Meeting Cousin Hattie!

Meeting Cousin Hattie!

Tyler’s cousin Kelsey had her sweet baby girl and we FINALLY got to go see her when she was 2 weeks old (her momma had a complication after delivery when we were initially going to see them and then we were on vacation).

Remi was hesitant until we got there and then she just LOVED ON HER.

She wanted to hold her and kissed her SO MANY TIMES.

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She very much wanted to help with Hattie- trying to rock her swing and rock and play, wanting to bring her a stuffie….it was sweet. Remi is going to be a great big cousin!

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Fiddler and Friends

Fiddler and Friends

When we got back from Branson, we had a super fun weekend.

It started with me and mom turning around and hitting the road on Saturday morning to Tulsa.

We had tickets to see Fiddler on the Roof in Tulsa, and Nancy was gracious enough to keep Remi all day so we could go enjoy ourselves before the show.

We had coupons for my birthday to Anthropologie and Kendra Scott, so we got some great deals.

And of course, we got a couple chocolates from Glacier. They are just so good.

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We decided to theme our lunch with Fiddler on the Roof and hit up a Jewish deli. It was more gourmet than traditional, but still really good. One awesome feature was this AMAZING pickle platter that had everything on it- peaches, blueberries, rhubarb, eggs, beets, asparagus, oranges, mushrooms, fennel, carrots….it was all so good.

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Other than the movie, we’ve never seen Fiddler….and it was WONDERFUL. We loved it!

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On Sunday, after Remi took a LONG nap (amen!) we went to our friend’s house for a shrimp boil.  The food was good, but the company was even better.

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I’m SO BLESSED by these ladies. I love that our husbands can get along and be friends. I love that our kids play together. But mostly, I love how they listen, point me to Jesus and just get me.

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And it doesn’t hurt that we laugh so much, too.

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Big Cedar Vacation: Day 4

Our last full day at Big Cedar we PACKED IT IN!

We started our morning splitting up- Tyler and Remi played on the beach while me, Nancy and mom did a stand up paddle boarding class. Y’all. I can’t express enough how much we LOVED this.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be (or we are just strong enough now that I wasn’t worried about myself?).

But we paddled down the lake to the Devil’s Pool waterfall, and then we did some fitness stuff.

The instructor brought her phone out (because she’s brave!) so she took some pics for us.

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After the class, we headed to the kid’s fishing pond for a fun time. Remi was a bit hesitant to fish at first, but once she saw the other kids, she wanted to try it. Thank goodness she caught a fish because she was starting to get over it.

They used real worms and she was so brave picking it up! I don’t know who enjoyed it more- her or daddy teaching her how to cast.

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They caught one! She got to take it and have it weighed- a big 5 ounces!

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We spent the rest of the afternoon pool hopping- visiting two pools and the lazy river. It was perfect. We had a lazy afternoon with lunch and naps.

And that evening, I grilled out some deer steaks that we brought with us. They were YUMMY. I don’t mind vacation cooking. I love to cook and on vacation, someone else is occupying Remi and cleaning up! Win, win!

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Once Remi went to sleep, I packed up and then met Tyler for some night fishing. We didn’t get any bites, but we did see lots of HUGE crawdads in the water. This big one was a good 5 inches or bigger.

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The next morning, Tyler and Remi took it slow while me and mom tried a dance fitness class that KICKED our butts!

After that, we changed and headed to Branson for some outlet shopping and lunch. Remi LOVES the rides at the outlet mall.

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We made it home around 5 and got settled back in.

It was a SUPER fun trip. I’m so glad we can all go together.


Big Cedar Vacation: Day 3

Big Cedar Vacation: Day 3

On our next day, we decided to venture about 30 minutes away to another Big Cedar property: Dogwood Canyon. We really didn’t know what to expect because their website doesn’t give a great idea….but I’m SO GLAD we went. It was gorgeous!

There’s a big building with a gift shop/museum and restaurant…but the treasure is in the trails behind.

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We decided to tackle the land via a tram ride. You can rent bikes, walk, do a segway or take a tram. And the tram is the only way to see the animals in the back- and we thought Remi would like that.

We had to wait a bit. We arrived at like 10:30 and we had to wait for a 1 pm tram. Totally worth it!

Beautiful waterfalls everywhere! Amazing streams. Beautiful tree covered canyon. Seriously serene and awesome.

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We took some photos in front of the big waterfall behind the restaurant and started exploring.

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There’s a huge treehouse (from the TV show Treehouse Masters) that we had fun playing in and around.

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And then Tyler and Nancy paid to try fly fishing for about an hour or so. They enjoyed it.

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And Remi enjoyed playing around the stream.

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I cringed a bit when she sat in the mud, but ya gotta let her explore, right? She played with sticks, rocks and watched the water for a while.

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On the tram, we got to get out at a few stops, but we mostly just enjoyed the amazing views (including watching TONS of trout swimming around) from the comfort and shade of our tram.

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This was behind the beautiful chapel. You can’t see it, but there’s another waterfall behind us.

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Trout right next to our tram. SO MANY TROUT.

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It was just lovely back there to see the formations, caves, streams and more.

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At one spot we got to walk up higher to take a look at the natural pool down below. Remi loves to walk up stairs.

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At the back of the trip, there were herds of bison, elk, deer and some longhorns.

I liked the bison. There were even young babies!

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The female elks were having a “spa day” in the mud.

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When we got back, we played in the tree house for a long time until we were all tired of climbing the stairs.

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After a little nap (which to be honest was a STRUGGLE but she took one) and then a dinner, we went to the nearest pool to our condo (which is up pretty high) for a sunset swim. It was lovely out!

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I’m so thankful for this beautiful day!