Travel Weekend

Some New England Fun

June 11, 2022

I left a lot of work-related stress (to put it lightly) behind but am just trying to focus on family and what truly matters. Luckily, it has been a great trip so far! This area is just . . . SO SO SO different from where we currently live, and while traveling with kids our kids’ ages still is not effortless (or relaxing!), it is starting to be less drudgery and more fun.

Note (to myself) for future trips: stopping at Harry‘s just west of Boston was an excellent move. Will try to do the same in 5 years!

FLL airport! We are down to just one booster seat for travel. It is so freeing! The trip did take 14 hours including a 2 hour flight delay AND a carsickness episode but we made it!
We had a (now-traditional) brunch with one of my professors/thesis advisor and his wife and kids (who are now college-aged!!). It was so lovely to see them and G REALLY bonded with their mini bernadoodle . . .
Annabel managed to take this! Up the hill behind Clark Art Museum
the hills are aliiiiiive. Such idyllic scenery.
We hiked about 1 mile which is about what G can handle. Looking forward to them getting older + handling longer hikes someday.
the child most happy to pose with me 🙂
no one fell in!
Not quite old enough for college but it seems to be going quickly . . .

We went to the ’02 reunion dinner + gathering after that and Josh mostly watched the kids while I caught up with lots of people. None of my closest friends from college came but it was still fun to share and catch up with others. Oh and I met a few podcast listeners which was pretty wild and cool!! Some from ’02 and others from ’07. The Williams alum demographic must overlap with the BOBW listener sphere 🙂

Today: lots of kids’ activities including a soccer clinic, a drawing class, and a ‘track meet’! Then we may or may not hit the reunion dinner vs a local restaurant – we will see.


  • Reply CBS June 11, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Oh that is lovely! I didn’t make those college connections, but my son likes to explore the university campus where I teach.

    We are having a lazy weekend after a few hectic weeks… sat down and planned T’s fifth birthday and received classroom assignments for the first year of primary school. My husband created a WhatsApp group for new entrants to school, so hopefully we’ll be a bit more in the know.

    • Reply Helena Murphy June 11, 2022 at 8:57 am

      I wonder if your readings on Stoicism have anything to say about how to temporarily set aside stress in one area of life so you can focus (and enjoy) another.

      The hardest one for me is not obsessing over an unresolved family related issue when it can’t be resolved immediately and either try to focus on work or a social event.

      Love the photos, especially the 5-years-later retake!

  • Reply Lori C June 11, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Yay have fun! I’m just south of Boston but haven’t tried Harry’s. I’ll have to check it out when I’m in that area. Can’t believe it was a 14 hour trip… hope the way home is smoother for you.

  • Reply Lori C June 11, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Oh and I was also hypothesizing that perhaps your former professor could shed some insight on your work situation/career! Sometimes it’s nice to get an outsiders perspective.

  • Reply Mrs. Candid June 11, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Love all the photos, have a great time Sarah !

  • Reply Jenn N June 11, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Any tips for first flight with a very energetic 2 year old? Or possibly point me to one of your previous bobw episodes that coves that? I’m starting to get nervous, eek!

    • Reply CBS June 12, 2022 at 4:09 am

      Netflix, Netflix, Netflix. We are pretty strict on screentime but it’s all holds barred on the plane. And time consuming snacks, things that get eaten one at a time. We also try to walk around a lot at the airport and if it’s an afternoon flight, make sure to get lots of exercise in the morning.

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 12, 2022 at 7:40 am

        Yes! This is a great use of screens. Also lots of tiny snacks and maybe a few tiny random toys you can surprise them with. Lollipops for sucking during descent!

  • Reply Emily June 12, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    That family pic Annabel took is great! Looks like you’re having a wonderful trip.

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