Saturday, August 14, 2010

Salt Water Aquarium

We have a salt water aquarium! Brandon has been working very hard, and doing lots of research to make our tank just perfect! Mr. Todd gave us an aquarium about a month ago, and we have just introduced our fist 2 little fishies! Their names are Jack and Jill! :) They are Yellow-tailed Blue Damels.

I absolutely love this aquarium! And can't wait to add more colorful, little fishies! Thanks babe, for making it happen!

Sand, waves, and sun burns!

So this past June, the company that I work for, Trendsic Corporation, took us on another family vacation! I am so blessed to work for such an amazing company, who takes us out on amazing trips! We took a long weekend and had a blast!

The house that we stayed in was incredible! It was 3 stories with a pool and hot tub AND across the street from the beach! Needless to say, we were lovin' it!

The beach house from the front.

Beach house from the back. The bosses, Joel and Jelani and their families stayed on the top floor. Brandon & I were on the middle floor, which is where the kitchen and living room were. And James and Jared and their families were on the bottom floor.

Pretty much every night we went swimming. One night we had a mad game of Marco Polo going with me, Joel, Jared, James, and Jelani! Got lots of bumps and scrapes from it, but it was really really fun!

Anyway, we spent A LOT of time at the beach. The very first day, the water was kinda rough because a storm was rolling in. But we still had lots of fun out in the water and in the sand.

You can see the storm rollin' in in the bakground. Actually, quite pretty. :)

Joel and Holly

Ashlyn contemplating whether to check out those waves or not!

Jelani coming in from boogie boarding! The water was extra choppy from the storm, but he wasn't skerred! :)

One of the few times Brandon got in the water :)

We actually ended up swimming out pretty far and he put me on his shoulders so i wouldn't drown! It was REALLY fun! Poor thing was getting smashed in the face by huge waves, tho! I love you, baaaaaabe!

Look Eli, a plane! If you can't tell, that's me and Eli.

Anderson playing in... and taste-testing the sand!

Building sand castles!
Holly, Jared, KK, Eli, Ashlyn, and an Anderson tushy

Daddy and daughter digging in the sand!

Little miss KK covering herself in sand!

Jared, Keri, and Baby# 3 (Eli in the background)

Sweet Ella chillin' under the umbrella.

Brandon baking in the sun, getting his tan on.

Siblings, Kailey and Eli playing together! How cute!

Kailey and Ashlyn building a fortress around themselves!

Anderson was tuckered out from all the playing in the sand!

As you can see, so were Joel and Kailey! So they snuggled up on the couch!

Brandon had to leave early from the vacation to go back to work, so we took a couple last minute photos before he headed back home.

So by the end of the trip, everyone was burnt. So we decided to hit the beach at sunset, which turned out incredible, and we got some really pretty pics!

The cute couple, Jared and Keri.

The other cute couple, Joel and Holly.

Uncle Joel and Ashlyn playing. You can see Ashlyn really had a blast!

Anderson's eyes totally light up when he smiles! He is absolutely precious!

Me and one of my wonderful sister-in-laws

Whew! That one almost got us!

Ashlyn laughin' it up with Dad

Holly making sweet Ella giggle

Momma and son

Mom and Ashlyn catching some waves


This is what it looks like to have fun!

The wave was seriously chasing him, ok?!

How can you look at this and not smile??

KK getting sucked out by a wave!

KK doing a pose for us!

I love this pic of Eli! He is such a cute little boy!

Anyway, our trip to Destin was amazing! We really had a lot of fun and really appreciate Trendsic for taking us on this incredible trip!

Thanks again, Joel and Jelani! Y'all are AWESOME! :)

Atlanta Trip

Here are a few more pics from the Atlanta trip! These are the ones from Adi's camera. Thanks Adrienne, for the cute pics!

Doesn't Brandon look pumped? Get a hold of yourself, B! Haha...

Me and Adi posing in front of a habitat where you couldn't see anything :) I guess we're cute enough to look at! :)

Mike looking picture perfect! Can't even tell that it was starting to get hot out there!

I look like a deer in headlights, but Brandon looks super cute! :)

I love this pic of us! This was at the Tropical Reef exhibit.

