Meeting Santa!

Meeting Santa!

Silver Dollar City sold tickets for a Santa Lunch, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for our Santa visit. And I was right! It was PERFECT.

We got our food and sat down…and the big man showed up. Remi was SO excited!


Santa talked to the kids, recited the Night Before Christmas and then he told the REAL Christmas Story from the Bible. I LOVE that Santa talks about that.

They went around getting each table up one at a time. Thankfully, we had a great closer seat, so we didn’t wait long.  They didn’t rush you at all. Remi was pumped to meet Santa.


She knew what she wanted to ask Santa for- a  “big giant” Peppa Pig House- and she was so ready to tell him that she didn’t want to him to ask her what she wanted. She said “Santa, can I have a big Peppa Pig house?” Hahaha So bold of her!


She also got to meet the elf and the penguin.


This lunch was one of the reasons I love SDC.  Not ashamed to talk about God. Small enough for personal attention.  Laid back and personal- everyone spoke to every kid. And great food!

Silver Dollar City!

Silver Dollar City!

The main reason we went to Branson was to visit Silver Dollar City for Christmas!

We LOVE SDC. Remi talks about it alllll the time. And the city is just magic at Christmas.

We got there when it opened and walked around for a few minutes killing time at the front of the park before lunch.

We hit up the Wilderness Church, where Remi and I looked at the hymnals.


The Christmas decor is so cute! (Also spy that rock candy that the grandmas bought her! ALLLLL the sugar at SDC).


We had lunch with Santa (more on that tomorrow), and then we played. Remi wanted to go play at Fireman’s Landing. She loves the big ball room (and I feel like this is where we caught the flu…more on that later).

But it was fun, nonetheless.


And PRAISE BE, she was FINALLY 36 inches, which meant she could ride almost allll the rides (thanks to a pair of tennis shoes with a thick light up sole ha!).

Her favorite ride were these little swings. She rode them time and time again.  The park did get very busy at dark, but during the day, she could exit and walk right back around and get on again without waiting.



They had a fun meet and greet with Bumble from Rudolph. She loves anyone in a mascot or costume. No fear.


We also had to get a cookie on our way out of meeting Bumble (they are smart…we didn’t buy a photo but we DID buy a cookie!) and decorate it.  And of course, she picked blue icing!


Which resulted in this blue face for the rest of the day. ha!

This was us on the big elephants.  She got a little scared up high, but I was proud of her being so brave (and I was also loving that she was choosing to ride with momma).


But she also got to ride some with Gigi (poor Gigi in these tiny frogs!)


Snuggling her new Pikachu that daddy won her playing a game.


I was SO HAPPY to see her loving rides after crying on rides in Spring and Summer.


And then Mimi got to ride the butterflies with her.  She didn’t want to make her butterfly “fly” in the sky much, but she liked pressing the button for a second to make it bump.  Poor mom was so bumpy from the ride! ha!


She LOVES the talking bear shooting gallery.  This feels like someday soon they may put something in that makes more money for the park, so I’m afraid someday this will be just a memory. I had to take a picture. She LOVES to shoot all the things and watch them move and talk.


We caught the Christmas parade from a great spot. Remi loved watching everyone come by, but she did ask where the candy was. She’s used to our hometown parades throwing candy. ha!


After the parade, we caught the puppet show. Girl LOVES puppets, and this cute show let the kids on stage. She was RIGHT up front.


And then they got to stand up and dance. She was a big fan!


It was getting late and cold, so we hit the candy shop and then the big Christmas tree at the entrance.  Then we headed back to our condo.  Such a fun day together!


Family Branson Trip!

Family Branson Trip!

We took a fun family trip to Branson the first weekend in December.

We left after work on Friday, and we had to stop by daddy’s favorite for dinner on the way- Kobe for sushi in Fayetteville.

Remi loves any opportunity to eat Asian noodles.



She’s such a mess.


We did a lot of fun stuff including breakfast at one of my favorite places in matching shirts with my girl. 🙂


We stopped by the Butterfly Palace. It’s a great indoor place (that’s at a nice tropical temp) for the winter, and we all loved getting to see the butterflies up close.

They give you little nectar flowers to attract the butterflies.


They had little safari hats and magnifying glasses for the kids, and Remi ate it up!


We also hit the Disney Store. She was running around wanting EVERYTHING.  I took pictures with all the things she wanted as we went and then at the end, she picked out a couple toys, including this.  She LOVES to cook- and while she has lots of food and cooking toys, she loved that this had eggs and a knife.


And the outlet mall is always good for a ride on the coin operated ride ons.


When we got home, she put all her new toys (including a new Bo Peep!) and didn’t stop until we made her to go bed.


It was so fun to get away as a family, have some fun and make memories.

Big Cedar Vacation: Day 2

Big Cedar Vacation: Day 2

After our fun day on the property, we decided to spend the next day at Silver Dollar City.  I LOVE this place, and I’m pretty sure everyone else does too.

I asked if we could get there before it opened, since I love the opening ceremony. And they all agreed. It was the perfect day. Weather wasn’t humid- was still semi-cool and since we beat the crowd, it was wonderful.

Our first stop was a cinnamon roll to share (a MUST!). (We also opted to rent a stroller there since with theirs, she could easily climb in and out when she wanted instead of ours where she needed to be placed in the seat)


After the opening ceremony, we headed down to the kid’s area….and passed the face painting with NO LINE. So guess who got her face painted?  She was pretty excited!


She’s still really timid with the rides, and I’ll admit, we may have pushed her a little too much.  But she says she likes these dogs, but she only wanted to ride it once. ha!


We played around the Fireman’s Landing area until Lucky the Rescue Dog came out to greet friends…and we convinced her it was Marshall from Paw Patrol. ha!


We went to the saloon show (another favorite) and Remi was LOVING it.  Clapping and enthralled with the dancers- and then daddy got called into the show! It was so fun!


He was made into the judge, and it was HILARIOUS. They were feeding him lines in his ear and he was perfect.


On the way out, we had to take a picture with the saloon girls.  She loved them, and they enjoyed watching her enjoy the show.


We hit another ride area and then, of course, got BLUE ice cream (all things blue!)


We hit up the petting zoo area (which to be honest, was a bit of a bummer with few animals….) but she liked meeting the goats.


We did some other fun- playing in the schoolhouse, playing some games on the square, eating DELISH food….and then she PASSED out on the ride home (around 4 pm).  It’s WONDERFUL that she can hang now without a nap…but then she crashes.


We made dinner in the condo and then we played some board games. This was the start of a tournament for us- we played a team game each night…and ultimately mom and Tyler won 2/3.