We somehow managed to let summer almost slip by without taking a little vacay. I know! Since we took two big trips last fall, we knew we couldn't do anything BIG, yet we wanted to do something. Once again, San Antonio came to the rescue. It makes a great weekend trip since it's only about 4 hours away. Or longer if you stop to eat lunch. And take potty breaks.
Anyway. We finally arrived Thursday evening at our hotel. I had to snap this picture of Annelise because 1) she was so serious about managing her stuff, wheeling her own suitcase, carrying her Hannah Montana purse and her stuffed animals, and 2) seeing her do this was a punch in my stomach because it means she's growing up. Sniff-sniff.
Thursday evening was spent relaxing around the hotel which was very family oriented and family friendly, which was nice. There were three pools (two kiddie, one adult), a large patio area with fire pits and movie nights. After swimming herself silly, Annelise loved roasting marshmallows in order to make...
I found a simple sundress at Kohl's that ended up being perfect. It had a cross-over neckline and wider straps, yet no waist band so it was cool and comfy.
Here's the bottom half of the dress. Don't ask me why I couldn't get one shot all together, just remember Scott's teeth grinding. And change jingling.
The hotel also ran a shuttle service to and from Sea World which was so convenient. Being dropped off at the gate totally rocked. Once we arrived we planned our course of attack, keeping our priorities on shade and water.
We made our way to see the dolphins, but were too early to feed them. Pity.
Annelise REALLY wanted to pet one, yet they were not interested since we had no fish. Pity.
After playing around Shamu's Happy Harbor (really not that happy in the sweltering temps), we made our way to the water ride Journey to Atlantis.
Then it was time to visit Shamu and friends at the Believe show.
Once again, our sweet daughter displayed her misguided ideas about the universe orbiting around her when she did not get splashed by Shamu (yet, I did) nor chosen to go on stage. Oh the unfairness of it all. The anger. The pouty face. The tears. The wails of Shamu not liking her. I must confess that Scott and I couldn't restrain ourselves any longer and laughed at the utter ridiculousness of her fit. Which went over really well with her.
Then we went to lunch. That helped.
For a little while. After waiting over an hour to ride Rio Loco, listening to repeated warnings of the serious soaking factor of this ride broadcast through the loudspeakers, Annelise was primed for her turn at getting soaked.
How did the raft turn as we approached the waterfall you ask?
Cue more drama.
Thankfully a fruity drink and the hilarious sea lion show improved her mood.