Trains, Planes and Autos

Peter and I have just returned from a whirlwind two week trip to the east coast.

Our wild schedule had us on 2 flights, 2 train rides, countless “T” rides and taxi rides. We relocated 6 times.

It was exhausting but tons of fun.

First on the schedule was our grandson Andy’s 1st birthday party. Time has sure flown by between my stint as granny nanny for the little guy and the milestone of his first birthday.

Our darling daughter, Annie, created an adorable Toy Story themed party for 30 friends and relatives.

Happy birthday

The birthday boy loved it all.

Birthday boy

We spent the week hanging out with all three grandkids including trips to the Boston Children’s Museum and the Harvard Natural History Museum.

Chip and dale at museum

One of the many highlights of the week was having lunch with my pal Katie Clooney (author of the fabulous Preppy Empty Nester blog) and the Sudbury sweethearts.

Boston lunch bunch

The second weekend found us in downtown Boston meeting up with some Notre Dame friends for the Shamrock Series football game.

Since 2009, Notre Dame has scheduled one of their home football games on the road providing a full weekend of festivities. The Shamrock Series brings Irish football to fans who may not be able to travel to lovely South Bend, Indiana.

Past games have been played at Yankee Stadium, AT&T Stadium and the Alamodome.

This year the Shamrock Series game was played at Fenway Park in Boston. Our opponent, Boston College, was not amused by the fact that Notre Dame was the home team meaning we got 90% of the tickets, the better locker room and what ever other privileges come with being the home team.

The weekend began with a very special night at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

ND at Boston

The hall is old, storied, elegant and gorgeous.

Symphony Hall Boston

Folks, I will tell you that this concert was one of the most amazing events I have ever experienced.

I will also tell you that it was fully geared towards those with a strong love for Notre Dame.

Anyone else would have needed a dose of pepto bismol.

The incomparable Keith Lockhart led the fabulous Boston Pops, Ronan Tynan (one of the Irish Tenors) sang, the Middlesex County Volunteer Fifes and Drum Corp marched and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus chimed in.

There was a video montage about the history of Notre Dame. Music ranging from Irish tunes and patriotic songs to Bohemian Rhapsody culminated in the singing of our Alma Mater.

The Pops members donned Notre Dame caps and Keith Lockhart shed his tuxedo jacket in favor of a Notre Dame football jersey.

Nauseating, right?

It gets better.

Maestro Lockhart said, “There is one more song that should be included in this concert.”

Suddenly the ND Band’s drum major was on the stage. After a couple of toots from his whistle, every door in the place flew open and the Notre Dame Band marched in filling every aisle, every balcony, every spare corner of Symphony Hall.

Cue the Victory March.

The audience was strictly forbidden from taking pictures during the concert. Since I am a pathological rule follower, I complied.

Lucky for you, there were some professional, sanctioned photographers who captured still shots and video of the night including this:

The next night we were bundled up in Fenway Park for the football game.

Notre Dame at Fenway

The Green Monstah looks pretty good!

The game itself was the low point of the weekend, The Irish won but barely.

OK, moving on.

We wrapped up the east coast tour in New York enjoying dinner with pals Ellie and Archie and the wedding of our son-in-law’s sister.

After weeks on the road it was good to be back home. Even if we were greeted by this…

piles of mail

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  1. While I didn’t attend “the” Notre Dame, I did attend a Notre Dame of Maryland and of course I am originally from Boston…so a great couple of weeks for you…love the Boston Pops enjoyed several esplanade concerts as a kid. Fenway was my childhood park, my nephew attended a footbal game at Fenway the night before Thanksgiving for his alma mater, Catholic Memorial against my brother’s alma mater Boston College High…I felt like I was walking in your shoes…great fun.

  2. Sounds like a fun and successful trip.
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  3. I support and encourage all fellow pathological rule followers!
    Oh gosh the Boston Pops concert looks fun! I think that the performance of the ND marching band would have pushed my husband over the edge – literally – it would have compelled him to fling himself over the balcony at Symphony Hall. So nice to have seen you that weekend between all your activities.

  4. So sorry I missed lunch next time!

  5. Notre Dame isn’t my team, but this still gives me chills! How exciting and what a fabulous concert! Marching bands always make me cry, good tears of excitement, not bad! I’ve been to a baseball game in Fenway Park and it has such a great feel to it! Glad you had a wonderful trip!
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  6. Great photo of you and Katie! I would have loved the Notre Dame concert and the band coming up the aisles – fabulous!

  7. I’m glad you had such a good time! Very cute pictures from your grandson’s party. Kudos to the party hostess for hosting 30 at a kid’s birthday party!
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  8. your grandchildren are so cute 🙂

    notre dame seems like such an awesome school to go to!

  9. The ND band is tootling merrily as I type. Marvellous. Did I tell you that I went to ND when I was in grade 12? Yup. To partake in a leadership course. It was incredible. Kids from all across the States. Had the very best time. Such spirit. Incredible. You are so blessed to have gone there.
    Still tootling away. It must have been such a thrill to attend the Boston Pops and see all of this. I got goosebumps just watching.
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