Thursday, January 2, 2014

Daddy's Return: Sea World with the Stokers

Like I mentioned in a previous post, the only reason Daxton and I survived without Dallas for 6 weeks, was because we were constantly spoiled by my parents and great friends.  Kate and her two boys were so great to come down and spend a few days with Daxton and I while Dallas was away.  We were so excited that on our next trip to Orlando, with daddy having returned, the Stoker family was able to meet us again.  Dallas and Robby served a mission together in Thailand and have been close friends ever since.  We were super excited when we found out Robby and Kate would be moving to Gainseville (about 1.5 hours north of Orlando) while Robby completed his residency.  I have loved getting to know this amazing family and always have a blast with them!

Robby and Kate have seasons passes to Sea World, so we all met up there for our last day in Orlando.  We were also excited because Sea World was celebrating their Halloween season, complete with trick or treating and Halloween celebration.

Before and After shots near the entrance...

While waiting to meet up with the Stokers, we had some fun watching the Dolphins nursery tank.  The baby dolphins were being trained and fed and would swim super close to the edges, which Daxton loved.

Kate is absolutely adorable and showed with Halloween attire for not only the kids but for us as well!  Not to mention the amazing photobomb from Robby!

Sea World's Halloween Spooktacular!
The trick or treating was nothing to write home about, but the pathway was filled with a million bubbles which made you feel as if you were in the ocean.  Daxton and I were in heaven!!

The whole day was worth it, just for the bubbles alone!!  We all had so much fun!
A Toddler's heaven...endless bubbles!
The bubble machines were disguised as giant jelly fish lining the walkways.

They also had several different characters to meet, but Daxton was not too impressed.  We figured it to be that you could still tell that they were humans behind the costumes instead of Disney's characters totally hidden.

Trick or Treating...
At the end of the Trick or Treating path, there was a huge dance celebration with Shamu and other characters.  It was pretty funny to see all the boys break it down.  Daxton totally gets his dance moves from his father!

Kate was so sweet to make matching shirts for all the boys.  Daxton loved hanging out with his buddies again!

Daxton, Tommy, and Drue
Such handsome little things!

We also loved exploring all the different aquariums and exhibits.  The boys loved the coral reefs, dolphins, stingrays, and sharks most.

We had such a great day with the Stoker family at Sea World!  What a blessing it's been to have them in Florida with us.  It's been so much fun to hang out with them and allow our kids to become friends.  After Sea World we all went to Olive Garden for dinner before heading home.  
Once again it was a blast hanging out with you guys!
Thanks so much and can't wait to do it again!

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