Well even though we brought home our weight in sand, it is just not the same.
We are all, in our own way, still longing for the beach.
My middle son, who has always been crazy for sea creatures, was so inspired by our trip to the beach and the UT Coastal Studies Reasearch Lab. He's undertaken a new project – researching a creature a day and compiling the information and photos that he finds into a "ship's log." He goes nowhere without his copy of Expert Guide: Marine LIfe.
He's also been watching Blue Planet and Jean Michel-Cousteau online. It really is so amazing to think that all those strange and wonderful things lie beneath the surface of the deep.
We've eaten shrimp and drank frozen coconutty drinks while we watched Nim's Island (again) and Swiss Family Robinson (one of our faves).
After they go to bed, you might find me drawing and painting fish with the Perfect Storm playing in the background. (an interesting side note…. I was watching that movie when my water broke with our first baby. Funny, right? )
We've taken a trip to the local fish store with our sketchbooks to draw and dream. The boys are making careful notes about the aquarium that they intend to open. ("Mama where do you suppose we could get a sting ray?")
We've been devouring seaside stories…
and our latest read-aloud, which we are truly loving, Swallows and Amazons.
And can I just tell you that after visiting this blog we are ALL imagining life aboard a boat?
Yet in spite of all that, our appetite for the ocean seams never to be quenched. So, friends, I'm coming to you with a request…
Do you have a favorite island story? Can you think of a salty movie to share? Fish recipes, documentaries, websites? I'm looking for kid fare, and grown up stuff too. Bring on the fish tales!
Oh, and one more thing… a couple of folks have written to me to say that they are having problems leaving comments. I'm sorry about that. I have no idea what the issue is, but I'm working on it!