I Love ‘BOO’

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. The cooler temps, the leaves changing colors, the smells of pumpkin pies, horror flicks, pumpkin pies, haunted houses, pumpkin pies, color tours, pumpkin pies, hayrides, did I mention pumpkin pies? So naturally along with that Halloween is my favorite holiday. (Anyone want to donate a pumpkin pie?)

I love haunted houses and horror flicks! Just something about having the shit scared out of you just reaks of fun! We have SEVERAL really great Haunted Houses here in the Chattanooga area. Among them some of my favorites are:

1. The Haunted Barn
The Barn is a 16 room walk-thru along with a Huge totally dark maze. While you wait for your number to be called to enter the barn, you can sit by the bon fire and sip Hot Chocolate, Fresh Brewed Coffee, Cappuccino, Hot Apple Cider or Coke products and a variety of tasty treats.

2. The Haunted Hilltop
This places has a Fireworks Show on Halloween night, They have a Haunted Hayride which doubles in Christmas time as a “Christmas for Kids” Christmas Hayride “WE HAVE 2 HUGE HAUNTED HOUSES WITH A HAUNTED MAZE INBETWEEN, HAUNTED HAYRIDE THROUGH THE WOODS & A CORNFIELD, BONFIRES, CLASS A CONCESSION STAND, MUSIC, SOUVENIRS, GRAVEYARDS AND MUCH MORE- ALL FOR $18.00”

This one isn’t actually a Haunted House, but it is a Halloween attraction :
3. The Chattanooga Nature Center Festival of The Jack-O-Lanterns This is a more “Family Oriented” attraction for the kiddos! A Wicked Witch tells “scary” stories in the ‘Treehouse’, Bonfire with smores and bluegrass music, games for the kiddies, hayrides thru the nature center, and “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” movie at the end of the night!

I’ve saved the best for last
4. My friend Daddy Green has a brother, Tim, who along with his partner run Fear Connection they completely took over the Design, Development, Management, Construction and Training for RUBY FALLS HAUNTED CAVERN.

Who knows what delightfully BOOtiful scariness this year will bring?!?! As I said before I LOVE BOO!

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To Cheer, or NOT to Cheer…That is the question!

I’m blessed with beautiful, strong, independant, smart daughters. They get all a few of these traits from me. My eldest, Averie, is a Cheerleader in school. Her Mother is the team’s Coach. Averie has always been enrolled in some kind of outside-of-school activity. Since before she started kindergarten in fact. Whether it be Ballet or Cheerleading or Soccer or Tee-ball.

It has always been Averie’s choice. We (her Mother and I) give her her options. Usually just Ballet and Cheerleading, because we don’t have the time really to fit in more than just one of those two along with Girl Scouts. So for the last 3 yrs she has chosen Cheerleading over Ballet.

Although she says NEXT year she is doing Ballet….cuz her Mother refuses to coach another year ha ha ha!

I wish I could say that Alissa will be able to enjoy the same kind of choose-your-own-adventure lifestyle that her Big Sissy Averie does. But Hagatha her Mother (who professes to be a Mother amongst Mothers) doesn’t believe in Cheerleading, so I am afraid that my sweet baby won’t be afforded the opportunity to Cheer if she so desires. How can you NOT allow a child to partake in a healthy activity that will stimulate comeradery and form sisterly bonds with peers of her own age? It is a close-minded attitude to have and in my opinion not a very good example of being a “good parent”. I’m not promoting Cheerleading here, but rather the OPTION “To Cheer, or NOT to Cheer”.

UT girl Dancing

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