We all went to bed fairly early because we had big plans the next day and we needed to catch up on our sleep. The next morning we headed to Monterey for a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We made a couple of stops on the way. First, we pulled over to an area on the side of the road that was just covered with sea lions. I guess it is just an area that they like to congregate and rest. It was amazing to see so many sea lions in one place. They were very loud and quite smelly too, but super fascinating!
Next we arrived at the aquarium. This is Olivia's second time at the aquarium. We have visited my Aunt three times so far, once for each year she has lived in California. She was still pretty young when we took her last year and all she wanted to do was push the stroller around. This year was a little better, but her attention span was still quite short. We did see some amazing things and I think that each year we go she will start to appreciate it more and more.
She really enjoyed the kid area. It allowed her to get hands on with some of the exhibits and do a little water play as well. She was out of her mind with all there was to do. So many buttons to push and levers to pull. I think she was more interested in the interactive stuff than the actual fish...and there were some pretty amazing fish. They currently are featuring a fascinating seahorse exhibit. I never knew there were so many different types of sea horses. And in case you did not know...the males are the ones that carry and deliver the babies. Now I like that idea!
It was a fun day but pretty exhausting for Olivia. She immediately fell asleep in the car on the way home. The next morning we woke up and took a drive to see an area that monarch butterflies flock to during this time of year. After a short walk into the forest you look up and see a sky full of butterflies. They are hanging from the trees in hundreds. I have never seen anything like it. While we were looking at the butterflies a little preschool class came along. The tour guide told the kids to have a seat on the bench while he talked to them about the butterflies. Well Olivia made herself at home and decided to join the preschool class. I turn around and there she is sitting with all of the kids, looking up at the sky through her binoculars, try to see the butterflies. It was beyond funny!
I have so much more to share about our trip but I think it will have to wait until the next post. We were so busy during the first half of our trip that Olivia started to get a little worn out. She was not getting as much sleep as she was used to and it was starting to show. There were a few melt downs and difficult times, but after a long nap and a good night's sleep she was like a whole new child. You get so wrapped up in trying to show them a good time that you forget that their little bodies cannot handle as much as we can. Sometimes she just wanted to lay low and relax at the house. But she was definitely enjoying herself and I was enjoying seeing her so happy. More to come...