Thursday, June 7, 2012

Five Alabama Dates

Good Thursday morning!

Let's get right to it, shall we?

RANDOMNESS #1- The boys will be back in town this afternoon. I don't know TONS of details from the texts I've received, but this is the information I've gleaned so far...

1. They ALL loved the Grand Ole Opry.

2. They ate breakfast at Pancake Pantry (Brad's all-time favorite).

3. They ate lunch at Hog Heaven which is a walk-through barbecue joint in Nashville. I have no idea if the food was good or not.

4. They went to Cooter's Garage which is a Dukes of Hazard Memorabilia Museum. You can have your picture taken with The General Lee. I have no idea if any of them enjoyed it.

5. They rode go-carts. Josh won. Josh enjoyed that! (I'm guessing Austin and Brad... not so much.)

This is everything I know. I have no idea where they ate dinner, or what else they did yesterday. My texts are very NON-informative.


"HI! How's it going? Where have y'all eaten? What are y'all doing? Is everyone having a good time?" (I think you KNOW this is my responding text!)


"Yeah, what? Please answer at least one other question. Just pick one. Any one. I'm dying here!"

"OK. I'll get Josh to text you."


"HI! JOSH! How's it going? Where have y'all eaten? What are y'all doing? Is everyone having a good time?"

"Pancake Pantry."

"That's it? That's all the info you're going to give me? Now y'all are just being mean. Have Brad text me!"


"Hi, Brad. You're my last hope. I am in the depths of despair! Please answer ALL of the following questions... in order... at once! What are y'all doing? Where have you been? Have you seen any celebrities? Are you having fun? Is everyone being nice to everyone else?"


And then I gave up.

They won.

Until they come home.

No food for them unless I get more details. LOTS more details.

I can play this game, too, you know. (In fact, I invented this game!)

RANDOMNESS #2 - Speaking of RANDOMNESS, that's what the pics are of today. New to you, but not particularly recent. Enjoy if you can.

Roxie and Josh hanging out on the tube.

This is a HUGE indication Mikie isn't doing his job. Let's just say, Austin didn't stay in this position very long.

There I am. The "Hostess With the Mostest!" Seriously, I have got to buy TWO more card tables before our next cookout. Things were a little crowded!

Josh and Madison. Josh may or may not become the unofficial basketball team mascot. We'll need to take a vote, of course, but I think he fits right in.

Blog Linkage - Since I've been giving you some blog linkage as we go along throughout the week, this section will probably become smaller... but it's still good stuff!

1. Go to Nesting Place under My Blog List and read the post entitled "And on the 5th of June, she created quiet because she didn't want to be like that Kardashian Mom," dated June 5 (of course). Nice reminder.

2. Stay in the "Nest." Go to her sidebar and type in "18 Summers" beside the word "Search." Click on the title "18 Summers" when it appears and read this post. Another nice reminder.

3. Go to Confessions of a Pioneer Woman under My Blog List and click on "Photography" at the top of her page. She's having a contest on "Love Photos." Scroll down and enjoy.

Five Alabama Dates

Okay. I've never been to these places on a date, BUT I would have taken a kid to these places while they were growing up. Yes, I would!

There is a little "danger" in going to a place you've never been before. But I prefer the word "adventure." Sure. Some of the locations we "tried out" over the years weren't perfect, but there were plenty of memories made that way, too!

1. The Bama Belle
1 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
(205) 339-1108

A wonderful, slow-paced way to enjoy dinner with your child is aboard the Bama Belle, a replica paddlewheel riverboat that plies the Black Warrior River from the port of Tuscaloosa. Sunset cruises run from April to October and feature a barbecue buffet and live music. The delicious food, serene river and fading summer sun create a lovely environment for you and your child to spend quality time together away from life's distractions. Reservations are required.

Ride only - Adults $10, Children $6
Barbecue Buffet and ride - $22 per person
Hours - Sunset cruise (April to October) Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

2. Cahaba River Society Canoe Trip
2717 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233
(205) 322-5326

The Cahaba River is a popular canoeing and fishing destination for many Alabamians. The river is home to incredibly diverse wildlife, with more species of fish per mile than any other river in North America. It also is home to the beautiful and threatened Cahaba lilies and serves as a major drinking-water source for the state. The Cahaba River Society conducts canoe trips during the warmer months. You and your child can learn all about the river and how best to conserve this wonderful resource. Life-jackets, oars and canoes are provided. Call at least two weeks in advance of a trip to ensure there will be a canoe available.

Cost - $35 per canoe (two people)
Hours - April to October (Excursion times and dates vary.) Call between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for reservations.

3. Lake Lurleen State Park
13226 Lake Lurleen Road
Coker, Alabama 35452
(205) 339-1558

Everything you might need for a day of fishing with your child is available at Lake Lurleen. The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bream, catfish and crappie. Paddleboats, canoes and fishing boats are available for rental. No water skiing or jet skis are allowed, so the waters are calm. There are also fishing piers and boat-launching ramps if you have your own boat and equipment. Once you figure out how you are going to fish the lake, all that remains is to find the sweet spot out of the 250 acres. If you don't want to fish all day, a swimming beach and miles of hiking trails are also available.

Cost - Adults $3, Children $1 (Children 5 years and younger are free.)
Hours - Daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

4. Alabama Museum of Natural History
Paul W. Bryant Drive and 6th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487
(205) 348-7550

Your scientists-in-training will enjoy this display of natural artifacts from around the state. Some pieces are as old as prehistoric marine dinosaurs and some are of recent origin, like a meteorite that struck an Alabama woman in 1954. She was not badly hurt and gained fame for being the only person on record to be hit by a meteorite. If your child is fascinated by collected animal skins and skulls or hundreds of different bird eggs from all over the state, then this is the science haven you have been looking for.

Cost - Adults $2, Children $1
Hours - Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

5. Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre
600 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401
(205) 792-8275

At the Tuscaloosa Children's Theatre, all the cast members are children. Seeing kids his/her own age perform on stage is sure to inspire your child. Recent productions have included Seussical the Musical, The Wizard of Oz and James and the Giant Peach. All the wonderful productions have a positive message, but your child will remember only that he/she had a good time at the show.

Cost - Prices vary
Hours - Times and dates vary

Have a fabulous Thursday. I'll be back tomorrow with Weekend Happenings, more news on the boys Nashville Trip, Randomness, pics and more.

Take care, and I'll talk to you in the morning.


The Enchanting Belinda

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