(this is what our attempts at a family picture sometimes look like. what you see is william pushing lindsey's arm into the corner of a brick wall because he didn't want her arm around him. yay!!!!)
so on saturday it was calling for highs in the upper 40s (!!) and in the sun the temps actually got to mid 50s (!!!!!!!) so naturally we spent all of it outside. steve had a smidgen-taste (yes. a smidgen-taste.) of a union square donut from the valentine's day playdate we had--a semi-stale portion of a man-handled vanilla bean donut hours after the playdate ended but that was all his tastebuds needed to demand "MORE!" so he's like, "let's swing by union square donuts first?" mmm ok. i'm not one to argue about a donut.
i got a vanilla bean, probably my favorite. though the browned butter hazelnut crunch is amazing. better yet, split them up and taste each one.
then we went to cambridge because we never do that together and it's a nice change from our paramount routine. the harvard campus is a fabulous place to walk, there's a new shake shack there, and so, that is what we did. the chairs weren't out, it was a bit melted-snow-muddy-slush-like but it was 50... 50! so, you forgive such things.
while we walked through, steve was wishing that his friend who teaches there was with us so he could point out all the stuff one should know. you know how you're walking through a place and you're positively sure that there is such a wealth of historical (and some present) knowledge that would make the whole thing that much cooler? and so, i did what any good wife would do, and pulled up a wikipedia of harvard dorms and their notable residents. "natalie portman lived here. john updike there. john f. kennedy here." so on and so forth. in another life, the one where i attend harvard, i'd choose wigglesworth hall if it's up to me. while walking through we also gave the kids motivational speeches. they go something like this: "this can all be yours one day! all of this! just put your mind to it!"
and then we had shake shack. which was delicious. i can't decide if it's a winner over five guys though. the shack sauce is pretty good, and gives them perhaps the tiniest of leads. but five guys is really, really good so don't make me choose. where shake shack does win is location. better locations, better ambience. and the harvard location wins over the chestnut hill one in any case. locals needing their fix? go to the harvard one (less ease of parking though, i will give you that.). and it's been too long since i last had in-n-out so it's not even in the running.
that brief burger interlude was absolutely necessary.
while we were eating (outside! we ate outside!), and virtually any time we were on dry ground, parker would lay down on his stomach, arms outstretched like he needed to be one with the earth. i swear it, the kid is like, "this is what ground looks like?!? feels like?! i'd forgotten!" we have had a good foot or more of snow on our lawn for months. months! he'd forgotten the feel of grass and dirt, so he made sure to get his fill (and bits of ground-debris in his diaper too).
it was very much what the doctor ordered for us poor, pathetic, stuck-in-an-eternal-winter folk.