Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sea World

Yesterday we decided to take advantage of Lane having a day off and hit up a local attraction around here. We took the kids to Sea World! None of us had ever been to Sea World before, so it was a real treat to be able to go and enjoy a fun day of sun, water, shows, and rides!  Eden was most excited about seeing "baby dolphins" and "sharks!" The first thing we did when we got in the gates was find the dolphins {they were her favorite at the aquarium in Texas too} and then head to the Cirque de la Mer show. The show was short-ish show and Eden was amazed by it. They did flips, tricks, jumps, and all kinds of things that were amazing! I'm in awe of their strength.

After the show we wandered around seeing the different animals. Eden saw a clown fish and immediately called it "Nemo" because she's recently been into watching the movie. When we saw the sea turtles Lane talked like a surfer-dude because that's how the turtles talk in the movie and Eden thought that was really funny. He also quoted the "fish are friends, not food" line when we saw the sharks. While we were walking around the park we found the sky lift and were able to take the kids up for a ride. Eden didn't show any signs of being afraid of how high up we were and Hunter just nursed the whole time - well almost the whole time. He stopped just in time to have a picture snapped with Mommy!

At the end of the day we did the most fun of all. We saved the best for last and I'm sure Eden had no idea it could get better than sharks, turtles, and dolphins! We went to the Sesame Street play area in the park and Eden loved it. There were rides that she could get on and a water portion of the park too. She loved the rides and even pushed through her exhaustion in order to have fun on them - Hunter on the other hand, slept through all the rides and water fun. We weren't exactly prepared for the water, so Eden was the red neck child out in the water playing in her shorts and no shirt! Oh well, live and learn.
I don't have a great zoom lens, but Lane is in the middle of the picture holding Eden while they waited in line and she was laying on his shoulder. She was so tired, but once it was her turn she quickly got over that!

3 Months Old

Hunter has grown by leaps and bounds since his last monthly update! He's started giggling, but not quite laughing out loud yet. He's loving his hands and he's even getting better and better at finding them to soothe himself! This is very exciting to us. In the past he's been able to put his hands in his mouth, but never when he's been mad. I guess the old saying is true, practice makes perfect because he's getting better at finding his hands when he "needs" them these days. He's getting more and more on a schedule - well, in the afternoons and at night I guess. Our mornings are so unpredictable that he's just getting what he wants or needs as he sees fit. Some mornings we run errands, other mornings we go on "Eden outings" to the playgrounds or story time, but we're usually out and about in the mornings. Hunter is still waking up at night, but just once for the most part. Last night he was up twice, but his day yesterday was all thrown off and he only nursed on one side before passing out for the night - he usually nurses on both sides, so I'm sure he was hungry sooner in the night. We couldn't be happier with the little man that he's turning out to be as we're able to watch his personality emerge more and more every day!   

And he's over it!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Big Planes

Ever since I got to see Lane fly the C-130 I've wanted to see it and get on the plane. Lane was under the impression that civilians weren't allowed on the flight line. This week he found out that he was allowed to take us out there to see the plane, so we took a "field trip" to the base and saw the plane. I made sure to take pictures of the plane, but I still don't think they do the size of the plane justice!

The pair of knees you see up in the top left of the picture belong to a friend of Lane's who came with us. He was "practicing" using the bathroom on the plane because he hadn't done it for real before. He did not actually use the toilet, but he sat on it and stood in front of it to practice.
One of the bench seats opened up.
Eden taking seat in the aircraft commander seat.
Lane and Hunter. He's standing in the cockpit. This is a big deal to me because in the other cockpits that he's flown from you couldn't even be overweight in the slightest and fit in the pilot seats! They were tiny and Lane can actually stand in this one...with tons of room to spare!
Eden just hanging out checking out the gadgets.
The biggest deal of the plane. The microwave and coffee pot! These are in the cockpit (right behind Lane in the earlier picture, actually) so they can enjoy an easy-going flight! 
I can't get over how big this plane is!
The box that Eden was standing in front of in the earlier picture is the box in the very back here. The bench she was sitting on is right next to the box. They look tiny in this plane, but they're just super far away! The incline in the back is a ramp that can open to allow them to load and unload cargo.
Eden standing below the wing of the plane. She was looking at water so there was no hope of getting her to look at the camera!
The first time I've seen this plane at the base. The other plane are all gray. This one has a very prominent black tail with the Raiders logo.