This weekend goes down as one of the best ones ever. For sure. In fact, Christmas could be over right now and I think everyone in this family would still be pretty darn happy.
We surprised the kids with tickets to a Celtics game on Friday. We took them out of school a little early so that we could get down to Boston in time to drop off the dog at my mother-in-law's house and pick up my sister-in-law who was coming with us. Everyone was pretty excited just to go to Boston, let alone go to a Celtics game!
We got to Boston in no time at all--there was no traffic--it was all heading out of the city. We had gotten there really early so we had plenty of time to kill at the pro shop at North Station. The kids all picked out a souvenir--Manimal got a Celtics warm up suit, Princess picked out a stuffed Lucky that turns into a basketball and Sissy picked out a Celtics scarf.
So crazy that we actually ran into some people we knew from Boothbay Harbor. Seriously? What are the chances of that? North Station is a pretty large subway hub in Boston that is also the home of the Boston Garden. There were people everywhere and we run into the one other family from Boothbay that is there for the game too. Weird.
I had purchased a family pack from the Celtics directly and they mailed me a 'credit card' that holds your tickets and they just swipe it as you go it. I paid $189 for 6 tickets which is a deal and a half because I couldn't find anything online that was less than $80/ticket. Even for nosebleed section. So we knew that we were going to be way up high. But that was fine. The kids didn't care where we sat.
So we headed in to get to our seats. The usher beeps our card and the thing says Not Valid. The usher next to him tries to beep it and again Not Valid. Holy shit. I am Not Happy right now as we just drove 3 hours to get there and my tickets are NOT VALID? Ok, so we go down to customer service and try to figure out what was wrong.
I had originally bought tickets for Jan 4 but then found out Sissy had a basketball game that day so I called right away and they switched the tickets to 12/21. Or so I had thought.
As the guy at customer service was checking our card, it said the tickets were for 1/4. Thankfully, I had my emails saved that said all was switched and was able to show him on my phone. For once that piece of shit phone actually worked. After some internal talking and figuring, we had 4 tickets in one spot and 2 tickets in another spot. Both were, no joke, about 14 rows back from the court!
This is where we were sitting. You can actually see that it is Paul Pierce. And yes, they are tall as shit.
Thank you, thank you for that ticket screw up! Un-freakin'-believable. The kids are so spoiled now. They won't want to watch a Celtics game any other way now. We were directly behind the press seats, which no one showed up for, and therefore, we sat in. You could see how tall they were, you could see their actual faces, the sweat, everything. Just fabulous. I want to go to a game like that every month. We got to meet Lucky, the Celtics mascot, we were on the jumbo tron twice, we got those balloons that you wave when the other team is shooting foul shots, I swear it was like VIP.
The family pack was a pretty nice deal just by itself. We also got a $20 gift card, and 3 packs for the kids that were full of sweat bands, sunglasses and other celtics stuff. Well worth the money. I think we'll purchase another family pack for a game later in the year.
The kids all decked out in their Celtics stuff.
The next day was the day that I promised Princess that I would finally take her to the American Girl Doll store. Finally. I promised this for her birthday. Which was in May. Yes, I get mother of the year. But the bottom line is, we were finally going.
Thankfully, she really didn't want to do the tea-with-your-doll thing. And she didn't even want to have her doll's hair done. So, we just shopped. Not much to talk about that trip, just make sure you bring your wallet. Nothing is cheap and nothing is on sale.
There was a Cheesecake Factory next door so after an hour or so of AG fun, we went there for lunch. It was a yummy lunch for everyone else. I got fish tacos and they were just ok. The cheesecake, on the other hand, was fabulous. I guess that's why it's called The Cheesecake Factory and not The Fish Taco Factory.
Four different kinds of cheesecake--top left chocolate raspberry, tiramisu, lemon raspberry and my favorite the apple strudel.
Holy freakin yum. If you ever go there, get the carmel apple strudel cheesecake. It is spectacular. That's $30 worth of cheesecake in that picture. A bit overpriced but at least it tastes good.
I started this post before Christmas but never got around to finishing it so now it's Christmas night. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I'll have another post tomorrow about the holiday.