Over Thanksgiving weekend, we spent a day at Sea World with Chris’ mom and sister.Â I had never been before, but I figured Bean would like it because he’s really into fish right now.Â Specifically whales.Â He has this book with pictures of different types of sea life that has sound effects for each body of water and his favorite is the blue whale page.Â I think he likes the long, one-note sound that the whales make.
Anyway, we thought Sea World would be a big hit.
And we were right.
We went to the Shamu show and the stadium was so big that I worried that he wouldn’t be able to see the whales or wouldn’t know what he was looking at.
But he didn’t have a problem with that at all. He focused on the whales the whole time and pointed to them shouting, “Waaaalll! Waaaalll!”
The Shamu show was actually pretty impressive. They had these massive killer whales doing the craziest things. Like this whale:
Not only did he beach himself up on this platform, but then he started spinning himself around in a circle before finally backing himself down the platform and back into the water again. It was incredible!
Bean’s favorite part though was when the whales swam around the edge of the pool, splashing the crowds with their tails. He thought that was so funny!
We also headed over to the sting ray pool. They had these shallow pools of water with giant sting rays swimming around in them and you could put your hand in the water and touch them. Notice that I said, “you could.” As in, I didn’t. And neither did Bean. But, he really loved watching them swim by so close.
We also got really close to the dolphins. There was this area where you could pay all this money to feed the fish by hand. Instead, we went under the feeding area and saw them through glass…
…and then we went up to the feeding area and stood just on the other side of the rope. Basically, we mooched off of their expensive, family experience.
And as if we weren’t already close enough to the fish, Chris and Bean actually got IN a fish tank with them.
Funny story about this little viewing area in the fish tank. I got this great idea that all three of us – Chris, Bean, and me – should climb into the hole together and have our picture made as a family. How fun! But in order to get up inside the little hole, you had to climb through this even smaller hole to get up under the fish tank. And – funny thing – I didn’t fit in the hole. My belly was too big. Awesome.
See that clown fish right there swimming by Bean? He kept calling out, “Nemo! Nemo!”
After a morning of all that excitement, Beaner was worn out.
So Chris and his sister, Annie, took advantage of the downtime to get a few rides in. Personally, I am not a roller coaster person. I’d rather sit on a bench and drink lemonade while I wait for other people to attempt death while strapped to a small, upside down train. It’s just who I am.
Chris though? Totally would rather be on the upside down train.
That’s him in the third row back. The one on the end with his hands in the air.
Next they rode Manta, another roller coaster at the park.
What’s that?Â I can’t hear you over the death screams…
Honey?Â I think Bean’s got a stinky diaper.
Oh, I guess you expect ME to change him since you’re hanging upside down about two feet off the ground going 60 miles an hour at the moment.
You’re so demanding.
While Chris and Annie attempted death, Jackie, Bean, and I took in a more serene experience.
We watched sea turtles swim.
And we talked to the flamingos. But you can see in this picture that Bean was really concerned about his dad who was flying around in the roller coaster over our heads. He wanted to be up there with him, even though we tried to explain that he was too small for the roller coaster.
All in all, it was a pretty great day. I loved Sea World and Bean was just the right age to take it all in. Plus, we got to spend the whole day with family, and what’s better than that?
The next time we go though, Chris says he’s going to bring one of those baby backpacks and strap Bean to his chest so he can go on the roller coasters with him. I said over my dead body. And then Chris laughed.
I think he thought I was kidding.