Anniversary Weekend in Lake Ozark

Anniversary Weekend in Lake Ozark

When we were looking for options for our anniversary weekend, we had lots of thoughts. We could go somewhere we’ve been and know we like.  Or we could go somewhere new! But with endless options within like 5 hours of us, we didn’t know where to start.

I was checking Groupon Getaways (some great deals, but mostly inspiration for locations) and saw something on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. It was like 4.5 hours away from us and intriguing.

To be honest, I was sort of skeptical.  I did some googling but I couldn’t tell what the area was really like.  It looked nice with some neat resorts, but I know that sometimes things look better online than they are in person. But we decided to take a chance and try this area.

We ended up booking an AirBNB there and the entire area was BEYOND our expectations!

Lake of the Ozarks is a HUGE lake (really a damed up river).  It has more coastline than California (or so a few signs said!). I can tell during the summer this place is HOPPING.  But in March, it was great for a quieter weekend. There were endless condos and restaurants- most of which were very very very nice.

Our AirBNB was waterfront and perfect. It was a bit smaller, but very nice and comfortable.

We went for a 3-day weekend, and without it being warm pool weather, it was perfect.

We started Saturday by visiting Spa Shiki. Y’all.  The massage and reflexology were great, but the spa itself was AMAZING. You could literally spend all day there- wet and dry saunas, this gorgeous soaking pool, hot tub, hot and cold towels with essential oils, a lounging area, juice bar….I was sort of sad to leave and get Tyler.

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We went to Half Sauced for BBQ which didn’t disappoint. These BBQ nachos were YUMMY (once we added some BBQ sauce) and we enjoyed our sampler plate of all their meats.

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The area has several towns that are connected.  We didn’t mind driving 20-30 minutes either way to do stuff. So we headed to a town over to Bridal Cave. It’s on the water, so another pretty view.

The cave was very interesting. One of the neatest caves I’ve ever been in! Pretty easy walking inside, but unreal inside. You can see where some of the early explorers had to crawl through (thank goodness it’s been opened up for visitors!).

There was a small tour group, and we hung in the back so we could really take our time looking at everything.

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After the cave, we headed to Ha Ha Tonka state park. It’s “known” for “castle ruins” which are really the remnants of a big home from a fire in the 30s or something. Not that impressive.  But thankfully, we found a great trail and did some hiking.

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The woods felt very different from home- not as thick.  You could see for hundreds of yards (where at home, there’s thicker evergreen underbrush, so it’s more of just seeing the trail). We enjoyed the 60-degree weather!

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Then we rounded out the day with the outlet mall!  We stopped for a treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (where I had the BEST caramel apple!) and then we shopped and grabbed dinner at Dog Days (which was SO yummy).

On Sunday, we slept in and then decided to drive to the lookout over Bagnall Dam. Lovely views of the lake and we learned about the dam.

We were originally headed to brunch at a winery, but saw a line outside this place.  When the sign looks like this and there’s a line, you trust that. It was a DELICIOUS breakfast.

I had a cinnamon roll the size of my head!

And Tyler ate this crazy pile of biscuits, sausage, eggs and gravy. We were STUFFED (with enough to go for the next morning!)

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After breakfast, we did some more driving and exploring. We saw a couple interesting stores to stop at (which ended up being more of a dud than a hidden gem), but then we stumbled onto this winery. 7Springs was BEAUTIFUL. The grapes weren’t growing, but you could see the vineyards and the mountains.  We did a full wine sampling of like 15 wines for like $15 or something. We liked several of them and took a couple bottles home.

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It was a little chillier, but still a sunny day.

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We came back and took a nap (glorious!) and then we got ready for dinner.  I always wear my wedding shoes on our anniversary dinner, so these pink puppies came out!

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We dined at JB Hooks- on the middle of the lake. GORGEOUS sunset views and a wonderful dinner. We stuffed ourselves with steak and seafood and cocktails and creme brulee.  So so so good.

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On Monday, we mostly just took our time driving back- stopping at Bass Pro for Tyler to shop (of course!) and taking a more scenic route home through Missouri.

It was a fantastic time away together. I’m so thankful to celebrate 9 years in such a fun way.

When we got married, our pastor told us to always celebrate your anniversaries as best as you could afford with money and time. He said your marriage is something to celebrate- and we totally agree!


8 Years Together

8 Years Together

We just celebrated our 8 year anniversary.

I feel like we have had major ups and downs together, but we are in a good place. Marriage isn’t always pretty. It’s not always easy. It’s not effortless. It takes work and commitment. But I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.

I choose him again and again every day.

To celebrate, we went for a little progressive dinner.  It was going to be just a meal out for dinner, but we were off work early and went to the restaurant early- and it turned out they weren’t open yet.

So like many things in life, on to Plan B.

So we walked down to a sushi restaurant for drinks and an appetizer. Then we returned to the restaurant for dinner, and went to play putt putt.  Then after, we got snowcones for dessert.

Life isn’t glamorous.  Most days are spent coordinating schedules, running errands, grabbing diaper cream, getting Remi cups of milk – but the day to day is so much better as a team.

Happy anniversary, my love.


Week 23 Highlights

Week 23 Highlights

Oh my goodness, time is zooooooming by!

She’s just the happiest, most alert baby girl and we LOVE showing her the world and watching her learn.

She finally had great head control and could try the Bumbo.  So many people put their babies in them too early.  My pediatric therapy friends (and a OT blog I read) warned of Bumbo time too early….so we have put it off. But man, did she enjoy having a table top! She also ate dinner in the Bumbo this night.

Speaking of sitting, she’s working so hard at it! Still a little tripod with her hands down, but she is trying to sit like a big girl. 

Monday night was our 7th anniversary. We went bowling and got sushi to go. It was fun and perfect, and Remi girl LOVED all the lights, TVs and sounds. 

Sweet thing slept during choir practice. The choir and orchestra are SO loud, and I sing high 1st soprano, so I couldn’t believe she was asleep the whole time.


Weekend Recap: Music and Art

Weekend Recap: Music and Art

 

I spent the weekend as a purveyor of fine (and not so fine) art.

It was our anniversary weekend but Tyler had to work Friday and Saturday night…so I occupied my time with friends and family.

Friday night, mom, dad and I went to NWA to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  It was a fun show.  Each song is done in a different style, which keeps it fun for sure.

It was raining, so we umbrella-d up and walked to dinner at Table on the Hill.  It was YUMMY.  Mom and I even shared a bottle of sangria which was a nice treat.  I loved this picture of mom and dad walking together in the rain.  Dad doesn’t always know what’s going on, but he depends on mom for so much.  It was sweet.

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When I got home, I got a sweet surprise.  My MIL had been to my house, cleaned and left me flowers.  What a treat!

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Saturday was mostly resting, cooking, and getting ready to have my girls over.

My life group came over to craft.  We created canvases for our Bible Study room.  We ate, talked, laughed and had a great time.IMG_8971

 

Sunday, I went to church, lunch, and then Tyler and I headed back to NWA to spend some time together.  He asked me what I wanted to do, and I chose going to Crystal Bridges for the Van Gough to Rothko exhibit.

There was a $10 charge for the exhibit, but it was neat.

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Tyler’s favorite was this optical illusion piece.  He stared at if for a long while.

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My favorite was the giant Jackson Pollack.  Tyler says we could make one ourselves, but I appreciate his work. 🙂

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We also enjoyed the big silver tree outside.

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After the museum, Tyler chose sushi for dinner.  I donned my wedding shoes (an anniversary tradition) and we went in to eat some yummy sushi.IMG_8992

We headed home and crashed early.

 

How was your weekend?