Monday, July 23, 2012

Sea World

This year, we decided our family vacation would be to Sea World. I had been looking forward to taking Bryson for months! Then...we went o the Zoo and it was just miserable. SO hot! I actually called Michael to see what he thought about canceling because it was going to be even hotter down in San Antonio. He really really wanted to go, so we kept our trip for the end of June.

Bryson did fantastic on the 5 hour car ride down there. I packed a fun busy bag for him and he sayed really busy for a while and then we talked and sang songs for a while.

We stopped for lunch in Austin and thanks to Beau and Rebecca's suggestion, we stopped at Phil's Icehouse. It was perfect!! They had a big outdoor playground for Bryson to run around like a mad man and get out all of his energy :)

Once we got to San Antonio, we went straight to the Children's Museum. I seriously wish we had one in Dallas! Bryson (and Michael) loved everything about it!

We checked into our hotel and then jumped on the River Taxi to go eat dinner.
We were waiting for the boat and we saw a couple ducks swim by so I rummaged in the backpack for a little snack for Bryson to throw at them. After a couple pieces of granola bar hit the water, two ducks turned into 20!! B loved it!!

Saturday, we went to Sea World. I had been talking about everything we'd see and do to prepare B for what to expect. I showed him YouTube videos of Shamoo so he would be excited about seeing him and we checked out dolphin books from the library so he would know what they really are. He was so thrilled to get up and go see "Shampoo the whale jump really high and splash all the people in the chairs and get wet" :)

Thankfully, there was a cool front that came through for the weekend and it was only 85 degrees while we were there instead of the 102 degrees it was the weekend before. Phew!! And, Sea World is so amazing, they give free season passes to teachers! To bad we don't live closer!

We went straight for the dolphins and stayed forever. I think Bryson is a dolphin magnet because they were all swimming straight over to us and showing off for him. It was cute :)

We went to a few different shows, which were so fun :)

We left a little after lunch and went back to the hotel for naps before going out to the river walk again.

We had such a blast spending time together as a family and really cherish making fun memories!

We left at 4:30 AM on Sunday morning to drive back to Dallas for our best friend, Alicia's Baptism. I took pictures, but they're on my Dad's camera, so I'll need to get those soon. We were so thrilled for her and couldn't be more excited for her decision. We wouldn't have missed it for the world!!

I was reeeally hoping Bryson would go back to sleep in the car after waking up at 4:30, but no such luck. So after an early wake up call, church, lunch with Alicia's family, we finally got home and B took about an hour nap before John and Melony came over to take Bryson to a "Family Fun Day" at the Roughriders Stadium. I was so nervous that he would be a terror from lack of sleep, but he had a blast!! He talked about his ballon animals and playing baseball with Grandma and Papa for days!

It was a long, busy weekend, but we had so so much fun!!


  1. What a fun vacation!! I can't wait to do this with Pearson. Dallas does have a Children's Museum. It's at Fair Park in the Museum of Nature and Science. I don't think it is as cool as the one that you went to, but I've heard it's neat. I'm going this summer with my SIL. My nephew who is 4 will have the most fun, but I really want to check it out. It says its for ages 2-10 so it would be perfect for Bryson!

  2. Looks like a packed weekend, but sounds like a great time! We went to Sea World back in April, and this is a great age for that - they're fascinated!

    Phil's Icehouse is one of our favorite places to eat with kids - and it's tasty!

  3. What a fun trip, and lucky you getting a cool front! I can't wait to take P, but It's not in the cards this summer. Yes, the Children's museum of science at fair park is lots of fun! Not near as cool as the Children's museum in Houston, but still fun. Let us know if you ever head out that way, maybe we could meet up:).

  4. What a fun family trip! I am sure Bryson had such a wonderful time seeing all the animals and of course making such fun memories with mom and dad. On a second note... thank you guys so much for driving hours just to be back for my baptism. That meant the absolute world to me to have our best friends there:) We love you guys:)

  5. Sounds like a fun family trip! The dolphin show at our local aquarium was a huge hit with Jack. I need to see if there's a Sea World close to us. I love his road trip activities. Glad he was a good little traveler for you!!