Thursday, April 21, 2011


Well Grandma and Grandpa Mad Scientist have moved on to the next leg of their tour.

You see, when you live in Alaska and have children living in the Lower 48 and one of them does something like pop out a baby or get married*, you do the "Kid Tour" where you visit all of your kids by skillfully taking 1 week layovers in Newark before you continue on to Ohio to visit the next kid.

Basically they hung out with the boys while I worked. Dr. Mad Scientist is on Spring Break this week and Chunky was on his last week.

But of course, as promised, we went to Niagara Falls.

First up--No. We did NOT go to the Canadian side. Nothing against Canada, it's not really worth all the hassle of securing a passport for a toddler just to get a different photo op of some falling water.

That's the first question I get asked when I say we went to Niagara Falls and it's getting kind of tiresome.

But enough ranting! Our weekend in a quick photo-nutshell!

We rented a Toyota Sienna minivan and drove up there.


Wow. What a sweet ride. Almost makes me want to buy a minivan. But I'm not quite there in my life. I'll keep rocking my modest sedan.

We got in about 5pm Saturday and checked into our hotel.


Holiday Inn, Niagara Falls, New York. Great hotel. Very clean. Friendly service. Close to the Falls. Only problem was the toilet in our room backed up. But did I mention we brought our own plumber? Hee hee! Grandpa Mad Scientist!

We had dinner at the hotel's restaurant. I almost ordered this off the menu.


But too much white whine puts me to sleep.


Dr. Mad Scientist and Chunky made me sleep with Moochie. Yeah, I could never co-sleep with my kids. How does a 2.5' person take up so much room?!

But before I went to bed on Saturday night, Grandma and I hit the casino--my first time!


I spent $20 and I lost $20. Dr. Mad Scientist won back $10 of it the next night. I think I'm too cheap to be a good gambler.

Sunday we set off to see the Falls.


This picture is so dear to me--Chunky throwing gang signs, Moochie looking away, Dr. Mad Scientist trying to get him to look at the camera and Grandma and Grandpa with their eyes closed!

The Falls were amazing!






The weather was less than favorable. It was very chilly and very windy (and it even snowed)! But even despite this, it was great. The crowds were light. They say in the summer the place is packed. No thanks. That would have drove me bonkers. As it was we were able to get great access for pictures and wonderful parking!

Later on in the afternoon we went to the Aquarium.


The boys watching the sea lions swim around.




We finished the day up by eating out at the Hard Rock where Moochie had to eat all the condiments and Chunky enjoyed doing air guitar solos.



Overall it was a great trip! It was a lot of fun to see the boys get to hang with their grandparents. Especially Grandpa since the last time Chunky saw him, he was only 8 months old at the time.

This picture pretty much sums up Moochie's time with Grandpa--


They spent all the time on the road there and back goofing around. Hee hee!

It was sad to see them go!

*Biggest Sister Mad Scientist gets married on the 29th!



Blogger janna said...

Wait! You mean Biggest Sister Mad Scientist is marrying Prince William??? wow!!! ;-)

It looks like you all had a great time. And I think it snowed to make the Parents Mad Scientist feel at home!

And finally - I'm not cheap, but I hate to gamble. I like to know I'll get something back for my money!

11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! Those Grandpas and Grandmas are sure a lot of fun!! Looks like the whole gang had fun and a good time!

Love, Mom

12:37 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Your trip inspired me to take a few days at the end of June and go up to see the Falls myself. We will be staying on the Canada side, so we can compare pictures. :)

8:33 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

it looks like you had a great time! i'm with you on the gambling--i once went to vegas twice in one summer and gambled a total of $1. i won 5 cents. by which i mean, i gambled away the dollar and stopped when i had 5 cents left. i'm a high roller.

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Yeah...we cosleep with our twins, and the one that sleeps between us has started doing pinwheels in the night. Do you know how much room is left on a queen sized bed when a toddler decides he's going to sleep perpendicular to everyone else?! Not much. :P

11:09 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Sounds like a fun trip! LOL at the picture of Chunky making the gang signs!

I've never been to Niagara Falls either (or Canada). I can't see paying $400+ for 4 passports (since neither me or my husband or kids have them) just to go to Canada. I don't gamble either, other than the $1 dollar lottery ticket every couple of weeks. If I'm going to go on vacation somewhere, I want to go out and see things, not sit in a casino all day.

And get a minivan when you get another vehicle! My husband and I have a Chrysler Town & Country minivan (the second one we've had) and we love it. It's very good on gas for a bigger vehicle, and we have enough room to take my mom or kids' friends, etc. along when we go places. They're so reliable too. We just replaced our 10 year old Town & Country about a month ago, but it lasted us 175,000 miles, and needed hardly any repairs, until about the last 6 months we owned it. I wouldn't want to go back to owning a car.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures, so cool!! Hehe love the whine wine!! Sounds like a good trip :)

11:42 PM  
Blogger Crafty Christina said...

Looks like a fun trip! I've never been to Niagra Falls, but it looks gorgeous. How long did it take to drive there?

My husband has a passport, but mine has my maiden name and needs updating. Pip doesn't have one at all. So if we ever went, US side it is too. ;)

I have a Plymouth Voyager minivan. Don't ever buy this brand. Gas guzzler and needs repairs all the time. Granted, its 15 years old and has 120,000 miles on it, but still.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Discoknits said...

Awesome trip!
I second the Chrysler recommendation (when you're ready for a new car). We've had a Pacifica for 6 years and LOVE it. Great mileage and (touch wood!), nothing gone wrong so far.

7:53 PM  
Blogger Cindy in Happy Valley said...

Holy Crow!! Chunky is still rockin' that PSU sweatshirt!

That's amazing!

(Going to Falls is something I've always wanted to do. But with the price of gas, I'm loath to go to the grocery store...)

4:55 PM  

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