I’ve been meaning to blog about this trip for days. I got kind of used to the routine of nightly blogging on our shore vacation and expected I’d do the same for this one, but my evenings have been different here. Instead of putting The Who to bed at 7:30 and then sitting by myself in a hotel lobby, I’ve been putting The Who to bed at 8 or 8:30 or 9, chatting with my aunt, and then crashing an hour later myself.
Let’s catch up. My mother requested that her family accompany her to Ellis Island to do some research for her 70th birthday. So, we did. There were some challenges on the trip, including an epic meltdown after a couple of nights of sleeping for shit, but outside of that, it was a great time. The weather was perfect, everyone’s behavior was stellar, and it was fun to all be in the same hotel. The Who loved tromping up and down the halls to visit his grandparents and I gotta say, so did I.
The trip up to Massachusetts from Jersey City at the end of the weekend was actually delightful and included brunch in the West Village with my boy, a drive up the West Side Highway, where we spied the ship we’ll sail on later this spring, a stop at the Pez Visitors’ Center (which was a lot more fun with a 5-year old than it was with a 3-year-old) and an entire morning at the Springfield (MA) museums, complete with animatronic dinosaurs (short video here), a fossil craft project, and exploration of the Dr. Seuss memorial statues.
So far, we’ve had very few set plans and have been able to spend a lot of time with my nephews. It’s been a total joy to see The Who delighting in his cousins and this is really the first trip where he’s been able to actually play with them quite a bit. Frisbee, Capture the Flag, basement soccer, and tag. Today we went swimming and then took a trip into Fenway to walk around a bit. According to The Who, his two cousins hung the moon.
We’ve got a few more days of this and then a week to recuperate before kindergarten starts.