This fall, we crossed a major city off of our bucket list. BOSTON! We were so excited to meet David and Colleen in Beantown for a whole week of New England fun!
We had a direct flight from Seattle, which was nice. I must admit, I was a bit nervous about being stuck on an airplane for close to 6 hours with a baby, a 3-year old, and a husband who kind of hates long travel days, but all three of my boys did great. Paul was pretty wiggly the last hour of the flight, but he never cried or fussed at all. I probably held him more than he sat in his seat, but we did pretty good. Lucas is such a pro at flying now, that I really don't have too much to worry about with him. And even Dan was happy since Alaskan Airlines has little bento snack packs for purchase. Dan loves bento snack packs. He bought two. He was very content.
Sweet Paul asleep for takeoff. In the event of a water landing, he could use his cheeks as a flotation device!
I bought a package of cars for the carry on so Lucas would have something new to play with on the flight. It always cracks me up how this kid loves trash. He likes to hang on to the packaging for his toys and he puts them in and out, in and out... it was like a little parking garage to play with. (He also likes to keep the pictures on packaging. I have an entire lunch box filled with the cardboard backers from Hot Wheels packaging!)
Lucas ate all his snacks in record speed, so I had to buy him a bento box, too! I thought for sure I had packed enough food for the flight, but he gobbled everything up pretty fast. The thing I've learned living in a house full of boys - if you feed them, they will be happy. And it came in a Mickey Mouse box. Can't beat that! About halfway through the fligh, Lucas asked to watch a movie...
...and about 5 minutes into it he totally passed out.
Lucas slept most of the rest of the flight, so I just had wiggle bug Paul to wrangle.
He fell asleep a couple of times but toward the end of the flight he was just so ready for a change of scenery. Daddy took him to give me a rest and Paul spent most of the remainder of the flight looking at me upside down. Such a silly bug!
This was the longest trip we'd ever taken, not including trips home to Arizona, since we became parents, and certainly the longest and furthest away from home we've been since having two. Arizona trips are pretty easy because my mom has such a good stock of baby/kid gear at her house now. I don't have to worry about sleeping arrangements, bathing supplies, toys, strollers, tableware or a high chair. She even has stuff for her big kids! Arizona is easy. I just pack clothes and makeup and we go. Anywhere else we go, we have to bring everything from home. Colleen did save us some trouble by picking up groceries and diapers ahead of time, and, since they were driving, they hauled my travel stroller from Washington to Arizona and then all along the East Coast in their car, but there was still so much to bring!
I've always done all the packing for the boys, so Dan doesn't quite understand how we can have "all this crap" for just a week of travel. I was actually pretty proud that I got everything for myself and two kids in two suitcases plus a carry on. You can't really understand the joy of the final zip on the suitcase with all the rubber tipped baby spoons, tiny socks, extra outfits in case they poop themselves, the two stuffed animals and blankie that your toddler can't sleep without, a towel to protect the car seat so you can use it as a feeding station, the baby carrier, a small selection of toys to keep them busy in the room, and a snap in toilet seat so you don't have to hold your kid over the hotel toilet for every potty break all week long until you've done it yourself. It's ridiculous, but it's all things we needed and used. I'm reading Jim Gaffigan's book Dad Is Fat right now, and I've certainly laughed out loud a number of times as he recounts with hilarity the energy it takes to get out of the house with small children. It's not for the feint of heart.
Once we'd lugged all of our stuff and the kids to curb, we just had to wait for the hotel shuttle. Dan was watching updates of the Cardinals game on his phone and we got to "see" a win from the shuttle bay at Logan Airport.
We were greeted at the hotel entrance by David and Colleen, exchanged hugs and headed up to our room. They had a gift for each of us waiting on our beds, our groceries already stocked in the fridge and warm cookies to boot! After decompressing and getting a little unpacking done, we headed out for a late dinner at the Lincoln Tavern. It was a great little bar and restaurant, though probably a little noisy for kids. We probably looked like terrible parents dragging our baby and 3-year old to a bar at 9:00 at night, but hey! It was only 6:00 our time! Lucas looks how we were all feeling by the end of a long day of travel: totally pooped!
Paul was up and all smiles till about 4 in the morning, so it ended up being a long day for mama, but we were ready for a week full of adventures and nothing was going to stop us!
September 21, 2014