The pre-kid versions of Paul & Kate thought we would have kids and they would join us on all of our trips to important places: museums, restaurants, shows, and mountaintops.
Once we had two kids and they were more whiny than tiny, our adventures shifted to loud, active, dirty, outdoor pursuits. Now that our boys are loud and vibrating with energy and now that we are aware of our parental limits, we don't make it to those amazing places nearly as much as we had hoped.
the water fountain near the bathrooms at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Basically, it costs real money to take a family of four somewhere; enough money that it doesn't feel okay to leave when things are just not working.
We have taken the boys to the that museum two times in as many months. We have plans to go back next month.
We haven't lasted longer than forty five minutes yet and that is okay. It matters to me that my family made it. We saw some things and used our minds. We interacted with the art in thoughtful ways (because CMA is pretty amazing in this way).
And we even found some ways to get the energy out while we there.
An entire room of yes at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
All of that in less than an hour! For free!
I am over the moon excited that we can socialize our kids with small visits to important places! And I feel righteous now that museums are not just for dates any more.