I had great plans for this day...brunch at the Four Seasons, trip to the zoo, perhaps a picnic, breakfast with my mom...all of which did not work out for one reason or another. Mom had to go home and the Four Seasons could only take us at 4pm which is too late for lunch and too early for dinner. The weather was SOOO chilly and windy that we couldn't bare the thought of walking around outside so that means the zoo was out of the question. So, we came up with a plan B. Let Ruby sleep in, take our time, have lunch at home, and head to the NJ Aquarium for the day. Ruby loved it and we had a lot of fun. We had taken her to an aquarium in Bangkok, but of course everything was so scary and new then. It was really amazing to see how she has come into her own and see her now enjoy this so much. She was so excited, got to pet a starfish, and loved all the different fish and sharks. She was especially ga-ga for the hippos. I don't know when exactly she started this fascination with hippos, but it's really cute. I showed her pics of the aquarium before we left and she was so excited when I told her she would see them. And when she actually did she just stared in complete amazement. I have to say they were quite cool. She liked the penguins, also, and the 4D penguin movie. However, the Planet Earth movie scared her a bit. She crawled onto my lap which I must admit I loved. How I love to hold her. But when she buried her head in my shoulder we got up to leave. We hit the bottom of the step and found it was over anyway! She quickly forgot about it when I produced a snack and her water bottle. :-)
Here are some shots of our day:
Photo op in a "sharks" mouth. Ruby was not as excited as Mommy about this one.
Jeff cracked up over this pic cause we have nearly the same expression on our face as we're watching the penguins. We were willing them to move from their sunning meditative state. Ruby said "Go, go penguin! Swim!!!"
Now this was a photo op Ruby could get into.
Probably the highlight of her day...getting her face painted. When we asked her what she wanted she said bumble bee. They gave her a few bees and flowers and she was thrilled!
Happy to pose for Mommy.
And now a few silly shots of us in our 4D glasses...
The Bumble Bee Flower girl
And the Momster...yes, we know we look like geeks. But I assure you, it's all the rage at the theaters.
Jeff was so good to me this weekend. He bought me a lovely bouquet of red roses and while lilies. Gorgeous. He gave me a beautiful card with words so sweet and then a cute little Disney card from Ruby where he had her scribble near her name. It's the best scribble I've ever read! I'm a mom and not just any mom but HER mom. Of course, I am biased, but to me she is the sweetest, most lovable, huggable, darling, fun, beautiful, happy, silly little girl on the planet. My greatest gift. My greatest joy. The love of our lives. It doesn't matter where we go or what we do...as long as you are there with us. I love being your Mommy!
Wishing all the new moms, old moms, grandmoms and soon-to-be moms a very wonderful day!