As you probably saw on Instagram and the Team Xaverian Facebook page, Kel and I made a trip up to Boston a few weeks ago to attend the big 35th Anniversary PMC Gala and Check Presentation at Fenway Park.
What a night!
We got to hang out with some of our best friends in the whole wide world and support a cause that is very near and dear. Win, win in my book! Plus we got to get all dressed up and have a night out while Erin, Matt, and my folks watched the girls...[HUGE thanks to Matt for rescuing the night and getting R to calm down and fall asleep so we didn't have to come home early]
Sit back and get ready for a LOT of photos...
Some official looking tickets!
We snapped a few photos at Erin's before heading out.
The dress for the evening was "Creative Black-Tie". I went CRAZY with a pink tie and pink socks to "spice" up my tuxedo! Kel wore this great ball gown.
Of course little Miss J wanted in on the action when we were taking this photo...
After giving our tickets and checking our coats, cocktail hour took place in both the EMC Club and the State Street Pavilion. Live bands and plenty of drinks on both levels. That's where we met up with everyone...
The photos above show our first glimps of the massive tent out in right field.
How's that for a modern day prom photo? Pretty good looking crew if you ask me!
After a few drinks and some hors d'oeuvre, we all all moseyed outside to the club seats for the grand reveal of the 2014 donation amount to Dana Farber.
$41 million dollars...not too shabby!
Once coctktail hour was over everyone made thier way downstairs, through the concourse, and onto the outfield. Right field had been taken over by a massive tent. Fully heated of course, because it was FREEZING cold that night.
Not too many people get to stand in the middle of right field for a photo!
How huge is this tent? It's big! The ceiling was clear so you could see the jumbotron beyond and check out all of the heat they had to provide to keep things toasty inside on a very cold evening!
And guess what...we had a few more drinks....
After some food, which was really, really good [and which I took zero photos of] and the crisis of getting R to bed, we hit the dance floor and didn't sit down for hours! More drinks too!
Yep, drinks kept flowing....
Closest we'll ever get to that much money!
Had to snap a pic with the man who started this little bike ride 35 years ago...Billy Starr
And the girls ran into this gal from the local news...apparently they were all wearing the same style dress.
and flowing even more...
You know it's getting ugly when people start dancing on tables...
We ran into Larry Lucchino, one of the Sox owners, just before the evening wound down. I think OD was trying to give him some pointers for next season!
And there you have it folks. An epic night we'll all be talking about for years to come.
P.S. - Any guesses how much fun it was at 6:30 the next morning when the girls got up?
A couple weeks back we rounded up the cousins and some friends and took the kiddos on a "nature hike" in the nearby Saddler's Woods. Great little spot to get out, get some fresh air, and stretch your legs!
Crossing the river was a bit of a challenge...unstable logs and holding kiddos!
We recently made a quick trip across the Deleware River to check out historic Fort Mifflin. The location is a bit circuits to get to, but that's becuase when the fort was built they didn't have a runway right next to it...heck, it was still a few hundred years until the airplane was invented! That being said...you can't beat a day when you get to see a historic revolutionary fort AND some airplanes up close and personal!
Here's a quick google earth image of where this place is...cirlced in BLUE.
And this is what the fort looked like when it was built...back when the airport didn't exist and the land was actually a small island. This was all the way back in 1772!
The entire fort is pretty much open and visitors are free to roam as they wish. You can climb up on the fortified walls and even explore the living quarters burried deep within them.
Time for Team Nowak to enjoy a picnic lunch!
Great view of the entire fort from up on one of the cannon mounts.
So...if you're looking for something fun and easy to do one afternoon this fall, take a swing over to Fort Mifflin. Well worth it!
What a fun afternoon/evening with the girls and some of our good friends in town. As you'll see below we dressed them up as Minnie and Mickey...
A big thanks to Kel's mom Deb for making J's dress by hand. It came out amazing!
After an hour or so in our 'hood we drove over to our friends area to check out that scene for a bit and then order some pizza back at their house.
About this time is when things started to fall apart. The girls were a bit tired from walking about. At one point they were both rolling around and even swapped head wear for a bit. It was pretty funny.
Thankfully this guy saved the day. He was a roving bar. Beer, wine, even shots for the ladies!