Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fabulous Five on Saturday

Yeah...completely spaced out that one! Here's five things I'm loving this week.

1. Thanksgiving is next week already. Seriously where did November go. Wasn't it just Halloween? Like yesterday!

2. Dustin has a short work week next week and it's his birthday Friday! Nothing to exciting planned other than a road trip Friday night for Thanksgiving with my mom's family!

3. We have been busy doing lots of projects in the garage lately. Brylee enjoyed sneaking our colored pencils and coloring on everything she could find.

See the black case, Brylee decided the circle under the handle would look better green.

4. I finally made room on my phone so I could download iOS8. The last update did was iOS6 I think right after Brylee was born. Then my phone ran out of memory for some reason;) Anyway I am totally obsessed with taking timelapse videos! Seriously hilarious when Brylee is playing with toys or climbing stairs! Where has this been all my life!

5. Our couch has a black hole. We're losing nukey's in it left and right. This may come in handy when it's weening time though!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sea Life Aquarium Mall of America

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to visit the Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium in the Mall of America. It was the first aquarium Brylee has been too. We all had an amazing time. There were so many underwater animals. Some that I didn't even know existed. 

When we first arrived they scanned our tickets (they stamp your hand so you can return later in the day if you would like) and we headed over to the interactive rock pool. We got up close and personal with star fish (which are actually pretty hard to the touch-I totally thought that they would be soft. Don't ask me why.) and sea urchins. 

After we had our fun playing in the water, we started our underwater adventure. First up was the Jelly Fish area. There were neon lighted pillars filled with tons of jelly fish. I could have stayed and just watched these the entire time. 

Brylee too. 

We had a teething baby so her fingers were constantly in her mouth!
The special exhibit at the time were "giant sea crabs" and GIANT they were.

Come here, fishy!

Not sure what was in this one is of. 


Making a break for it.

Tropical Fish

We finally arrived to the underwater tunnel with all the sharks, stingrays, and turtles. 

Sting Ray

Don't get too close there


Sting ray


Sting Ray


Sea Turtle




Sting Ray

Sharks over a statue

The coolest part was probably when the sharks would swim over the top of us. 

School of fish

Sting Ray
The tunnels of fish kept going and going. I kept telling Dustin that I couldn't believe that this is ll underneath the Mall of America. I couldn't get over that they could get that much stuff under a building and for it to be as big as it was. 


Sea Turtle

Cat fish

The alligator gar were pretty neat. I never knew such a fish existed. The head area looks like an alligator and the back is just like a fish. 

Eventually it was time for a snack, but it didn't matter because Brylee didn't miss anything. The aquariums were all eye level with the stroller and she could look up and see all the excitement as well. 

After the aquarium tunnel, we made it into the rain forest area. I had no idea this was down there.



Red and Yellow Frogs

Blue frogs

Black/Yellow Frog
Checking out the piranhas. 

Piranha's totally scare me.
To finish off our trip there was a crocodile just hanging out. 

I don't know who blinked first;)

Angel Fish
We just went through the aquarium this trip but there are so many other fun things that I would like to try one day. You can snorkel, scuba dive with the sharks, have a Birthday Party, and what I want to do with Brylee when she gets a little bit older,  sleep under the sharks. They also have behind the scene tours where you can see animals that aren't on exhibit and learn about the other animals.. Sharks After Dark seems pretty amazing as well.

So if you are ever in Minneapolis looking for something fun to do (especially in the middle of the winters we get around here) head over to the Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium in the Mall of America. It will definitely be a great family memory and experience.  

You can start by planning your visit here, which looking at this map we totally missed the sting ray tank and submarine area (I knew I saw it when we were walking through at one point). I guess we will be heading back soon as well. Don't forget to order your tickets online to save money (or get the season pass and enjoy it all year round). Children under 3 are free. 

*This is a sponsored post by Sea Life Aquarium Minnesota. In exchange for my opinion we were given free tickets. All opinions were 100% my own.