Shelby Farms Park

Yay! It’s summer break! Time to load up the kids and go to Memphis!

My kids love to play at Shelby Farms Park‘s playground.  There is so much to do, and every year they add more features.

The playground is divided into three sections. The first section is for younger kids and has a water and sand feature. The slides are awesome.

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The second section is all about swings and teeter totters. My kids love the balancing swing.

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The third part of the playground is all about the tree house nest.

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The kids have to balance on the net as they crawl up to the tree house nest. The net begins close to the ground and gets higher the closer they get to the tree house. My kids like the challenge, and it’s a good work out for them, too.

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Shelby Farms Park’s playground also has a dog park close by, so all members can enjoy the park together. It also has walking trails, boating, and horseback riding. Check out all you can do by clicking here.

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There is always something to do around the Memphis area that doesn’t break the bank and is safe. The kids and I already have plans to bike some of their trails, rent some paddle boats, and go see the buffalo.

 

 

Our very first Grizzlies game.

My children play basketball in a church league. Every year, the league gets discount tickets to a Memphis Grizzlies game. We opted out the last few years because we couldn’t get them to sit still during a 90 minute Pixar movie, so we knew there was no chance of them sitting through an entire NBA game.

We decided to try it this year, and we were glad we did. It was a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed themselves, too.

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We were in the nosebleed section. Probably one of the reasons the tickets were so cheap.

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Wee Beasty with his Grizz (Build A Bear).

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Some action shots as experienced from the nosebleed section.

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Free throw shots. I was astounded at how many free throws an NBA player misses. I was 100% my senior year in high school. My coach made us run wind sprints until we puked if we missed free throws. Food for thought, NBA.

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A non-action shot as experienced from the nosebleed section.

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Dude! Sit down! It’s hard enough to see from up here without you blocking my view.

And for a special treat, we stayed for the after-game show.

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Bishop Hezekiah Walker! We moved closer to the court, but not much closer. The kids fell asleep, but Momma was jammin’!

 

You know it’s Autumn when…

Other than mild days, cool nights and football, nothing says Autumn better than Starbucks’s Pumpkin Spice Latte. Hershey has jumped on the bandwagon and is now producing Pumpkin Spice Kisses. This delights me to no end.

Autumnal celebration can begin!

Enjoying the little bite-size pieces of fall becomes difficult when met with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity, a.k.a. Memphis in September. Those beauties were melting before I could get them unwrapped.

My car’s make-shift refrigerator.

 A minute or two in the air conditioning vent and *viola* no more melty kisses, just creamy pumpkiny goodness.

Saturday Afternoon Project

Since the kids decided they wanted to sit out this soccer season, we find ourselves with more free time on Saturday mornings. So…

Needed supplies: colored paper, directions (I found both in a handy kit) and colored pencils.

After successfully making butterflies and puppy faces, they thought they were ready for a three-star project. That’s when I had to get involved.

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Almost finished

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Decorate with eyes and what not.

The kids had fun making them jump; although, they spent more time folding them than actually playing with them. 😉

We will be trying this project again

Graceland

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I finally caved.

I’ve lived in the Memphis area for four years and  have managed to dodge the Graceland bullet, until this past weekend.  My brother was in town for his job. He wanted to tour it, so I took him. Being an Elvis fan (and a total motorhead), Dave had a great time, and I got to spend some quality time with my big brother.

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Dave, my brother

I made Dave stand in front of Graceland Mansion so I could snap evidence that he was actually here.  He hates getting his picture taken and was counting down the 5 seconds he gave me to snap the shot before he walked off.  What a funny old grump he is!

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Peacock stained glass windows in Graceland’s living room.

The matching peacock stained glass windows in the living room of the mansion are by far the prettiest architectural feature in the entire house. I wanted to get a close shot of one of the peacocks to show the details, but sadly, I snapped the picture before my phone had time to focus properly.

Photo credit: ElvisBlog.net

Looking through the living room into the piano room, this picture shows the stained glass in all it’s brilliance.

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The navy and yellow room

The navy and yellow room is one of several gathering spaces in the mansion. It’s pillowy couch and matching arm chairs are friendly and inviting.  The white monkey on the glass table provides a touch of the creepy.

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The Billiard Room

I wanted to give readers a upclose look at the pleated paisley fabric that covers the Billiard Room from ceiling to floor.  The fabric is gathered to the center of the ceiling and affixed with a huge button of the same fabric.

The inscription, written by his father, is very touching.

The Trophy Room

Pictured above are trophies of Elvis’s first records recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis.  Down the long corridor lined with awards extolling his virtues as a musical giant and caring humanitarian, the exhibits past the bend to the left were, in my opinion, the most important because it showed the great influence Elvis had on every genre of music. In class cases that line the walls hung memorabilia that other artists sent to Graceland with written testimonies of how Elvis and his music influenced them. It made me wonder if I too will one day have good things said about me. Am I having even a small impact on my part of the world?

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My big bro, Dave. He doesn’t like to have his picture taken, so I have to be fast!

The whole reason I’m at Graceland: to see Dave smile. Yes, that is his smile. He is explaining what type of motorcycles are on the bottom left of the “Paramount” picture on the wall. He was head-over-heels happy once we made it to Elvis’s car museum.

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Elvis’s turquoise Cadillac that sits outside his car museum across from Graceland Mansion.

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Elvis’s 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom

According to the self-guided tour, Elvis bought the Rolls Royce after signing a major record deal.  He brought it home and gave it to his mother.  The paint was continually damaged because his mother’s chickens would peck at their reflections.  Apparently, he had to repaint it four or five times.

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1961 Rolls Royce Phantom

I asked Dave what was the big deal about white wall tires back in the day.  Dave’s answer was very simple: “Because with all black tires that car would look like shit.”

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Elvis’s plane

We both felt a little creepy walking through Elvis’s plane.  It seemed such a personal space, especially the bedroom located at the rear of the plane.  I didn’t like the idea that he had slept there.  It gave me the heebie jeebies.

Although I drug my feet about going to Graceland, and even made fun of people for traveling the world to visit it, I did enjoy it.  I was surprised at how small it is given todays standards of living.  I was glad that I went, and Dave went home with a smile on his face, which made me even happier.