Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Maycations Part 1

So May has been a busy little month for the Seibert family. Instead of spreading out our travels over the course of the year we decided to pack in 4 trips this month. Great planning on our parts, especially with a 15 month old who is pretty set in his schedule and doesn't hesitate to let you know when you are inconveniencing him :). Our first trip was actually just Matt and me, it was the first time we had left the little monkey for a weekend and boy, was that hard. For Christmas my brother got Matt and I tickets to go to Stagecoach, which is a 2 day country music festival in Indio, CA. My parents rented an RV for the family to stay in which was great since the other option is to camp in a tent and I'm not really a tent kinda gal :). We are so fortunate that we have our parents close by so it was easy to ask Matt's parents to take Zach for the weekend. We dropped him off on Friday and made the loooonnngg drive to Indio. Once we got there I made myself a very stiff drink and tried to relax. I know that this probably sounds ridiculous but I felt so guilty and I missed him so much. Eventually I relaxed and we had a great time. We hung out all day and drank and visited and went to the concerts on Saturday and Sunday night. We got to see Josh Turner, Darius Rucker, Easton Corbin, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney-it was awesome! It was really hard to be away form my boy for 3 nights but we all survived and seeing him on Monday was the best feeling :) Our second trip this month was a family vacation. For Christmas Matt's parents gave us a trip for 3 nights to San Diego so we could go to Sea World. We left for San Diego on Tuesday morning and got settled in our hotel. We tried to go down to the pool that afternoon and Matt took Zach in for a few minutes but it was too cold to stay in so we got all cleaned up and went out to dinner. Zach was in one of his moods so we all took turns taking him outside and playing with him while we were eating dinner. Wednesday morning we got up and went to Sea World. When we got there the first thing we did was go see the person dressed up as Shamu and Zach was so excited! I was worried that it would scare him and he wouldn't want to go near it but he was really good. The first thing we did was go over to the Sea Lion and Otter show. I remember loving that show when I was a kid and it was still just as cute. Zach seemed to enjoy the show and loved the little otter. After the show we walked around and looked at some aquariums, dolphins and went to the kids area. Zach LOVED the kids area-we went on a couple rides, met Elmo and played on this kiddie bounce floor. The bounce floor was his favorite thing and he ran all over that thing. In this play area they had big, soft blocks and Zach loved running out and collecting them to bring back to us. At one point another toddler tried to take one of the blocks Zach has playing with and Zach bit him :(. This was our first really aggressive moment and I wasn't really sure how to handle it because he was standing up for himself but not the right way and I didn't want to make a scene and ruin the day. I'm really hoping that we don't have to deal with a moment like that again for awhile! The last thing we did was go see the pet show. I think Zach enjoyed it but he was so tired by this point in the day that he was getting a bit cranky. That night we went to an area where there were a bunch of little shops and restaurants. After dinner I took Zach on the Merry Go Round and he loved it!

On Thursday we went back to Sea World (they have a deal where you get to go back the rest of the year when you buy a ticket) so we could finish seeing everything we hadn't gotten to the day before. The first thing we went to was the dolphin show and I loved it but I think Zach could have taken it or left it. After the show we went to the touch pools and Zach got to touch the star fish and he seemed to enjoy that. We went through some aquariums after that and he really seemed to love that-until he fell and cut his lip open :(. Next we went to the Shamu show which Zach wasn't really into. I think he's still a few years from enjoying watching these types of shows but he did really good despite having to sit still all that time. To finish out the day we went back to the kids area where Zach discovered the water play area. They had little holes in the ground that shot water into the air and Zach LOVED this. It was so funny to watch him running around getting all wet and how surprised he got every time the water shot out-it was basically the cutest thing ever.

Worn out after a couple long days :)

On Friday we went to the park before heading home. We had such a wonderful time in San Diego and it was so nice for Zach to spend some time with his grandparents. We had 2 other trips in May that I will be updating about later-it's a busy house!

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