Weekend Recap: SDC and July 4

Weekend Recap: SDC and July 4

This weekend was a great long weekend.  What a blessing it was to take some time to recharge, have fun, rest, and enjoy my family and friends.

My weekend started early because I was off work Friday. (do you hear the hallelujah chorus?!).  I had made plans with my MIL Nancy to go to Branson together….which was sort of on again/off again because of Gram in the ICU.  However, when Thursday rolled around, I felt comfortable leaving since we would only be a few hours away.

So after Zumba Thursday night, we headed to Branson.  After a quick Chick-fil-a dinner stop in NWA, we trucked on to Branson.  It’s really a second home for me.  I spent a few great years during my teens living there and I just love it.

We HAD to make a pit stop by Cakes and Cream on the way to the hotel.  We split an ice-cream-topped funnel cake (diet started today, don’t worry!).


Take this in: funnel cake topped with cinnamon sugar, Bunny Tracks ice cream, and hot fudge. OMG.

On Friday, we went to Silver Dollar City (SDC).  I worked at SDC for two summers, and it’s just home to me. I love it love it love it.

When we entered the park, the smell of fresh baked bread was too strong and we ended up in the bakery.  We split a red velvet cinnamon roll (which, tbh, could have used more cinnamon).  We only made it through about half of this.

We also found these AWESOME sunglasses.  They have a bow!  I had to have them.

We rode a few rides (there were NO lines anywhere because of the threat of rain.  And thankfully, it only sprinkled for a few minutes).

We were “those adults” who ran in to meet Blue, yes of Blues Clues.  There was no line, they were playing fun music, and we couldn’t resist.

We shopped, saw some shows, and ate. OH DID WE EAT.  We split everything, but we ate our way round and round the park. SDC just has amazing food. OF course we had my favorite, the family feud succotash, and this was my new favorite: fried veggies topped with chipotle.

I also had a frozen lemonade, duh. Gotta have it.

We had a fun day together, and then headed back home Friday night.

Saturday, I helped with the Miss FreedomFest pageant in Greenwood.  I was the emcee.  It was fun, and I tried not to make a total fool of myself. (if you’re new to the blog because you met me Saturday- hey!)

I’m glad I wasn’t a judge.  The girls were adorable.

The rest of the 4th was full. Visiting Gram, hanging with the family (Sandy and the cousins came up to visit), lunch at Chili’s with everyone, a nap, swimming, and fireworks on the Square.  A great day, indeed.

Sunday was for resting and cleaning.  Much needed on both fronts.


I hope you had a great holiday weekend! Did you watch fireworks?  They’re my favorite part of the 4th of July!

FreedomFest 2014

FreedomFest 2014

Our little town throws a great 4th of July festival called FreedomFest.  It gets better every year, and to be honest, I’m happier there every year because Greenwood feels more and more like home.  It’s so fun to spend the holiday with so many friends…and this year all my family was there too!
We started our morning off with the 5K.  We did a pretty good time for walking it…we actually ran like 1/3 of it and finished in 45 minutes.  We were hoping to win the costume contest…but we didn’t. 🙁
After the race, we played around FreedomFest.  The kids played in the inflatables, we took a hayride, a trolley ride, and listened to the music.
We went home and rested a bit, and then we went back to the square for the evening festivities.
 Luke is such a ham!
The community donates tons of stuff for the event- they gave out free glowsticks, 3D glasses (to watch the fireworks through), flags, hot dogs, and more!
And then they put on a great fireworks show!  There were a couple rogue fires, but they still had a great show.
It was awesome to have all my people there.
Hope you had a great 4th!  We sure did!


This Week: Wedding, Date Night, 4th of July

This week was a doozy!  So many fun things going on! 
Monday evening, we drove to Tulsa for Tyler’s cousin’s wedding.  It was at a beautiful horse ranch.  We LOVE the bride’s grandpa- Uncle Bruce.  Such a sweet man!  
The wedding took place right at sunset, so we snuck outside during the reception to enjoy it!
Beautiful bride and groom!  Congrats Jessie and Candace!
Then Wednesday evening, we had a little date night!  I’m out for the weekend, so we wanted to spend some time together.  We went to the gym for some laps in the pool and Aqua Zumba, and then we had dinner at Patron.  Tyler ordered the habanero lime margarita to split…and it was SO good. 
Then we saw the Lone Ranger.  Y’all….go see it.  It’s action packed, funny, and wonderful.  Not really for kids (its PG 13 for a reason- lots of western-style violence) but it was GREAT.  Like on par with Pirates of the Caribbean great.
For July 4th yesterday, we were up early for the Freedom Fest 5k.  Our town has a great 4th of July festival that starts with a 5k.  I was trying to win most-patriotic (and in small-town drama…I didn’t…and there was almost a riot! ha!)
I LOVE the hometown 5ks.  You run with people you know, you run down mainstreet and familiar faces are there cheering and holding signs…and then you finish at the town square.  Tyler got a picture of me coming toward the finish line.  So fun!
We came home after the race and grilled lunch, took a nap, and hung out at home.  That evening, we went back to the the square for music and fireworks.
I just LOVE patriotism.  The band was playing “God Bless the USA” and people all across the square were standing from their lawn chairs and singing along.  Babies were waving flags, and men were saluting.  It was beautiful.
The fireworks show was great too.
I’m so thankful to have Greenwood feel like home.  Being in the race yesterday and running with/by people I love, and sitting on the square surrounded by friends and their babies/families…I just felt so blessed.  I wasn’t sure anywhere would ever feel like “home” the way my hometown did.  But honestly, this place just feels right.  I’m so glad I gave it time and worked hard at making it feel like home.  I love it.!
I hope you had a great 4th of July!  Happy weekend!

Let Freedom Ring!

We had a great 4th of July.  The only thing that would have made it better is if I didn’t have to work the next day. Oh well…makes for a short week.
On Tuesday night after I got home from Zumba, and after dinner, we went for a little drive in the Mustang.  It was so nice outside, so with the windows down, it felt great!  We took some backroads and just enjoyed singing to the radio.  This is Tyler, driving a 68 Mustang, singing Big Girls Don’t Cry by Fergie.  Don’t tell him I snapped this picture.  He was jamming.
We slept in (or at least my definition of slept in…until 9:30…Tyler thinks sleeping in requires never seem a.m. on the clock!) and then got a late breakfast at Bob Evans!  It is new to our area, so this was our first time trying it out.  We have been to the one in Branson, and this one was just as good! 
After brunch, we went across town to the hobby shop for Tyler to get some parts for his RC car.  The whole store looks like this:
Meaning, I spent my time in the chair at the front on Pinterest.  Tiny car parts don’t excite me.
After that, we came home…took a little nap…and then headed to my MIL’s for a cookout.  But the grill never got hot enough…so we cooked inside.  We had yummy food and then ventured into town for FreedomFest.  It is a big community festival with inflatables, vendors, food, music, and more.  We got there about 30-40 minutes before fireworks, so we listened to the band and walked around.
Then we got in the back of the truck and watched the fireworks.  There is a burn ban locally, so only professionals could shoot them off.  It was a good show.
After the fireworks, we went back to listen to some more music.  This is 10 Spur, a local band.  They are really good.  We stayed out WAY too late for me to have to get up at 4:45 on Thursday morning…but it made for a fun day.
How was your holiday?