Aiden has been trying to learn how to swim without floaties for quite a while but he was always too scared to try it without holding onto us. We were at a pool party a few weeks ago and I told him that if he swam from point A to point B without any help, we’d take him to Sea World. He jumped right off the side of the pool and never put floaties on again! We left early Saturday morning, spent all day at Sea World, then stayed at a hotel and played at Aquatica (Sea World’s water park) all day Sunday.
Mommy: “Aiden, on a scale of 1-10 how excited are you right now?”
Aiden: “I’m like 38 excited right now!”
Sea World has three big roller coasters that Brian and I wanted to do. Brian waited in line while Aiden and I explored and played. Once he rode the ride, he asked for a “child swap card” and brought it to me. This allowed me to skip the entire line and get right on the ride while he & Aiden spent time together. It was perfect.
Aiden rode everything he was big enough for. He really liked Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.
Shamu was the only show we got to watch but it was pretty neat. The trainers don’t get in the tank with the whales anymore so that was kind of lame but I suppose their safety is more important than our entertainment.
I didn’t get a picture of it but one of our favorite things was the Turtle Trek. It was a large dome shaped room where images are projected all around. It tells the story of a sea turtles life as if you were the turtle. Brian was holding Aiden and to make it more exciting he was ducking every time an image was projected towards them (as if it were real). During this, Aiden yelled, “Daddy, it’s not real! It’s a hologram.” People around us laughed.
The Happy Harbor kid area was huge! Aiden loved climbing the nets.
Aiden wanted to take a picture in front of the beluga whales for Uncle Cory (since he always sang Baby Beluga to him as a baby).
By far, Aiden’s favorite exhibit was the shark encounter! He must of went through it eight times. It’s a tube that runs right through a huge aquarium of sharks. It’s pretty awesome, I must say!
We rode Journey to Atlantis. Aiden thought it was “really scary”. I love the picture. He looks just like the emoji!
Our hotel room was pretty nice. It had a queen bed and a pull out sofa bed. As soon as we left the park, we checked in and went right to the pool. We swam for a little bit, then had to get out because it started lightening. So, we ordered dinner to be delivered to our room.
Still trying to stay with the low carb diet, I had a burger with blue cheese, bacon and sautéed peppers. The salad was the only “green” side they had.
Once the storm passed, we went back to the pool. Aiden met some kids to play with and Brian and I enjoyed some adult beverages from the poolside bar. We stayed until it closed at 11pm.
This was at 11:15pm.
The next morning, the boys had a really hard time getting motivated so I went down stairs and had breakfast by myself. And, lucky for me, there was a Starbucks in the lobby.
Scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, and a tall coffee with sugar free caramel syrup and heavy cream.
I thought bringing a coffee to the room for Brian would help him wake up but I still had to wait. Oh well. It was kind of nice having the peace and quiet before heading out for the day.
Aiden slowly started waking up. I guess that theme park really wore him out!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures while at Aquatica. I didn’t want to take a chance on getting my phone wet and damaging it. Aiden rode the smaller water slides and loved the wave pool but he wouldn’t do any of the bigger slides. He said it was because he was afraid of heights. Year, right. After about four hours of playing, he was ready to go and actually asked to leave.
It didn’t take long for him to pass out.
We didn’t leave a moment too soon. Check out that storm rolling in!
Aiden slept the whole way home. We took a stroll down memory lane listening to music that we use to listen to when we were dating as teenagers. Over all, it was an awesome weekend!