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Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine

March 30, 2016

We just got back from visiting several States on the East Coast and had such a great time! As someone who loves history, the entire visit was fascinating!

Below I have included some of the highlights of our trip:)


The Boston Tea Party Museum was a big hit for Kalyssa as she is currently learning about this in school.

Located on the Congress Street Bridge in Boston, Massachusetts, this floating Boston Museum is unlike your typical museum experience. At the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum,  the experience transports you on an incredible journey back in time as you take part in the famous event that forever changed the course of American History! Live actors, high-tech, interactive exhibits, authentically restored tea ships and the stirring, multi-sensory documentary “Let it Begin Here,” are just a taste of what you’ll see, hear and feel.

Meet the colonists, explore the ships and dump tea overboard just as the Sons of Liberty did on that fateful night of December 16, 1773. Stop in at Abigail’s Tea Room for teatime and visit the Gift Shop for special souvenirs. Kalyssa of course found a couple of souvenirs to take home so that she can always remember the museum. It’s educational, entertaining and enlightening — an experience I believe is worth going to if you are in the Boston Area.

This Museum also has on display The Robinson Half Chest, which is one of two known surviving tea chests from the December 16, 1773, Boston Tea Party when 340 tea chests were dumped into Boston Harbor by rebelling colonists.

The Boston Tea Party Museum experience starts in The Meeting House, then following you head over to the Tea Party Ships, Griffins Wharf, 1773 Tea Chest Display, MinuteMan Theater, Abigail’s Tea Room & Terrace, and ends in the gift shop:)





Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

With having my cousin attend M.I.T and currently a Professor there with his own lab made this a must on our touring list!!!                      (The Pentelute Lab)~

The tour was amazing and I love how Kalyssa made sure she was in the front at all times so she did not miss anything!

Kalyssa has now decided this is where she would like to attend college and would like to have a lab of her own named after her someday:) She is our little  M.I.T. = MILLIONAIRE IN TRAINING

It is never too early for kids to start dreaming and setting goals for their future!!!




The Liberty Hotel


No one pays money to spend the night in jail. Then again, most prisons aren’t Boston’s Liberty Hotel!!  HAHA as soon as I heard about this hotel I knew exactly where we would be staying!!! The history of this hotel is so interesting.  Call me crazy but it was so exciting to see and stay at this amazing national historic landmark and architectural gem built in 1851 – the imaginative transformation of the storied Charles Street Jail into a 298-room luxury hotel is unreal!

The luxurious 298-room Liberty Hotel is part of the Starwood Luxury Collection. Its creation from a prison is one of the most creative and unusual conversions of our time. It was converted in 2007 from the Charles Street Jail for $150 million. Completed in 1851, the jail was designed by Gridley James Fox Bryant, Boston’s most famous architect.

Click the links below to read some very interesting information and history regarding this Hotel:

Interesting Information about the transformation of the Liberty Hotel

History of the Liberty Hotel

The original jail contained 220 granite cells, each 8 feet by 10 feet. Over its 140 year life, the jail had a number of famous inmates including Malcolm X, Sacco and Vanzetti, suffragists imprisoned for protests when President Woodrow Wilson visited Boston in 1919, and World War II prisoners of war from the German submarines U-234 and U-873. The commanding officer of the latter U-boat, who died in the jail, was the brother of Operation Paperclip rocket scientist Ernst Steinhoff.  Also old clientele included Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, who served time for fraud in 1904 after he took a civil service exam for a friend; Frank Abagnale Jr., a 1960s con artist played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You Can;” a group of thieves who pulled off the Great Brinks Robbery in Boston in 1950; and a German U-boat captain who was captured in 1945 and killed himself with shards from his sunglasses.

Architects took pains to preserve many features of the 156-year-old stone building and its history.

After the renovations, the jail’s granite exterior and expansive, light-filled interiors remain largely unchanged.

The old sally port, where guards once brought prisoners from paddy wagons to their cells, was converted into the entrance to a new restaurant, Scampo, which is Italian for “escape.”

In another restaurant, named Clink, diners can look through original bars from cell doors and windows as they order a delicious dinner from their waiters and waitresses wearing shirts with prison numbers. The hotel bar, Alibi, is built in the jail’s former drunk tank.

Instead of con men, counterfeiters and cat burglars, the guests now include Mick Jagger, Annette Bening, Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes.






Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge





“Where everybody knows your name!”




















The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building’s balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts.





It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis, and others encouraging independence from Great Britain. Now it is part of Boston National Historical Park and a well-known stop on the Freedom Trail. It is sometimes referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty”.






Built around 1680, the Paul Revere House is the oldest remaining structure in downtown Boston and the only home on the Freedom Trail. Paul Revere purchased the former merchant’s dwelling in 1770, when he was 35 years old. He and his family lived here when Revere made his famous messenger ride to Lexington on the night of April 18-19, 1775 that would be immortalized by Longfellow’s famous poem Paul Revere’s Ride.





