Here are some highlights from Day One of our vacation to Southern California. First stop was Seaworld. We flew out of Spokane, Washington early in the morning to San Diego, arrived at about 10 am, picked up our rental car, and drove straight to the park. We were fortunate to have beautiful weather. After a full day spent at the park we drove up I-5 to Carlsbad, California where we spent the night before visiting Legoland the next day.
Best parts of Seaworld – the shows
- Shamu show (glad we could see it before it ends)
- Pets Rule (Maia’s favorite show)
- Sea Lion’s Live show
Unfortunately, those were the only three shows we could see as we arrived around noon. They were great though. Very entertaining.
Worst part of Seaworld (“worst” being a relative term – it was still fun)
- The rides. They were good fun, but the amusement park part of Seaworld came across to me a little worn/dated.
Maia’s new thing is singing the national anthem.
“Oh-h-h say can you seeeee, by the dawn’s early lighhht!
What so prouuuudly we … mumble, mumble, mumble.
Mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble.
And the ROCKETS’ RED GLARE!!!
THE BOMBS MUMBLE IN AIR …
Mumble, mumble …
Oh-h-h say does that Star-Spangled Banner mumble waa-ave.
O’er the laand of the FREEEEEEEE!
And the home of the brave!”
And then the kicker:
“What’s up, America?”
A sleepy Maia accidentally pulled the head off her favorite doll and is now saying between sobs,
“You … were … the … best … doll … ever. This … is … the … worst … Christmas … ever.”
This is when being a parent is most challenging – trying not to smile while consoling her until she falls asleep.
Maia, before a game of Toss Across with me:
“It’s on like Don King Kong.”
(No, she doesn’t know who Don King is, so I suppose it might have been “Dawn King Kong”.)
Watching Adele’s “Hello” video with Maia …
Maia: This video reminds me of a long time ago.
Me: A long time ago? When?
Maia: Like, when I was five.
I made beef stroganoff this evening, which apparently is one of Maia’s favorites. I put her plate down in front her and she lowered her face to about two inches of her food and told it,
“You are my precious.”
Maia’s not very happy about the turn of events in tonight’s program …
“Just because he has a red nose doesn’t mean he can’t play in the reindeer games!”
Me: “Hey Maia! Do you want to help me put bows on the tree?”
Maia: “No. I’m watching football.”
Maia: “Papa, today I checked Google and the moon is NOT made out of cheese so you were wrong.”
Maia (watching a television commercial): “Papa! Look at this! It’s StarLily. It’s $99 and doesn’t even do very much. Why would Wal-Mart do this to us???”