Bella and I love going to Busch Gardens during the week because the park is less crowded, thus meaning better parking and short lines. Since Ian is on vacation, we decided to take a family trip to Busch Gardens today. The weather was absolutely beautiful and the park was empty. We could not have asked for a more perfect day!
We took our time walking around the park, visiting the animals. Busch Gardens has a pretty extensive zoo, which is awesome because it's included in the admission. So not only do you get to go on rides, you get to see some pretty cool animals, too. The new cheetah exhibit is quickly becoming one of our favorites and those cheetahs are pretty darn cute. Ian wanted to ride the new roller coaster and it only had a 10-minute wait. Unfortunately, the silly thing kept breaking down, so the 10-minute wait turned into a 45-minute wait and Ian bailed. Maybe next time, Ian!
On tour de animals and on our way to lunch, Bella fell asleep in the stroller. She's been getting up earlier than usual these days, so she's usually zonked by about noon. We let her sleep and she slept for about an hour. She joined us for lunch and chowed down on some french fries (which were EXTRA delicious today). We were entertained by "Dancin' Don" and Bella danced along with him. It was really cute.
After lunch, we headed to Sesame Street and Bella rode most of the rides. She rode Big Bird's ferris wheel, Elmo's merry-go-round, Snuffy's flying elephants, Rosita's swings and played in the bounce house. She had a blast! With the exception of the swings and the bounce house, Ian went on the rides with her. I thought she'd be terrified on the swings, but she LOVED it! Don't let the pictures fool you, she really did love it.
We ended the day with our favorite show, "A is for Africa" starring Elmo (a.k.a. Aldo), Zoe, Grover and Bella's new favorite muppet, Cookie Monster! She's seen this show at least 10 times and she loves it every time. Needless to say, I have the songs memorized and the dance moves, too.
We walked around the park some more and decided to head home for nap time. Despite her little cat nap at Busch Gardens, Bella slept for nearly 3-hours when we got home. All the fun and excitement must have worn her out. We actually had to wake her up because it was getting so close to bed time. Fortunately, she is a great sleeper and went to bed at normal time after her late nap. I love that about her... among all the other things. We had a wonderful day today and seeing the smiles on Bella's little face all day long made the day even better.
Tomorrow is another busy day for us. We have our family picture shoot scheduled and will be meeting the photographer at a park near Plant City. The park seems to be very scenic with trees, wide-open green grass and even a little water. We did beach pictures last year, so I'm looking forward to some new scenery. The weather looks beautiful and we will have a sunny morning for pictures! Yay!
That's all I've got to say for today... until next time. Good night y'all!
Ian, Kim, Bella & Baby #2