On April 18, 1775 Paul Revere met up with the sexton Robert Newman to tell him how to signal the advancement of British troops towards Lexington and Concord. Newman then met fellow Sons of Liberty Captain Pulling and Thomas Bernard. Leaving Bernard to keep watch outside, Newman opened the church and he and Pulling climbed the stairs and ladders up eight stories to hang two lanterns for a few moments. It was long enough for patriots in Charlestown to learn what has been immortalized by the phrase “one if by land, two if by sea” in Longfellow’s poem. The British were advancing by boat across the Charles River.
















The six glass towers of the Boston Holocaust Memorial









Meet the first statue on city-owned property honoring a woman. This 10-foot bronze statue is dedicated to the memory of Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist and Underground Railroad ‘conductor.’ This small, shaded park honors African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who helped more than 70 slaves gain freedom using the Underground Railroad.






Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the Massachusetts State House was completed on January 11, 1798, and is widely acclaimed as one of the more magnificent public buildings in the country. The land for the State House was originally used as John Hancock’s cow pasture. Its most distinct feature, the golden dome, was once made of wood, but was later overlaid with copper by Paul Revere. It was covered with 23-karat gold leaf for the first time in 1874 and was painted grey during World War II to protect the city from bombing attacks.






It is the final resting place for many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots, including three signers of the Declaration of Independence – Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine – Paul Revere, and the five victims of the Boston Massacre. Near the center of the ground, a 25-foot-tall obelisk commemorates the tomb of Benjamin Franklin’s parents. Also Mary Goose, familiar to locals as being the original Mother Goose is buried here. This is just to name a handful of the many!

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Ben Franklin’s Parents tomb                       Samuel Adams Grave









Manchester, New Hampshire








SEE Science Museum

The SEE Science Center is an interactive learning center established to promote the understanding, enjoyment and achievements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The LEGO Millyard Project is the largest permanent LEGO installation at minifigure scale in the world. The installation is in the SEE Science Center. The project represents Manchester’s Amoskeag Millyard as it might have looked circa 1900. The Amoskeag Manufacturing Company was commonly recognized as the largest textile manufacturer in the world by 1915. The Amoskeag mill complex spanned over a mile on the east side of the Merrimack River and half a mile on the west side. This model represents a portion of the east side, along with part of downtown Manchester, the city that the Amoskeag company helped to build

-This project was built with approximately three million LEGO bricks. By comparison, the Jefferson Mill, built in 1886, was built with an estimated five million bricks.
-The project has approximately 8,000 minifigures. Amoskeag once employed as many as 17,000 people.
-This project was built in phases between October 2004 and November 2006. It took more than 10,000 ‘person’ hours to complete the project. The Amoskeag Company built all of the mill buildings between 1838 and 1915.
-All of the LEGO bricks used here were once in sets available to the public. No pieces were custom made.
-If all the LEGO  bricks used in this project were lined up end to end, they would reach from the SEE Science Center to the Museum of Science in Boston and back. At its peak, Amoskeag produced enough cloth to reach from Manchester NH to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania each day.





Millyard Museum is housed in Mill No. 3 at the corner of Commercial and Pleasant Streets in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls 11,000 years ago and continues with displays on the area’s early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area.
The exhibit then focuses on the story of the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. This powerful corporation would become one of the largest textile producing company in the world, employing over 17,000 people, including immigrants from many countries. The company’s vast brick millyard still dominates the cityscape today. The story continues into the 20th century, as innovative businesses flourish in the city and new groups of immigrants come to Manchester to start new lives.




World War I Memorial Bridge 

Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire and Maine who served in The Great War (WWI)

Spans the Piscataqua River, connects Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME









America simply wouldn’t be what it is today without Boston, going all the way back to the country’s founding. That’s because the city played host to some of the most important events during and leading up to the American Revolution.

Life Travel

New Orleans

November 5, 2014

It doesn’t get much better than to watch your two fav teams! Saints vs Packers!!! Brees vs Rodgers! Sunday Night Game!

