Feb 22, 2017
I am back to bring you tales from momland and a butt load of iphone photos, because I am a real professional like that.
So Monday Chris and I woke up kind of early thanks to Caspian jumping on the bed to get our attention that he needed to go outside. As we made our coffee we looked at each other and said "what do you want to do today?" I said we could take the kids to the aquarium. I didn't really have any plan, just an idea. Chris said "yes!! I'll go get them up". And that was that. I quickly purchased tickets online. Packed a ton of snacks and drinks. Grabbed extra clothes for everyone. Loaded the car up. Cut up a melon and strawberries to give the kids as they questioned why we were waking them up.
The aquarium of course!! When we lived in Columbus a few years ago we had a little staycation in Atlanta. It was just Ace and Pierce back then, and they were so little. We took them to the aquarium and it was disastrous. Ace ran around like a psycho (he was almost two at that time) Pierce was only five or six months old, and he slept in the stroller the whole time. When it was time to leave Ace screamed at the top of his lungs from the exit all the way back to our hotel, which was a few blocks away. We walked of course, and people in their cars thought some kind of torture tactics were being used on this child. No, no, just spent two hours at the aquarium, nothing to see here.
So I started to get some flashbacks, or maybe hot flashes? Who knows. As we went in, I handed Chris the print out of our tickets and he said "Kelsey!! Thirty dollars per person!! We better find more than fucking Nemo in here". I about died laughing. It's all about the experience right? That is what I have to keep telling myself.
The place was packed! But I remember it being so cool, that even though I had to deploy some Disneyland like tactics, you know the dip and weave and rush around the slow people kind of thing, it would be worth it for the kids. My children were not shy about getting up close to the glass. And we are not your model aquarium goers. There were plenty of signs that said "do not climb on the rocks" yet here we are.....climbing. First rule of parenting, tire out the children by any means necessary.
There really is so much to see, and it is so interactive for the kids that there were endless things to do. If only these little people didn't move so quickly passed things. As we were crawling out of some tunnel that the kids had me crawl through, Chris was on the other side like "I just saw kids on a leash! On a leash!! Why don't you have these things? We could walk them instead of run after them". Can I get an eye roll emoji please?
OH DID I MENTION THEY SOLD WINE!!!!!!
Back to the kids. They did every single activity offered. They saw every show. And Avalon walked out of the dolphin show crying. Tears of joy my friends! She is obsessed with dolphins, and this was basically the greatest day of her life. Sadly we were told to put our phones away during the shows, and they were not messing around with that. As I tried to sneak my phone out to get a video of Avalon watching the dolphins, a very large lady appeared before me and shook her head. Sorry, again, I am not so good with the rules things.
After three hours our children were ready to leave willingly. Through the gift shop. See what they did there? I mean why would you do that to a parent. That entry fee wasn't enough? Now I have to spend $60 on stuffed animals in order to get to my car?
But it was a fun little day trip. The aquarium is amazing, and if you ever find yourself in the Atlanta area I would say carve out some time to go.
Fun for all ages (maybe). Tiring for sure!! All my children were alseep before we got out of the parking garage, and Chris and I were mapping out the closest coffee shop.