Ahhhhhh Boston, I was thinking back, and I'm pretty sure that the last time I was in Boston was back in 2007....what is wrong with that statement?! THIS trip was a million times different! The biggest difference...kids, a hubby......and the fact that we were meeting up with Ss daughter who he hasn't seen in 3 years. And K would be there with the Ex and her latest boyfriend. You can read all about it here, and what my thoughts about the siutation were. Trust me, you might want to read about the background of this scenario before you continue reading this post!!
The day started off awesome! We actually woke the kiddos up around 5am (*gasp*) so that we could get headed on the road by 5:30 or so.....a quick diaper change, getting the Dude to pee (we left them in their PJs) and we set off!
About 1/2 hour into the trip!
annnnnnd 2 hours into the trip! LOL!
The driving was annoying but short, we parked right in the parking garage right next to the Boston Aquarium (and prepared to give up Dude as payment at the end of the day), got the kiddos dressed (yes, in the parking garage, I know I know, we're such horrible parents!), waited in line, and waited for a text from the Ex. She told us she was inside....so we headed on in.
Talk about the most awkward meeting up ever. Ugh. You would think that the Ex would try, maybe even a little to....I don't know, at least make her boyfriend feel more ok with the situation. K just stared at S like she didn't even know he was going to be there (Ex had told us the night before that she hadn't told K yet, so I guess she never got around to it). K and S hugged, and yes S introduced the kiddos as K's brother and sister! Did the Ex introduce her boyfriend to her ex-husband, Ks real father? Nope. Did the new boyfriend bother introducing himself to Ks real father? Nope. Good job trying to make yourself look good. The guy wouldn't even look at us. Ridiculous. And miss hypocritical Ex, the one who told me that I had to dress appropriately....yup. She was dressed so appropriately in her nasty short shorts. But hey, that's ok.
S and I checked Princess' stroller in the main lobby, and we all went into the main aquarium that has a huge penguin area, Dude loved it! Ohhhhh but guess what? K was led off by the Ex and Boyfriend. Big surprise. And that's the way that the rest of the next two hours went. K was continuously led off so that we were never really hanging out as a group. We were all around each other for maybe 45 minutes the entire time. And whenever I tried to get pictures of K and Dude together....Ex would call K off... so ridiculous. It's ok though, I still got some pictures!
The four of us had an awesome time though! Dude was so excited, couldn't stop moving and wanted to see everything he could! Princess said "fish" over and over and it was so cool to see them looking at everything and being so amazed!
After a little bit while, the aquarium got wicked packed, and it was starting to get really hot inside. So after the 4 of us (yeahhh, the Ex was avoiding us again) visited the top of the aquarium, Princess was getting pretty cranky what with all of the walking. We headed to the main lobby, drank lots of water, then S took Dude to the touch tank while I sat with Princess and gave her a snack. Then we visited the gift shop and of course got the kiddos some small toys, and S gave me this really cool paperweight with a pink jellyfish inside! He knows how much I love looking at the jellyfish in aquariums! And then the awkwardness continued. Ex, Boyfriend, and K were already outside and we all had to stand around while Ex and Boyfriend hummed and hawwed over what to do next. S and I had said our kiddos needed to eat. Ex and Boyfriend continued to be weird. My response? "We're wondering if you guys want to have lunch all together?!" Jeez, you think these two were thinking with one brain.
We ended up walking to Quincy Market, and instead of heading for a restaurant where we could all sit down, the Boyfriend leads us to all of the vendors...inside. So now we're walking in another wicked crowded area, that is stupidly hot, and S and I have 2 very cranky kiddos who are walking past a bunch of food they can't have. I put my foot down and said we need to get to a restaurant and sit down. So we did! Imagine that.
We ended up eating at the "Cheers" restaurant! Was it cheap? Ehh. There were items that were reasonably priced. The atmosphere? It was great except for the fact that we had to deal with snarky looks from the Ex when we ordered drinks with our meals. Seriously? This hypocrite is going to get all snobby because I had a beer and S had a margarita with a meal? It's not like we were downing Long Islands. She needs to stop acting so high and mighty since I know she drinks too. It was especially funny when S was talking to K, and he said something funny that the Boyfriend actually laughed at! No, that's not the funny thing...the funny thing was that the Ex glared silent death at Boyfriend because he laughed at something funny that S had said. This guy must have gotten quite the talking to before meeting us about how he couldn't be friendly to us in any way whatsoever. That's sad. S and K talked the whole time, and I got to get a picture of S, our kiddos, and K, even though K gave a snotty attitude face at the prospect of having her picture taken, and Dudes face is funny, and Princess is a sweaty mess, the picture is still pretty good!
We finally separated as a group! Wheww. Then the 4 of us headed back towards the parking garage....and got distracted by this awesomeness!
In the Green between the aquarium and Quincy Market, there's this squirting water playground type thing. There were so many people and kids there! The day was so hot that we said "f*ck it" and let the kiddos play in the water! The holes squirt water up in patterns and all the kids (and adults too!) run around trying to catch the water! Dude had so much fun! It was hysterical watching him get soaked and play with the other kids! Princess? Did not like the water squirting near her! LOL! Every once in a while she would go in, but then get really mad when she got some water splashed in her face....ah well. S had so much fun playing with them...and yes I got in the water too!
After walking around the Green some more, we got the kiddos some ice cream, relaxed on the wharf for a bit watching the tour boats leave, and finally headed back for the truck. We paid the ridiculous parking fee (well worth it if you actually stay the whole day - we were there from 10am to 5pm), and got lost trying to get out of the city! Thank goodness the kiddos fell asleep so fast! Our GPS was leading us in circles the bitch that she is....when I finally got "home" plugged in....we were ok. Until I realized that for some reason, "home" is still the address that I had in New York.....yeahhhh. We were almost on I90 West and I was realllly confused because that was the way that I would always go when driving to NY. I changed our direction really fast and S and I had a good laugh! We stopped for gas, got the kiddos changed into their PJs (yup, they rode in the truck in their PJs so we could put them right to bed when we got home).....and we drove for about 4 hours....and got home.
S was so happy that he finally got the chance to see K, but he and I were beyond annoyed at how the Ex acted the whole time. S did get to talk to K a little while we were in the aquarium...but really how fatherly could he act when K kept being dragged away? S had so much fun with Dude and Princess and loved showing them everything. During lunch S got more of a chance to talk to K and they had a great time talking. It was cute watching Princess and K keep trying to get Ss attention!
Did we spend way more money than we had wanted to on this trip? Definitely.
But it was totally worth it!