sculptures, no pun intended. They are enormous and beautifully ornate. Since heading downtown with 2 million other people really isn’t in the cards for us. So while I was busy completing some work, Keri and Ali packed up the kids and headed east to see if they could catch a glimpse of the sculptures the day before the official unveiling.
The trip on the train was apparently quite fascinating for our little man, as revelaed by the intense studying visible in this photograph.
Unfortunately, the trip proved to be less than fulfilling on the ice sculpture front. Since the weather has started to warm a bit, it would seem that preservation is of major importance. Also there was some work still to be done. Consequently, most of what they got to see was this.
Ali sardonically referred to this part of the trip as “Gumdrop.” This is a kind of kidsafe code for an excrement expletive, as well as being a reference to one of our infamous exploits to exotic local sights. Sadly in the transitioning this site to a new platform, the images from the original post have been lost. I’ll have to look into digging some of those photos out again.
Nevertheless, they all managed to still have some fun. Hadley got to walk around the city and covered a whole lot of ground. It proved to be quite a journey for both of the kiddos. They were pretty wiped out from it all.
Alright, so we don’t exactly celebrate Boxing Day in the States, but we definitely experienced a blizzard on the day that it is observed. Temperatures plummeted, snow descended, and the wind howled beginning in the afternoon and continued for the better part of two days. It has been downright frigid.
Still, we did need to get the kids outside to prevent them from getting anymore stir crazy. Plus, the post-Christmas pall might have taken grip if we hadn’t. We really couldn’t go anywhere, and it took considerable effort just to dig out the driveway with the drifts building. Those drifts proved a bit treacherous for the kiddos as one of the photos will attest. They could hardly remain standing.
While Christmas has come and gone already, it has not passed without being documented. The kids were spectacular through everything, all the challenges and anticipation. Hadley was delighted with her gifts, as well as Fritz’s. Likewise, he too was delighted with his gifts and hers. They have even been playing quite nicely together with those gifts of dual ownership, despite the concept being a little lost on the two of them.
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One of Hadley’s favorite items was a digital camera all her own. So undoubtedly, at some point in the near future, some of her work will be featured. She is currently working on holding it steady, ling enough to actually capture an image that resembles what she was aiming to get. Still, she is thrilled to be snapping away with abandon.
Apart from that, stay tuned for some images of the Boxing Day Blizzard that is rocking the East Coast. Sadly, the real snow didn’t really begin falling until the evening. So tomorrow’s digging out should provide some pics.