Monthly Archives: September 2011

Misty, The Amazing Abandoned Dog | CJsKidsClub.com

Misty, The Amazing Abandoned Dog

Misty

This friendly, very thin, super pregnant dog was dumped out at our family’s rural property. Misty (we had to call her something) had 6 puppies 3 days later, in the woods, during a sustained rainfall.

Misty's Puppies  Misty's Woody Birthing Area

Very young dog, obviously used to a family because she bonded with CJ first, then Penny (mom), our Lab (Scooby Doo) and – once they accepted her – our ranch cats.

Pets are innocent. You can’t just throw them away because you didn’t get them spayed/neutered!

[su_quote]If you can’t keep them, take your animals to a good no-kill shelter where they at least have a chance to find happiness.[/su_quote]

Family pets do NOT know how to survive on their own just because they are “animals”. Dumping them somewhere is NOT cool.

It’s like an everyday civilian being tossed into one of the desert wars we’re fighting. You’d have to learn how to defend yourself, eat and drink water in a totally foreign area you are so not prepared to be in. Alone.

After gathering Misty pups, we took the furry family to the shelter we work with. The shelter we adopted our Lab from. They will make sure this mom and her babies get the loving families they need.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny

Long Island Children’s Museum

This small museum has interesting display on different types of sand from around the nation, a netted catwalk, a bubble area and simulated beach. The full-body bubble was a bust though because it wouldn’t go past CJ’s knees before popping. 

Among others, there are sections on patterns, music (including playable instruments), the sea, human body, visual distortions, and telephones.

OUR RATING: 4 out of 5 Stars

We would have given the Long Island Children’s Museum a 3 star rating except for two things: 

  1. The complete section devoted to teaching about handicapped life and how disabilities are more “differentabilities” than actual inability to live a “normal” life.
  2. The newsroom that actually allows children to put on a simulated newscast.

Teleprompters, “green screen” technology, and working microphones kept CJ engaged for almost an hour each time. However, his “best memory” is of the catwalk.

CJ on the LICM catwalk.

As you can tell by the picture, our visit was back in 2009. When CJ was younger. If you’d like to read more recent reviews, check out the LICM page on Trekaroo.

To get more info on admission pricing, hours of operation and directions, head on over to the Long Island Children’s Museum‘s website.

We do recommend getting a membership. Not only did we get free admission for an entire year, we got reciprocal benefits at several science and children’s museums nationwide.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
Gummy Bear Song - Long English Version | YouTube

Oh, I’m A Gummy Bear

Just when you thought it was safe to go about your business, you run across something cheesy and totally catchy that just sticks in your head like Velcro on steroids.

Something you thought was long gone. Faded away into online cobweb oblivion. Something that could no longer hold your poor brain hostage.

For us, it is definitely the Gummy Bear Song.

Warning: Do not watch this if you are not into gummy booty shaking.

One of us has had this on replay since last night. Obviously, one of us lacks immunity to green, jiggly, Gummy Bears.

Sadly, it’s not the young boy!

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny

The Atchafalaya Basin

One of the biggest decisions a family can make is where to spend their time and money. Sometimes it’s hard to know in advance if something is going to be appropriate for our kids, have the right amenities, be well-maintained and still fit in the budget.

That’s where we come in.

We make short virtual tours and reviews of different locations to help you make the most of your family’s fun time!

Today, we’re visiting the swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

We’d Love To Hear From You!

If you have a location in the Rio Grande Valley (anything south of the San Antonio and Corpus Christi metroplexes) that you’d like us to check out for you or if you’d like to host us anywhere in North America, send us a message.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
P.S. In case you are interested, the song for this video is Cory McCauley’s “Two Step de Pointe aux Tigres”.

Eden Valley Refuge

One of the biggest decisions a family can make is where to spend their time and money. Sometimes it’s hard to know in advance if something is going to be appropriate for our kids, have the right amenities, be well-maintained and still fit in the budget.

That’s where we come in.

We make short virtual tours and reviews of different locations to help you make the most of your family’s fun time!

Today, we’re visiting the Eden Valley Refuge in Baldwin, Iowa.

We’d Love To Hear From You!

If you have a location in the Rio Grande Valley (anything south of the San Antonio and Corpus Christi metroplexes) that you’d like us to check out for you or if you’d like to host us anywhere in North America, send us a message.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny
P.S. In case you are interested, the song is Ghost Of An Earthworm (Instrumental) by Loch Lomond.
CJsKidsClub.com Travel Journal | Crazy 'Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe - Combo Platter

Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe

On the 18th of August, we stopped at the Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

We know the reviews on TripAdvisor are split pretty evenly between “this place rocks” and “this place sucks” but our experience was pretty good.

What We Tried

The Combo PlatterCheesy Little PieCJ's Kids MealAlligator Bites

We tried the combo platter with a little of everything and had alligator bites for an appetizer. It was all good except for the white rice. It was kinda bland. The cheesy, mini-pies were so delicious that we graciously accepted an extra one from one of our companions.

In case you are wondering, alligator bites have the look of popcorn chicken, the texture of shrimp, and taste like – wait for it – chicken!

If you like the spices that the Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe uses, you can actually buy a container or three on your way out. (Seriously, they’ve got a big stock pile!)

How Much

There were four adults and one child at our table. The individual prices gave us sticker shock (we didn’t remember paying that much in that area before) but we were told it’s par for the course after the BP thing.

After factoring inflation into the pricing we remembered, our table’s total (with tip) was pretty reasonable. It came in at just under $128. Not bad for huge plates of seafood.

Other Notes

The restrooms were clean. Our heavily pregnant server was really nice. Wish we could remember her name.

Yes, we’ve got pictures of the food and their service was pretty good but what struck us as ingenious was their ceiling. They’ve painted business cards on the ceiling tiles!

Ingenious Ceiling

Later on, in Orange, Texas, we stopped at a diner (can’t remember the name) that had business cards professionally applied to their tables.

We must have missed the memo. In all of our adventures, not once have we seen something like this! Is this a new trend or has this been around for a while?

Oh yeah, Crazy ‘Bout Crawfish Cajun Cafe also serves food in fish shaped dishes or canoe-like artwork. CJ tried to buy one of the latter but no dice.

Final Verdict

Not bad but not totally impressive either. It may be that we’re accustomed to South Texas fare, South Texas spices. We felt the same way about a lot of the restaurants and diners we’ve stopped at. All things considered, we would stop by again.

Have fun, stay safe, and God bless,
CJ and Penny