May 8th. Sometimes it is Mother's Day. Sometimes it's just another day. But on May 8th - this year and every year, I get to celebrate my very own birthday! In fact, thank you so much to all of you who sent birthday wishes my way. It helped make my day that much more special!
This year was particularly special because it was my first birthday in Boston! Last year at this time, I wasn't completely sure I'd be anywhere but Mount Vernon, Iowa. And I am so pleased that I answered "yes" when he asked if I'd move with him and become his wife. It's been quite an adventure. So, who better to celebrate my birthday with but my loving fiance.
...who captured this photo of me as we waited for the train with my birth date peeking through the train window. I think it's pretty great. Not only was it clever, but he actually meant to do it. That's why he gets to be my assistant at times.
We started the day with wishing a friend farewell who happened to be in town for the weekend. Then, we headed onward with intentions to take a Freedom Trail tour. It turns out that with the construction around Faneuil Hall we missed the pickup spot, but it wound up working out for the better. Since we missed the tour, we decided to pick up some last chance tickets for the Blue Man Group later in the afternoon and explore Boston some more on our own prior to the show's start.
We found ourselves at Saus for lunch for some yummy poutine and ginger ale first. We love finding new places and trying new things, and they did not disappoint. The service was super great, too! Then, it was off to the Boston Common for some people-watching and relaxation. (I hope we never get sick of taking photos of ourselves.)
It was a little chilly, so we made our way over to the theatre district and found some hot tea before settling in at the Charles Playhouse. The sun even peeked out of the clouds for a bit. Although a bit chilly (and approximately 20 degrees colder than we'd thought it might be when we walked out the door with hardly a jacket earlier...), it was such a gorgeous day!
The Blue Man Group brought some pretty amazing experiences. I had seen BMG in Chicago a couple times and once while on tour, but this was my first time in Beantown. It was Darrell's first time seeing them at all. Of course they didn't disappoint. The combo of the music, the lights, the crowd participation, and the modern-day messages always comes through for a great show. On top of all that (and unfortunately there aren't any photos of this), the blue men picked ME out of the crowd to come up on stage. ON STAGE!
I just about died. Instead, I channeled the one performance art course I took in college and played the part... The part, you ask? Well, I got to go on a date with the men of blue. And let me say it right now... their idea of eating Twinkies on a date, launching jello into the audience, speaking only with their eyes, and being perfect gentlemen? A girl couldn't ask for more. Heaven! They even boxed up my leftovers.
I probably should've told him to keep a straight face, huh? (Nahhhh...)
I'm a really lucky girl. Not only did I get to go on a Twinkie date on stage in front of a bunch of people with not one... not two... but, THREE really hospitable blue men. Oh, no. I also got to go on a pasta date with my certain someone at Vapiano.
The rest of the evening was spent hand in hand with Darrell complaining about how full we were and reliving the day's excitement. Who knew that missing the tour guide at Fanueil Hall would turn out so well for us?
Cheers to another great year filled with new adventures! Hand in hand.