Since we were already headed to San Diego on a long holiday weekend, we decided to make a family vacation of it and it was so fun! I know Landon and Shannon had this in mind for out of towners when they planned the date, and thanks, because we had a blast staying extra! Saturday, we woke up and got ready to go to Sea World! Carter was so excited to see Shamu and ride the rides. So as soon as we got there, our first order of business seemed, logically, to see Shamu since there was a show about to start. Well, it was possibly better to have waited because they don't let you bring your own food and drinks into the park (and, yes they do check your bag), so we were without those items heading into the show. Carter immediately started whining that he was thirsty because it was so humid and hot, and when we couldn't get the drink person's attention, he started saying he wanted to go home, which was frustrating for Justin and I, since we were all excited to take him here. Anyway, after we got the drink thing settled, things started looking up!After enduring the whining through Shamu (although we still did enjoy the show), we decided it would be best to head over to the Sesame Street Bay of Play. The characters were out, singing on the ship when we arrived and Carter was so excited all his fave Sesame Street characters were there! He couldn't wait to take his picture with Elmo. Then, they had so many other fun things for kids in this area, it was awesome! His favorite was climbing up all the nets into the huge treehouse thing with bridges and such going over the sprayground below. He would sing the "Spiderman" song to himself the whole time because he said he felt like Spiderman climbing the webs!
We walked around and saw all the animals we wanted to see. Justin and I had a good laugh watching the penguins. They are such funny, cute little creatures. There was one in particular that caught our eye that was just standing against the back fence thing looking down over it. I'm sure you had to be there to see the humor in this funny bird staring and standing perfectly still for a good hour since he was still there when we went back through. Anyway, Carter fell asleep in the stroller and we had to wake him up because they don't allow you to take your stroller into 90% of the exhibits. Oh man, that was a bad idea waking him up, he was mad! We ended up leaving the polar bear exhibit like this: But it was nothing a little cotton candy and relaxing back in the stroller couldn't fix! My camera died shortly after this picture too, which was very sad =( But we bought a disposable camera to take to the beach the next day, which as soon as I get them back on disc, I'll post pics. We had a blast at the beach on Sunday and then drove back home and arrived at around 9 at night. The kids were awesome in the car and had so much fun on our vacation. We asked Carter what his favorite part was and he replied, "Shamu and the polar bears." Hmmm...the two ugliest parts for us as he was whining and/or crying through those events, but hey, I guess he ended up enjoying himself! Ha ha...I personally think he loved rolling in the sand at the beach and climbing the ropes at Sea World the best, but who am I to make such a judgment.