Miss Britt And Emma Play Hookie: A Photo Essay

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I received an email recently from Lauren Hoyt-Williams, PR Big Shot for SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove.  It went something like this:

“So, um, I just wanted to follow up and see if you might actually be interested in RSVPing to the invitation I sent you for the upcoming event at Busch Gardens next week.”


(She was actually much cooler and more professional and tactful than that, but I’d bet you $100 that’s what she was thinking.)

ANYway, apparently I had been invited to a thing at Busch Gardens.  I pumped my fists mightily in the air and declared that “YES!  Finally!  I am being recognized and courted for my work as an awesome TRAVEL BLOGGER!”  I accepted Lauren’s invitation on my behalf of myself and “my child”, and then proceeded to tell said child that she’d be getting to skip school to go “spend a day with Mommy at Busch Gardens!”

When said child was not impressed, I told her that she would also be spending time with Elmo.  And did I mention skipping school?  Said child conceded that yes, she would, grace me with her presence.

At the same time, not said child – also known as Devin – assured me that he was supremely pissed that he was not getting to skip school.  After much negotiating and discussion, we agreed that “Elmo was for babies anyway.  Fine.  Whatever.”

Blah, blah, blah, Emma and I drove two hours to Tampa on Thursday morning to enjoy the perks of mom being a very important and highly sought after travel blogger.

We pulled up to the back lot of Busch Gardens as we had been instructed, and were met by a blue vested security guard who had been charged with guiding us to our destination.

“Mommy blogger?” he asked.

“Son of a -” but I didn’t finish, because I’m pretty sure that mommy bloggers aren’t supposed to swear in public or in front of their children or at special events or at son of a bitch I am here as a mommy blogger. I bit my tongue, swallowed my pride, and nodded my head.  I was directed to my reserved for mommy bloggers parking spot and lead to a big red tent.

Where I promptly forgot about my pride the moment I was presented with the greatest breakfast buffet ever.

I’m pretty sure that this is exactly the kind of exposure that Lauren Hoyt-Williams was hoping for when she invited me to breakfast.  Clearly.  The world needs to know that Busch Gardens makes fanfreakingtastic eggs.

While Emma and I were enjoying the best breakfast ever, another PR Big Shot got on a mic at the front of the room and started talking about making Busch Gardens more kid friendly and new attractions and did I hear him say something about free?

Ha!  Yes!  I bet THAT really IS what Lauren Hoyt-Williams was expecting when she invited me!  I AM SO PROFESSIONAL.

(Hm, apparently it’s a little more complicated than “all kids get in free”.  MOST PROFESSIONAL EVER!)

ANYway, presentation over, time for Sesame Street character greetings.  This is what Emma and I have been waiting for.  Cookie Monster and Elmo and Big Bird and Zoey and All Their Sesame Street Friends came out to sing and dance and take pictures with the kids.  The kids, of course, were thrilled, because what preschooler doesn’t absolutely love Sesame Street?

So. Not. Impressed.  I’m all “LOOK!  Zoey!  Bert!  Ernie!” and Emma maintained that “meh.  At least they had chocolate milk.”  Everyone started singing, and I was very excitedly singing along to C is For Cookie, and Emma was like “hm, well, I guess you like cookies or something?”  And I could not BELIEVE that this kid was not more excited.  It’s Sesame Street!  Live!  How can she NOT be -

Ohhhh.  Right.

My children do not watch Sesame Street.

I’m pretty much the worst. mommy. blogger or otherwise. ever.

But for the record?  She would have gone ape shit if Dora or Diego had shown up.  And she could have said hello and goodbye to them in Spanish.

Ahem.  ANYway, after spending most of breakfast being extremely unimpressed, Emma eventually warmed up and decided, “Meh. Ok. Whatever.  I guess I can *yawn* take a picture with these people.”

Pictures with Sesame Street Characters

Pictures with Sesame Street Characters

Pictures with Sesame Street Characters

And thus concludes Part 1 Of Britt and Emma’s Skip Day.

(I know, you are on the edge of your seat right now.)

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  1. Avitable says:

    I can totally imagine Emma’s nonplussed look especially the more enthusiastic you probably got.

