See The New Sea World

Hey ya’ll – I love saying that. This last weekend we went to Sea World to see what’s new there. We all know or have seen commercials that Sea World is changing things up. They are not going to be breeding Orcas anymore and stopping a lot of the previous shows. We are season pass holders and we go frequently. I have to admit I’m sad about these changes. The war against Sea World has become so trendy. You have people cursing Sea World as they walk to buy a burger in their leather shoes.  Most people I know who are “anti-Sea World” have no issue visiting a zoo or other venues where animals are in captivity. Or worse yet they have pets of their own and a closet full of fur or leather. Let’s not forget folks that most people eat animals as well. Maybe you’re thinking “but orcas and whales are different”.  How are they different than other animals at a zoo? The only thing that’s different if your perspective or value from one animal to the next. I’m not against people who have a different opinion on the subject. What I’m against is the hypocrisy so many anti Sea World supporters exhibit.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest let’s get on to the fun! We went to celebrate my nephews birthday. It was his first time there. It was a great day for it too. The sun was shining and there was a cool breeze. The kids had so much fun looking at all the animals. We went straight in the see the baby Orca. He was swimming around with his momma. It was so cute. We saw the new dolphin and Beluga whale show. It was a bit boring compared to the show they used to do. I hope they revamp it because it was lacking a lot of the excitement that the kids were wanting to see.

My little Beluga Elliot was watching the shows on our laps. He did SO good! It was night and day from our visit to Disney World when he was 3 months old. It’s crazy how fast babies change. He was not a happy camper at Disney. But here at Sea World 2 months later I almost didn’t know he was with us. He was so quiet sitting in his stroller watching everything. When he got tired he fell right asleep. I was very happy. At first I thought we would probably leave early because he wasn’t going to like being in the stroller so much. Boy I’m glad he got over that! Our double bob is an amazing stroller and it’s too dang hot to baby wear!

The cherry on top was Tom surprising us at the end. He got out of the hospital early and was able to come see the dolphins and sharks with us. It was so nice to have him come spend a bit of time with us. We definitely miss him when he’s not with us. We were all tired by 4pm so we headed out. The drive home was just silent haha. All the kids were OUT cold. It was pleasant. You don’t get too many moments like that as a stay at home mom. I’d almost forgotten what silence sounds like!

Thank you Sea World for giving us a place to run our kids into a peaceful sleep. I’m sad about the changes, but Sea World offers so much for every kind of visitor. I’d love to think that these new changes will bring back all the business they’ve lost through these hate campaigns. I’ll be optimistic since our family enjoys coming here. Next on the list Aquatica!


Sleep Training Baby

Sleep training are two words that some parents dread hearing. It’s that time in your life where you need to start teaching your baby that he is not nocturnal. Since every baby is different there isn’t a one size fits all approach. Of course there are many different methods to choose from also. As a momma, I can tell a little bit of what my baby needs to sleep. So instead of just following one method I tailor the existing methods to my child. Audrey and Elliot are very different personalities and I realize that. Also when I started sleep training Audrey it was out of necessity. She was waking up every 30 minutes by 5 months old. I was exhausted, she was over tired. My pediatrician stepped in and told me to start. In the end it was the best thing ever. It changed our lives. Audrey went from being a horrible sleeper to the best sleeper in the house! She was still an early riser, but now at 4 years old she is still the first one up. I am a few days in training Elliot and I’ve already adopted a completely different approach to fit his needs. I’ll post another video on my progress with him in a few days, but here are some tips to get you started!


Elliot Is 3 Months Old!

This little chunk is 3 months old today. This is one of my favorite ages because they are still so little but usually all smiles and giggles. So sweet! They are cute as newborns, but I’ll be honest it’s not my cup of tea. It takes me a few months to connect emotionally with my baby. I don’t instantly love them. No love at first sight for this momma. It’s a process and it’s the same with every person I meet. It takes time for me to bond with people and the same goes for these new little people in my life. I think 3 months is when you really see a glimpse of their cute little personalities. Newborns are cute but so boring. They sleep, poop, eat, and our favorite – cry.

This little guy isn’t so little compared to most 3 month olds but he’s soooooo sweet. His thigh, arm, and neck rolls add to his charm. He is such a flirt and definitely a Momma’s boy. With I talk to him he lights up faster than anyone. I have to say the journey between having a son and daughter has been different. Audrey is a daddy’s girl and she lit up for him so it’s nice having a boy who has eyes only for me. Please don’t grow up too quickly little boy! I’m already thinking about how I’m gonna deal with him having a girlfriend.


Our New Mexico Vacation To The Snow!

Hey guys. Recently we went to visit the snow in New Mexico. It’s basically the closest place to see it for us Texans. Tom had a conference in Albuquerque so we tacked on some extra days to go to Taos. Taos really isn’t too far from Albuquerque either. It was less than a 2 hour drive to get there. It’s boring and you wonder how there are mountain towns when you don’t see any real mountains. We are from Denver – those are real mountains. But then BAM it’s snowing and you see trees!

Taos is a really cute little town. The downtown part is what I imagine all New Mexico towns would look like. It’s walkable and all the buildings are Santa Fe style adobe. I really want to see it in the spring/ summer months. We stopped and had lunch at the Plaza. It was cold and snowing but we walked around some before hopping back in the car.

We didn’t stay in Taos. Our airbnb was up in Angel Fire. We decided to stay there vs Taos Ski Area because of the airbnb. They were cheaper at Angel Fire. If we were going to ski we probably would have stayed in TSA. Angel Fire is about 25 miles away from Taos. You drive on a two lane road and it takes about 45 min. It may have taken us a bit longer because it was snowing pretty heavy. We also got stuck behind some slower moving sedans. We could drive a bit faster in the snow having 4 wheel drive. The drive is beautiful!!!!! Very different from what we were used to in Colorado. Colorado ski areas are very developed so you don’t really feel like you are traveling through the woods to get there. Angel Fire is a very small ski area with all you need though. I was surprised to see so many locals that lived there year round. There are several restaurants, a gas station, and a grocery store. Of course the gas and groceries cost a lot more up there so I recommend loading up in Taos before driving up. Our airbnb was right by the ski area which looked very family friendly. It’s a small ski mountain but it’ll keep most skiers plenty busy. One thing I did miss was the Ski lodges that we have in Colorado. There was a lodge, but it was nothing more than a hotel lobby. We were there for 4 days and we barely saw any skiers. Maybe January isn’t a busy month. I prefer an empty mountain. Colorado has some world class ski resorts but with that comes huge crowds. On weekends the mountains are completely littered with people from all over the world. It’s stressful when you spend a lot of your day dodging other skiers. Also the lift ticket prices in CO are through the roof!

We played in the snow every day. Tom and Audrey took an afternoon to go tubing. They had a lot of fun doing that. Tubing prices were $20/hr which is pretty much the same in CO. In the evenings I would cook dinner and we’d watch a movie by the fireplace. You know, typical family snow vacation type stuff.

4 days was definitely enough time for us. By the end of it we were so ready to go back to our beautiful Texas weather. Maybe if our airbnb was more comfortable we would have stayed longer. The condo was nice with everything we needed but the heater did not work well. The worst thing about being cold is staying cold when you are inside trying to warm up. When Elliot is older we may come back to ski or try Taos Ski Area. I can’t say we would choose New Mexico skiing over Colorado but that’s because we are more familiar in CO. But since we didn’t ski on this trip it didn’t really matter. We just wanted to take the kiddos to freeze their butts off in the snow.