As the song by Jack Johnson goes, "It's always better when we're together."

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Sea World Adventure

Over Veteran's Day weekend Matt and I were able to take Mr. Man to Sea World. Like the great procrastinators that we are, we decided Friday morning that we would head out Friday afternoon. It worked out somewhat well because Matt got us an Expedia last minute deal to stay at the Gaylord Palms Hotel. It was crazy! They had alligators at the hotel -- yes, I said alligators. We arrived around 8pm after a stop at Fuddruckers for some burgers. Nate even had his own crib this time! The sweet baby didn't have to sleep in a chair! 

He liked his crib much better than the chair! 

He also liked our bed, his toys, and the wipes! 

The alligators at the hotel.

We got up the next morning and headed off to Sea World. Nate was well rested and wasn't going down for a nap so we decided to start the day. We got there and looked at the flamingos, birds, and seals before Nate decided it was nap time. He crashed for about an hour and a half while Matt and I ate lunch and walked around a bit.


This sea turtle was amazing! It was so huge! 

Nate posing with the sea turtle. 

It was a bright day so we wore our shades.  

The birds were really close.... 

The seals were pretty cool, too! 

Nate, Matt, and a seal.

When Nate woke up we watched them feed the dolphins before going back through the shark tunnel, watching the penguins, visiting the aquarium, and watching the Shamu show. Nate was a fan! He danced to the music while holding on to his spoon. (It's the little things in life that keep him happy!) After the Shamu show we decided to call it a day. We went back to the hotel, napped, watched football, and had a lazy night!

The dolphins were cool.

Nate liked watching the dolphins, but was not fond of them splashing him.

Strolling along! I wish I had someone to push me around Sea World!!

We decided to pose in front of the waterfall.

Nate loved looking at the fish as they swam around!

The Shamu show was a lot of fun!

Taking a break from watching the whales.

More whale tricks!

On Sunday we got up and headed out into the hotel to take a few pictures of Mr. Man. He was somewhat cooperative and we got a few good pictures. 

Nate = early riser. Matt = late sleeper.

Mr. Nate sitting on a bench in the hotel. (Matt was close by in case he decided to move forward or backward!)

He loved the koi in the pond. We watched them and the waterfall for awhile!

The view from our hotel balcony.

We packed the car and headed to the outlet mall for a little shopping. We got Nate a few Christmas gifts, grabbed lunch, and drove home. Nate slept the entire way home. When we got home he was awake for about an hour before taking another 2 hour nap! Sea World had worn him out! We had a great time and with any luck hopefully we'll be able to take more trips like this in the future.

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