Boston historic sites visited

Just went into Boston and visited Old State House (http://www.bostonhistory.org/)

Who knew there was a kicking museum inside? I must have passed that building hundreds of times and never even thought about it. My oldest child is studying the American Revolution and it was great to visit and make connections with the Social Studies curriculum.

We also went (on a different day) to the North End. We went with family friends and visited The Old North Church (http://www.oldnorth.org)  and the Paul Revere House (http://www.paulreverehouse.org) both very worthwhile and well-run. The guide in the Old North Church gave an informal talk while we sat in boxed pews that are still in use today. The Paul Revere House had a lovely tour as well.  Just right.

We also had a nice lunch and visited  a wonderful market that has the most amazing balsamic vinegar on the planet (really!)  http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/. They also have great cheeses and gorgeous pesto.

We also stopped by two favorite bakeries on Hanover Street: Mike’s Pastry http://www.mikespastry.com/ and Modern Pastry http://www.modernpastry.com. Biscotti, cannoli and cookies…Yum.

I am making plans for another visit soon – no historic sites – just food foraging and sweet clothing shops that I had to bypass this trip.

Young Adult Books

Just got a bag of books from fellow mommy blogger and am tearing through them. Why do I love YA fiction? the conflict? the readability? they are like harlequin romance novels – but with better writing and life lessons. You can easily read one a day and the writing is wonderful. Mitali Perkins, Sharon Creech, Kate DiCamillo. Love these.

Recently read: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, Heartbeat by Sharon Creech, getting near to baby, by Audrey Couloumbis and Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg and Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins.

I had loved The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler as a young reader – just discovered The View from Saturday. Amazing, wonderful book!

Will post about all later.

First Post

I am writing this as we get the snow that we were supposed to have last week. It’s school vacation week and feeling like cabin fever set in three days ago. Plans to meet up with cousins and friends from neighboring town but a little sick of the snow and cold. should be embracing the weather but shoveled twice today and am tired of drying off the dog when she comes in with snow stuck to her paws.

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