From Brian: Last weekend, we all went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Robert knows that it’s in Monterey, so he calls it the “Bay Aquarium.”
We’ve all wanted to return since our trip there in June. Robert loves it there.
Robert had three favorite parts of the aquarium. The first was the slide in the kids’ play area:
Another was a play area for little kids. (We couldn’t go there on our recent visit because it was crowded and we decided that he was too big. He was very saddened by that decision.)
Robert even found a way to spell TOY!
Robert’s absolute favorite, however, were the starfish. (As soon as we entered the aquarium on Saturday, I asked, “Where are the starfish?” The lady corrected me to say that they are “sea stars.” But to Robert, they’ll be “starfish” for some time to come.)
It all started at the hotel the night before the aquarium. We found a sea star video on the aquarium’s web site and Robert wanted to watch it endlessly. You can watch it on your flash-enabled device at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/videos/Video.aspx?enc=0ZZ+8rD1FkbaS6rJ54LaoA==. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to embed the video here.
From that video, you could see Robert’s favorite type of sea star called a “bat star.”
After the aquarium, we shopped briefly. Here’s Robert on a mechanical horse at the outlet mall:
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzw-0N5KC2A on your mobile device)
Then afterward we played at Dennis the Menace Playground.
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeZqGhKQG7M on your mobile device)
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB2b-RjTeSY on your mobile device)
This past weekend, we were fortunate that we could stay at Shannon’s vacation home. When we returned home, for a couple of days, Robert declared, “I don’t live here anymore.” He thought that he moved to Shannon’s.
In fact, in the dark early this morning, Robert scampered into our bedtime crying and whimpering, muttering, “Shannon…” I asked if he was dreaming and he said yes. I think that he dreamt that he was at Shannon’s and woke disoriented. Poor Beanie!