Friday, March 27, 2009
Also, we let him have a bottle at nights so he would go straight to sleep, but no matter how far asleep he was when he finished the bottle, he would always get up and crawl to the end of the bed, tossing the empty bottle onto the floor before crawling back to the pillow and going to sleep.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
We bought some fish and fed the rays. You could put your hands down in and pet them, and they'd swim right up to you. We had a freak out moment when one sucked on Calvin's pudgy hand and C even pulled him out of the water he was latched on so hard. I didn't get any pictures because I was freaking out, but the boy took it all in stride.
The Shamu show was this whole dramatic presentation where they start with all of the veterans in the audience standing up and we all clapped, and then they talked about how the people of the world are all connected, and then they have music and a movie screen, and despite knowing full well that they were trying to emotionally manipulate me, I caved and got a bit teary eyed. And then they had the little girl who wanted to be a soccer player and they let her touch the whales and told her she could be anything at all that she wanted to be. And then I got mad at my parents because they didn't tell me I could be a whale trainer or a marine biologist or anything fun and I only aspired to be a teacher. I felt bitter and like I had a wasted life when there was so much out there to do and be. Thanks a lot Shamu. Anyway. The show was good and the boy loved it. The best part was when they teach you this whale dance thing with your hands and you chant Shamu over and over and then the whale comes out and drenches the audience. Good times had by all.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So excited to be there, he's clapping.
And then his pants were wet, so he ran around as the weird pantless child for the rest of the day.
Monday, March 16, 2009
We spent a lot of time in "Land of the Dragons", but I'll post about that tomorrow. Andy went on a few of the adult rides by himself while we played, and then we did a bunch of stuff together. Here are some of my favorite pictures of the day:
This gives you a view of the halls that C runs around and around. He also loves the elevators. Going down he gets a bit nervous, but up he finds better than any theme park ride.
Boys being splashed by the fast, spinning ride.
I brought my crappy laptop instead of my awesome one, so I have no photoshop with which to make this picture interesting. BUT if you could zoom in you would see that Andy is the third rider on the left on the front row, ready to plummet straight down. I love that he wore an orange shirt today. It makes him very easy to pick out.
The Serengeti Express:
BG has a cute train that drives you around the park, and they actually have an amazing selection of wildlife to enjoy on your "safari" adventure.
Ready to ride. Not sure how I managed to get the boy looking so serious. He had a great time.
Some of the animals:
It was really amazing how they came right up to the train. Even the rhinos were right there within touching distance. The tour guide (who told us several times that she was brand new) had this panicky voice, telling everyone to keep their arms and legs away from the sides and place any small children in the center of the seats while they were near. Drama.
The Log Ride:
Okay, so we cheated a bit on this one. I've felt guilty most of the day for being an irresponsible parent, but C kept ogling all of the fast rides, and we couldn't keep him away from the water, so when we saw THIS:
we knew it was the perfect combination to make him truly happy. I think he enjoyed it (complete with the hardcore lesbian makeout session going on in the log in front of us), but true happiness seemed to elude us as his nails dug into my legs and our park photo came back with his face contorted in fear.
This scan is another result of bad equipment. Andy has a cheap scanner to copy his receipts for work, but when we used it to scan this photo, it came out quite stretched. While I do NOT look this wide, Andy insists that his shoulders do in fact look this broad.
Calvin played archaeologist while his dad rode a big scary ride twice in a row.
Climbing on a cat.
The boy was very proud of himself when he uncovered this sphinx.
A rare two-headed pharoah.
I guess he liked posing on this, because as soon as Andy would bring him down, he kept running back up the stairs.
All clean and content after a long day of playing. Growing up Andy always got a stuffed toy when they went on vacation to a theme park, so he insisted that Calvin have one to take home. The boy picked this one up out of dozens of jungle animals and immediately started growling at it, so we knew it was the one.
(I'm not sure why the two laptops are different, but this one does really weird things with my formatting. When I get home, I'll re-add pictures so you can click on them to enlarge.)