Dolphins, Elmo, and Rides. Oh my!

I mentioned in yesterday's post that we wanted to take Emerson to do something special for her birthday in lieu of a party. Our original plan was to take her to Disneyland but Jesse couldn't take any week days off and I heard that it's super crowded on the weekends in May. So we decided to hold off on that and do something similar in our own backyard: Sea World!!

We had a great day and Emerson loved every second of it. I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

We headed to the Sesame Street Bay of Play first thing. Even though Emerson has become more of a Mickey fan, I don't think she'll ever stop loving Elmo.
They had several rides that are made just for kids her size and she was beyond excited to see them.

She rode Elmo's Flying Fish first. Can you tell that she had a blast?

After riding all of the little rides, we headed over to watch the dolphin show. I wasn't really sure how Emerson would do but she was mesmerized. She didn't not move at all during the whole 25 minute show. It was really that awesome!

We had lunch, looked a few more animals and then went back to the Sesame Street area because they were having a character meet and greet. I knew that Emerson would be beyond thrilled to meet Elmo.

We got there early and let me tell you, the waiting part wasn't easy!
But after a few minutes, Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and Ernie finally came out. The look on E's face was priceless. When it was finally our turn to go meet them she suddenly turned to me and said, "I'm scared, Momma!" I think she was afraid I was going to send her up to them alone. She wanted me to hold her, so I did.

 Then we posed for a few pictures.
 And, of course, we couldn't leave without buying a souvenir.

Before we left I asked Jesse to get a few pictures of us together. This is the best we got:

Our sweet girl had such a good time, but she was SO tired. She fell asleep within minutes of getting in the car.
After her nap, we had our neighbors over for cupcakes. Eme has played with them quite a bit but she's never had them over to our house. She was so excited and kept taking them around and showing them everything. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures, though!

That night we decided to go out for dinner. After our busy day, we just didn't feel look cooking. We went to a local mexican food restaurant. They had a guy walking around singing and playing the guitar so we asked him if he could sing Happy Birthday to our girl. We had no idea that they would get the whole restaurant involved and bring her a dessert.  It was really sweet!

In the end I can definitely say that Emerson had a wonderful birthday.  We really wanted her to feel special on her big day and I'm pretty sure she did. 

Allison Boutwell said...

That sounds like the perfect day! She is just too cute. That's so fun that it's not too far for y'all to go. :)

We are taking Dominick to Sea World the weekend before his birthday and I'm so excited for him.

Amanda said...

Looks like such a fun day!

~Dawn~ said...

What a perfect place to go for her birthday - looks like a total blast.

Michelle said...

What an awesome day! I bet she loved it!!!

Gabriella said...

What a fun day! It looks like she had so much fun!! Happy Birthday!!

Traci said...

How fun! I wish we had a Disney within driving distance or a Sea World!

luvbnmom said...

What fun! Sounds like a fantastic birthday for a 2 year old!

Lyndsey said...

Oh that looks like so much fun!! What a good idea for a birthday celebration!

Natalie said...

what a perfect day!!! sea world is one of my very favorite places! I think the San Diego one is the best :)

Mandy said...

Awww, it looks like she had the BEST day!! So much better than a party!! What a fun day and how great that you live right by a place like that!! So glad she had such a great day!!

ajs {of MN} said...

oh man meeting elmo and abby must have been SO fun for her! what a fun 2nd birthday! :)

Natalie said...

Looks like a great way to spend her birthday!

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