  2. Ok. I ABHOR the term “mommy blogger.” Homestly, I abhor anyone using the term “mommy” in relation to me – other than my kids. Am I a mommy blogger simply because I am a mom who blogs? Can’t I be a hot-woman blogger? Or just a woman blogger? I’d even take lady blogger. Or blogger would do also…

  3. stacy O says:

    I once went to a Beauty and the Beast Breakfast with my 3yr old and even wore a tiara.( I was the only mom wearing one BTW), anywho, the girl was terrified of Mrs Potts!! who the hell is scared of the freakin TeaPOT!! Uggg so disappointed…

  4. Mandi Bone says:

    I was excited to see the picture of Big Bird. My kids wouldn’t have been excited either.

  5. Robin says:

    Hilarious! Kids are always the best truth tellers…. :)

  6. Code red, code red! Get that kid some Sesame Street DVDs, stat!


    As unimpressed as she was, she still looked adorable in those pics!

  7. Faiqa says:

    Awww, she really is *so* beautiful. At least, she was polite enough to take a picture with them. My kid… no way she’d have done that.

  8. corrin says:

    Part 2 is where you ditch the furry muppets and go to where the real fun is, right?

  9. Kristin says:

    Yeah, my boys don’t know Seseme Street either. Dora, Diego, Wubbzy, Spongebob…heck, even the Imagination Movers. But Elmo? Whiny red fuzzball.

  10. erin reed says:

    My kids don’t like Sesame Street either. I tried and tried but they had no interest. I’ll bad mom you one more… My kids couldn’t tell you the difference between Pluto and Goofy. Yes, that’s right, they have zero interst in Disney!

  11. dear lord that child is beautiful.

    aren’t skip days the greatest?

  12. Jamie says:

    Your daughter is very dear. She was probably just wondering who the heck was in that large scruffy suit. The Cookie Monster’s blue really offset her coloring. Maybe I should try that next time I have important pictures to take ~ just wrap myself in the Cookie Monster and I’ll look smashing.

  13. Friggin awesome.

    I have a “gah-dayum” I’m dumb story about this…

    So, I was reading here about your day at BG all jealous and shit cause, you know, my sister is a semi-big shot over at SW/BG, and I’m all, “WHY THE HELL DID I NOT GET TO GO TO THIS?”

    So, I’m all, “I kinda recognize this lady’s name: Lauren Hoyt-Williams.”

    So, I’m all, “I need to check my email for this lady.”

    So, yeah. I GOT the email inviting me to come to the Sesame Street Extravaganza, but in my haste to be all, “It’s too far. And it’s in the MORNING. And it’s on a weekday,” I responded, “no thanks, maybe next time” to Ms. Hoyt-Williams.



  14. friea says:

    love the site and rarely comment – great post and pics and all that. But was incredibly bummed when trying to sign up for the kids pass to find out that it’s for FL residents only. Didn’t find out until I started working my way through the stupid form as this isn’t noted anywhere on the main page. If you happen to hear back from your PR lady, you might mention that recruiting bloggers means you’re pulling a large global audience.

  15. friea says:

    by the way, i’ve gone from “hot dog, that’s really cool maybe we should actually take our 2-year old on a trip to florida because san fran summers are lousy anyway” to “Busch Gardens sucks” in about 30 seconds. or in other words, right when i reached “step 4″ of the registration process where the error message popped up. It looks like lots of fun, so hope the locals enjoy it.

  16. Deb says:

    My daughter’s reaction would have been the same right down to “She would have gone ape shit if Dora or Diego had shown up. And she could have said hello and goodbye to them in Spanish.”

  17. ADW says:

    OMG. How cute does Emma look there?

    She was all “meh” when I met her, but I know she was super excited inside. (-=

    She looks freaking adorable, but where are the pics of YOU with Elmo? Huh?

  18. Finn says:

    She’s never seen “Sesame Street”? What kind of a joint are you running over there? No Cookie? No Elmo? The HORROR.

  19. No sesame street!? That’s insanity! (But you are hilarious. Just found your blog!)

  20. trisha says:

    i worked there in college! I did the tattoos. I rocked at it.


  21. muskrat says:

    She looks adorable with the furry bright-colored creatures! It’s like Carnival, without all the drugs and sex!

  22. AWESOME! Emma is so cute. I’m glad she managed to bust out some smiles while posing with the furry guys.

  23. Haha, Emma does capture the “meh” expression perfectly. :)

  24. Leigh says:

    Emma remains the most photogenic child ever born, whether or not she love Zoe.

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