Through my video journey, I realized I hadn't properly brought our time in New England to a close for the blog - and maybe for myself. I think I will always think of our journey to Massachusetts as our journey to get Emma.
It all started with a little twist of fate... almost two years ago on our honeymoon flight to Italy, I was browsing through the October Martha Stewart Living (seriously... how MUCH has this magazine influenced my life) and was reading an article about a little town in central Massachusetts - Deerfield. So charming and quaint. Knowing Mike was thinking of exploring new job opportunities, I said, "You know, if you found an opportunity someplace else, I think I'd like to move someplace - just for a little bit. Let's go have some fun someplace. Look at this adorable town in the middle of Massachusetts. We could live there!" My comment to him was half joking and half serious. But when we arrived in Italy, our minds really started wondering as we explored the hills of Tuscany. Mike was convinced that we needed to just stay in Italy and by a little villa. It was official, after our trip we had been stung by the exploration bee.
When we arrived home from our honeymoon, Mike (who had not yet reached out to anyone regarding a job search) had an email in his inbox from a recruiter about a job... in Boston.
After a couple of months of interviews and negotiations, we put our house on the market and went to visit New England to look for a new place to live. I had a vision for what I wanted in a new location - something in a small quaint town similar to what I had seen in the Martha Stewart Living. Through my research came across a little town called Concord. It was only 10 miles from Mike's future office and looked to be very cute. I booked a room for us at the Colonial Inn at the beginning of February.
|Concord's Colonial Inn when we came for our first visit - 5ft of snow!|
|The Main Street Market & Cafe in Concord, Ma.|
As we were chatting about our future plans and while the snow had quieted the rest of town, there was a crowd packed into this charming glowing little restaurant. The band started up and people were kicking off their snow boots, stripping of their stocking hats and dancing their tails off. We loved it. I am not sure if it was the music, or the fact that it felt like a glowing and bustling party in the middle of a snowed-in town, but whatever it was in that moment it had the "it" we were looking for.
A month later we had sold our house and drove ourselves and Mr. Darcy across the country. Going into it we knew we probably didn't want to stay there forever, but we were open. We were free to explore and experience for as long as we wanted.
We are pretty sure that I got pregnant sometime during the first week we were there. Yes, one month from when we decided to start trying - Emma was with us during our entire journey... we just didn't know it yet! Almost instantly our need for exploring turned into my natural instinct to nest. I felt myself wanting to find a home asap and settle in. We did just that in a house we rented in Concord, Ma.
During my pregnancy we still kept our adventurous spirit and went exploring every chance we got (as you have seen). We did our best at filling every spare moment with a new trip or experience. But as Emma got closer to her arrival date, our love for exploring started to fade into a yearning for setting up a more permanent life for us.
In December, Emma was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord. Our families came out for her birth and for the Holidays and when it was time for them to leave I knew it was time for us to start making our way home. While we had loved our time on our own, growing as a newly married couple and a new family, I knew that I wanted Emma to grow up with the rest of her family
We didn't want to leave too soon though, we still wanted a little more time out on our own and to check some things off our list. We loved living in Concord and frequenting our new favorite places- Verrill Farm, Barefoot Bookstore story time and Mr. Darcy's favorite walking route through the historical town center. When I would get anxious about wanting to get back home, I would (try) to remind myself that this was just our little life vacation- and that is how it felt.
Though short lived, I will never forget or regret our time in New England or the spirit we enriched from having gone out to explore on our own. While I don't know that our experience was exactly what I thought it would be in some ways, it was so much more in others. I can't wait to go back to some of our favorite spots someday with Emma and the rest of our family to show them that life is exactly what you make of it. I hope that we can teach her that life is about getting out there and living and never being afraid to come home... especially now that we're the parents.
|Hiking in Stowe Vermont|
|Sunrise Walk on the Main Beach in East Hampton|
|Mike's dream car in Sandwich, Cape Cod.|
|The view from the top of the hill in Concord's Town Center.|
|My Dad admiring the Minutemen monument at Concord's North Bridge.|
|Mike biking through Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard|
|Martha's Vineyard with my entire family!|
|Martha's Vineyard Family Vacation|
|Lobsters on Martha's Vineyard|
|Concord's Town Center in Autumn|
|On our way out to Our trip to Deerfield - the place that inspired everything!|
|Me looking as big as a giant pumpkin in Our trip to Deerfield, MA (read about our trip here!)|
|Giant Pumpkins in Deerfield, MA|
|Mike and Mr. Darcy settled into our house in Concord.|
|Our hunt for a Christmas Tree in Vermont|
|Mike and Mr. at the Christmas Parade in Concord|
|Emma, Day 1|
|Emma, Day 2|
|Our First Christmas|
|Emma and her Dad at Christmas|
|Emma at 3 weeks|
|Ski trip to Woodstock Vermont|
|Emma's Valentine's Day|
|My Birthday Trip in East Hampton|
|Emma's First Trip to the Beach, East Hampton|
|Strolling thru the Boston Public Garden|
|Emma by the Swan Boats|
|Mother's Day Beach Picnic|
|Sunset, Mother's Day, Duxbury, Ma.|
|Memorial Day at Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod|