Friday, March 30, 2012

Sea World Spring Break 2012

This year for spring break we decided to take a little mini vacation to San Antonio. I had to post our trip in 3 different blog posts. Ever since Abigail saw the movie Dolphin Tale, she has been obsessed with dolphins & whales. She's also seen all the Free Willy movies. So to Abigail all whales are named Willy, not Shamu. James & I thought it would be fun to take her to Sea World while it's not 100 degrees outside. Abigail had also been talking about going to Sea World for a few months now, so she was so excited!

We left on Friday night in the pouring rain & got stuck in lots of 5 0'clock traffic, so it took us FOREVER to get to San Antonio. Our original plan was to go to Sea World on Saturday, but it was raining & supposed to rain all day. Thankfully we were staying at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort & Spa & they always have a calendar of activities for the kids. After spending a little while in a bounce house, we decided to go to Target & buy some ponchos & just take our chances at Sea World. When we got to Sea World it was only sprinkling so we thought this isn't so bad. We didn't have to stand in any lines. We were able to see one show, which only had maybe 25 people in the audience total. Then, they had to shut down Sea World because of weather in the area. Needless to say we were running back to the car because we got caught in a torrential downpour. It was also a little chilly outside, so being cold & wet wasn't a good combination. The kids were dry, which was all that mattered. So, we went back to the hotel to hang out. Well, we decided to venture out to the River Walk for dinner. It was still drizzling, but we just wanted to do something fun other than hang out at the hotel. So, we ate dinner at Rita's on the River Walk & had a large margarita of course. The River Walk is not stroller friendly that's for sure. It was a fun little adventure though.
Sunday, we went back to Sea World when they opened. We already had our tickets so we didn't have to wait in any lines. The weather was warmer & the sun finally came out. We spent several hours at Sea World & saw all the shows. Abigail was only able to ride one of the rides since she's still so short. Abigail loved seeing the baby beluga whales, the dolphins, & Shamu A.K.A Willy. We had so much fun at Sea World & it was so fun getting to experience it through my child's eyes & excitement. I was disappointed that I didn't get very many pictures, but sometimes you just have to live in the moment. It was difficult to take pictures since James or I were holding Jacob & Abigail was wanting in our laps so she could see the shows better. We were smart & took both of our strollers because we don't have a double stroller & knew Abigail would get tired of walking. Sure enough she was in & out of the stroller because James refused to carry her around everywhere. After a full day at Sea World, both kids fell asleep as soon as we got in the car. So, we drove around enjoying the hill country while the kids took a nap. Then, we went back to the hotel & went down to the pool. My friend Lydia & her kids were in San Antonio as well, so they came over to our hotel to go swimming. I'm learning to be more spontaneous & live in the moment, which is something I'm learning since becoming a parent. I'm a planner & like to have everything all planned out, but with small children you just have to go with the flow. It was a fun little get away & a much needed vacation.
Baby Beluga Whale

My blue eyed baby boy!

Feeding the dolphins

Waiting for the Shamu show

Shamu show

$20 face painting that didn't last long

Sea Lion show

Abigail showing off her face painting & her new swim suit

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