Friday, July 17, 2009

Oh, But We Will Whistle...

The excitement level in this house has increased exponentially over the past few days, building to a frenzy heretofore unmatched.  Why?  Oh, because we're going to the one place my girls have dreamed of visiting for the past year.


*It's not Disney World.

*It's not the American Girl headquarters in Chicago.

*It's not F-A-O Schwartz.

*It's not Mr. Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.  (Though Libbey & Caroline do feel as if they have the golden ticket.)

We are traveling to a place that has been deemed more exciting than Disney, American Girl, Schwartz, and Wonka, combined.  My friends, we're headed to Mt. Airy, North Carolina.

Yes, I said Mt. Airy, North Carolina.  

For the uninitiated, that would be the birthplace of one Andy Griffith.  As in The Andy Griffith Show.  As in the one program my husband and daughters are obsessed with and watch every single day.  Mayberry recreated, for all to experience!
Why, it's none other than Andy, Opie, Gomer, and Barney!

My children quote dialogue from the show.  They can name every single character in the Mayberry universe.  Libbey's heart's desire is to sit at Andy's desk (he was the Sheriff of Mayberry, ya know!) and prop her feet upon it.  Caroline wants to be locked in one of the jail cells.  Scott will take 927 pictures while his eyes well with tears and his heart bursts with pride.

I. Am. Not. Joking.

Honestly, I'll just be along for the ride.  'Cause while Andy Griffith is a good, classic, wholesome television show, it ain't Designing Women.  

Happy weekend, y'all--what are your plans?  Will you be in Mt. Airy?  Stop and tell us "HEY!" if you are!


*I appreciate whomever created these 19 seconds of genius.  'Cause I get the quirky:


*DUDE...I'm so honored. The Mt. Airy Visitor's Center commented on this post.  That's so hard rockin'!

22 comments:

Tammy Howard said...

We have driven past the exit for Mt. Airy a couple times this year - I didn't know they had an actual attraction there. That may be a side trip next time... Looking forward to your pics.

Aunt Julie said...

Well, good morning, Lula! Pleased to met ya...Veggie Mom told me all about you, and I wanted to drop by, 'cause your just a couple of spots away from me on the SITS Blog Roll. I've never been to Mt. Airy, but Mayberry & its mates are faves of mine, too! Although I have to say that Ron Howard was a lot cuter as Opie...

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Enjoy the family time at Mt. Airy.

Amy said...

I loved that show! Y'all have fun now, ya hear?

Kori said...

Oh in the next little town over from us every July they have Mayberry Day. The old cars. Did you know that Rosco from Dukes of Hazard was in a couple of Episodes of Andy Griffith? I didn't. But he was there at Mayberry Day and we got his autograph.

Brandy said...

Neato. I will be either painting shutter or doing nothing if it rains.

Which it's doing right now. Along with thundering & lightning like crazy. Good times.

Visit Mayberry NC said...

Hope you have a Great Time Visiting our City! Please stop by the Mount Airy Visitors Center as we would love to assist you here we are open Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm Also visit our website at www.visitmayberry.com

Fidgeting Gidget said...

You're right, it's not Designing Women, but that will be fun! I dream of one day visiting Lucille Ball's hometown--Jamestown, NY.

My favorite quote from the show:

"How do you do, Mrs. WIIILEY?"

Visit Mayberry NC said...

I also love How do you Do Mrs Willey!!!! That is so funny!!!

You all should come for Mayberry Days Sept 24-27,2009 www.mayberrydays.org

Bekah said...

i love your dorky little girls. who love mayberry over disney world.
LOVE THEM

Jen said...

this is fabulous and I hope that you have a good time.

If you get board, I am only a text away.

Sara said...

Mt. Airy is great! My parents live in Winston-Salem, so we've taken day trips there. I doubt you'll be bored. :) Have fun!

Jackie said...

I love the Andy Griffith show. Andy reminds me of my dad. Good stuff. Have a wonderful time with your family.

Kat said...

My girls have never seen the show. And I can't remember the last time I saw an episode. Maybe way back in high school when I would come home from school and watch TBS on the black and white in my bedroom.

And to the opposite end...did you read my post about Katie dying her hair??

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, that's not where I expected you to say you were going. But have fun!!!! My hubs loves that show. I think it's adorable that both your girls and hubs loves it so much.

CaraBee said...

We have a busy weekend ahead of us, beautifying (that's just me), art festival (where we will see, among other things, the band CAKE), and a birthday pool party. Nothing so fabulous as a trip to Mayberry, though. Enjoy!

Tony C said...

Okay...so when do I move in? I so belong in your family.

We came through Mt. Airy returning from a soccer tourney in Winston-Salem last year, and stopped to eat....awesome.

The Redhead Riter said...

I was in love with Opie. I watched that show every day. Then when I was about 11 and realized that I really wasn't going to marry Opie I was really sad...LOL

What a nut I am!

☼Hope you're having a sunshine ☼ filled Sunday!☼

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

I love some Andy too! Sounds like a great trip!

Marrdy said...

Now that sounds like a vacation I could enjoy. But I am with you. Designing Woman passes Mayberry every time!

Angie's Spot said...

Oh my stars, this is too much. I was never a fan of this show, but I know so many who are. I love that your girls are so into it! Can't wait to see some pics from this lovely weekend.

Trish said...

1. I live 45 min from that crazy little town. Not a fan, but who am I? I've been to Mt. Airy too, my SIL lives there...now that's crazy!!!
2. Your gonna not beleive me, but just this morning I linked your site to a friend (who has never blogged). I wanted her to see your blog cause she reminds me of you and use to live in vegas!
3. Speaking of Vegas... I'm THERE!!! I just now found you on SITS Ning and saw your name. After talking about you to my friend, I had to write and let you know.
4. No I'm not a stalker, just a sleep deprived nosey girl with a little ADD on the side.
5. Stop by and check out my blogs, I too many, but here's my favorites.
www.drakenaylortoday.blogspot.com & www.trishnaylor.blogspot.com
6. Chat soon... VEGAS baby!!!