We just hailed my sister a cab and as I type this she is on her way back to the airport after spending the weekend with Chris and I in Boston. Chris didn’t see it, but I cried when she left.
I wish that she didn’t have to leave or that she lived closer or that we lived closer to her and Phil. Maybe one day we will, but for now we don’t.
I’m going to be a bit honest and say that my sister and I haven’t always been as close as we are now. It probably helps that we no longer argue over who stole what from the other’s closet, but recently our relationship has changed for the better. We no longer fight over nonsense and I feel like I have a true appreciation for her insight and advice. I have always looked up to her because she was my cooler, older sister, but I think I look up to her even more now and truly rely on her as my sister and my friend.
I had been looking forward to Stephanie’s visit for weeks and was so excited for her to arrive on Friday morning. There were two very exciting parts about her trip: it was her first time visiting Boston and her first time meeting Barley. Needless to say, Barley instantly loved her and immediately snuggled up on her lap for kisses and cuddles. Boston quickly became fond of her as well.
Because the current state of our sister-friendship is still relatively new, I was also pretty nervous about this weekend. For whatever nonsensical reason I worried that our apartment wouldn’t be good enough, that we would be too boring, that we should have planned more to make sure that everything was the best it could be for her. Chris had to calm me down before she arrived and remind me that those things aren’t important, and of course he was right. Sometimes I just need a bit of perspective and a reminder.
So Stephanie and I spent Friday exploring the neighborhood a bit after her arrival. We grabbed lunch at Tatte in Beacon Hill which was so delicious that we came back for breakfast and coffee on Saturday morning. We then spent the rest of the day chatting at home about everything and nothing on the couch until Chris came home for dinner. It was a wonderful day.
After visit number two at Tatte and our delicious breakfast on Saturday, Chris and Barley took on the role of tour guide and showed us all of the must-see spots in Boston. Bundled up and with Barley leading the way, we strolled through the Commons, past the State House and Park Street Church. We walked through a graveyard or two and then headed over to Quincy Market and the North End.
We finished the day off with some shopping along Charles Street. We visited a healthy beauty store that I had been wanting to stop into for a while, Follain, but was too intimidated to go to by myself. I wish I had gone sooner because it was a great find, but I was so grateful to go with my sister. We both left with the perfect purchases and found just what we had been looking for!
The weekend ended with a lovely stroll along the Charles River and dinner at Legal Crossing. It was so much fun to have Stephanie here visiting us and I hope that we get to see each other again soon.
We miss you already please come back soon!