It was this very time 10 years ago that I first became a mother. Happy Anniversary to me! It was also in this moment 10 years ago, I first held a child that was my very own!!
Now here we are: She is in the 4th grade, almost as tall as me, wears a size 7 shoe in women's, and is growing every day! She is my beautiful blond beauty, somehow she has kept that toe-head white hair, and inspires me daily. She is an encourager by nature and a lover of God and His creation. She inspires me to love everything I see around me He made. Her favorites of all His animals are dolphins and killer whales. We decided to give her a trip for her 10th birthday to travel with J to Orlando to "swim" with dolphins.
Her anticipation for this trip lasted for many weeks, and she loved telling almost everyone she was going! We worked to combine reward points, sky miles, and any other spare change to get her to her dream world! DISCOVERY COVE AND SEA WORLD
The child has memorized the DVD show we bought from Sea World last year, which includes the Shamu "Believe" show. Her dream is to be a "whale trainer", and she could actually do it. (she amazes me with her knowledge of animals, I was never like that, she gets it from J)
So Friday morning at 5 AM, the child sprung from her bed to set on a journey with her Daddy to fly to Orlando for her big moment. She had carefully even packed and planned all she needed in a "carry on" backpack so she wouldn't have to wait at baggage claim!
So off they went immediately to Sea World, where she immediately hit the ground running and got to "feed" dolphins. We usually go to Sea World every other summer and have never been able to get this close and personal with the dolphins in the feeding area.
The rest of the day at Sea World included visiting sting rays, penguins, sea turtles, then finally the wonderful Shamu Stadium where her Dad had promised a front row view in the "soak zone". Have you ever been in any area called a "soak zone?" I have personally seen this show and have NEVER had an interest to get this wet! S couldn't wait!
This is before the show, I am told as close as anyone was allowed to sit. Notice the 52 degree pool of water behind her!
Here are more shots from the Shamu Show! If you have never taken your kids to Sea World! It is a must see! We love it!
Can you imagine a wall of water coming towards you this close?
This is what happens when it does!
Apparently, this is the coolest trainer in the world!
After an exhausting day at Sea World, they headed to their hotel to rest for her big day Saturday. The. day. she. would. swim. with. real. dolphins. Here it is:
This was a pretty cool moment for Daddy too!
Here's a few others from Discovery Cove:
After their restful evening they headed back to Sea World to watch the Believe show again and enjoyed a ride on the Sea World roller coasters. After that, S enjoyed a doo from Bibbity Bobbity Boutique at Downtown Disney. I am told this was the Disney Diva Doo!
Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! May God continue to help you grow and learn about Him every day!