We finally, finally made it to Sea World.
We'd been rained out in our prior attempts, but this morning, there was nothing but blue sky and sun. So after a frantic morning spent unwrapping gifts - the kids loved EVERYTHING - we packed up and drove down to San Diego.
First stop? Shamu. The kids were more than ready.
It was worth the wait. These animals are amazing. Their sheer size and atheticism, to say nothing of their beauty, is just a wonder to watch.
NO idea how these people sitting in the front rows enjoyed being soaked by the chilly water, since the temperatures barely hit 60 and there was a cool breeze.
Look how small the trainer looks next to Corky, who is more than 40 years old (atta girl!)
We walked around after the show. There was plenty to see, and the park wasn't as huge as it looks on the map. It's definitely more manageable than the San Diego Zoo as far as hiking distances between exhibits. They have several small aquariums, touch pools, and my favorite - the dolphins.
Wanna know why he's smiling? Because I TOUCHED HIM! Oh yes I did! Patted him right on his rubbery little head. First time for me. I'm guessing it was more of a thrill for me than him, but could he BE any CUTER?!?!
Anyway, at one point Sawyer wanted to see the bat rays, and Sage wanted to go to Sesame Place where they have a huge playground. So I took Sage, and on the way, I got sidetracked by this horrible noise.
It totally cracked me up. Reminded me of opening a bag of candy in a roomful of kids. Also enjoy Sage's whining. Blends right in, and you can see why my head spins around on a daily basis.
Xander, meanwhile, was perfect. Despite having a pretty bad head cold, he was totally chill. He hung out with us during the show, then was happy to sit in his stroller and take in the scene the rest of the time.
On the way out - we spent six hours there - we got the kids their promised cotton candy. As Sawyer sucked the sticky blue sugar off his fingers, he said, "This is the perfect ending."
He was right.
A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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