53 responses

  1. Beth
    May 15, 2010

    Wow looks like a BLAST!! I can’t believe you got to kiss a dolphin and ride one – awesome!! And I love bento boxes.. a little bit of everything!

  2. Megan@EatScrapRun
    May 15, 2010

    What an amazing day! I live in Tampa and I had no idea Discovery Cove even existed. Now I want to go too. That’s great that it’s all inclusive once you are there for the day!

  3. missyrayn
    May 15, 2010

    I’m super jealous of the dolphin swimming. I want to do it some day. Hunni and I are planning on an Orlando trip sometime in the next year or two and that would be great!

    I only like white rice if it has cilantro and lime.

  4. Beth @ fatbustermack
    May 15, 2010

    I am so jealous! That has been my dream forever. Happy late birthday!

  5. Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 15, 2010

    Wow that sounds like one AMAZING day!! And what a way to be proposed to for that girl.. so sweet!

  6. Sana
    May 15, 2010

    This looks sooo amazing! I went to San diego when I was 10 and I still remember sea world!!
    You had the best b-day ever!!

  7. rachel
    May 15, 2010

    It looks like you had a great time! Swimming with dolphins is definitely on my bucket list πŸ™‚

  8. Leah
    May 15, 2010

    What an amazing day!!! LOVE the dolphin kissing picture!

  9. Emily
    May 15, 2010

    Wow! That place looks amazing! I want to go now!!

  10. Lea
    May 15, 2010

    Hey there are a few girls we went to high school who work there. Who was in your group? I’m curious now lol!!

  11. Kilee Johnson
    May 16, 2010

    Awww… It looks like you two had such a fun day! Thanks for sharing all the photos. I’m now dreaming of taking my own little trip there. Have a great night!

  12. Kellie
    May 16, 2010

    What an incredible day! I loved reading this post. It makes me want to save to take my kids to Florida.

  13. RIka
    May 16, 2010

    this is amazing!! i didn’t know such a thing existed! thanks for the post, i’ll definitely put it in my bucket list πŸ˜€

  14. Rachael
    May 16, 2010

    All of these photos are amazing!! You are rockin’ the pigtails πŸ™‚ I especially love the photo of you attempting to kiss the bird. Happy Belated Birthday, it looks like you had a blast!!

  15. Jessie
    May 16, 2010

    I used to go to Seito with my roommate all the time when I lived in Orlando! Seriously it was probably once a week. We used to always to go the one in Winter Park Village. As soon as you said bento box I instantly thought of that restaurant and it having one of the best bento boxes, something clicked and I realized that was the same place. Oh, memories. It looks like you had fun at Discovery Cove, I’ve always wanted to go.

  16. Samantha
    May 16, 2010

    No doubt the smiles on your face made Derek more than happy to have treated you in such a cool way. How awesome…looks like a blast! Must do this with our kids when we’re stateside again.

    And for the record, in a recent post you mentioned being a few lbs heavier but not stressing over it. For what its worth, you still look great and have a very real body.

  17. chasingthenow
    May 16, 2010

    This looks absolutely amazing! What a memorable experience!!!

  18. britchickruns
    May 16, 2010

    What an amazing day/birthday present!! I am DEFINETLY going on holiday to Florida now – the themeparks, the weather, and now that place! You are so lucky πŸ™‚

  19. Karen
    May 16, 2010

    That looks like a brilliant day!
    I love that they have a bunch of different things to do as well as the dolphin swim.

  20. Diana
    May 16, 2010

    Aw, I love dolphins. πŸ™‚

  21. Anne P
    May 16, 2010

    Aww that looks SO fun! I love how dolphins always looks like they’re smiling πŸ™‚

  22. Matt
    May 16, 2010

    Wow that sounds like fun!

    I seriously despise brown rice.

  23. Krista
    May 16, 2010

    Discovery cove sounds amazing! I think my kids would love the place. Maybe a trip to Florida is in order???

  24. Lindsay
    May 16, 2010

    WOW! That looks like sooooooo much fun! I’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins…it’s still on the bucket list. Seeing your experience just makes me want to do it even more than I already did. Seems like you had a real once-in-a-lifetime experience at Discovery Cove! Right on!

  25. Therese Lean
    May 16, 2010

    Oh wow! What an experience! I seriously need to get down to Florida (AND find someone who’ll swim with the sting rays with me)!

  26. Jenna
    May 16, 2010

    Fun dayyy!

  27. Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards)
    May 16, 2010

    best post ever!!!!!! i was so jealous reading this… how awesome! glad you had a great time!

