Here it is: Labor Day. It tries to be a nice holiday offering up a day off. But I'm hip to its tricks. It tries to be friendly, but let's face it, it's the demise of summer. Oh sure, we've got a bit to go as far as the calendar is concerned, but staying up way past bedtime, eschewing responsibilities, leaving on a whim for a new adventure... Done. Ah, but it was a good summer, a beautiful summer, one of the sunniest I remember.
We hit the Freedom Trail in Boston,
Chatted with the hurdy gurdy man outside the Old State House,
And answered "yes" to some basic questions!
David stood in opposition.
Nora uncomfortably stood in the site of the Boston Massacre.
We all stood in awe of the USS Constitution/ Old Ironsides.
Nora had her own question.
Unsurprisingly, my family found time to nap... like a sailor.
Nora learned about maritime history.
She also learned the joys of the "penny squasher" and came home with many copper souvenirs.
Waiting in line for the Swan Boats, Nora danced a bit of Swan Lake. Then, we cruised around The Public Garden.
It was Lula who found the Make Way for Ducklings statues and was first to do the traditional sit.
Nora found all of the other statues and imitated each one!
She was also quick to find the carousel.
We saw the "old school" T-Rex outside of the Science Museum and David joined in for a pose!
The "new school" dino was too scary to imitate.
Less appealing was the prehistoric poo!
Lula came along to the New England Aquarium. I'm so glad that my little one is not too big for dolls!
Unfortunatly, Lula did not get a chance to touch a starfish. Nora did and also touched a stingray which darted toward her, allowing itself to be touched, then swam away splashing Nora! Truly awesome.
Nora most enjoyed making the penguins dance as she moved a fish-shaped beam of light. This is not a tease to the penguins, we were assured, but rather good exercise.
We were all very tired after packing so much into our trip to Boston. Careful planning and good walking shoes were key to a pleasant trip. The bosnus was traveling with a child who is interested in everything!
I highly recommend a Boston CityPass. Not only did it save us money, but we were able to skip to the front of the line of big attractions like the aquarium: That line is looooong! We were also very pleased with Megabus which got us there inexpensively and right on time (actually slightly early!)
Back home, there were chess lessons.
We clebrated a Muppet Treasure Island party for my nephew's birthday. Nora helped with some of the preparations when she stayed with my brother and sister-in-law once a week. They had other adventures as well as Jodi has been posting (so much better than I have!) on her blog: Making Moments Count.
It wouldn't be summer without a trip to the Shelburne Museum
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game