Branson Getaway Day 2

Branson Getaway Day 2

Thanks to Remi girl, we were all up and at em pretty early.

Side note: Why do kids wake up early after a late bedtime? LIKE YOU CAN SLEEP IN.  Anways…

We made breakfast and then walked to the marina for a paddleboat ride.  The paddleboats and kayaks are free, so we took advantage.

Remi wore her lifejacket and she wanted to move around the boat more than momma wanted, so we had a shorter ride. She enjoyed being on the water, though.

We watched the fish and turtles and then headed to the beach.

More fun sand play.  She didn’t love walking in it, but was otherwise good. She actually didn’t want to get in the water and move away from the sand!

The moms finally made their way back (they went all the way down the cove to the waterfall and came back), so we moved to the pool next.

They have some GREAT kid’s pools. They are like 1.5 feet deep, so Remi could play without her life jacket. She loved the water sprinklers and playing with the other kids. We were there during the week, so it wasn’t too crazy busy.

We came in for lunch and nap (moms and Tyler went and kayaked during our nap) and then went back to the Buzzard Bar for dessert. We had an AMAZING spiced peach cobbler and their cookie/brownie/ice cream concoction.

While we waited for dessert, Remi took to the stage and danced for us.

We went from dessert to the shop area and got some shirts and got Remi a puppy toy. 🙂

Then we walked up to the lookout tower. Hello cheese face.

After shopping, we went to the lazy river area, which had another fun kid’s pool. Remi played for a bit (with two VERY sweet little girls) and then we floated around the lazy river for a bit.

We came in and got ready for dinner.  We went to Uncle Buck’s and Fun Mountain.

The sunset views were nice from up there.

Three generations. 🙂

Her cheese face is too much.

We enjoyed a yummy dinner and then did some playing!

Poor Remi.  She only wanted us to win her a ball.  But after two unsuccessful $3 tries, we gave up and played some games.  She had fun, and she got a ball in the end with our tickets.

When we got back, Remi had to “rrrride” in the luggage cart. Yes ma’am.  Again, grandmas are fun.

Another great day together!

Branson Getaway Day 1

Branson Getaway Day 1

We took a few days off work for a family trip to Branson/Big Cedar.

This is our third summer to stay at Big Cedar and we just love it. It’s the perfect relaxing getaway. We bring food for breakfasts and lunches at the condo, we go out for delicious dinners, lounge at the pool, shop and enjoy.

Before we got to Big Cedar, we stopped at the Showboat Branson Belle.  It was raining, but we still had a great time.

Ty would take Remi out in the rain and she thought that was very funny.

We ate a delicious lunch and then had some time to explore the decks. It was barely sprinkling at this point, so we went up to the top deck and Remi even got to go into the captain’s quarters and see the big steering wheel.

She LOOOOOVED the show. My musical performer heart was so happy. It was nap time so I wasn’t sure how she was going to do, but she was enthralled with the singing and dancing.

After the Belle, we got groceries and headed to Big Cedar.

Ty and Nancy got their fishing licenses and headed to the docks for a bit. Remi loved throwing rocks while they fished.

We also let her try the sand. She HATED it last fall at the beach, and she wasn’t a fan at first. But some nice people let her borrow their sand toys, and she liked playing in it.

We walked to Devil’s Pool for dinner. It was a GREAT dinner.  They had fabulous steaks and a great atmosphere.

After dinner we walked over to the actual “Devil’s Pool” waterfall. Remi loved splashing in the water with my mom.

And then Nancy taught her how to play on the fence. ha!  Grandmas are fun!

We had a pretty early evening. Remi was off her schedule and had only napped like an hour (although despite that, she was a CHAMP and a joy to be around).

She went to bed, my mom went for a walk, Ty and Nancy went fishing and I took a nice relaxing bath and went to bed early. It was basically a win for everyone.

The Big Apple: Day 2

The Big Apple: Day 2

We were up early to grab breakfast before our tour.  We went to Europa (our fave for quick NYC breakfasts).

Then we went to Times Square to meet up with our tour guide for a Disney behind the scenes tour. To be REALLY honest, this was a theater lovers tour.  If you were only interested in the Disney musicals, I’m not sure you would have loved it as much.  But we were ALL in.

