Vacation is exciting for children because there are lots of new things to see and do.
I'm not talking Disney World, here. I'm talking luggage carts.
What, you didn't know luggage carts are an incredibly exciting form of transport? And also make great jungle gyms?
The hard thing about traveling with the very young is that they have a lot of needs. The good thing about traveling with the very young is that they're easy to amuse.
A hotel bed full of pillows will keep them busy for half an hour, easy. It's good for an hour if you're willing to play along with some rounds of peek-a-boo.
We're on vacation this week, out in New England. We flew out on Sunday and the first item on the agenda was dinner with bloggy friends.
(l to r): Maureen, Nora, Jack, Camilla, Blaise, me
I'm almost embarrassed by this photo because whose preschooler is cooperating? Not mine! In Camilla's defense, she was so exhausted she'd fallen asleep during dinner. It had been a long day, and she'd gotten sick twice, once on the plane and once in the car. (Thank you, motion sickness, for enriching our lives.)
On the other hand, this picture was the best of the lot. In the others, she was actually scowling.
But the next day was better.
We were supposed to be staying with friends for the first part of the week, but an illness (theirs) derailed that plan. Plan B was a hotel room in downtown Boston which we got deeply discounted on Priceline. Neither Bryan nor I had ever stayed in Boston, and we figured since we were so close, we should try it out.
This was the view from our room on the 19th floor:
We're small-town people, so this was very impressive to us.
Our hotel was just a couple blocks from the Boston Common, and from the park where the Robert McCloskey book Make Way for Ducklings is set. So of course we had to do the touristy thing and go there.
There are statues of the ducklings from the book with their mother and they seem to be quite popular. To get photos we had to hover around, stalker-like, waiting for other families to take pictures of their kids with the big mother-duck statue.
In the meantime we got a lot of shots that look like this.
And when we finally got our picture with the big duck, I didn't think it was as good as the candids. Isn't that how life goes?
This post is getting long and it is late, so I'll make this part one. Next time I have stories to share about meeting two other bloggers! It's been a great and super-bloggy trip so far.