A funny thing happened on the way to Massachusetts to get my hair cut: a storm decided to unleash its icy fury on Vermont the morning the kids and I were supposed to leave, so my darling husband suggested we go down the night before and stay in a hotel. Even with all the logistical hassle of staying in a hotel by myself with three kids (such as how to get all the kids and all the luggage in and out of the car during a storm), I knew that an extra night away would make our whirlwind visit to family and the city that much better. So we found a great deal at an Embassy Suites outside of Boston and the four of us headed south for a February vacation adventure.
Of course, as luck would have it, the DVD player in the van went berserk halfway there, but the kids were so excited to go to a hotel that they took it in all in stride. I pulled up to the hotel and found a luggage cart right by the front door, unpacked the van, left our belongings with the concierge, and went with the kids to park. Once inside, the kids couldn’t believe how “fancy” the hotel was, including a glass elevator that we had to ride to the very top floor and all the way back down every time we got in, and a swimming pool and hot tub spa. And who could forget all the luggage cart fun?
Bad news was that once we unpacked, I realized I forgot Jax’s bathing suit! With not even a pair of shorts I could substitute for them, we were off to the mall for a “quick” trip to find some. It actually wasn’t that bad, since the mall had a Disney store and a Lego store and a thousand sets of escalators (which my kids are attracted to like magnets). Jax picked out some God-awful Star Wars bathing suit that cost a million dollars at the Disney store, Em picked out some God-awful stuffed glittery princess cat, and Little H picked out a set of Mickey Mouse fork and spoon (thatta girl). We bellied up to the bar at Johnny Rockets for some classic diner food and were back at the hotel before the snow got too bad.
Fast forward to a nice swim and a late movie and everyone got a great night sleep. The next morning Grampy met us for breakfast and the kids swam one more time before leaving. We met Grammy for lunch and then the kids went back to her house while I got a much-needed hair cut, and then the big cousins and Auntie Jessie came over to play. Phew! What a busy day, but so filled with laughs that I could never regret it, even with overtired meltdowns at the end of the day.
The next morning was the biggest adventure of all! I packed up the car and we headed to the Alewife T Station, followed by Grammy, for an adventure into Boston to go to the Aquarium. Teaching the kids how to use the subway system was great–they were super into it and loved every minute of being in the station and on the train! The happiest commuters ever!
After a short walk we finally arrived at the Aquarium, and even though half the state of Massachusetts had the same idea as us and Jax kept complaining that Boston is “too loud,” it was really worth all the effort. Jax is learning about penguins at school and loved listening to the presentation, as well as the opportunity to touch sharks and rays. Em loved the harbor seals and sea lions and Little H actually participated in a small education group about taking care of turtles! My favorite part was the giant tank in the center of the aquarium, where the kids could watch the divers feed the fish and see all different species. All different kinds of fun for everyone.
And yes, maybe the kids whined on the walk back to the T station, and maybe we all caught colds and were squished in crowds, and maybe Em refused to be in a photo with me at the end of the day because I wouldn’t buy her something in the gift shop, but in the end, it was so worth the whirlwind to expose these kids to this incredible city and world.
And I’ll always have this photo to remember the trip by. Thanks random stranger for offering to take the picture and then confirming he got a good shot. You nailed it!
It’s all in the memories!