Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Roller Coasters & Costumes

There's so much going on right now and so much I want to blog about... But, I'm having trouble finding time to sit down, upload pictures, and write.
I did want to get this onto the blog though, because it's big, really big.

The kids and I went to Sea World this morning. I think I've mentioned this before on here, but Elizabeth is terrified of costumes. Because of this Sea World can sometimes be problematic due to the large costumed creatures (Shamu, penguin, dolphin) wandering the park taking pictures with people. Today she saw some when we first walked in and calmly asked me to go by them quickly. This is huge for her because she often really starts to panic when she sees them - whining, crying, just generally flipping out. So, for her to stay calm was a big deal.

She had talked on and off about this little Shamu roller coaster that they have. We have asked her several times if she wants to ride it and she quickly answers no. Today she brought it up all by herself and asked if we could go look at it and see if there were a lot of people waiting in line. I said sure, trying to act like I wasn't shocked that she was even considering riding on it. We went over and checked for height on her and James and found out that James was too short but she was tall enough to ride by herself. I explained that James couldn't ride it and I couldn't leave him alone, but she could ride it alone if she wanted to and she said she did. I'm sorry, WHAT? I couldn't believe it. But, she did it all by herself. She looked so tiny in the little Shamu car, but also seemed very grown up sitting there getting ready to ride her first ever roller coaster and by herself. (Of course I decided not to take my camera today, because I just knew it was going to be another regular trip to Sea World. Argh!) How did she get old enough to do this or to want to do this? She rode and said it was scary. She doesn't seem like she wants to ride it again until she gets a little older, even with Dave or me. But, I am amazed and proud that she got on it alone and did it. She is definitely growing up.


Stephanie said...

Yay Elizabeth!!! That's so awesome, I didn't get it when she got a slush for it, but then I kind of figured it must be big, I actually thought she was going to say she took a picture with a costume of something, but dude, the smile on her face when she was saying she rode the roller coaster, it was awesome!! Is it just a kids roller coaster or an everyone roller coaster?? Sounds like you guys had an even better time at Sea World then it looked or you guys seemed (which you guys did seem like you had a realyl fun time), did anyone else go with you guys? Can't wait to go again sometime :) You all are super awesome, love you all!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's so neat! It's always shocking when your child has a big change out of nowhere! I can't believe she's that old now. :)

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