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!