When we first entered the park, we got a double stroller again. The best investment at amusement parks. They steer better than any of the double strollers I ever had. Once we got rollin’, the sting rays were first. The girls saw others feeding them and wanted to try. So I bought some fish to feed them. Once they saw the food close up, they were not interested. I fed the sting rays two of the fish and gave the other two away to some other kids who were willing to touch them.
This was and will always be one of my favorite spots in Sea World. I could watch the penguins play all day!
We then went to see the Shamu Show. The girls enjoyed it, but did not love it like the dolphin show. I think the element of dance and classical music in the dolphin show was more to Addisan’s liking.
This was MY favorite show, Clyde and Seamore. It was a cute little skit about pirates who get marooned on a desert island and how the sea otters and sea lions help them out. We had a rain delay in the middle of the show, but they resumed after about 15 minutes.
After this show, we walked back in the rain to the hotel where we took a short nap and had dinner in the hotel. Kids ate free at the hotel restaurant! Later on that night, we went back to see Shamu Rocks which was the whale show with fancy lights and classic rock songs. It was great! Campbell loved just standing up and dancing to the music.
We had the best hotel experience at the Renaissance Marriott across the street from Sea World. Our room was very inexpensive and had a lot to offer.
When we arrived, they gave us sparkling cider. When I asked the girls to raise their glasses for us to do “cheers,” the lady who checked us in came right around the counter and took a picture for us.
In the evening, we just vegged and watched movies.
In the morning, we would eat something light before tackling the awful August Florida heat.
I hope to sort through the Sea World pictures this week and post them soon. Getting caught up with our summer travels on our family blog will make me smile.
For our last full day in Delray before leaving for Orlando, we woke up in the morning and made Shrinky Dink art. This was one of my other craft projects that I got mailed down there. I forgot how much fun, at any age, those Shrinky Dinks can be!
We can’t wait to come back again. Surviving traveling alone with my kids makes me smile:)
I sometimes forget that these life moments we are not entitled to, but are privileged to. I take for granted that we have all these freedoms in America and we have to preserve and protect them. I am ashamed to admit this, but I sometimes feel so distant from the war after ten years. I hear numbers on the news of fatalities and injuries and have trouble putting a face or a story with each passing or injured.
This horrific incident has reminded me that each number heard on the nightly news has loved ones who are mourning their loss of life. Each number has family who is forced to get out of bed each morning and put one foot in front of the other until it becomes the new norm of feeling. Each number has left behind family who treasures their memories even tighter and keeps their love ones even closer now. Each number has a family who has to learn to move on while their hearts are five steps behind them. I have been boldly reminded that each day we are given in this world is a gift.
I want to thank all of the Armed Services for all that you do and their families who make those sacrifices.
We then went to downtown Delray and went back to the same cupcake shop. The girls tried the ice cream there this time. I got my usual Cocoa Chanel cupcake.
Campbell insists on doing her hair each day. This is her new hair-do. I think she looks more like hippie….and she has the free spirit personality to go with it.
We later discovered a great old fashion pharmacy. I love it….it had a little bit of everything. They had a great selection of Melissa and Doug toys. That brand is one of my favorite! The girls each selected a small toy eraser and you would have thought they won the lottery with their excitement.
Bernadette and I took the girls to the Miami Zoo yesterday. We had an adventure getting there. Our one and a half hour trip doubled. Looking at the bright side with our unexpected adventure, the girls got a power nap in and B and I got extra time to have girl talk.
When we arrived at the zoo, it was hot. When I say hot, I really mean over 100 degrees hot!
The best $10 dollars I spent in the longest time was on this…
The girls loved this! Campbell has been out of a stroller since she was a year and a half. I was a little nervous to see if they would actually ride in it….but they did VERY willingly!
We saw a lot of cool animals!
When we thought we saw it all, until we saw this…
Bernadette made a comment about those boys walking all over her (in more ways than one, huh?). The zookeeper behind us heard her and said that it happens all the time! You learn something new everyday, I guess.
I think one of the coolest things we did was ride a camel. Addisan did not want to do this at first until Campbell tried it out. Little sisters make great guinea pigs.
The girls had a great time despite the awful heat.
We had a great first full day in Delray Beach yesterday. We slept in, including the kids. We had breakfast and did a craft. Before we came down, I went on Amazon and ordered some crafts for them to do and got them sent directly down here.
We then went outside to enjoy the pool in the backyard. Addisan has made great improvements in her swimming even in the past two days. Things are really clicking for her.
After our rough morning at the pool, we went to a local park. It was awesome for toddlers with all the ground level entry points. The girls could have stayed all day.
After working up an appetite running around, we tried a FABULOUS cupcake place.
I am embarrassed to admit this, but I have never flown alone before in my life! As a child, we always drove EVERYWHERE for vacation unless the Atlantic Ocean was separating us from our destination. So when our friends from Arlington moved to Florida, we thought it would be fun to go visit them. So for my first time on the plane by myself….I really wasn’t. I had two awesome little buddies with me! This was their first plane ride. They were both so excited about traveling to see our friends!
So before we left, a friend suggested wrapping up things for them to do on the plane. That way it creates excitement about the gift itself and they do not play with everything at once for only a short period of time and get bored.