Monday, February 15, 2016

Long weekend

Children have a long weekend (Washington's birthday/President's day) and Massachusetts has February vacaction. So M47 was going to come down with K11 for a visit. But whatever happened, I am not really even sure if it was just that the idea of the drive down and back over a weekend was overwhelming, or it was competing activities, or what, it doesn't really matter, we decided to meet in the middle.

Jersey City, New Jersey. Yep, that's were we went.  Jersey City.

+1, right?

But the point wasn't where we were, but who we were with. And we were with K11 and M47, which was perfect.

The afternoon we got there the girls went swimming. That was all. That was why we picked this particular hotel; it had a swimming pool. So, swimming. And then we went out to dinner. It was chilly, I mean CHILLY (like 1 degree and windy chilly) so we were looking for a place nearby. Like, very nearby. We picked somewhere about 350 feet (yes, feet) away from the hotel, but partway there we decided 350 feet was too far to walk and we went into Bertucci's or something. The food was rather bad. But, this:

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So it was fine. They were ready to walk home before we were, so we let them go back without us. M47 was a little concerned that they wouldn't find the hotel, but I was all like, eh, no problem, C11 has a good sense of direction. When we DID return to the hotel we asked if they had any problems (remember, the hotel is about 150 feet from where we ate dinner) getting back, and they said no, but C11 said she might have gotten lost if K11 hadn't been there.  My confidence was misplaced, apparently.

The girls stayed up in their hotel room for a bit while M47 & I hung out downstairs. I didn't  realize at the time that my hair was doing this:

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We eventually called the girls and they came down for a hot chocolate and some silliness (I know the photo is rotten, but it is the sentiment I want to share):

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K11 & C11 were doing a lot of Sloooooow-Mo videos, as well, but I want M47 to send me one to put up; there is one with me, C11, & K11 in it, which might be worth laughing over.

Next morning we had breakfast. Yum. Nothing special, but tasty. And this was where we sat.
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I loved the look of this set up, with the swath of grass in the middle of the table. Except when you get up close you realized the grass is not grass, it is plastic, and THAT is the funny smell you smell. So, Courtyard by Marriot, Jersey City, we were very happy with your hotel, the staff, the service. But that fake grass smelled like musty moldy yuck. Just to let you know.

We went to the Titanic exhibit at the Liberty Science Center. Which was also having Star Wars exhibit, 4 days only, right now. So it was PACKED. We had considered going Saturday afternoon, but when C11 and I drove by on the way to the hotel ... the tolls at the exit were backed up, it was so busy. So. No. But going at exactly 9 am on Sunday morning was perfect.

We got to see R2D2 and a storm trooper.

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And then the Titanic exhibit, which we could not take any photos of.

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And the girls climbing the climbing wall:

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