  28. Bridget
    May 16, 2010

    Looks like you had a great time! My aunt took a class to Discovery Cove, and I was so jealous! I’ll have to try and go sometime after I return stateside…

    I’m not a big fan of white rice, either. We eat it at lunch almost every day. I hate to waste it, but sometimes I can’t eat it all. Why they don’t eat brown rice baffles me. All in all though, your bento box looked pretty tasty and authentic!

  29. fitandfortysomething
    May 16, 2010

    Oh what an amazing day! It looks like so much fun πŸ™‚ I wonder if there is place to go here in so cal? I may have to research it!

  30. Leslie
    May 16, 2010

    Looks like you had a great time. Such an awesome birthday gift!

    You really need to watch The Cove. I would love to know what you think about it after your dolphin experience today.

  31. She-Fit
    May 16, 2010

    WOW! This place looks amazing. Sounds like you guys had a great time. I love all the pictures. It’s beautiful over there

  32. Erica
    May 16, 2010

    WOW! What a fabulous day! It seems like a first class experience for sure. You guys are just adorable. Such a great present

  33. amandapanda1981
    May 16, 2010

    Wow that place sounds awesome!!! I always wanted to try a Bento box too. I agree that white rice sucks…I normally try to get opt for brown rice whenever possible. Normally at most places they give you the fried…can’t win them all!! LoL

  34. Andrea
    May 16, 2010

    Looks like a super fun day! The picture of you kissing the dolphin is adorable. I would frame it.

  35. Jenny
    May 16, 2010

    Looks like an awesome day! I’ve always wanted Togo there!! I like to spread icing around on my cupcakes too:)

  36. Hatty
    May 16, 2010

    I LOVE DISCOVERY COVE!
    i went there in 2004 when my family took me to florida and it was sooooo amazing!
    looks like you had a fab day πŸ˜€

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    May 16, 2010

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  38. Ashley
    May 16, 2010

    Aw I’m glad you loved it!

    Gawd I wanna go back. What an awesome boyfriend you have! I wish I get that lucky some day!

  39. Morgan
    May 16, 2010

    While I am sure swimming with dolphins is incredible, it is not their natural habitat. I encourage you to research where Discovery Cove and Sea World gets their animals. It’s not something I think animal lovers should support and if no one went there, they’d be forced to close and not take animals out of their world.

    And the crotch shot is not something I would expect to see on a wholesome blog such as yours.

  40. Diana@mymarblerye
    May 16, 2010

    Omfg!!! I’m going to Orlando next month and had nooo idea discovery cove was all inclusive!! I literally sol: screamed out loud! And bento boxes are my fave!! Seriously.. Can Derek email my bf for gift buying tips?

  41. caronae
    May 16, 2010

    That sounds like such an amazing adventure! I love how Liko is smiling in the picture where you’re giving him a kiss. Watch out Derek! πŸ™‚

  42. Jayce
    May 16, 2010

    Looks like an awesome time! I love how you said “for once” Derek was right, lol. πŸ™‚

  43. Sammy
    May 16, 2010

    OMG, putting this place on my “desperately need to visit” list. It looks so awesome!!!!

  44. luckytastebuds
    May 16, 2010

    Ahh this was such a great recap! I’ll have to check that out when i go visit Florida one day. Thank you for taking incredible pictures and sharing your experience. πŸ™‚

    I’m Asian and i hate white rice. hahah I grew up in Hong Kong and even so, the bland flavor doesn’t cut it for me…However, with that being said, I have fond memories of me eating a bowl of white rice mixed with soy sauce and sesame oil. It was a strange childhood favorite. hehehe

  45. runningwithsass
    May 16, 2010

    how fun!!! I have never been, looks like a blast. I have always wanted to swim with dolphins!

  46. Mary
    May 16, 2010

    What a great day!! It looks like a blast!!! πŸ™‚

  47. hundredtenpounds
    May 17, 2010

    What a cool vacation!!! I’ve always wanted to try snorkeling!

  48. zoe
    May 17, 2010

    what fun! dolphins are super cute πŸ™‚

    and BLEH i hate white rice! always have…it’s so boring!

  49. Kelly
    May 17, 2010

    Wow that looks so amazing!!! I did the same sort of thing at the Atlantis resort last year and it was so fun!

  50. Johanna B
    May 17, 2010

    I am seriously jealous of your experience with the dolphins. Another life-list item added.

  51. Sweet and Fit
    May 17, 2010

    this needs to be added to your favorite posts tab!

    loved this post, what an incredible gift =)

  52. kirsten
    May 19, 2010

    That place looks awesome!! Looks like you guys had a great time! πŸ™‚

  53. Kacey Mullins
    February 18, 2016

    I was just wondering what type of camera you used. I’m going to discovery cove in March and am looking for a cheap underwater camera to take with me for my vacation. Please let me know! Thanks!

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