This trip was so fun and made me fall in love with New Orleans! I had never been there and had imagined something completely different! We stayed with a friend of ours that is from there and has a place at the District downtown so everything was within walking distance which was so convenient. I just love how colorful the whole town is! Pink and Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow houses is the norm there:) The French Quarter, Walking the Mississippi River, Hurricane Katrina Museum, were a few of our adventures. Matt wanted me to see how the Cemeteries there are above ground so we went and checked that out too which was pretty interesting. Matt and I  always have to try new BBQ and new Steakhouses when we travel so we went to The Joint for some BBQ and then Dickey Brennan’s Steak house one night and La Boca Steakhouse. Dickey Brennan’s was super good! The Original Ruth’s Chris is out of New Orlean’s and we ate there on Gameday in the early afternoon… It of course is our fav place for a Prime Filet! Some other fun food joints and cafes we ate at were Cafe Du Monde of course we had to stop in and get a beignet because everyone raves about them. We ate Breakfast one day at the Ruby Red Slipper and Lunch one day at Lucy’s, We also stopped by at Manning’s Restaurant but didn’t actually end up eating there same with the The Commanders Palace. We stopped in at the Pralines Candy store and had some delicious candy there too. We took one day and drove around New Orleans where the home were hit by Katrina… this was crazy!! There were still so so so many homes marked up still from the Hurricane Katrina with with X’s and numbers from for how many people were alive in the homes… it was so eyeopening driving through all of those neighborhoods and just imagining what this town went through!!

Of course the highlight of our trip was the Sunday Night Game Packers vs Saints! I am a huge Aaron Rodgers Fan but I like the Saints too so it was the perfect game to go to. Because we were staying downtown we walked to and from the game and the tailgating and football vibe in that town is unreal I loved every second of it!! We love seeing all of the NFL Stadiums and the The Mercedes-Benz SuperDome was unreal!



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St Pete Beach

July 31, 2014

St Pete Beach was such a nice little getaway. Matt had to go out there for work and it just so happened to be the week of my Birthday so Kalyssa and I decided to tag along with him:) Weather was perfect the whole time we were there! Although Matt had to work during the day most the time we there we got at least 1 beach day with him and then each night after 6:00 we were all able to go to dinner together or do an activity. Night Light Helicopter on the beach was probably one of my most fav things we did together. I know it sounds silly but it was the best $2 spent on that trip. We spent hours out on the beach at night spinning our lit Helicopters:) Kalyssa found more shells on the beach than she knew what to do with. Some fun food places we went to while we were there…Spinners was connected to our Hotel so we ate there for lunch a few times.  Beautiful Views while the restaurant slowly rotates 360 degrees while you eat.. Kalyssa loved Spinners:) Flippers was a casual Pizza/Pasta Restaurant that I fell in love with (Thx to Steve and Tracy, from the HydroShield Fam, for taking us there), Sunny’s BBQ Matt had to take me to because it is one of his fav’s that he used to eat at all the time on his mission! Matt went to Jacksonville, FL on his mission so he wanted to go back and eat there again:) We went to Shula’s Steakhouse and that was good, The night of my Birthday though Matt took me to Bern’s Steakhouse and the experience there was unreal! Bern’s Steak House gives their guests a Tour Experience…. you get a full Kitchen tour and a tour of the Largest Wine Cellar Collection. But I would have to say the best part about Bern’s is after you eat dinner they have a separate room upstairs called the Dessert Room which offers amazing goodness!

We ended up renting a jetski on our last day there and took Kalyssa in the ocean on that which was fun. Also on our way to the airport we stopped to see the Buccaneers Stadium. Super fun little FL trip:)))



Kalyssa singing Taylor Swift when were in FL on our drive back to our hotel. She did not know I was recording though but I had too lol!

Life Travel

Kalispell, Montana

July 9, 2014

This is my most favorite place to vacation ever! There is nothing better than spending time at Grandpa’s Ranch in Kalispell! So many memories have been made here. We try to all get together at least once a year which is so fun when everyone is there! It is so refreshing to see the kids run free all day outside without any electronics!!! The little girls get to help Grandpa feed the horses and brush them and of course ride them. Kalyssa turns into such a lil cowgirl when we are there and I love it! With Rhinos, 4 wheelers,  and motorcycles, exploring the mountains is the greatest it is so beautiful there!!!

The first day we took the boat out and spent the day at Flathead Lake after getting back late that evening we just bbq some chicken and sat around on the balcony and chatted till late:) 2nd day we just hungout at the ranch and went on some trail rides the girls swam, played tennis, took care of the horses, and spent time with grandpa. Glacier Park was our adventure for the next day so we got up early made sandwiches and packed lunches for everyone and then spent the day exploring Glacier Park. Most Beautiful Park ever with the most amazing waterfalls!!! The next day we decided to leave the ranch and head up to Grandpas cabin in Trego which is about an hour or so away. I was so excited to show Matt the cabin and Dickey Lake which is my all time fav lake! The most crystal bright green blue water ever it is so breathtaking up there! We took the boat out on the Lake and then went back to the cabin for dinner and then took a journey down by the river on Grandpas property and made smores and had a super fun filled night! The next day we went into Whitefish and of course had to get Huckleberry Ice-cream and Huckleberry Souvenirs for everyone syrups and jams candy etc. I love Huckleberry Everything!!! We ate outside on the deck at Caseys which overlooks the Big Mountain and it was so pretty. Our Montana trip was amazing and I am missing it already lol!