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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordful Wednesday

I've been really busy lately (blog stalking, celebrity stalking, and chocolate chip cookie stalking pretty much eats up all of my free time).

But, this weekend I freed my schedule and 2/3 of the dudes and I, took a trip to "the city" (that's what you call it when you live out in the country like we do).

It was so much fun. Like, the "best I ever had" (name that tune?).

I don't think I've had that kind of fun, since, I don't even know when.

I hate to say it, but I think we had such a blast because we left this little knucklehead (and Hubby) at home for the day

so that #1, #2, and I could have some special Mommy time together (plus, for some reason that should be punishable by death, the National Aquarium in Baltimore does not allow strollers so, had #3 accompanied us, we would have seen all of the fish at warp speed as we ran thru the place in hot pursuit of the baby who has wheels for feet).

We went down to Baltimore's Inner Harbor to test drive a new exhibit at Port Discovery, called Access Ability.

Because this was like a pre-museum opening type deal we had to get there @ the butt crack of dawn (which for us is like 8:30).

It was a fun, but short trip. We checked out the exhibit, the local news covered it (but somehow omitted our smiling faces from the final cut), and we were sent packing (nicely, of course, by the sweetly smiling face of Kate, their marketing maven).

Not one for wasting gas (Baltimore is like 50 miles from my house) I figured, let's break the bank (literally) and go to the aquarium. We're here, we're here early, and we're here minus one so might as well.

We saw it all.

The 4-D Immersion theater...

The dolphin show...

The jelly fish, the fancy fish, and even the famous fish (Nemo!)

We spent 3 hours running casually strolling through that place, reading every sign, experiencing every creature, enjoying every moment like the babyless travelers we were (and, since it cost $70 to get in the place, we wanted to take advantage of every nook and cranny they were selling).

And, afterward we were famished, of course.

So, we went for fries and shakes (no healthy eating today, it was a par-tay!) at Johnny Rockets.

Of course we could have chosen any type of exotic cuisiene at the Harbor (it is a tourist trap, after all), but we wanted to do something all the no-need-for-a-high-chair ballers get to do: sit at the bar!

#2 even did his fancy schmansy "sittin' at the bar" dance for us...

Once we were packed with greasy goodness, we contemplated heading home.

But, we couldn't!

There were fountains to run through.

Street performers to heckle (actually, it was him who was heckling us for not putting cash in his pot. Sorry pal, it's a recession and this day trip is breaking me!).

And, science.

As a wise woman (aka BFF) once said, "Go big or go home!"

So, big it was; we added the Maryland Science Center, to our day o' fun!

We got to see the dinosaurs, lay on a bed of nails, explore the human body, and be guniea pigs in the name of science.

And, somehow, I got suckered into the Planetarium (thought we were gonna see the constellations) for some spooky presentation about black matter (or some equally abstract and frightening concept) in outer space.

Now, you can't tell me that doesn't look like some creepy-I'm-gonna-get-you-sucka-Houston-we-have-a-problem-danger-Will-Robinson weapon of mass destruction.

It's for space, man. Outer freakin' space.


Booo for space and it's evil instruments of death!

I took a nap (you know, to prevent from having a space induced panic attack).

We rounded out our baby-free-stress-free-bickering-free-awesome-filled day with the Newton's Alley exhibit where the dudes got to experience, hands on, all of Newton's laws (I think they have to do with like gravity or motion or some beyond me mumbo jumbo that is totally out of my realm of understanding, but kinda cool when presented in an interactive museum exhibit).

See? It included this fun little Mousetrap (rememeber that game?) doohickey.

So, should you ever find yourself in Baltimore, be sure to give me a ring.

We'll meet up.

You can buy me lunch and pay for me to get into all of the attractions.

Then, you can watch me chase my spirited toddler through all of the exhibits because, let's face it, the baby free day was totally a one time deal made possible entirely by the brodcasting of football (besides, you don't really need to take your time now, just read the blog, you get the idea).

It'll be great.