We learned about New York history, theater history, history of different theaters and shows, and then the Disney shows. (our tour guide Robert is in the plaid there. VERY talented guy!)

After walking through the theater district, we got to go inside and all through the New Amsterdam theater, which is the current home of Aladdin.

Then we got to try on some Disney costume pieces.

Mom as Ursula from The Little Mermaid.


Me as Sebastian!


Hats from Aida


Lion King masks


Newsie hats and papes (side note: the papes were VERY light compared to a stack of papers, but heavy considering they were tossed up and down a three story set piece). 


Mary Poppins costumes! 

We grabbed lunch at Shake Shack, did some shopping and then saw Carousel!  We somehow didn’t take any pictures there.

The show is a bit of a downer (it’s about an abusive loser husband), but it’s a beautiful ballet with a lovely score.  The stars of it were FANTASTIC. I even knew a guy in it!  A friend from college was in the show- and it was so neat to see him perform!

After the show, we did some more shopping and headed to dinner at Nizza (the food will come later, I promise).

Then we went back to the hotel to drop bags, change clothes and head to see Dear Evan Hansen.

I was SO excited before the show. I love the soundtrack.  The cast was AMAZING.  Most are original, except for Evan, Connor and Alana (oh, and the dad was the standby).  They were SO passionate. In fact, Rachel Bey Jones (Evan’s mom) and Taylor Trensch (Evan) both actually cried while performing.

Their performances were so authentic and moving.  I ugly cried during the end of the second half.  But it was worth it. This show made it into my Top 10 for sure.

The Big Apple: Day 1

The Big Apple: Day 1

Mom and I went to New York on a long weekend trip. It was a belated birthday trip (and really, should count as birthday and Christmas for like 3 years!). We took a direct flight out of XNA (about 1.5 hours north of us).  Everyone said this regional airport was quiet and wouldn’t take long to get checked in.


We stayed the night in northwest Arkansas so we didn’t have to get up super early. We got to the airport 1.5 hours before our flight…and it took 1.3 hours to get through the line!

We made it to our plane about 10-15 minutes before departure. But at least we made it.

So we missed breakfast. When we got to New York, we plopped our luggage at the hotel and immediately went to get pizza (the food will be it’s own separate post).

After pizza, we took a subway to Brooklyn and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge.  Not gonna lie, finding the pedestrian walkway was a bit of a challenge and out of the way, but we found it and got AMAZING weather and gorgeous views of the city.  (Side note: 75% of people were walking from Manhattan to Brooklyn. WRONG. Walking Brooklyn to Manhattan gave you views of New York as you walked. Much better).

I downloaded a walking tour from Atlantis Audio Tours for like $2- and it was SO worth it.  It told us to look for this sign, which was hilarious.  No locks on the bridge.  But yes to lox (what they called smoked salmon on a bagel).

The weather was amazing.  In the low 80s, sunny and breezy.

After walking the 1.5 miles across the bridge, we wanted to stop for a minute, so we got some ice cream at City Hall Park and enjoyed the day.

We got on a double decker bus to ride back to midtown (side note: the sign said $29, but that was STARTING at $29…it was like $59 each! But we had already decided to do it).  We got off the bus in Times Square and walked back to our hotel, where we met my friend Jonathan for a bit to visit. He lives in NYC and it was SO good to hug his neck.

We had a quick change and headed out for the evening.  (Side note: the women working the front desk at our hotel were THE NICEST.  They always complimented our outfits and offered to take our picture. It was the Club Quarters in Times Square.  Very clean and comfortable- would recommend).

We had to stop in Times Square for a pic!

We had dinner at the legendary Sardi’s- known for their caricatures of famous stars.  There are over 1500 throughout the whole restaurant! (food will be included in the food post next week).

After dinner, we went to see Hello Dolly starring Broadway legend Bernadette Peters.  She is 70 years old now, but she sang and danced like a 30 year old.

Mom illegally snapped this pic during the bows. Bernadette and Victor Garber played off each other SO well.  They even broke character laughing at each other twice- which was quite charming.

After the show, we walked to get Schmackary’s cookies and crashed for the night. A great first day- and a lot packed into really a half day in the city.