We have decided that Colin is way too smart for preschool and we are currently seeking to enroll him in a 4-year college...just kidding! We are, however, currently helping out with the college search of the oldest of Sean's two younger sisters Lauren (aka Nin to Colin). Last weekend we made a fairly impromtu trip (we booked a hotel literally 2 days before we left, we don't roll like that usually) to Boston to visit two schools. To say that the drive up was long would be an understatement. We left here around 8:30 after picking Lauren up at the train station and drove to Boston. We expected to arrive around 12:30, we did not actually arrive until after 3am. We hit traffic on the Whitestone Bridge due to construction, then on the 'Hutch' due to a car accident. Then 84 was just closed in Danbury and the traffic trying to manuever around this was beyond insane. Just when we thought we were in the clear, around 2am three cop cars pull in front of us (literally, one car in front of us) and just slow WAY down until we are all stopped. Another (very bad) traffic accident. Thankfully we started moving again within a half hour so this was probably the least of the torments, plus we had a up close and personal view of the emergency response (but not of the accident) so it was interesting. It is hard to stay too annoyed when reality slaps you in the face that it could have been your car in the accident but it wasn't exactly a fun trip. Colin woke up with all the sirens and lights and we aren't really sure if he actually fell asleep again at the hotel or not. Both Sean and I passed out long before he stopped talking, and he was up again at 6:00 when light started peaking in the curtains (yes we were thankful for those three hours). I did sleep in the car a bit, Sean really didn't...maybe a half hour. Our hotel was 40 mins out of Boston due to cost and logistical constraints (When traveling with Colin I will not get a hotel room that isn't a suite, more on that another time) so we had to leave fairly early to get to the colleges (not that anyone was sleeping anyway!) We saw BU the morning and BC in the afternoon. Sean and I took traded off parental duties, I went to the info sessions (since he would just fall asleep!) and he played with Colin outside, then I wrangled Colin during the tours and he stayed with Lauren and the group. All in all both colleges would be a fine choice, but neither would be her first choice. Because Sean and I have been around the college scene for some time now and seen it from all angles, we have a lot of opinions about things to look for in a college. We try, however, to not be too pushy with our own opinions because it is her opinion that really matters (that and the ever important financial aid package). I took no pictures of the college tours because I had my hands full, but did take some the next day while we showed her around Boston.
I apologize to all our friends living in the area whom we didn't get to see! This wasn't a pleasure trip, so we weren't able to plan extra time for visiting. We know you will understand, and we promise to try harder next time. We were able to see Jayson (Uncle Jay Jay to Colin) and Kat on Sunday for a few hrs, which was good because we had missed them on the two previous trips through the area. Here are a few pictures of our trek through Boston.
Have boy. Will travel with sports equipment. The
boys play baseball in 'the commons'.