Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Heart Dolphins

"I Heart Dolphins" could have been the slogan for our weekend!! We went on a fabulous trip to Baltimore with our dear friends Rick and Cali, and their two girls Larken and Amalie. Bradley and Larken had a blast! All week long we told Bradley he was going to see the fish. I'm not sure he quite understood, but once we were at the Aquarium he got it! Part of our room package were tickets to the dolphin show, which was probably the highlight of the trip. Bradley was mesmorized by the dolphins and all of their tricks.


Here is the fussy Bradley on our way back to the hotel for lunch and naptime. He was wiped out by the morning, and he took a 3 hour nap in the hotel! We got him this stuffed dolphin at the gift shop, and he has done everything with this little guy. Eaten, slept, played, etc. Bradley can tell you about the whole dolphin show, "Dolphins swim down in the water, Dolphin jump up high and touch the ball." It is so amazing what memories they have at 2! It just made me so excited for all of the fun things we get to experience with him through the years.


Quick family photo-opp

They had these beautiful bubble towers that Bradley and Larken were mesmorized by! We visited them a few times at the aquarium that day.

My attempt to take a picture of Larken and Bradley at the bubble towers. Yes, that is my son trying to scoot Larken off of his bubble tower. Oh, little boys can just humble you at times!

We bought tickets to tour two of the boats stationed in the harbor. Bradley loved the boats, and especially loved the civil war ship. He was quite a trooper because it was freezing and the wind was horrible. You would have never known, he was having the time of his life!

Bradley peaking off the side of a coast guard boat.

Bradley and Mommy checking out the canons on the civil war ship.

This is the view of the National Aquarium and the ships docked.

We all went out a dinner on Friday night. The kids did a great job, and I love this picture of Bradley and Larken. He was trying to get her to look at the camera!

Of course you have to stop for ice cream when you are on vacation!

Watching good old George before bed!


Saturday night was a special treat because we got a babysitter to watch the kids. Cali and I happen to have the same sitter, and she was up in northern, va for a visit home. She came up to Balitmore to watch the kids and put them to bed. All of us got to head out to an amazing seafood dinner at the 'Blue Sea Grill.' Dinner was excellent, we told stories, laughed, and drank some wine. What could be better?

I love Chris's smile in this photo, he looks so happy!

Me and Cali, Mommies dressed up and hitting the town!


The last stop of our awesome weekend was to visit an amazing friend, Aimee. Aimee and I taught together in Fairfax County a few years ago. We actually had an open classroom, and did a lot of instruction together. As a teacher I have never met, or probably won't meet again someone who values and teaches almost exactly as I do again. We both just have so many similarities in teaching and loved working together. We wrote a grant for our classrooms and got tons of money and books from Target. I miss her dearly, and I wish that we lived closer. I love you Aimee!!! Aimee and her husband Justin treated us to a fabulous lunch and a tour of their area. Then we hopped in the car and headed home (no traffic too, which is amazing!!).
I am looking forward to many trips to come, and family vacations.
Cali, are you ready to book Sea World?? lol!


Lindsay said...

Wow looks like you guys had so much fun!! Bradley has gotten so big I can't believe it! Love ya.. xoxo

Heather @ boy, girl, and a pug said...

I am so jealous! I love dolphins!

amanda said...

oh i love that aquarium!! sooo fun!!

looks like you guys had a great time!

Amanda said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time with your family and friends ~ you all look so happy in the pictures, they are wonderful!
I would love to visit there someday.
Amanda x

Laura said...

Oooh so fun!

Christy said...

Just a fun fact - I got married in Baltimore, right next to the USS Constellation in the harbor.

Tabitha said...

I love dolphins too ~
Looks like you all had such a great time.
Love and hugs Tabitha XXXXXXXX

Krystyn said...

What a great time. And how fun that you got to have a night out without the kids.

Jodee Leader said...

It looks like you had a great weekend! I love the dolphin picture!

Liam's Mom said...

Friends like that are the best! So glad you got to get away! It looks like you had a wonderful trip! The aquarium looks amazing!

Your eyes are so crystal blue!