Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Great Weekend

We had to get out of town this weekend. The town in which we live is home to the country's largest outdoor concert festival that lasts 4 days. So every year there is an influx of people....about 100,000 to be exact. Needless to say we were sick of being at home. So we decided to take a short trip to Huntsville, Alabama, which is about an hour or so from us. Poppa and Step-Mommie came with and Mabel met us there. It was a great family vaca on the fly. We mainly ate but we did do a bit of sight seeing while there.

First we ate lunch at Wintzell's Oyster House for lunch. They have the best fried shrimp and key lime pie.

Then we headed to Gander Moutain which is kinda like a Bass Pro Shop but better. We all checked out the firearms and I fell in love with a Banelli Ultra Light. Too bad I didn't have the cash!! It sure would be fun to shoot.

For those of you that don't know...my family and I are "into" guns. I know it sounds red-neck but its true. We love to go out in the pasture and shoot on the weekends. Its quite a stress reliever for me and it can get a bit competative as well.

I also found something else I've been wanting at Gander Mountain....a kayack....and not just any kayak but a HOT PINK one!!! How cool is that?!

After Gander Mountain we did a bit of shopping and met up with Mabel. Then we headed back to the hotel for a rest before dinner, and believe me you have to rest before you eat here.

The famliy is part German and with that comes the immense love for German food and beer. This is one of our favorite German places and let me tell you it's worth every calorie!

I got the Blackforest Snitzel with hot German potato salad and red cabbage. It was amazing!

And for dessert one of their famous homemade cakes. This was the double chocolate fudge and it kill all my pregnant cravings for chocolate.

Needless to say we were exhusted when we were finished but we lived up to the family motto: "We don't quit when we're full, we quit when we're tired". But we did the good thing and went back to the hotel and when swimming, all except Poppa who was just too tired. It actually felt really good to swim and I'm thinking of starting to do that in the mornings before work.

Sunday we went to the Space and Rocket Museum. I've been in love with this place since I was a child and my fasination has not changed. It is a truley cool place and I recommend it to anyone.
The first thing you see is an SR-71 Blackbird, once the fastest plane in the world. As a girl I dreamt of one day following in my Poppa's foot steps and becoming a pilot. This is the plane I wanted to fly. It's totally cool. I find it funny that the awe I had for it as a child is still there.

Then next thing you see is this GIANT rocket. It is so big! Totally awesome!

Starting next week the museum is having a Star Wars exhibit, which I think The Man wants to drive back down and see. They had alot of Star Wars memorabilia around and even had employees dressed up as Jedi.

We went through a bunch of exhibits and saw an IMAX movie about the dream of space. There were a couple scenes that brought a tear to my eye, they were so beautiful.

Poppa was trying out the sleeping restraints and Byron really wanted to drive the space roover! Then we decended upon the gift shop where we found the coolest hats. Of course Mabel and The Man couldn't refuse trying some on.

Two of my favorite things at the museum are a piece of moonrock, something I always wanted, and the actual capsule from the Apollo 16 mission. The capsule is so cool, you can see charing on the outside from re-entry. I know, I'm a nerd, but I love this kind of stuff!

It was a really great weekend and I'm so glad that we got to spend it as a family. I think there will be more of these quick weekend trips cause we had suck a blast!

In other news I've been having more pregnancy symptoms, the newest is my feet and legs retaining water. I never exspected this to hit at 5 weeks but it did with avengence!!! I can't even get my shoes on! Panicing I called the doc and got in for some bloodwork. Everything has come back normal so its just me being pregnant. I guess it could be worse. I have to keep my feet up as much as possible and stay out of the heat, both of which are do-able!
I guess that's about all...at least I hope so!! I've written enough don't cha think! I'll leave you at that, need to get my feet up anyways. Ya'll have a good one!!


  1. What a fun getaway you all had...thanks for sharing the fun photos!

  2. Ahhh, and so begins the next 8 months of wearing flip flops! Thankfully your weather should permit it. I didn't have that luxury. Loved the pics, you have such a beautiful blended family. Love it.