Yeah, we're Pixar fans, and we love the whole Nemo / Dory dynamic, in fact, we hope to visit P. Sherman's 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney on our dream vacation around the world in say, 15 years or so. In the meantime we've gotta settle for the Oklahoma Aquarium.
We've been meaning to visit the aquarium for a couple of years now, but never seemed to find the time, until this weekend, when I found out that my Xanga/Starbucks/Homeschool Mom buddy SimpliciTea was on her way into town! They've been doing a summer unit study on the ocean, and were planning a field trip!
Tea's xanga blog has been such a fun read for me over the past several months. Shes a stay-at-home and homeschool mom of four who loves to read, write, teach and cuddle her babies, and drink plenty of tea and Starbucks coffee! When I found out she was coming to town, I sweet-talked my husband, Larry, into a meet and greet.
She and I ironed out the details online, and exchanged cell phone numbers with great anticipation. After Larry and I arrived at the aquarium, and purchased our tickets, we made a right at the info booth, and I called Tea on the cell phone. I told her we'd finally made it, and as she began to explain where they were, I looked up, and there was this adorable little family walking toward us, and the mom was talking on the cell phone --- to me! There they were. I hung up without saying goodbye, so I could say hello in person. No rudeness intended.
We hugged hello, made introductions all around, and then headed to the gift shop for a chat while the kids tried to convince dad to buy out the store. After a few minutes of souvenir euphoria, we made our way to the cafe, and sat down for a chat. Larry and Mr. Tea happily discussed MY new digital camera. (I have to remind my photographer husband, who is camera CRAZY, that this one is mine, and the big, shiny black one with all the expensive attachments and stuff is HIS.)
I was completely charmed by Tea's little ones.
"E" was quite grown up. She was articulate and friendly and cute as a bug's ear. After a while she invited me to join her in a tour of the room with all the fishing gear. She took me by the hand, and led me away from mom, so we could enjoy a few moments of conversation on our own. We oohed and aahed and wondered aloud what kind of fish would want to eat a lure that looked like a duck, or a snake, or a really ugly, leggy, spotted frog. I found out about some of her favorite books, and suggested a few of my own.
"N" reminded me of Spencer Breslin. He was all boy, very logical and persuasive, and extremely excited about his new magnetic fishing toy. He told us about feeding the turtles and the stingrays, and his eyes grew big as saucers when he related his experience in the shark tunnel.
Little "K" took immediately to Larry. She let him hold her for a few minutes, but there was too much to see - and she wanted to travel. So, occasionally they would leave the cafe for a quick tour around the lobby, her little fingers wrapped tightly around one of his. He was in little girl heaven!
Just before we parted company, the kids offered to escort us to the stingray tank. We had a great time watching them swim up and over and around each other in a strange game of stingray bumper cars.
All in all, it was a too short visit, but we hugged our goodbyes and agreed to meet again soon -- maybe at the zoo.
So, if you're ever in the Tulsa area, and you want to check out the Oklahoma Aquarium - I can show you all the best ocean beauty they have to offer. I'd love to meet you in person!
And if you don't know my friend, Tea, head on over to her place and tell her I said hello!
"This is the Ocean silly, we're not the only two in here." -- Dory
P.S. Here's a special hello wave to "E", "N" and "K". I enjoyed meeting you!
ALSO, The Box continues over at Antique Mommy's place. Part IV today, and Part V (the conclusion) on Wednesday. Don't miss it!