I know it's been a while, and I haven't posted much for you to see, but I promise...I have really good reasons why. :) First of all, I wanted to leave the last post up for quite a while so whoever visits here will see Sonda's story. Please continue all the prayers. For a little update, the last email I received from Sonda she had mentioned that little Baylee is getting noticeably weaker. She wants to thank everyone who has said a prayer, sent a card, sent a message, made dinner or donated time to run their errands...it has meant the world to them, so please continue in giving them the support they so desperately need right now.
Thankyou all very much.
I haven't been to Sea World since I was kid so it was almost like it was my first time. Busch Gardens is a place that my husband and I used to go to every year but the last time we were there, Courtney was only 3 years old, so this trip was really filled with a bunch of "firsts". The trip was amazing. The weather was a little warm, 100's plus with very little rain. There were times when I thought there wouldn't be enough water in the park to keep us hydrated, but the pool at night brought our core temps down nicely. While we were there, we fed the Dolphins, fed the Stingrays, petted a Magellanic Penguin, touched a shark, was awed by Shamu and took a behind-the-scenes tour where we saw Harbor Seal pups, baby dolphins, hurt manatees and turtles that were being nursed back to health and saw a Polar Bear unnaturally up-close, all while hand feeding some of the most rarest birds in the world. YES...it was ALL quite amazing and the kids had a wonderful time. I posted a ton of photos on my Facebook page, but here are a few for you to enjoy.
Mama dolphin in the nursery...(little fact here but did you know that dolphins sleep with one eye closed and only half their brain? That is so the other half will remind them to breathe)...pretty cool huh?
Feeding the dolphins...they were splashing around quite a bit, so I didn't take pics during the actual feeding, this was after...I think they were hoping you still had another fish to give them. And have you ever touched a dolphin? They are the coolest things in the world, they feel like hard rubber and you have your hands right by their mouths and they are just so gentle. LOVE them!!!
These next few pics are of the amazing "Shamu" show....the pictures don't even do it justice, I can't find the words to describe how AWESOME this was. :)
Wouldn't it be so cool if you could do this?????
Another interesting little fact here...did you know that Sea World uses 14,000 lbs of fish every single day to feed all of their animals? (Imagine that contract)!! Ka-CHING!
Klondike, on our behind the scenes tour.
Harbor Seal pups, (these little cuties were born on June 19th and are still being bottle fed), they were rescued after their mama abandoned them after birth.
baby Magellanic Penguins, (7 months old)...
Beluga Whales...(can I just tell you that it was like 55 degrees in this room, and the water was just above freezing??) What a tease!!!!!
A new tat for Connor...
Bird feeding at Busch Gardens...
Court was so surprised when this one just flew over and landed right on you...basically if you had a cup, you were targeted. They would land on your hands, head, shoulders, arms they didn't care one bit.
I was told by the caretaker that this next little guy is one of the rarest birds in the world. I asked her how much he would cost to buy and she said, "Oprah would take out a loan", (not seriously, but she did say these little cuties could easily cost thousands).
Imagine finding this little 14 footer on your lawn? No thankyou!!
A new Sea World hat for Connor, but he wouldn't wear it correctly to show you...(or is this the correct way?) Don't you just love his cute, blue-popsicle lips too?
And I could go on and on, but I hope you enjoyed a few pics from our vacation!!
And please continue to keep Sonda, Duane and Baylee in your prayers for as long as it takes.