09 July 2013

Home, Sweet, Home!

We have been back home in Massachusetts for 24 hours now and there have been lots of bagels, lots of family, and lots of laughs!

We unpacked our car and now there are 4 huge boxes of children's books, 6 big black trash bags full of clothes and shoes, 2 duffle bags of DVDs, and loads of other random stuff (waffle maker, pots and pans, picture frames, etc) all over my poor mom's basement. Oh, and Parker took over her sewing table so he could have a computer desk to finish some work.

Parker and I are sleeping on my sister's full mattress while she sleeps on a twin blow up mattress on the floor next to us. Needless to say, we will be overstaying our welcome in no time, so we are looking for our new home! We just have to wait to find out if we will be moving into an apartment in the northshore or right over the border in New Hampshire (jobs are pending... more on that later).

 While we figure that out, here is the rest of our road trip fun. To read about the first part of our trip click below:
{Road Trip: Part I}

Last we chatted, Parker and I had just arrived in Chicago and we were ready to explore!

Parks and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency right on the river and it was beautiful! It was perfect for walking to both Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile.

First, we walked on down to Millennium Park and we saw the infamous Bean! Parker could not get over how big it actually was. Of course, we took lots of pictures in front of it.

We spent the 4th of July in Chicago, but we didn't end up seeing any fireworks. Parker and I bought tickets to see "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway and it was hilarious! We love a good Broadway show and we had great seats in the front row of the dress circle.

Before the show:

We had to leave really early the next morning to drive 12 hours to DC. It was a longggggg haul, but we had preplanned our driving shifts and we made it work. We were pleasantly surprised to have found these wonderful robes upon our arrival at the Hotel George:
They provided us with lots of laughter after such a long trip! The delicious room service dinner didn't hurt either :)

After our first day in D.C. we knew we would need more time to see everything, so we booked another night at the hotel immediately and got to work making our plans to see the city! The first day we went to the Natural History Museum, The Air and Space Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. I was too busy "ooohhh-ing" and "aaahhh-ing" to snap many pictures, but I did snatch a pic of the man in front of the U.S. Capitol,

On day 2 we were SO excited to go to the International Spy Museum and we bought tickets to the "Operation Spy" interactive mission. We had no trouble getting into character right away to prepare ourselves.
We worked with a team of 14 other nerdy adults like ourselves (plus an eager teenager) and we cracked the case earning 4 out of the maximum 5 stars!!! To be fair our advisor had never seen a group get all 5 stars... so that means we were pretty darn good!

 We had to listen in on intercepted phone calls, rummage through an old office undetected, administer a lie detector test, and much more!  It is one of our favorite memories from the road trip!

After that we walked all the way to the Holocaust Museum to find out that they were out of general admission tickets to the permanent exhibit!! We were so upset! We had been looking forward to seeing the "adult" exhibit since we had each only seen the children's portion when we were younger. :(

We decided that we would have to come back to D.C. at some point to see it!

After that bad news, we saw the Lincoln Memorial, the new MLK Jr. Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.
Me in front of the MA pillar at the WWII Memorial.

Parker and I couldn't stop talking about how much we loved being in D.C. as adults. I learned so much while I was there and I feel as though every time I visit throughout my life, I will have a new and different understanding of the information learned at each museum and memorial.

We spent our last night at a cute, French bistro for some escargot and seafood dinner!

Then... we came to the realization that it was over.

We stuffed our little suitcases into the back seat one last time and drove straight up to Mass! We were greeted with open arms and we can honestly say we are happy to be home.

Thank you to everyone who followed along our little road trip with us. It was something we will never forget and I hope everyone gets to go out and see the rest of this country. Before I met Parker I had basically been born and raised right here in Salem and had little to no idea what was outside this city! I am a blessed and lucky woman to have him open my eyes and SEE the world we live in. You want to know what's even better?! We've seen it all and we still want to make New England our home - HA!

Maybe some out-of-country travels will be next???? Hmmm.... let's throw a dart on the map!


  1. Welcome back to New England! It looks like you both had a great trip across the country! How fun! You came home just in time to beat the scorching heat and torrential rain we've been having! Happy Homecoming! :o)

  2. Looks like fun! I love DC there is always so much to see!

    My Crazy Life

  3. I've loved following your trip!! You guys are so fun :)

  4. What a GREAT trip! I'm so jealous! Good luck with everything! Keeping fingers crossed for your job opportunities. :)


    ps... I also started a new family blog. Come and visit when you have time (hehe) http://threebrowneyedgirls.blogspot.com

  5. What a fun road trip across the country. I hope you quickly get settled and all works out as far as jobs. Good luck!