On July 18th (a sunday evening) after putting the boys to bed, my dear sweet loveable husband suggested we go to Boston on monday. we were planning on going to Boston to see the New England Aquarium next month (in august), but Hank wanted to move it up. i'm not the spontaneous type. i like to plan ahead. however, i was ok with that. so i started planning in my head what to bring and when we were going to leave, etc.
then my dear sweet loveable husband suggested we spend the night so we could have more time to see the sights. hmmmmm...well that took a bit more thought. where would we stay? how much were we willing to spend on a hotel room? how would we get around the city?
so i started researching hotels online. wow! spending the night in the city of Boston would cost us upwards of $250 or more...for a family of 4! we are a family of 5. why do they always make the prices for families of 4?? why should the families of 5 and 6 and up suffer because they decided to have one or two more children than the "average?" it just seemed silly to have to pay for a double room for just one more child.
so i went to my fb friends. one suggested the holiday inn express in cambridge. reasonable price. free breakfast. would only charge extra for a roll away bed in a room with 2 queens. i was ok with that.
so we booked it and printed directions off the site.
we decided it would be a "mystery" trip for the boys. we wouldn't tell them where we were going :) so exciting!
so monday morning while Hank took the car in for an oil change and fill up, and ran a few quick errands, i packed a suitcase with one change of clothes for all, swim suits, pj's & tooth brushes. i threw a few snacks in a bag, checked the battery on my camera, and got together the portable DVD players & some movies.
i don't think i EVER packed that fast in my life! and for a family of 5, no less!! i was a little stressed that i might forget something, but i got over it quickly.
we headed out of the driveway at 9:45am.
we stopped periodically along the way..to pee, to eat, to stretch our legs...
it's hard to keep a secret for too long...especially when 2 out of 3 boys can READ! LOL
they saw the signs saying "welcome to massachussettes," and "boston!" so the JIG was UP!
our first stop of course was the Aquarium! the boys saw the seals first and ran over to the outside tank--extremely excited with mouths WIDE OPEN! as we perused the rest of the aquarium, the boys enjoyed views of milk sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, jelly fish, the ever-loved penguins, sea horses, sea anemones, sea "dragons," and even piranhas! they even got to handle (very carefully) some star fish, hermit crabs, and sea urchins.
and after circling around and around and around and around for what seems like freaking days, you finally have to pull over and ask a local for directions....who BTW is on foot and says very appologetically, "i could tell you how to get there if you were WALKING!" HA! SERIOUSLY!????? you've got to be kidding me!
so then we finally call the hotel desk, and the person giving us directions tells us we are close...just take this left and that right and you are there! hmmmmmm.....WHAT??? that right says something totally different than what he told us! so we're lost again! we call him back and Hank tells him to stay on the line until we pull up in the freaking driveway....because now the driver, ME, is FURIOUS and VERY TIRED!
WHEW! finally we arrive at the hotel and i almost get out of the car and kiss the ground for crying out loud!!
i will NEVER drive in Boston again!! WHEW! i'm so glad i got that out!! hahaha!
for dinner, we wound up walking to the mall, about 10 minutes away, to eat at the Cheesecake factory.
exhausted, we walk slowly back to the hotel room and CRASH!
the next day, we decide to take the subway back into boston to see the USS Constitution. well, we didn't know how to work the stupid machines where you have to buy tickets for the subway...there was no "person" there...just the machines. we finally see an authority figure, who jests with us. he sees Nick's shirt..."NY Yankees" HAHAHAHA!!!!! then says "i can't help you!" HAHAHAHA!!!! of course he was joking! we finally get on the subway and get off the stop this guy told us was the stop to get off for "Old Iron Sides," and again we are lost. there's not one sign pointing us to the right direction. UGH! really?
do we have to start this again??
we ask this nice gentleman how to get where we are going, and he says, "you're going to walk from here?" HAHAHAHAHA!!! PA-LEEEEESSSSEEEE tell me it isn't that far! but alas...he says, "it's quite a walk from here, but it's a nice day for it!" LOL