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Family Fun Adventure At Sea World

I took this kids to San Diego this summer to have a mini-vacation.  They wanted to go to Sea World since we had been a few years ago and they both had fond memories.  My sister and nephew came as well.

When we got there my sister had the whole place mapped out and our day planned.   We first went to the whale and dolphin show.  The kids loved it.  It was close to the entrance and we got great seats.  How about that?  Better than an amusement park with lots of walking and lines.  I took over 200 photos of the day but thought I’d post some unique ones that are my favorite.

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This was part of our lunch.  It was food-tray style.  We got to choose different items on the menu and ask them to make or grab is already done.  The whale cookies were a huge hit.IMG_1783

We took a private behind-the-scenes tour and this wonderful woman walked backwards almost the whole time.  She was awesome.  We got to see baby sharks in their ‘purses’ getting ready to hatch, turtles in outdoor tanks, dolphins and more.  Daeton is sitting by the turtles as the come up out of the water and flap their fins.  It was neat to see them so close.  You can see dolphins behind me.  They were curious to see what we were doing so kept swimming close by to watch us.IMG_1789

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This was underneath the ‘dinner with Shamu.’  We didn’t get a picture with Shamu behind us but a sweet employee offered to take a few pictures so that I can be in them as well.   We stayed here a while, resting in the shade, and Shamu eventually came and swam by quiet a few times.

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We had Dinner With Shamu and it was fabulous.  This is the only picture of all five of us so I bought it.  Price was decent too.IMG_1863

All in all we spent about 8+ hours at Sea World.  At times the kids were grumbling and fighting but they also had a wonderful time.  Besides the two tours photographed the kids and my sister also went on another tour, seeing the dophins and feeding them squid.  We had tickets for a different show but we got lost going from the hotel to Sea World and made it too late.  The employees helped us figure it out and switched tour and credited the money for the missed tour.  Unfortunately there was only room for four.  So I went to the Turtle Reef while I was waiting for them. 
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Sisterly love.  I love taking vacations with my sister.  There is a good balance with splitting up to do some things and swapping kids, or all five of us hanging out.  She took the kids to a show while I stood over an hour in line for food.  Sucked for me but at least the kids weren’t standing there bored. When Daeton was tired she took her son and Kaela and I went to the car and let Daeton rest.  It all worked out.
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This was a great trip.  The kids loved it.  Saw some animals they have never seen and we brought home some great memories.
I can’t wait to go back to Sea World.
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Family Fun- Hurricane Harbor Water Park

I scored three tickets for Hurricane Harbor (water park owned by Magic Mountain).

Three tickets (for myself and both kids) are on sale on HH’s website for $29.99 each and I got the three tickets for $40! WOOT WOOT!

Seeing how hot it is right now in California- this will be a great day!

The kids have never been to a water park and it has been way over 20 years since I have been.
It should be a fun day. I’m hoping for no crowds and lots of giggles. It scares me that I have to keep an eye on both kids by myself but since they are older it won’t be as crazy.

Knott’s Berry Farm Fun

Last week we went to Knott’s Berry Farm with my brother’s family. Someone I know from my kids track and field was selling tickets for $10 each (adult or child) but they expired 12/30/11. We bought enough for all of us and went the following week.

Parking was about $16 per car but we split the cost.

I hadn’t been to Knott’s since 5th grade. I went on a school field trip, with my class. There was three cars of people (parents driving) and two arrived and we were waiting for the third one and were allowed to explore the ‘outside the park gift shops.’ Well, a while passed and I noticed the other kids with me were gone. Long story but they had ALL gone inside without me and I was locked outside the park until about 10 or 11pm, waiting for them. I do not know why I didn’t call my dad, probably because the place was 1 1/2 hours away, but I walked around, from the entrance to the cars (to make sure they were there) the whole day and night. I had no money on me for food and the park’s intercom system worked two areas 1- outside the park and 2- inside the park. So when I was having them try to locate my teacher and everyone else, they never heard it… and they never did a head check and noticed I was missing!

Finally, when the park was closing they call came outside to leave and saw me. I was trying not to cry and trying to

speak and started choking on my gum and I remember the teacher saying that ‘this was nothing to cry about’ and to quit it.

and… we all went home. I never got a refund. Not sure my parents ever knew about it. I never got an apology. It was just kind of unspoken in the classroom.

So….. almost 30 years later…I was back at Knott’s again. I finally got to experience the fun of it all and (barely) remember things from the last time I’d been INSIDE there, a few years before.

Daeton won’t go on any scary rides (he hates loosing his equilibrium, doesn’t even like swing sets much) and Kaela went on a few with my brother or his wife that she wouldn’t have been able to go on alone or with me (since I couldn’t leave Daeton to stand outside of a line alone) so it was great to have extra people there.

When everyone else was in line for the Ferris Wheel Daeton and I bought a GIANT pretzel and ate some, and shared with everyone else when they caught up with us. Normal soft pretzels were $5 and this huge on was $10 and all 7 of us shared it.

We, grungly, dragged the kids to the Merry-Go-‘Round, aka, carousel, and they LOVED it! Of, course.

I can’t seem to get my words lined up right with the photos but the pictures of the horses coming down the street was a free ride we could go on but we never found it.

I laughed when I took a picture of the batman guy sitting on the bench. He even had bat ears on his hoodie. I need to see if I can find one of those!

The seven of us split a $27 family value pack meal at once of the places inside the park and were all full. It has tacos, burritos, rice, beans and a soda. Not bad considering how high most food items are inside the amusement parks.

Kaela bought a ‘Hello Kitty’ bow that was a headband. It lights up and has a button to change the frequency of the flashes *yes cute but super annoying.*

The kids did Bumper Cars and I watched. I did not want to be hit in them, since stuff like that hurts my neck (I had surgery on it a few years ago and have a titanium plate in my neck where I had a slipped disc).

Daeton wanted to do the ‘shooting gallery’ in the midway and, surprising, he did GREAT… I guess all the time he plays with his air-soft gun has payed off. It was an unmanned booth, we inserted $1 bill in a slot for a ton of rounds on the gun, so there were no prizes, but he sure did great.

Since it was right before Christmas the trees and buildings were all lit up. We also saw ‘Snoopy on Ice’ and it was cute with some EXCELLENT ice skaters.


In the ‘craft section’ at the end of the park we saw a man painting people’s names with animals and other shapes painted inside each letter. He was amazing and the kids were mesmerized.

For myself I bought a ‘your name on a grain of rice’ necklace.

I had them put Daeton’s name on one side and Kaela’s name on the other. The capsule that it is in is glass and I don’t want to break it so I hung it from my rear-view mirror in my car.



All in all, we had a great day, barely spent any money, had only one melt-down, towards the end, and I’m glad we went.

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Sea Life Aquarium Legoland San Diego California

This is soooo cool! I wish it was closer. Just the gas would be a killer right now. There is a brand new aquarium that just opened. Legoland owns it. Not sure if it is at the exact same location or just right by it but Legoland is in San Diego County.

The grand opening was today.

I looked at the website and it is neat, fun and educational. I played 3 of the 6 games on the ‘fun and games section’. Wasn’t too thrilled to be a bird pooping on politicians but I’m sure the kids would love it. Collecting plastic grocery bags and other trash on the ocean floor while avoiding sharks was fun too. Website mentions endangered animals, WWF and seems very well rounded.

I emailed them asking if they plan to have a homeschooling day like the Aquarium of the Pacific does or if not what the rate would be for a large group.

http://www.sealifeus.com/