This was Luca this morning. His face got cold so he wanted to borrow my scarf. I’m not sure how much it helped, but it seemed to make him happy. We were on the train before it was even light out (as you can see by the black window…no, we are not underground…) We left the house at 6:15 am. The temperature was a whopping 23°F (-5°C) and with the wind chill it felt like it was 19° (-7). I know, not that much colder, but when the day warmed up and the temperature after the wind chill did not? We were in for a cold, early morning.
It was only Sander and Luca today, which was nice. It’s been a while since just the three of us did anything, even if we were out with a friend too. Beekee was home sick and Corde really didn’t need to miss yet another day of school, at least until we come to the conclusion of what we’re going to do with school versus homeschool. Besides, she was supposed to bring home some more stuff from school today, which apparently didn’t even happen, so boo to that!
While waiting for the subway Luca decided it was time to do this. I have no idea where he got his little meditation thing from, but he does it now and again. It kept him happy while we waited for the subway, which thankfully wasn’t a long wait.
When we got to Boston the first thing we did was the Freedom Trail Guided Tour. Sander and Luca were really excited about this, even if their friend was not. They’re definitely history kids, so I knew this would be fun for them, at least as long as they didn’t get too cold. It was a 90 minute tour, so there was definitely potential to get cold. This was our tour guide, who was absolutely awesome, by the way.
Interesting thing we found out about this place? That’s where Benjamin Franklin’s parents are buried. I kind of figured he wasn’t buried there, but I never knew what that monument was about. Well, now I know.
We also got to learn about these tombs. I’d seen them around a whole bunch, but I never knew the details. I just thought a body was set inside and the lid was put on. Apparently not. Apparently there are stairs in there leading to the actual burial space. That’s actually kind of cool. Who knew?
Unfortunately, Sander did get pretty cold towards the end of the tour and was really starting to wish we hadn’t done it. He wants to come back and do it again in the summer when it’s warmer, and he doesn’t have to be bundled under such heavy warm clothes.
This… There are really no words for it. It’s a boot car. We happened upon it when we were heading to the Government Center subway station. It was sitting out there and chilling by the winter market, which I really wanted to go into, but the kids were eager to get on to their next activity.
You know what that is? Luca carrying the first pair of skates he will ever wear. We rented them from the Frog Pond on Boston Common, which was overall pretty reasonable for being in the middle of the city. Luca was so excited about skating that it was the only thing he wanted to do when he got up this morning. “Is it time for skating?”
This is Sander on the ice, obviously. I wasn’t able to catch a picture of Luca on the ice because Luca was almost always right by my side. They say no cell phone use while on the ice, so I wasn’t able to snap a good shot. They both did venture off without me on a couple occasions, and Sander was even good enough by the ending that he could go a decent way without holding the rail. A few more times and they’ll actually be pretty good at this ice skating thing!
Unfortunately, see that lump on Luca’s forehead? This was when Luca learned ice skating is not all fun. He’d been quite the free spirit at it, venturing far from the edge, taking spills, and getting right back up. Then one time he hit his head real good and almost quit. We sat on the side for a little while, but then Luca started to feel better and the first thing he wanted to do was get back on the ice. That’s my Little Bear!
And this was perhaps the best part of their ice skating trip, watching the Zamboni. Of course, the kids had to call it a “Zomboni” because of Plants vs. Zombies. They thought it was so neat that you can just send something out there to put warm water on the ice and suddenly it’s so much better for skating on again!
They actually wanted to be the first ones on the ice when they finished resurfacing the rink, which was when they learned a hard lesson, clean ice is slicker than cut up ice. I mean, it was easier to skate, but they also found it was easier for their skates to get away from them. They had just finished with the ice when we started skating, so I wasn’t surprised that they hadn’t noticed the difference until the ice was fresh.
After the skating rink we went to the playground next to the Frog Pond. I told them they could have all of fifteen minutes to play, which they certainly made the best of. It was really too cold for me to be standing around waiting for them to play.
Luca actually only said it was okay to quit skating if we went to the park afterwards. Otherwise I thought he was never going to get off the ice. As you can see here he was pretty pleased with the playground. He had to go on every slide at least twice.
We found these little cutouts sitting on the Common. Of course, the kids had to have a picture with them. They’re bears! And given I have a Little Bear of my own, it was just too perfect. Good eye, Sander, for catching that one!
And it would never be a trip to the park at Christmas time without taking a picture of the tree. It’s beautiful, as always. I kind of wish we’d been able to see it at night, but it was pretty cold and we had places to be. We had a time we were expected to be home with their friend, which meant we couldn’t stay out too late. Besides, they were all getting pretty tired. It was a long day!
And, finally, had to have a picture of me in there, didn’t we? Luca took this one. Luca really wanted to do this one with me. It made his night that we could do it together. I think it turned out pretty cute!
So that was our grand adventure in Boston. We had so much fun! It was definitely a good trip. It’s too bad Corde and Beekee couldn’t make it, but there will be plenty of time to take them in the future. And because Sander and Luca love skating so much, we’re definitely going to be taking them back. We may even consider investing in skates so we can skate more often without the added expense of rentals!