Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day Two - Shamu!

I know you all are on the edge of your seat just waiting to hear more exciting news about our vacation! I promise that day 2 is better than day 1. Get ready for picture overload!

We looked at the forecast for our time in Florida and it said rain, rain and more rain. Actually we got beautiful weather. It did rain a couple of times but it didn't spoil the fun. We spent the day at Sea World. If you haven't been to SW, you definitely have to put it on your list. Don't tell bitty one, but I liked it more than Disney! There is really something for everyone there.

I don't know what it is about my kids and sea rays, but they love them! Every place that has ray petting my kids are all over it! They could stay here for hours petting and getting splashed by these pancake gliding creatures. I think it might be that they like to touch EVERYTHING!

Next, we waited in a long hot line to feed and touch the dolphins. See?! Again with the touching! This crazy bird decided he wanted some food too and stole a fish from us which totally freaked out bitty!

Trying to get her to touch a dolphin was another thing. She also didn't want to have anything to do with touching the stinky slimy fish either. Guess who got to handle those for her?

She wanted to get more cause "Mommy! They are still hungry!" but I was already smelling like a fish market on a hot day. They don't look underfed to me either. Look at that double chin this guy is sporting!

Bitty one was so mad cause she was just 2" too short to ride on the big rides. I was the lucky one who got to entertain her crying, whining self while the other kids and dad rode this. I don't know what I am going to do when she is tall enough. Right now I can use her as an excuse to not ride the coasters. Yeah, yeah, I am a big chicken! She did like that she got to squirt them with water guns when they went past us though!

Then it was onto the main attraction....

....Shamu and friends! Jeff took the kids up front and I stayed at the back.

I KNEW you'd get wet, they didn't! I know, I am mean like that. They all came out looking like drowned rats and the bitty one yammering away about how the fish got her wet! It's a whale honey, not a fish!

It's amazing that they can get these large animals to do what they do!

I mean, I don't weigh close to 12,000 pounds and I can't jump like that! Did you know that their tank holds 17 million gallons of water?! Bet they don't top that off with a garden hose!

Told ya they looked like drowned rats!

These guys were amazing! They walked around in the kiddie section playing music and dancing on their stilts. Jeffrey says he wants to do that now. I am afraid of what he will come up with!

They rode rides.....


....and more rides. In fact, this coaster she could ride and did so practically non stop. She would get off the ride, grab dad by the hand and drag him back in line!

He is just as wonderful as he is handsome though!

The wind kicked up and it looked like rain, so we ducked into this theater to watch a pet show that was very cute! It made me miss my big black girl at home! They did some really cute skits with the animals.

That was about it for the day. We were here from 10 am to 11 pm. Talk about being worn out! We didn't even get to see everything which is okay since we plan on another day visiting.

Tomorrow we spent the day relaxing at the beach. We found a gorgeous, secluded beach that we loved. That's for tomorrow though.

As for today, I gotta get crack-a-lacking on some yard work!



TexWisGirl said...

the pic of your little girl in the wet sundress is just precious. :)

Barbara F. said...

What great photos, I have always loved dolphins (I guess it was from watching "Flipper" on tv when I was a kid). Looks like you all had a great time. xo,

a Bohemian Market said...

Hey Maggie:
You and your family had too too much fun!!!
What a fun summer activity you all had!!!
#1 I want to know when you are going to write a book?
You are one talented creative author!!!
I like the layout you have now.
You are a happy lady!!!
Thank you for checking on me : )
Peace & love

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like another day of fun Maggie! Poor soaking wet Bitty One and your hubby gets Brownie points for going on all the rides:@)
PS-is that backwards end of a pig I see under the "The End" sign???

thepurplerose said...

OMG SUPER COOL DOLPHIN PICTURE!!! Oh yeah, the kids too!!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

A great adventure, but truthfully??? the tomorrow on the secluded beach looks like the most fun.

All joys and good luck, love the dolphin etc.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green island

Lori said...

They do not call it the splash zone for fun! I loved SeaWorld and you are right ~ there is something there for everyone. Wonderful pictures Maggie ~ now I look forward to some beach shots.