(In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 of our long weekend in Massachusetts.)
We didn’t have to head out to Cape Cod until the afternoon, so we spent Friday morning taking another leisurely walk around Cambridge and Boston.
We stopped just outside the MIT student union to eat some breakfast pastries we’d picked up at a nearby bakery/cafe. Emma played around a neat sculpture in the shape of a person but made out of numbers and symbols. She also did some more of her favorite activity — running around like a crazy person. It turns out 2-year-olds have a lot of energy, in case you weren’t aware.
We headed back across the Mass Ave bridge and were planning to go all the way to Boston Common, but we ended up stopping at a playground along the esplanade. In that first photo, you can see the MIT dome over Emma’s shoulder across the river. It was definitely a playground with a view!
We ran out of time to make it to Boston Common, so instead we walked up to Newbury Street and then had lunch at Uno’s Pizzeria on Boylston near the Prudential Center. It was fun to just walk around the city. Afterwards, we walked back to the hotel and then hit the road. We were headed to Falmouth and with all the Friday afternoon traffic, it took us about 2.5 hours to get there.
I had never been to Cape Cod before but as expected, it was lovely! I’m a big fan of the winding small town roads, the quaint buildings, the green trees, and all the nearby water. We spent most of Saturday at Seth and Rachel’s wedding. The wedding ceremony was on a small stretch of beach that belongs to one of Seth’s relatives, and it was a really neat location as you can see.
Jose was a groomsman and arrived with Seth, so Emma and I were at the beach waiting for the ceremony to start without him. She had fun playing with all the rocks and making cheesy faces.
Finally the bride and groom arrived and the ceremony began! We basically all huddled around on the beach, which was a fun and different kind of ceremony than what I’ve ever been to. I liked it! The only downside was that I didn’t really get to hear it — as soon as Emma saw Jose approaching, she starting wailing for “daddy! daaaaddyyyyy!” She wasn’t happy to just see him; she wanted to “Daddy hold you.” So I took the photo above while we were standing far enough back so that Emma’s calls for daddy didn’t interrupt the ceremony.
The reception was at a local farm, which was another really fun venue. There were chickens, goats, and even a few alpaca, and plenty of room for Emma to (you guessed it) run around like a crazy person. She also greatly enjoy dancing to the music — and Chris (the other groomsman) joined her in her crazy dancing too as you can see above.
I have to admit that taking a 2-year-old to a wedding was not really an ideal scenario. Since Jose was visiting with his old college friends, I ended up on chasing-Emma-around duty for most of the evening. By the end of the reception I was exhausted! But all in all, we had a great time and I’m really glad we were able to go. It was a fun trip for our whole little family and I hope to do more family trips like this in the future!