Girls Just Want to Have Fun

This weekend, me and three girlfriends went to Branson. This is Kayla (laying down), me, Hannah, and Beth. We had THE.BEST.TIME. So many laughs and memories. We got so many great deals too, as my mom has some business contacts in Branson. It was great!

One nice perk was seeing a show for cheap, so we chose the Haygoods. They are a group of 7 brothers and one sister that have performed in Branson for like 13 years. We remember seeing them at Silver Dollar City and falling in love years ago. So we went back to relive our teen years and scream for these cuties.
Michael was and still is our favorite Haygood. Hannah felt a connection and we had the best time just being silly and screaming for him and making jokes about him being Hannah’s soulmate. Then at intermission, she added him on Facebook, and right before he left town….he friended her! Eeek! We just screamed like giddy girls! ha!
The last act of the show was the brothers tap dancing. Ok, I am a married woman, but these guys were hot. They had on really nice dark jeans and tightish t-shirts, and they were tap dancing! Beth leaned over and said, “Tap dancing! Good God!” and then she leaned to me and said, “That is kind of sexy” and I said, “Understatement of the century!” Maybe I will make Tyler learn to tap dance! Ha! Yeah right…
This is Hannah with Michael. She is so beautiful, I wouldn’t be suprised if he fell in love with her instantly then and there. This pic will go in the wedding slideshow! ha!
All of us with Tim Haygood.
Then, we went on a traditional drive around down Branson. Music blaring, windows down, and lots of car dancing. This is Beth and Kayla during Britney Spears “Stronger” So fun! We caused quite the scene down the Branson strip.
The next day, we went to Silver Dollar City.
We rode rides….this was on Thunderation.
We ate our favorite “city food”….BBQ, skillet succotash, corn dogs, homemade potato chips, Dippin Dots, and Icees. We pigged out a little bit. We even went to the candy shop before we left and indulged in a little chocolate. I bought my fave- chocolate covered potato chips for all the girls to try! They are sooo good!

We relived some childhood memories and dipped candles in the candle factory too! We all remembered doing this as kids during trips to Silver Dollar City.
And we had to take a picture in the most photographed place in the city…the city jail. ha!
The trip was so fun! Much needed girl time and laughter and great memories! We want to go back in the fall and do our Christmas shopping and see the Haygoods again! 🙂 I love these ladies so much!

I’m a Bad Blogger

So I’ve been busy/lazy. I haven’t updated on anything lately. Here is what I’ve been doing.

I went home for Memorial Day. Tyler stayed here with his family. While I hate being apart, its nice that we can go and do our own things. I watched my cousins play soccer and dance, played in the pool, on the lake, and had a BBQ. We watched fireworks on the lake too. Well, not my mom and Luke. He was so scared of them and they went back to the car. haha

I have been doing work at home and trying to stay on top of everything. Also, I got some bloodwork done and they found out my cholesterol is a little high and also so is my sugar. I am prediabetic. So I’m really cracking down on eating/working out (I tried to type excercise, but I can never spell it right…so I changed my word choice. I wish when I was younger I would have done the spelling bee. I watched that. Those kids were amazing.) They said if I could pull off 2o pounds and watch my sugar intake, I could take my risk down substantially. So I’m working on it.

Also, we had my birthday weekend and Tyler took me to Arkansas wine country. We stayed at a B&B in Ozark and hit up the BEST little hole in the wall eatery in Altus called Kelt’s. Seriously good. Tyler and I talked about getting on the motorcycle and driving back there to eat sometime soon. It was awesome.

Then Sunday we went to some wineries and had some tastings. It was fun. Our favorite was Chateau Aux Ark. They had really yummy stuff and beautiful property. We bought a few bottles to enjoy later (as I’m staying away from alcohol while I’m working diligently on the weight issue). But the weekend was relaxing and so fun. I love my husband and spending time with him.

Then, last night….a bunch of lady TAs had a big dinner and went to see Sex and the City 2. The movie was funny and very scandalous. It was a fun evening. I’m so glad to have made friends in this year here in Fayetteville. What a blessing that is.

Hoping I will update more….

Honeymoon Chapter 9

Our last morning in Hawaii, I got up and put on my swimsuit. I went outside and unfortunately for my tan, it was sprinkling. But luckily for my eyes and camera, rain in Hawaii means rainbows. Rainbows you can see both ends of and that look 5 feet away. Beautiful.
The rain stopped, so I went back downstairs. Rain again. But, a second rainbow.

Once Tyler got up, we packed and said goodbye to our condo. 🙁
We ventured down to Lahaina and had lunch at a local spot, Aloha Mixed Plate and had some of the best food! Local favorite foods like some Korean ribs, Korean BBQ, and yummy chicken dishes.

Then we did our last little bit of shopping, and ate our 4th helping of Hula Ice Cream and Cookies. Tyler loved Kona Mud Pie (its made on the island at a local creamery!)
I loved their ice cream sandwhiches. This one was Haupia (coconut) ice cream and a mango pineapple cookie. Yum!

Then we drove to the Io Valley and it was cool, misty, and beautiful. The difference on the scenery of the island was amazing. It was so lush and rainy here.
We walked up to the Io Needle. It was cool.
We also walked down by this stream. They get 400 inches of rain per year…this stream sure was flowing!
Then we headed home. We flew a long flight home over night, and were exhausted when we got home…sleeping from 6 p.m. until the next morning when we got up to go to school/work. But it was an amazing honeymoon!

Honeymoon Chapter 8

On Friday, we drove the Road to Hana. There are soo many stops you could take, but Tyler’s knee was bothering him, so we were a little choosey at our stops so we didn’t wear him out. My favorite stop was when we turned to go down into this little coastal town and got a giant Hawaiian Shaved Ice! Finally! I’d been wanting one the whole trip, but hadn’t had one until our last full day there!
This was our view while enjoying our goodies!
The Road to Hana is full of waterfalls! This one was just off the road.
We stopped to potty at a state park, and walked a little ways to this beautiful waterfall and pool.
This was our FAVORITE spot! The black sand beach! It was gorgeous!

There were little caves and lava tubes all over. We explored this one!
Then we found a red sand beach. The trail down to it was washed out, but we admired it from above.
We drove a little past Hana to the Seven Sacred Pools (which there are more than 7 and they were never considered sacred! haha). The tide was too high so they wouldn’t let you swim in them.
We drove home along the south coast of the island, which was beautiful (but my camera was on a funny setting, so all the pictures are really blueish)…and then we went to Duke’s for dinner. We had this romantic little corner table with this view…
We finished off our dinner with Hula Pie…the best dessert on the island!
Ty and me after dinner.