Boston Vacation

As you may have noticed I have recently placed a countdown widget on my blog counting down the (many) days to the big Boston vacation that my family (the parents, all the sisters, all the brothers-in-law, and all the nieces) is taking in June. You might think that this is a bit premature and you would probably be right, but I don't really care--I am far too excited to hold back any longer. In 102 days my family will be vacationing on a Beach outside of Plymouth, Mass with frequent trips into Boston and its surrounding areas!

Part of my excitement comes from the fact that I am actually the major planner of this trip--well the major planner of the details of what we will be doing while we are in Boston. I love planning trips. I think in another life I would make a great tour organizer/guide. As such I have quite literally been seriously planning this trip since December. I have lists (with pictures) of attractions in the Boston area, their hours, prices, and directions on how to get there. I have lists compiled and cross-referenced on what each of us wants to see and do while in Boston. I have subway and rail schedules and prices ready to go. I have have an itinerary for the entire week all scheduled out. I am even compiling a list of everyone's favorite Dunkin' Donuts (if you know my family you will know that this is very important). Now even though you might be thinking I am a bit over-planned, I would argue no. Having a good plan based on good information will simply allow us to accomplish everything that we want to in the amount of time that we have and will also allow us to make good decisions when something else comes up that we weren't thinking of doing. Basically what I am trying to say is that I am not a Nazi travel planner. Our first family meeting concerning the vacation is coming up in March and I literally can't wait.

In addition to planning out our vacation I have been spending some time lately thinking about what I will wear and take to Boston and over the weekend made my first purchase. Here it is the bag that I will be toting all over Boston and the Cape for a week:

Isn't it great? It is the perfect size to hold my camera, a bottle of water, a snack, an umbrella, and my wallet without making me feel like I'm carrying the whole world with me. I am also planning out the outfit I will wear on the airplane to Boston. This is actually very important as I am flying first class (used my frequent flyer miles) and I don't want to be called out as a fraud. I also don't want be called out as someone trying too hard. So what do you think of this outfit put together here by EmilyStyle (a favorite distraction of mine)?
Sans the luggage because I don't have that kind of money and sans the scarf as it will be June.


Denise Hollinger said...

Love Love the outfit and the purse! I don't think I would pair them together but they are both VERY cute :) I too have bought my first "for Boston" purchase! I bought a beach bag, not as exciting as your's but I love it. I did not know you are flying first class? Too bad we are not flying on the same plane we could have had fun sending the kiddos up to you! Hehe!!!

I don't think you can be over planned with our family. Remember The Grand Tetons and just sitting around the whole time because we had to decide what to do. It drove josh crazy! Boston will be planned out and if something changes we just look at the list and rearrange. I love that you are planning it and am very grateful for you.

Love ya

Yankee Girl said...

I agree the bag and the outfit don't go together--at all. I had a brief moment of panic (cause I want to pack light and mix and match things) when I posted the pic, but I've decided to get a large black leatherish purse to use as my carry-on and to use again when I wear the outfit(or portion) again during the week. So now I have something else to buy.

Science Teacher Mommy said...

I'm going to DC with just my siblings and parents in May to see my "baby" brother graduate medical school. I have been thinking about shopping too, but I have to get the plane ticket paid off first. :) I really love that bag.

Yankee Girl said...

STM--I love DC. I love free museums of quality so how could I not love DC. The bag is only $10 at Target and I now have a link to it in my blog.

carina said...

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