With Hubs (whose bloodwork came out CLEAR…Thank you God!) down with a nasty upper respiratory infection (another side effect of the meds he is on for his Arthritis) it came down to me.
We could wallow around the house being down and wishing Dad felt better…or we could just do it.
Go for it.
Keep in mind…believe it or not I am not the planner in this family.
Sure I plan the long trips, the meals etc… but for day trips my only job is to pretty much be in the car ready to go at the appointed time.
Husband makes the plans. Husband packs the snacks, drinks and gets everything together. He packs the car. He does it all.
This weekend it was all me.
I found the Drive-In movie schedule. Googled the directions and figured out all the timing…
So….I packed the cooler. Packed the chairs. Made sure I knew how to turn off my running lights….and off we went.
We arrived minutes after the gate opened. Because I wanted a good spot.
Being who I am…I just followed the car in front of me…and parked.
The kids objected. “We’re SIDEWAYS…we can’t even see the screen” but I was content.
Until Little said “You gotta think like DAD!”
That did it. I backed out of my crappy spot and sure enough down about 10 cars I found another spot. A FRONT ROW spot.
Sure there was a trash can in it…so what. Easy fix.
Think like Dad….I thought…. “hey, go move that trash can 3 feet to the left”. Little bounded out of the car while I manuvered into the closest to the center spot…right next to the lantern lit path down the center….one of the two best spots in the whole lot. FRONT ROW!
All by myself.
Once the movie finally started I had to work a bit to figure out how to get sound without my lights staying on..but did it.
And when my neighbors boombox failed…they were glad I did…and I turned it up even louder.
We saw Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters and Grown Ups 2. I have to say Percy was great. Worth the money…but Grown Ups was a disjointed No plot waste of time.
Our plan was to go to splashtown today but the vote was (yeah we are that family)…that the boys wanted to wait for Dad to feel better. That left me clueless.
What to do….what to do….
A few internet searches later I stumbled on the coolest thing EVER…..
I grew up here in Houston. I’ve heard rumors of this for more years than I care to admit but I can assure you I never believed this was REAL…
I had a couple ideas….if that didn’t work out…but I HOPED it wouldn’t be cheesy or boring…or just plain not fun…but WOW!
This place was soo cool.
How this has stayed under wraps for all these years I have NO idea…but it by FAR the coolest place I think I have ever visited.
And no….we never even entered the building.
This isn’t for everyone…it isn’t all pretty and perfect. It isn’t set up for a formal showing…it seems to be a progressive work of Art. As a WHOLE it is amazing.
We came down the road and I looked to the left and VOILA! I really did choke…it was just amazing.
THIS is the lot across the street from David Adickes Sculptureworx Studio.
I cannot say enough about this place.
I couldn’t even include all the photos. I counted 34 “Presidents Heads” in that giant yard.
I heard that sometimes the gates are closed and you can’t really access the area we visited but there are a few on the side of the building as well….but I can’t tell you how awe inspiring it is to stand at the feet of a Beatle and look up. The shear size of these works of art just takes your breath away.
If you DO plan to visit make sure to be respectful of these works of Art.
We were careful to stay on the graveled area. We avoided all equipment and vehicles on the lot and short of leaning in for a few photos did not touch or climb on any of the sculptures.
There are lots of weeds, ladders and other hazards…so WATCH YOUR KIDS.
This really isn’t a little kid kind of place. This is a more Tween and teen outing.
I would imagine if visitors come and show disrespect for the Art the gates will be locked all the time so be cautious and respectful when visiting.
We finished with a great pizza lunch at my ALL TIME FAVORITE PIZZA PLACE: STAR PIZZA!! And it was about 10 min down the road from the President Head exhibit.
Now for the real question….from the minute we were seated the waitress was acting really weird. Like we had somehow committed some kind of faux pas or something….even when we ordered….2 deep dish pizza’s…she was like
“well it’s gonna be 25-30 min….” Uh yeah…that’s pretty much normal for ANY sit down meal. It was just strange. My Little even asked..”what did we do wrong?”
She was all weird about us asking for a to go box…and I asked that she bring us to go cups as we all had FULL drinks we hadn’t drank during our meal. I didn’t ask for new drinks, and we didn’t get any refills…just the original glass we were served so I just needed…to go cups to pour our existing drinks into…she came back with TWO….um there was Four of us. Weird….really weird.
I just don’t know. It was REALLY weird. I don’t think we will be visiting THAT location again. We tipped her well despite her strange behavior toward us. I ALMOST talked to the manager but I didn’t want to embarass my kids.
I have now been declared as the COOL parent!
Nice change from the one always on their ass about chores.