Celebrating Marine Style

February 12, 2019

The morning of Cullen’s 5th birthday:

Cullen: “Momma do I look bigger today?”

Me: “You look waaay bigger.”

Cullen: “Do I sound different?

Me: “Hmmmm?” I was stalling, my brain spinning, wondering if he wanted the answer to be “Yes” or “No“. Cos a wrong answer could piss this birthday boy off for the rest of the day. And no Momma wants that kind of blood on her hands. Luckily he jumped in with a follow up question before I could answer.

Cullen: “Listen to me speak. I think I sound like Keane now. I have lots of words, see, and I can say them really fast.

Me: “Oh my god, you’re right. You sound very grown up

Cullen: “But I still can’t make pancakes by myself yet, cos my skin will melt if it gets too close to the flames, but I can help you make me shark pancakes for my birthday.

Me: “That sounds like a plan.

And after a breakfast of pancakes, it was off to the Georgia Aquarium to make this 5 year olds marine life, shark obsessed dreams come true.

As we waited for all of his little friends to gather, Cullen and his fellow shark obsessed friend, Bryson can’t take their eyes off the sea anemone.

All friends present and its off for a little behind the scenes tour of the aquarium.

Being very good listeners and picking your nose is part of the privileges that go along with being the birthday boy.

They’ve spotted something amazing.

When you’re distracted but the stitching style of your birthday t-shirt.

Premier viewing of the stingrays.

I’m going to go ahead and call this a “Family Photo”, cos there’s a Momma, Daddy, Keane (there in the background), & Cullen (there in the foreground) present.

Our aquarium guide brought a sample of the food they feed to the stingrays and whale sharks, and the boys was instantly obsessed.

Cullen took one of the fish and insisted on walking around showing it to everyone.

Keane and his friend Noah in deep conversation about something.

One of 4 whale sharks we got to see close up.

The excitement.

The boys got to see a baby zebra shark, doing what all baby’s do, sleeping.

The clown fish (or more commonly known as Nemo fish) nursery.

Behind the scenes tour complete, it was onto the party room, to party.

Cake!

Treats!

But first, a little crafting.

Party hat on, its time to blow out some candles.

Unbeknownst to us, the aquarium baked Cullen a cake. And we brought our own cake. So this lucky boy ended up with 2 cakes!

All the effort needed to blow our 5 blazing candles.

Full of sugar.

Checking out their gift bags.

Shark water guns for everyone. Big hit!

Post party and its back to exploring the aquarium.

Cullen and his friend Ashton mesmerized by the sharks and fishes.

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