Sunday, August 16, 2009

And...We're Back

You were probably expecting a shoreline photo, but keeping in mind how much I love Christmas, and how excited I was to learn that The Christmas Shop & Island Gallery reopened last year, I wanted to share one of the photos from there.

This is a three-level store carrying Christmas decor, antiques, and local books and artwork. They've also added a jewelry store, a bird room, a T-shirt boutique, museum shop and a general store where Outer Banks Fudge company serves coffee and sweets.

We always make at least one trip to The Christmas Shop when we're down south.

The weather wasn't as good as in past years, but that seems to be the story for most of the east coast. I was just reading today that a tropical storm is forming near Florida. Sounds like we planned our vacation at the right time.

We also try to stop in at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island while we're there. The above photo is the fountain they have out front. If you walk off to the right of the fountain, you can view the coastline through a magnifying lens, and let the kids dig in the sand while you enjoy something cool to drink or a bite to eat from their gourmet shop.

The kids love the aquarium because they have a tank with live animals in it that they can pet; slimy animals from what they tell me.

The Book Connection will back to a very busy schedule in September and I have about a dozen reviews to post from all that reading I got done on vacation.

Don't forget about all the giveaways we're running right now:

* Sea Changes by Gail Graham

* Summer Inspirational Reading Giveaway

* Beach Trip by Cathy Holton

* American Lion by Jon Meacham

* Is Your Ghost Holy? by Shay Bills

Most of these giveaways run until August 31st. The one for Jon Meacham ends on August 27th, and Shay's on September 2nd.

Don't miss the chance to win these great books! Enter today by clicking on the above links to each giveaway and following the instructions in each post.

It's good to be back!

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