Adorable Kimball and is sweet teacher MS. Monica and his class had a mother's Day luncheon where they spoiled all of us mothers. It was so sweet and so fun to be with my cutie Kimball that day! He even gave me a beautiful bead bracelet he made in school. I love it!
Then Peter and the boys spoiled me for lunch on Mother's day and made me crepes with lots of yummy fruit. I'm one lucky lady! In the car on the way to church that day, out of the blue, Kimball said, "Mom, Dad's in WUV with you!" It was so cute. I'm glad he can see the love between his parents.
During our drive from San Antonio to Surfside beach, Kimball took lots of silly pictures using an app on my ipod. I even found one of Uncle Steve on there from the drive back from NASA to the beach house.
One morning Joey went outside right after breakfast to enjoy the peaceful ocean view. After a few minutes cute little Caleb came out to join us.
I was so excited to take Joey on a special mother-son date for his birthday!! There was one ride at Sea World, the Wahalla Wave, that joey had been dying to go one after they completely redid the water park. Kimball was just not quite tall enough, plus it was too scary for him (and me for that matter :)). So since Peter was done working on Joey's B-day, we got to let Dad and Kimball have a fun time together while Joey and I had one last adventure. Joey really loved getting his picture taken with these amazing macaws.
This is the Wahalla wave. You go down a long, twisting tunnel until you suddenly get pushed downward really fast and then flung up, completely sideways. (I still have no idea how people don't fall out of that raft). So Joey and I get to the top of the stairway and I am totally getting scared, Joey seems a little apprehensive We ask the lifeguard if she can start us so we're both sideways -so neither of us have to be backward. She tries, but during the first 5 seconds,the water turns us, and I AM BACKWARD--which I hate :). We get flung all over the place and I cannot tell what is happening. I have a total heart-attack and when we finally get to the bottom, I'm still trying to recover my vital bodily processes and I look over at Joey and he's got his hands in the air and shouts, "that was awesome!" That's when I knew he was an adrenaline junkie. He immediately wanted to go on again (I'm wondering if I need to take myself to the first-aid station :)), and because I love him so much and it was his birthday, we went on again. This time be was backward, and he still loved it. He's a brave kid, and I am apparently getting old. After that I convinced him to lounge with me in the wave pool.
Best part of the day #1--getting that coveted cotton candy (since Dad wasn't there to protect our teeth)
Best part #2--the sting ray encounter. Joey has such wonderful grandparents and great-grandparents who sent birthday money. We were able to go and get right in the sting ray pool with them. Let me just tell you that those little guys are hungry. They are bottom, suction feeders, and they have a powerful suck. We got in and they immediately began to swarm us. It was pretty amazing to be surrounded by sting rays. You hold the fish like an ice-cream cone, with a little bit of fish sticking up out of your fist, and the rays swim over and suck it our of your hand. That was fun, but after a few minutes it was getting a little too much for Joey. they had almost sucked his shorts off, and I was done with my kneecap being mistaken for sting-ray food. We then went to the shallow end of the pool and Joey could pet the rays in peace.
ice cream cone fish hold
Ahh, the shallow end was so much better. You could touch the cute little guys without being sucked alive.
Joey looking at the giant ray that swims above Stingray falls.
Happy Birthday Joey! I am so glad I got to spend that day with you! You are one amazing boy and so fun to be around! Thanks for letting me spend that day with you. (Just please don't get too old and "cool" that you don't want to spend your birthday with me ;)