Monday, February 05, 2007

It's All About Size

Never finished up the post about our day at the Boston Aquarium.

After the Aquarium, we went to the Imax Theater next door. My kids had never been to an Imax Theater, so they were suitable impressed. We watched the 3D movie Sharks. The first time a shark lunged at us, Kate visibly startled and got a bit scared. Very life-like.

Kate even tried to touch the sharks and jellyfish. The other girls said it was really cool to see the jellyfish head for their faces. They would get almost in their faces, and then suddenly disappear.

Sylvia liked the glasses for about two minutes, and then she decided she'd rather take them off and watch the movie that way.

It was time to go get the car. I had decided I was NOT going to take all nine kids on a frigid walk again, so me and Cees went for the car, while hubby took the kids back to the Aquarium to wait for us.

Cees and I had a tourist map of Boston and we thought we had a pretty good idea where the parking garage was. So we walked. And we walked. And we walked more. We assaulted people to please direct us to the parking garage. We consulted the map. We despaired. But FINALLY found the garage.

It was a pain to pay, first entered the wrong checkout, so had to back out of that while they redirected the traffic behind me. Such fun...

I had put a waypoint on the aquarium, and we had a map now, so it wouldn't be a problem to get to the Aquarium, right? Wrong! Too many one-way streets and too poor sense of direction does not go well together. It took us half an hour to drive the half mile (if that) to the Aquarium.

By now, everyone was nice and tired and cranky and we still had a 2.5 hours trip home to go. We decided to make a foodstop on the way home once we had cleared Boston.

Cees made a comparitive analysis of how this McDonalds dealt with orders compared with the way they do it at the McDonalds he works at. It's fun to see him think about things like that now. A few months ago, he would have been oblivious to the whole process.

The last leg of the trip was pure torture. They were sooooooo done with sitting in a car, and so were we. I am still amazed we made it home.

I would like to say that they all were so tired that they rolled into bed and didn't give a peep till the next day at 10am. But this is not a fairy tale, this is reality, and they didn't ^^

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