P.S. Did you spot my girl Mona in one of those shots? Be sure to check back here tomorrow to get the full rundown on Mona's visit to PBD!


Theta Mom said...

What a fun-filled day!!! Great pictures. Love those fountains, too.

This Mama Rocks said...

Thanks for stopping by! :) My little girl enjoyed your music when I clicked on your blog, it was so cute!

Staci said...

I <3 the inner harbor and we go often! My son LOVES the Science museum!!!! It looks like you had a great day! We may have to check out Port Discovery again soon!!!

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

How fun! It has been years since my boys were little enough to enjoy Port Discovery- your post brought back memories =) Happy WW!

SupahMommy said...

Drake????- i love baltimore's science hits...

blueviolet said...

When you do it up, you do it up right!

Mom of Three said...

I was wondering what that was in #2's shirt. Thought he was being a ninja like my boys. But you know, packin Mona instead of packin a sword is kinda the same thing, isn't it? She has some sorta super powers or somethin maybe?

Anyway, don't you love it when they can play for extended periods and NOT FIGHT! Hooray for you, sounds like you had a great day!

Keyona said...

Wow, that was a lot in one day! Looks like they had a blast!

Anonymous said...

Sounds awesome!!!

Lolli said...

What an amazing day!! I love the Aquarium, but I am so cheap that I only go there with a yearly pass and I have never tried any of the other museums around. For shame!

Emma said...

Looks like you had a fabulous day! :) x

Kathy B! said...

Wow! When you say go big or go home, you aren't kidding! What an awesome day.

Looking forward to Mona tomorrow :)

ShellSpann said...

That looks like so much fun!

Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

OMG you did well getting all that stuff done in one day - props to you!!!

mira is triplet crown said...

Dude that aquarium has always been expensive as heck. How do they keep having people visit? But sounds like the kind of fun I yearn for with my kids. Hope they get there soon!

TKW said...

Your dudes are lucky little guys! Looks like an awesome day!

Shelly said...

That looks like so much fun! Your boys are so cute!

our b life said...

That day sounds like a blast. The little dudes will surely remember their mom as a cool dudett for taking them.

confused homemaker said...

It's good when you get some time like that with the kids more one-on-one. Sometimes the little ones, even though we love them, require more supervision & cut into that ability. Looks like you & your dudes (2/3 of them) had a pretty good time.

LucyCooper said...

Good God you're a fun mom. I usually love living in a sleepy town in the Ozarks but that looked like an amazing day. And that is one cute lil knucklehead.

Jennifer said...

I saw Mona and I'm surprised no. 2 let you do that. Now I need to go take a nap because reading all of that made me tired.

parentingBYdummies said...

To everyone who said that I am a fun, good, or exciting mom please forward all of your comments to It's an email address I'm setting up for #2 who is convinced that there really, truly aren't moms who suck more than I do. Please help me prove the little ingrate wrong:)! And, please feel free to cc comments to That's the address #1 uses when he is feeling sorry for himself because he has to do his homework. Funny thing is, I think homework is designed to punish me more than it is him. I mean, I spend as much time doing it as he does and I've already finished school. No fair!

peewee said...

I NEVER got days like that as a kid....I mean I did. but it took YEARS of planning, was counted as a Birthday present, AND it was held over my head until the moment we "You apologize to your brother RIGHT NOW or you aren't going to the aquarium on you're 7th birthday 2 yrs from now MISSY!"

Your kids are lucky!

WhisperingWriter said...

That looks like so much fun!

Now I want to go to Baltimore.

ck said...

I can totally relate to the feeling of enjoying the older kids while leaving the baby at home. I mean, I love my baby too, but when it's just me and the older one, we have such a great time.

I could see it in your boys' faces. What smiles.

And you know I'm, I mean we're, going to have to check out that new exhibit at PD!

angie said...

You did all of that in one day? Sounds like you super mom and my kids wish I was just like you.......well. They would if I told them. But I'm not. Why shine the light on my mediocrity?

Seriously.........sounds like such a wonderful day. I'm glad you got to Go BIG with the big kids.

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