Aug 18, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
Why did we do this? Pretty much just so we could torture the kids! No, really, when we started this trip we didn't think we'd make it to every state, but when we were in Chicago we realized we were going to hit all 48 continental States, except North Dakota (and, this is the only state my hubby hasn't been to). SO, to make a long story (and drive) short, we decided that we'd be missing out on MAJOR bragging rights if we didn't come here....and someday our kids will thank us, because we brought them to North Dakota, so they'll never have to come here again (no offense if you live here....but we really couldn't find anything to do here).
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
I had to put in this cute picture of Bushkin. She looks so sweet! In reality, she was showing her independence and trying to get out of following the tour group by pretending she couldn't hear me.
Aug 10, 2010
Aug 9, 2010
The Kids were excited to try them, but not so excited about the 'boiling alive' part. We let each of the kids take turns holding them before dropping them into the pot while I sang "Lobst-a Kill-a!" (Go see the Movie Julie and Julia if you haven't already :)
Although they look excited to eat the little bugger in this picture, none of them were very impressed. I'm not sure if it was the idea of eating the little creature they had just kissed goodbye, or if they really didn't like the meat. The only one who ate any (after he initial taste), was little Bushkin (2), who porked out! The other kids ate cereal for dinner instead!
Aug 8, 2010
Salem, Mass.....The Witch trials! My kids were not very excited about this stop. But, as all you other parents can relate to, we enjoy torturing our children every once in a while for there own good! So, we forced them to watch a short history on the Salem Witch trials at the Witch History Museum. It was very interesting, and I think they watched the whole thing...with there ears plugged just in case! Besides, the other museums in town claimed to be run by "real" witches. Um, yeah, we avoided those.
Aug 7, 2010
Aug 5, 2010
Behind us here is the Old North Church, where the lanterns were hung so that Paul Revere, and others, could ride out to warn there fellow revolutionaries, "The British are coming!" As you see, both Brandon and I are in the photo, meaning we had a stranger take the picture. Stranger + technical camera = bad photos....oh well! I tried to mess with this one on photoshop, but this is the best I could do....at least you can see us now, where the original was so dark you couldn't tell who was in the pic!
And here's the Revere Home....he was actually a silversmith, and made a killing during the revolutionary war making canons. He also made bells. Interesting. He bought this home when it was 90 years old, so it way pre-dates the revolution, and is now the oldest home in Downtown Boston.
Aug 3, 2010
Aug 2, 2010
freakier than Disney World, and I was constantly counting all the kids, but we only spent 1 day here, so it wasn't too bad. Above is Times Square, and Below is the Statue of Liberty.
I love this picture of the kids looking at the beautiful lady liberty. Our little Bubber was the most excited to see this statue, since we had brought our oldest (Racer) here last November, and she had told all the other kids about the 'Giant Statue.' Well, of course the word "Giant" peaked his interest, and he kept asking if her toe was as big as our van.
The bad news was the wait to get onto the island was over 3 hours.....Good one. Waiting anywhere for 3 minutes is enough of a challenge with the 5 little ones. And, When I went on-line to buy tickets a couple weeks ago, they were all sold out for crown tickets (yes, you can go up in the crown, but you better plan like 8 months in advance--only 250 tickets per day, only 4 for family, only kids over 8), and they were also sold out of pedestal tickets, so basically it was a 3 hour wait to get onto the island, but not allowed to go into Lady Liberty or even into the museum there. BUT, there was no wait to go on the harbor cruise boat, which pulled right up in front. Plus, we got a boat ride, a narrated tour of the harbor, and we all got to sit down for 45 minutes instead of waiting, standing, in the hot sun, for 3 hours. I really enjoyed the cruise ride, and would do it again in a heartbeat, unless I had tickets to the crown.
The other favorite part of the day was riding the subways. Even of MORE interest to the kiddos was looking for rats in the subways, and we found plenty.
I know, I know, I've already gone on WAY to long, and everybody is tired of reading, if you even lasted this long, blah, blah, blah.....But, I loved this photo, so I wanted to stick it in, and I figure the kids Grandmas are enjoying the commentary, even if your not. But, if your not enjoying my little side notes, you're not reading my apology anyway, so it doesn't really matter...does it?