My youngest Munchkin is a 2nd year Brownie (I'm Cookie Mom) and her troop decided to take part of the proceeds from their Cookie Sales last year and go and spend the night at the GA Aquarium. So when her troop leader asked if I would like to go along and help, I jumped at the chance. I was even able to get my oldest Munchkin an invitation.
First let me say this was a very special event. We got a full behind scenes tour. We had a fabulous guide, Grant, who was our troop's guide for the whole night (3pm-10pm). I got to spend a few minutes talking in depth to the two Biologists who take care of the Beluga Whales. We got to go above the gigantic tanks and look down on the unbelievable Whale Sharks, Manta Rays (6-7 feet across) and various sharks. We walked through the Titanic Aquatic Experience by ourselves, no shoving pushing noisy crowds. And once the private party in the atrium ended, Grant took us through each of the galleries and told us trivia and details you just don't get walking through yourself. Not to mention, um hello, 13 girls, 6 women, and a Grant walking through the Aquarium galleries with no one else, like they had just opened the place for us. In reality it was Girl Scout night so there were about 100 girls there, but we were the only ones in the galleries. I don't know how Grant scored that for us but it was very special. When it came time for the announcement of where each group would sleep, we got a phenomenal surprise. We slept in the tunnel that goes through the largest tank with the Mantas, Sting rays, Whale Sharks, and thousands of other fish. My Munchkins and I fell asleep watching the fishes swim above us. We really,"slept with the fishes."
So today I'm REALLY tired. We're all REALLY tired. Naturally, the oldest had an asthma cough attack, so she and I were up and down all night. And we slept on mats on the floor. But honestly, watching my girls see all those awesome things makes it worth it. Me, being able to see all the things I saw makes it worth it.
Being a Mommy has it's perks!