We splurged on a two day pass at Moody Gardens, knowing that we aren't the Galveston beach kind of people and thoroughly enjoyed it. The rainforest pyramid was ok, but it was very similar to the butterfly pyramid here in Houston. MacKenzie and Matt got to enjoy an imax movie and we spent a few hours playing at the small water park attached to Moody Gardens. Our absolute favorite part (and one we could spend hours at) was the aquarium pyramid. We went there both days and delighted in showing the girls the huge array of animals there. The girls loved it all, but especially loved the seals. The seal tank covers several "levels" so you can see them swimming around. And thankfully they have conditioned the seals to swim by the windows as much as possible. The girls shrieked and squealed with delight to watch them swimming and dancing in the water. They were giggling and laughing so much that other visitors would stop to watch MacKenzie and Keegan for a few minutes before moving on. Matt and I probably could have taken a girl in each of our laps and entertained them for at least an hour before wanting or needing to move to the next animal. If we went back, we would just buy the admission to that pyramid and spend our whole day there!
In all fairness, Keegan did get a huge kick out of the ocean. One night before dinner we walked over to the ocean so both girls could walk around on the beach and tickle their toes in the water. MacKenzie, in true Mac fashion, hated it. She couldn't stand that her feet were dirty (despite my attempts to explain to her that sandals were meant for the sand), she was afraid of the ocean water, didn't like the seaweed everywhere, and wanted to leave as soon as possible. Keegan on the other hand, loved the ocean. That child would have dove in head first and swam away to be a mermaid if we had let her. Showing absolutely no fear, she ran as fast as her chubby legs would carry her towards the waves, plopped in, and started to splash and crawl around. We couldn't keep her out of the water without picking her up (which carrying around a muddy and ocean water baby was not what we had planned on...oops) and tearing her away from her beloved ocean. I am so glad that she got to enjoy a small part of our trip. MacKenzie is so like me...she is so hesitant, so fearful of the unknown, fearful of not doing something perfectly that she misses out on experiences, and the kicker...she regrets it after. When talking to her that night, you could tell that she wistfully recalled not getting into the ocean and wishes that she had. I hope I can encourage her to try these things more often.
A day at the waterpark
The good traveler, happy as can be
At the aquarium
Our little mermaid making a run for it
I promise, this was how she looked for most of the weekend
Watching the seals