October 2013

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Tonight, I’m heading out for a beer with Adam and Alex’s older brothers, Nick and Neil. Neil suggested the Aviator Bar in downtown Montgomery…

Aviator Bar Aviator Bar

Aviator Bar Girl I suppose he made this suggestion because I’m retired from the USAF and a bit of a military history enthusiast. He’s right, of course, I’ve been a student of military history for the better part of my life, hell, I spent my childhood years reading comic books based on the military and war. Anyway, I wasn’t disappointed in the bar. There was a lot of aviation memorabilia and the decor was amazing–the place actually had the look and feel of a WWII bunker! The 3-D nose art above the main bar was very impressive, too!

Aviator Bar Window Aviator Bar Dugout

So, we made our way down to the bunker…

Aviator Bar Aviator Bar
Aviator Bar

And enjoyed a great evening drinking beer and telling war stories. One the way out, we made sure to proceed with caution…

Caution

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We’re in Alabama visiting the rest of the kids. We had originally planned the trip for last weekend to coincide with Kameran’s 9th birthday, but we delayed a week due to the storm that wasn’t (of course, we didn’t know that at the time). Anyway, we’re here now and this afternoon, Cindy and Jess took Kameran and the boys to the “Zoo-Boo” at the Birmingham Zoo!

Birmingham Zoo Sign

Kameran escorted the boys into the zoo…

Kam and the boys

And then there’s the seemingly endless posing for pictures…

Three kids and a tree Stocks Dog Hug
Captain America Ironman Pumpkin Pose

Whew!

Now we can start to have some fun! The carousel! Whoo-hoo!!

Carousel

Once the sun sets, the kids get to do a bit of Trick-or-Treating!

Gimmie Candy!

A highlight of the night’s events is a Halloween show starring the “Despicable Me” characters…

Despicable Boo

But before the show begins, let’s take more pictures!

Jess and Kam Mama with Alex
Jess, Kam, and Adam

Now, on with the show…

Despicable Boo

The show’s over, but wait, let’s take another picture with the cast…

The kids with the Despicable Boo cast

Another great night together!

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Well, I guess autumn is finally here! Not because there’s a chill in the air or because leaves are turning, nope, we know autumn is here because Cindy is dragging me to the first pumpkin patch of the season! Not just ANY pumpkin patch, mind you, this one comes with a “Fun Zone”…

Fun Zone Sign

And what is a “Fun Zone” without a humongous slide, which is, of course, the boys favorite thing! Pumpkins? What pumpkins??

Slide Slide Slide

With the sliding done, we’re done right? Wrong! There’s a petting zoo (of sorts)…

Adam feeds the animals Alex pets the animals

Alex was a little cautions about feeding the animals, but Mommy helped ease him into it…

Alex feeds the animals Alex feeds the animals

So with the slide done, and the petting zoo done, we’re finished, right? Wrong! There’s a hayride! Where I got to listen to the guy driving the tractor disparage the Gators. Well, what do you expect from a guy that wears two different colored socks? Yep.

Hayride Hayride

Let’s see…

Slide: CHECK
Petting Zoo: CHECK
Hayride: CHECK

We’re done now…well, not quite. There’s was this tube thing, and Alex really seemed to like it…a lot!

Alex in the tube Alex in the tube Alex in the tube

And some monkey bars…

Adam on the monkey bars Alex on the monkey bars

And a train…

Adam and Alex on the train

What’s left besides buying a $25 pumpkin on the way out? Nothing? Whoo-hoo! All-in-all is wasn’t THAT bad…and the boys had a good time. I guess the sign on the little house below says it all…

Enter if you dare

Bring on the next pumpkin patch!

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It’s Friday and we’re bringing back an old tradition: Pizza Night! There’s a great little Italian restaurant down the street called Vino’s and they have great New York style pizza!

This evening Alex and I went to pick up the pizza, but it wasn’t quite ready when we got there. So, we sat outside and enjoyed the gorgeous day…

Alex Alex Alex

The pizza was good, but hanging out with my buddy was the best!

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