We drove to my parents' on Thursday night, then headed into Toronto on Friday morning. Jacob slept the whole way up, which was a relief since he woke up at 6:30 that morning...way early for him. It was a bright, sunny day...a little windy but in the 50s, which was so much better than it could be this time of year! Driving into the city was darn near majestic, and we were so excited to introduce Jacob to the Hall of Fame. Craig had to take care of a work thing before we parked and headed to grab lunch in the concourse near the Hall of Fame. Craig had Subway and Jacob had McDonald's, but I was excited to get something more interesting--a foccacia slice with chicken, mushrooms, zucchini and cheese from Marche's quick serve location (the real restaurant is upstairs). Yum!
Unfortunately, Jacob's nap didn't exorcize the crazies, and he was a handful for the whole day. He wouldn't listen, he'd run away, and as usual, he had his own agenda and it didn't match up with ours. He wouldn't smile for pictures and was ready to dart off at any given moment. I lost patience awfully fast. Still, it was a fun trip to go back to the Hall of the Fame for the first time in a long time.
Here are Craig and Jacob with the sculpture outside the hall. This was especially cool, because the "Z is for Zamboni" book we got Jacob has "Hall of Fame" for "H", and this sculpture is the picture they show.
Initially Jacob was super afraid of a number of bronze sculptures--a huge goalie outside the HOF store, and then two big ones just inside the gates. But once past those, Jacob ran around like a madman. He wasn't looking at anything in particular, but he was wielding his trusty hockey stick which we had to watch closely with all of the glass display cases. He really liked seeing a couple bubble hockey games they had, and loved the interactive area, which had a few simulators and a fake ice surface....
Before we left, Jacob got up enough guts to get somewhat near one of the big sculptures, the one outside the store...
Jacob and I had to kill a lot of time from there while Craig did work, and shortly before game time we headed out to the concourse to get some dinner and watch the game. We left early, though, as I was exhausted and had a long drive back to North Tonawanda alone since Craig was going back with the team so he was able to get back into work first thing this morning. The drive back was as windy as I've ever experienced, but I managed to stay awake and Jacob slept the whole time, starting from before we even left the arena!
We were coming back this morning to welcome my oldest friend, Heather, for a weekend visit, but thanks to the sudden burst of snow across the state this morning, that didn't happen. So, it was just Jacob and me for the rest of the day today, another trying day. More on that later, but at least we have a day with Craig tomorrow. Can't wait!