I am a Montgomery, Alabama Native, born and raised in this South-Alabama-City.
I grew up going on field trips to all the historic sites and I know all the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants.
I know at least twelve people when I walk through Target, Publix, or Winn Dixie and “am sure to tell my mama hello.”
I know all the back ways, quickest ways, and every way to get anywhere in this Capitol City… I even memorized the whole “You have to get over two full lanes when you merge from Mulberry onto 85″… so annoying, I know you natives get it.
Somedays I forget that my sweet Husband has been here a whopping 8 years (the longest he’s lived anywhere is his life) and doesn’t know the ins and outs like I do.
He has heard me talk about every restaurant, field trip, person, place and THING that I love about where I live and never had the chance to experience those places…well not all of them.
Throughout college the two of us would talk about the exciting things for him to see and explore… and the Planetarium was on that list.
I know, seems a little quirky, but YALL, there are only 5 planetariums in Alabama and we are one of them!
We spent 4 years missing every opportunity to explore this city we call home, and it’s time the Bell’s shake things up a bit!
Saturday morning, while sipping coffee and praising Jesus for the weekend, Cody Bell said, “Hey, so I checked online and today…2 P.M. showing at the Planetarium… Let’s go!”
… so we did …
It took me BACK. It has been at LEAST 15 years since I have been in that crazy building and we had so much fun!
We walked through the black light hallway of history (and Mr. Bell read every. single. fact.) before finding our seats
There were visitors from Nebraska exploring our city and celebrating outer space buying, wizard hats from the gift shop and laughing, grandparents brought their grand-kiddos to see the show, and a sweet mother/daughter pair were patiently waiting when Cody and I finally seated ourselves.
We took a seat in our “lean back” chairs to stare into “outer space” and watched the show.
Although a slightly kid-oriented presentation, it was so fun… also…
confirmed: Pluto is indeed a PLANET.
We left the theatre and “walked the planets”
Cody Bell still got a kick out of Uranus, not caring one bit about maturity in that moment. #gold.
We meandered over and literally played on the Playground at Oak Park, the original park of Montgomery County.
I swear just looking at sand on that slide took me back to long lines of waiting and the sound of sand rubbing between my tennies and a metal slide… you all know what I’m talking about.
I’m also just as awkward today as I was 15 years ago and there ain’t no shame in my game, swinging is still so freeing and fun!
You’re welcome for the pigeon-toed swing pump pic.
Last stop of the day…. Cuisine Style Express.
The Bells don’t add a lot of sugar to our eating habits, but we missed national donut day because the only place we desire donuts from ran out… so we just celebrated the day after.
Yes, this little asian cuisine restaurant has the best donuts in town.
They do NOT disappoint.
Made fresh every day and worth the “cheat day” (and personally, the belly-ache).
Pick a topping, any topping.
Favorite cookie, cereal, syrup, sprinkle.. you name it, they add it. #amaze.
It is so interesting to me the way we remove ourselves from our own city when we live there.
We complain that nothing good is happening, claiming that it’s boring, and we spend our time discussing the flaws rather than adventuring the fun.
Montgomery is a quaint, quirky, fun, city.
Filled with crazy good food, awesome parks, and incredible people doing really incredible things.
Let’s support what’s happening, so that more will happen.
I mean, our donuts were .55 a piece… I think we can manage.
Take a look around, Montgomery, you live in a Capitol Cool place. 🙂