Thursday, August 8, 2013


So, I started something this year that I hope will be a tradition for at least a few years.
The birth of Lily made this possible.....the girls needed a cousin.
We had the boys for "Cousin Camp" 2 weeks ago.
I have to have John's help to do the boys. Don't think they
would be too impressed with what MeMe would have planned.
We picked Pops up after work, ate a quick lunch and headed to
The boys love anything that has to do with walking, running and exploring
this was perfect
I had not been to Natural Bridge in.....oh, I would say......30 years!
I wasn't sure what to expect.
It truly is a Mom and Pop place.
The woman working there told us that it is privately owned, they
receive no government help and the owners are in their late 80's and live in a house that  
you can see at the end of the parking lot.
Pretty cool!
This is a beautiful little spot and I recommend it for a quick little Alabama trip
for young kids

the entrance and souvenir shop

The bridge

look closely in these pictures and you will see Lawson and JB3

As the boys had fun walking/running around....John and I sat and discussed what may have caused all these formations
and that it was just tucked away in a small town in Alabama

God's beautiful creation

The boys love to make up stories about the places they are exploring.
As we walked past these rocks Lawson declared that the white marks in the rocks were
"Indian drawings" and that was it.......they were off on a little boy adventure!

YEP, Pops let little boys do things that a MeMe is scared for them to do!
The reason a boy needs good men in their lives!

Having a little drink to cool off before we did it all over.....again!

I told the boys that I would buy them a souvenir. They
touched everything in the store. They were leaning toward a very small cedar box.
The box was $17.50.....wasn't planning on spending that much but it was something that would last a life time
and then.......they happened to turn around and saw a flute made out of bamboo....$2.50....I
was thrilled.
By the time Cousin Camp was over John informed me that he would have gladly paid
for two $17.50 boxes!
Oh. well, they loved those flutes!!!

It is funny that something a little different can make something so usual
be special.
trying out the artisan water
again and again and again

After we toured Natural Bridge we headed back to Berry.
The boys swam for a while and then rested with a little computer time.
We loaded up the car with a ice chest of drinks, paper towels,
blankets and chairs and headed to the
We saw Turbo at the
Blue Moon Drive In
We stopped at McDonald's and got supper
When we got to the drive in we put 4 chairs in front of the car
and ate supper while we waited on the movie.
You tune your radio to the given channel and the sound
from the movie comes out your radio.
The boys loved it and we did , too!

We came home after the movie and the boys went to bed.
The next day we met Pops at the camp house and rode 4 wheelers
with all the rain the Sipsey River was OUT!
looked for arrowheads, fished, ate and
learned to shoot a bow!
MeMe can hang with these boys

Next up
Girls Cousin Camp

1 comment:

Kyler, Jennifer, Olivia and Lucy said...

Looks like so much fun. You are wonderful grandparent Mrs. Joy!

My grandmother did something like this with her grandchildren each summer but she kept 5 of us at one time (there were 6 of us but my oldest cousin Heath was older than the rest of us). Anyways some of the best memories from my childhood.