Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Vander Waals Go to Cincinnati {Reds Baseball}

I’m fairly certain that (at least in Brad’s mind) our entire vacation was planned around the Reds/Cubs baseball game scheduled for 1:00 on Thursday afternoon.  Both Brad and I enjoy taking in a game every now and again, and it’s something that we hope our entire family enjoys doing together throughout the years to come.  Definitely a must for a Vander Waal family vacation.
After we had all gotten ready for the day and had breakfast (we enjoyed our hotel’s full continental breakfast every morning), we spent about an hour and a half in our hotel room just relaxing and fiddling about.  This allowed Ruby to eat her second breakfast and have a quick snooze before we needed to head out for the game.  Thankfully we had made a plan for parking so we’d avoid last summer’s Detroit disaster.  Brad dropped the kids and me off within two blocks and then parked and walked the remaining six blocks.  We were off to a great start.
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Unfortunately, it was a warm, warm day.  And there’s not much for shade when you’re sitting high in the upper deck behind home plate.  It’s a great view of the field, but it’s just really really warm.  Really warm.
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Fortunately, we had purchased one of those water spray bottles with a fan contraption for a hot day like this.  Unfortunately, we only bought one.  Sharing is hard when you’re hot.
The highlight of the game, no doubt, was when one of the special event coordinators arrived in our section, and asked the woman sitting next to me if she wanted to participate in one of the mid-inning jumbo-tron games.  She said yes (who wouldn’t??) and the camera man and MC arrived in the middle of the third.
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Long story short - we were on the Jumbo-tron!
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And the girl won the contest, winning our entire row free chili and cheese dogs!  Too bad they weren’t that good, but free food - at a baseball game - nonetheless!
From that point on, Ruby and I pretty much spent the remainder of the game in the shaded concourse, where a slight breeze kept me cool as she napped all wrapped up in her Moby.  Reed came down for quite a while as well, and Drew did the best he could in his seat by Brad, but man, we were all hot.  After seven innings, it was time to call it quits.
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The Vander Waal family rating of a Cincinnati Reds baseball game: two and a half stars.  It was just hot.  Drew is getting old enough to ask questions about the game, and wanting to learn all that’s happening, but it was tough for Reed to sit still for that long, and it’s hard to see from so far away for little eyes to keep track of the game.  As for me, it’s a little rough to manage a baby in the small space allowed in those stadium seats.  And did I mention it was hot???  BUT Brad got to see the Cubs and that was nice for him. :)
And, of course, because Brad dropped us off, we all had to walk the full distance back to the van.  Thankfully, along the way, was a Wendy’s, so we all cooled off with Frostys and air conditioning before making it back to the van.
We gave the boys some time to relax with their video games back in our hotel room, before heading out to the Olive Garden for dinner.  Brad took the boys down to the hotel pool when we returned while Ruby napped and I organized some things in our room.  The boys were pretty wiped out after our day in the sun, so we bathed and were to bed by about 8:30.  Vacation is good…but vacation is tiring! 

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