Sharks and Babes: Aquarium Part 2

Hi loves! So remember that post from the aquarium, the one that I said was the first of two posts? Well…I FINALLY got a chance to put up the second set! Yay! While I’m not a huge fan of stretching out the time between posts, I do love looking back on photos as I edit and publish them because it allows me to relive those moments, to remember little things that I have forgotten about. Pictures tell stories and help keep memories alive, and for that I am so grateful. Today I’ve decided to sort of narrate throughout the photos, so scroll away and enjoy.

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The two C’s spent a good deal of time during our aquarium visit watching the boats in the harbor while I snuck in photos of them….the little is amazed by boats and she could have spent the entire day just watching them pull in and out of the harbor. She also has quite the interest in feeding the seagulls while we are there (much to the chagrin of some of the other aquarium patrons, oops) but it’s so fun to watch her delight as they eat the crumbs she tosses to them that I don’t have the heart to tell her no….plus I love feeding them too soooo….

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I love capturing the moments between these two…so precious. It is so important to me that we have these memories immortalized in photographs so that we can look back on them when the babe is older and remember all over again. And they are just too adorable….so I’m sorry for the overload of photos, lol. PS – that seagull’s facial expression in the photo. I can’t. I think it’s hilarious…but it might just be me that sees a funny face. Pretty sure most people see a seagull looking at a camera..do you see what I’m talking about? He looks like he is posing 🙂

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The babe is currently at an age where she thinks that she can do EVERYTHING herself, and wants absolutely NO help from either of us. I’ve heard that at this age kids are referred to as ‘threenagers’ and it is sooo fitting for her. I still make her hold my hand going down the stairs though because if I didn’t I’m relatively sure (based on prior experience) that she would attempt to charge down them fearlessly, resulting in some not so pleasant falls…and selfishly I want to hold her hand every chance I get because she is growing up so fast and I want to be able to hold her hand forever. SOB!

 

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We always end up walking past the gift shop while at the aquarium, and it is a mine field of parental hangups. The first time that the babe was old enough to ask for something she wanted, we left with a life-sized stuffed penguin; I kid you not that thing was (and is still) larger than her. Whoops. Since then we have learned to either a) distract her when we pass by or b) simply say no when she wants every single thing there (and it’s harder to say no to that little face than you might think). If it was up to her, our house would be filled with sharks, dolphins, turtles, and various fish toys. A veritable aquarium in our apartment. No thanks.

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One of our favorite parts of the aquarium is the aviary where they house the Lorikeets. The colorful and super tame parrots are free to walk or fly wherever they choose and sometimes if we are lucky I can coax one onto my finger (Little C always wants to pet them but they are not terribly interested in grabby toddler hands). There is also sugar water that can be purchased to feed to them, but generally we just take our luck with finding one that is amenable to being held. Unfortunately on this last trip to see the birds I got pooped on…hence the look on my face a few photos down. Fortunately, however, Big C was there to catch my reaction on camera.

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One of the babes other favorite things to do at the aquarium is visit the character animals; there is a shark and a few other larger-than-life animals that kids can get in line to take photos with, and we NEVER miss an opportunity to meet a shark. This time Little C spontaneously decided to gift the shark a necklace to wear on his fin as a bracelet. The mommy in me was super proud of her for sharing, haha. Good job little babe, well done. The shark seemed pretty pleased with the Disney princess necklace, too (although I’m starting to think that he is always smiling like that…).

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I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend with your loved ones, and that you savor the special moments. I’m excited for rain (which is in the forecast) but half the time the weather people are wrong so I’m going to be spending the next 24 hours with my fingers and toes crossed. There is something so soothing and cleansing about rain…I miss it so much living here. Anyways. I hope that you guys enjoyed the pics, and that there weren’t WAY too many.

PS – Be on the lookout next week for lots of fun collaborations, I am so excited to be working with a bunch of awesome companies to bring you guys some spring fashion inspo! Woop woop!

SWEATSHIRT: Daydreamer  ::  DENIM: Current/Elliott, more sizes here  ::  SHOES: Target (old) similar style here, love these  //  Little C: DENIM: H&M  ::  TANK: H&M  ::  SHIRT: Target (on sale $7!!)  ::  BOOTS: Target  ::  NECKLACE: Disney Store  //  Big C: SWEATSHIRT: H&M (in store), similar herehere and here   ::  SUNGLASSES: Ray-ban




8 Comments

  • Reply February 27, 2015

    K / Pure & Complex

    Awww… I simply loved these photos. And that seagull is absolutely hilarious lol. Great post.

    Kay of Pure & Complex
    http://www.purecomplex.com

    • Reply February 27, 2015

      Maya Thayer

      Hahahah I am SO glad that you saw what I was talking about with the seagull’s face!!! I think it’s so funny and I laugh every time I see it, but I was thinking that maybe not everyone else would share in the hilarity, lol. Thank you, I’m so glad that you liked the photos!!

  • Little C is probably the most fashionable child in the WHOLE world. I about die at this picture: http://www.mylifeasmaya.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/IMG_0964.jpg. The SASS that it looks like she is portraying with the hand on the hip KILLS me. She is so beautiful. Seriously! I love this post. Y’all are the perfect little family and I want for us to be there with you!! And Big C is quite a photographer! What camera do y’all use? And lens?

    • Reply March 2, 2015

      Maya Thayer

      Hahaaha awe mama thank you, she is such a sassy pants the older she gets, a lot of personality in that little person! And yes the hand on the hip is soo good hahaha. I wish you were here too – it would be so fun! I seriously think that your little fam is perfect, honestly. We use Rebel ti3 but I need to check the lens because the lens is what makes all of the difference!! I’ll let you know love!

  • Reply February 27, 2015

    Wishes & Reality

    Haha, that seagull is totally posing! And little C is the perfect mix of dad and mom. To say I love these photos would be an understatement! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, girlie!

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

    • Reply March 2, 2015

      Maya Thayer

      LOVE that you agree on the seagull, LOL. And thank you! People always say she looks just like daddy so it makes me happy when people see me in there too. Hope you had a great weekend, love!

  • Reply February 28, 2015

    Jenny Journey

    Oh hai, adorable family 😉 Such great captures, Maya! Makes me wanna lug around my DSLR more. Feelin’ the love and sense of exploration in these, thank you for sharing your family with us, very precious moments. Enjoy that rain, boo!

    xoxoxox

    • Reply March 2, 2015

      Maya Thayer

      Awe thanks hon! I always am sad when I don’t bring it because i miss these moments that I want to capture, you know? So fun…and I don’t want to forget those moments, I swear I’m senile and cant remember anything these days (hello, mom brain). We finally got some rain yesterday and I was overjoyed, but nothing like what the weather peeps were predicting, of course. Hope you had a great weekend!!

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