Sunday, October 3, 2010


This week we took a family trip to Mystic for 2 days since Chris was still off of work. We took the kids into downtown Mystic to check out the shops and eat lunch at Mystic Pizza. We had fun watching the very old drawbridge that went over the Mystic River. Here are Chris and Samantha on the bridge.
A boat going under the bridge:

Mystic Pizza

Jake was very happy with his big boy plate!

Sammy and Mommy cheesing it up for the camera!

After a fun filled morning, we headed to our hotel to check in and get in the afternoon naps. We had booked a one-bedroom, so we were really excited to put the kids down in one room and then hang out in the other room. Weren't we surprised when the one-bedroom ended up being nothing but a suite in which there was no door separating the one bedroom from the rest of the room. Doh! (sorry, Homer references are on my brain since Chris is going to work at a nuclear power plant in SC) So, we gave nap time our best shot, putting the kids down in their pack and plays in the living area, and Chris and I laid down in bed on the other side of the room. We had pulled closed the shades and turned out the lights so that the kids couldn't see each other. We laid there and they cried. Then they stopped crying and started chatting and then laughing. Chris and I still laid there. Then I texted him saying "what do we do?" His response? "We play dead!" Needless to say there was no nap that day, and we got a move on to the Mystic Aquarium. If you've never been, we highly recommend it.

Looking for penguins:

Can you spot the frog on the lily pads?

Chris now really wants to have a jellyfish tank!

Jake touches a crab

As if we hadn't already had enough fun for one day, we still had to eat dinner! Right next to the hotel: Chuck E Cheese! The rides and the games were terrible and so was the food, but overall, the kids seemed to have fun. Here is Samantha playing a game:

Riding on the horse
We even managed to squeeze in a little swimming at the hotel pool! Luckily, the kids were so tired that they went right to sleep! The next day we hit up the Children's Museum of Southern CT on the way home. The kids had a great time playing in all the play areas and Samantha was even able to participate in a toddler class they were holding that morning. We decided that the Museum really should be classified as more of an indoor play space, and maybe not a children's museum. We were expecting something more along the lines of the Boston Children's Museum or Stepping Stones, but the kids still had a great time, and it ended up being worth while.