The cute couple, Mike and Adi, in front of the Tropical Reef exhibit!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I Love Sharks

So ever since Brandon first met me and found out that I wanted to go to the Georgia Aquarium, aka the largest aquarium in the world, he has been planning to take me! He planned the whole thing himself and it turned out to be an awesome trip with Mike and Adrienne!

We left Friday (7/30) morning at about 5am and arrived in Atlanta around 2:30pm. We checked into the hotel, then headed over to the Underground Mall, which is supposedly where Atlanta 1st started. It was pretty cool, but kinda sketchy... So don't really recommend it to anyone going with kids... well, at all really. Then we tried to walk across town to see the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial. Key word being tried. It was terrible! We walked, and walked, and walked in the nasty hot weather only to get to the Memorial and be able to get in. Wow. Then we had to walk, and walk, and walk all the way back across town to get back to our car. Needless to say, we were pretty gross and ready for the A/C once we got back to the car. Since it was getting kinda late, we decided to go see Inception at the local theater. Adi and I thought it was incredible. Mike thought the ending sucked, and Brandon thought it was too creative and therefore stupid. :) ...Had a feeling he wasn't going to like it.

Once we got out of there, we headed over to Longhorn's for a good, healthy dinner. We were quite hungry from all the walking. So, all of us got steaks! Yum. However upon entering the steakhouse, Mike, Adrienne, and I had no idea that we would have the opportunity of a lifetime. To witness a true miracle. Brandon ate a salad!!! O.O Oh my gosh!!! I know!!! Truly amazing. In my entire time of knowing Brandon, he has never eaten a salad. Thank heavens I was able to get a picture of the great and astonishing event because who knows when it will happen again! :)

The next morning, we got up bright and early, and ready for the Atlanta Zoo! The Zoo is probably one of Brandon's favorite things to do. Side note: I think Brandon and I were truly meant for each other. He loves land animals and I love sea animals. We complete one another! :) Anyway, it was really a lot of fun and stayed pretty cool up until mid-day.

The parakeet aviary was gorgeous. There were hundreds of parakeets in all sorts of colors!

This guy was hilarious. We called him King Budda of the prairie dogs. :)

Not really sure what this one is... at first I thought he was a baboon, but he's not... Anyway, he was really cute and very interesting to watch.

Another beautiful bird in another aviary.

This Mamma Panda. She was too cute! I had never seen a panda so close before so it was really cool!

After we finished at the zoo, we headed over to the Georgia Aquarium. Holy Smokes! If you ever decide to go to this aquarium, get your tickets in advance! It was insane how may people were there. I've never seen lines so long in my life! They have so many people come that when you buy your tickets, you actually have to buy them for a certain time slot. Brandon and I bought ours ahead of time for 9am, and I thought that we weren't going to be able to use them because we didn't get there until 1pm. Thankfully, the very nice peeps just let us right in (after waiting in lines for about 30 mins). Once we were inside, I was pretty much in heaven. :) ...Wasn't as big as I thought it would be and it only took about an hour to go through everything, but they had some really incredible exhibits.

Jellyfish! Pretty behind the glass... don't ever want to meet them face to face! They were almost hypnotic to watch...

Japanese Spider Crab. You can't tell in this pic, but it was actually quite huge.

These are called Cichlids. Beautiful fishies. I believe they were in the Amazon section of the aquarium.

This was my 3rd favorite exhibit. Really, really pretty fish.

This was my favorite Amazonian fish, part of the exhibit shown above.
I just love it's coloration! :)

Baluga Whale. Not a great picture, but they really are magnificent.

This was the Tropical Reef exhibit, 2nd favorite. All of those tiny specs of color are little fish. This exhibit was really cool because it simulated waves crashing every few mins.

Now, if you don't know me very well, let me tell you I love sharks! I always wanted to be a marine biologist growing up so I could dive with and study them! However, I've chosen another career path seeing as how it wouldn't be the best for family life. ;) Needless to say, the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit was my absolute favorite! They had tons of sharks...

Beautiful Hammerhead Shark! He was swimming sideways for some reason... He was a little throwed off.
Blacktip Reef Shark and a Sawfish

Leopard Shark. Absolutely beautiful! The picture doesn't even do it justice!

And for the finale! A Whale Shark! They actually had four in this particular enclosure. The largest one is 24ft long... Holy Moly!

Before you watch the video below, let me apologize. I think I say "Oh my gosh! That's amazing!" about a billion times! So just tune me out! :)