hi everyone and happy friday! these summer weeks are flying by. every time i turn around i'm wishing you a happy friday. as many of you know by now, every friday of this summer the kids and i are venturing out and exploring what our beautiful part of the world has to offer. last friday, we headed to the aquarium of the pacific, right in our backyard of long beach. i wanted to go to LACMA, but the kids wanted the aquarium, and their votes outnumbered mine. (sometimes i allow for democracy. not always, but sometimes. ;)
the aquarium was crowded! can't imagine why. it's not like it's summer and school is out and every parent or school program is looking for a place to entertain the kids. sheesh! i suppose, the five yellow school buses parked outside should have been my red flag.
i know, no complaining, mommy. it's for the kids, and the kids did have fun. they carried their maps with them everywhere we went, taking pause to reference and study them. they would often inform me of sea life trivia or point us in the right direction. my little tour guides. anyway, we had a lot of fun. except, that is, when we lost my three year old daughter. did i mention it was crowded? from the upstairs viewing rooms, she walked down the stairs, grabbed the stroller, and headed for the exit. when the guards asked her where she was going without her mommy she replied, "i'm ready to leave." needless to say, i had a mini stroke as my imagination ran wild in my head. i thought the aquarium was going to be forced to pull a "code adam" and shut the place down. no such thing happened and we were reunited (and it feels so good). as for my daughter, cool as a cucumber. (oh, i'm so in trouble!) moral of the story: aquariums are dangerous and i'm never going back. [smile] have you ever been lost or separated from your loved one before? how scared did you get?
ok, everyone, i hope you enjoyed this week's installment of summer friday (mis)adventures. where will friday fun take us next? OH, and happy friday the 13th! what's on your agenda for the weekend? we have one birthday party and then some general downtime. whatever you do, have fun and, most importantly, hold your mommy's hand!