Even though Keith was working that day, I decided to take advantage of my friend Nyra's invitation to go to Sea World with her, her little girl Eva, and her brother and little girl Sophia, especially since I realized that the price for Avery's admission would go from free to $45 once she turned three the next week. It was a bit rough handling the two girls on my own, and would have loved to have Keith there to share in the day's memories, but the trip was without a doubt worth it.
We started off at a dolphin show filled with synchronized swimmers and divers. Avery seemed to be in a bit of a daze trying to take it all in at first: But after watching the swimmers' movements for a little while, she started to move around and get in to the music:
And the next thing I know, Avery is in full swing- dancing, emulating, and pretending to be a sychronized swimming dancer herself. Always the actress, never the audience:
She continued practicing her new-learned dance moves in the penguin house exhibit:
And then it was on the best part of the hot day for Avery and Eva- some fun time at the Sea World Water Park:
Avery continued to practice her new dance moves in the kiddie pool:
And then reverted to her way of floating in the water for a little relaxation time:
And then she moved on to her next favorite passtime- following around the older kids. She selected this little boy to follow around despite the looks he gave to her that seemed to say "Who are you and how do I get you to go away?"
And she ended pool time emulating Eva's favorite activity- a little R & R on the turtle float: Addie, as usual, enjoyed the entire day sitting back and observing the going-ons:
We had to entice the girls out of the pool with the promise of french fries and apple juice. Luckily they adhered and Avery, Eva, and Sophia had a great time playing "Ring Around the Rosies" while we ate: