Last weekend, I went to Huntsville, Alabama to see my parents and have a mother-daughter weekend with my mom. Here’s what all we got up to on this year’s annual mother-daughter weekend in Huntsville:
I started off my trip from Atlanta to Huntsville with a new route. With Cecil Ashburn Drive closed for construction until May 2020, I couldn’t just cut across the mountain this trip. Instead, I continued on Hwy 72 and got to see the city from a new direction that I’ve never seen before. It’s always nice to get a new view of downtown.
Day 1: Ice Skating and Rosie’s
I got in to Huntsville at 2 p.m. on Friday and after doing a quick unload of my bags, Mom and I were off to the Huntsville Ice Complex to make the most of their public skating time that ended at 3:50 p.m.
We had the ice rink practically all to ourselves, so I had plenty of space to show off all my new moves to my mom. Their lights weren’t working in the public skate rink, so we got to skate in the dark; it was kind of like blacklight bowling. There was enough light to see by so it was still fun and easy to skate. It was also surprisingly warm in the rink. I’m used to freezing my fingers off when indoor ice skating, but this was more like doing outdoor ice skating in the South where it’s too warm but you want to be in a wintery mood. It wasn’t bad, it just meant we didn’t need all the layers we’d brought.
After I’d worn Mom out (her rental skates were also rubbing a blister on her feet), we went to Lee’s Magic Tunnel Car Wash, because every mother-daughter weekend deserves a clean car. Since it was such a warm weekend, everyone was out getting their car washed. Luckily, we got there before the line to get in was backed up to the Parkway. We still had a long wait, but it was worth it to get my car washed, vacuumed, and the inside windows cleaned. We put on some One Direction and chilled while we sat in line.
With a freshly cleaned car, we were ready for dinner. We headed to Rosie’s Mexican Cantina, a Huntsville staple since 1995. I’ve been craving their cheese enchiladas and salsa for weeks. Mom got a classic: tacos. And since Dad was delayed in D.C., stuck in the snow after a business trip, we brought home some tacos for him to eat when he got back.
Back at home, Mom showed me a bunch of British game shows she’s been watching since getting back from spending Christmas in Cambridge and we waited for Dad.
Day 2: Topgolf and Bridge Street
Saturday morning Mom and I took advantage of the warm weather and the sunshine and sat around outside catching some rays. At noon, we went out to Topgolf. My parents have been all into Topgolf since we went in Atlanta for our family Thanksgiving gathering. It wasn’t terribly crowded for a Saturday. We had a small wait, so we just went ahead and ordered food from the bar; our bay was ready before our food was. Of the nachos, sandwich, and flatbread, we all agree the nachos are the best food option.
Mom proved to be the most skilled golfer of us all; Dad can’t seem to let go of his baseball swing; and in the yardage point game, I made it over 1,000 yards.
After an hour and a half of golfing, we went home for lounging and napping. I tried reading and sunning some more, but once the sun was gone I was immediately bored. So I went inside and watched TV until dinner time.
We headed out to Bridge Street Town Centre and ate dinner at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Mom and I got fruity drinks while Dad got a beer. Their menu is huge, one of those places that has a little bit of everything. I had the shrimp linguine, Dad had spaghetti and meatballs, and Mom had the Turkey Dip, a variation of a French Dip that she highly recommends.
We walked off our dinner by doing a little shopping. I got a new pair of jeans, some super dramatic bell bottoms that I’m excited to wear. Then we headed home to watch some Brian Regan comedy and Jeopardy! on Netflix.
Day 3: Time to Head Home
On Sunday I slept in late. When I finally did wake up, we sat out on the back porch and watched a deer that was roaming in the back yard. Dad made some of his famous cheese dip that I love, getting ready for the Super Bowl. After lunch, it was time for me to head back to Atlanta and hope the Super Bowl traffic didn’t slow me down.
Other Mother-Daughter Activities
Some honorable mention activities that Mom and I usually do but didn’t get to fit in this time:
- Saturday lunch at Panera. We love their broccoli cheddar soup.
- Pedicures at Classy Nails. This we’re saving for the spring when we will actually get to show our toes off in flip-flops.
What makes up your mother-daughter weekends? Let me know in the comments!