~~~~~ My personal Disclaimer about this trip.
I’d like to start out by saying, I’ve seen the movie ‘The Cove’, I even wrote about it: ::HERE::
and this wouldn’t have been my first choice of where we went. But it was free.
(I didn’t see many dolphins there btw. Which I thought was strange.)
Sea World- San Antonio, offers up to 4 FREE tickets for active military members.
How amazing is that?! (Normally they run about $60 a person!)
So, although I don’t completely agree with shows that have animals in them (etc);
It’s kind of like, even though I’m a vegetarian- If I’m walking [with Ryan] in the mall, and they offer me one of those toothpicks with the free chicken sample, you know I’m grabbin’ one! Definitely NOT for me to eat, but I’ll give it to Ryan afterwards. I just can’t help myself. It’s free.
[Ryan had been to the one in California when he was younger. This was my first time going to any Sea World, same for our little guy.]
Along for the ride, was Auntie M, my brother in law- Cameron, and his friend Chad.
Somebody always gets spoiled when Uncle Cameron’s around…
Perfect examples: New sunglasses (he really did need these though) and a straw with Shamu on it, that he’ll probably lose in about 6 minutes.
Are you so bored when you take a drink, that you need it to resemble a water slide? Do people actually take them home and try and use them in an everyday glass? When you have friends over do you offer them a straw with Shamu on it? Sorry, I just don’t understand these straws.
We amazingly do still have it.
The next person who comes over is getting this in the their glass. And I will remain completely serious when I hand it to them.
Below are a couple of Ryan’s attempts at using my camera.
He caught me off guard in my, *raised eyebrow, I’m not amused face. I look so stuck up in the first picture. LOL I apologize to anyone who see’s this face- unless you did something wrong, then you totally deserve it.
When we’re done here, I’d like a pink limousine waiting outside for me.
Please make sure there is a COLD Hazelnut iced latte (light on the ice), a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting, and Channing Tatum (shirtless) inside. thx.
Oh and bring me my scepter.
Baby shamu. How adorable is that. (Put him in the limo too.)
[Waving to the audience]
[It was a cruel trick.]
And, then they fell for it again.
Is it bad I like watching the people’s reaction to being splashed, more than I like watching Shamu?
Just keepin’ it real.
I think this trainer may have a split personality. He looks so happy and nice, then this. :/
Mmmhhmm... I make blubber look good.
Oh my gawd. so cute.
I-just-wanna- talk-to-it–in-a-wittle-puppy-dog-voice -oh-yes-i-do.
I see teeth! :D
Great Show! I saw no animal cruelty, except for the daggers that guy was throwing with his eyes.
Arcade & Air Conditioning
If I had to describe Sea World:
- lot’s of fish
The bathrooms just happened to be inside of an air conditioned arcade/ nature museum-center thing.
(I think he wanted to jump inside and stay there for the rest of the day.)
Water Park Area
If you go here in the summer time, it’s best to bring a swim suit just in case. You may go there thinking you don’t want to get wet. But trust me, if it’s anywhere near as hot as it was the day we went, you’ll reconsider.
I went there thinking I didn’t want to get wet.
[Plus, my little guy needed a friend in there- since daddy couldn’t get his uniform wet.]
The water park area was by far, his favorite part.
You can just go ahead, and ignore this next picture.
If only we had a few of these babies in our backyard. He’d be busy for hours.
[Uncle Cameron- also sorry he didn’t bring his swim suit.]
I was looking forward to this part!
I mean, this is Sea World and all, so it better be good!
Turns out, the fish were just alright, but the love was overflowing.
Somebody missed their daddy.
Dun Dun… Dun Dun…. Dun Dun Dun…. (my attempt at the Jaws theme song. lol)
It’s Shark Time.
After Sea World
We dropped Ryan off at his dorm.
Knowing we only had more day left to spend with him.
Sunday was a relaxed but very difficult day. Having to say goodbye is something I’m never prepared for. Especially since we weren’t sure when we would see him again.
Usually an Airman graduates, and goes straight to wherever his tech school is to complete his training. But because Ryan switched jobs in the middle of BMT, his classes didn’t start for another month or so.
His orders were to fly back to Phoenix, Arizona the next morning. (That is where we are from, but because of him being away, we decided it would be best if we stayed with my parents in Michigan, until he’s done with school.)
So, Ryan ended up leaving the base before we even woke up. Our flight left around 3:00PM and we arrived back in Michigan Late that night.
Fast Forward- to today.
The start date for Ryan’s classes was pushed back [again]. As far as we know, he is supposed to start at the end of January. [Which means we get to spend a few more holiday’s together now, so that’s good!]
As of right now, he attends drills in Arizona (once a month) and then fly's back to stay with us.
Our family being back together has been so amazing. And although all of this going-back-and-forth has been chaotic, it’s just something we have to do right now. We’ll get through it.
All I know is, we’re together and my heart is happy.