The Builder and I had a wonderfully relaxing getaway this past weekend. We finally used the gift certificate his parents had given us last Christmas (better late than never!) to Big Cedar Lodge in Missouri. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend spending some time at this picturesque resort. It is the most relaxing and cozy place. You just can’t help but unwind and feel peaceful when you’re there.
We actually didn’t know if we would be able to keep our plans for the trip since the boys had been so sick and I had come down with the same yucky virus. I agonized over whether or not we should go and, in the end, Dave made the call that we needed to get away and the boys were well enough for us to go. I’m glad he forced me to pack and leave the boys in the capable hands of their Nana & Papa Marrs because a relaxing weekend away was just what we both needed.
And, the boys had a fun weekend with their grandparents and, thankfully, both seem to be feeling much better! They’re still congested but a weekend of being spoiled by Nana & Papa seemed to help immensely!
As for our weekend, we headed up to Branson on Friday evening. After checking in and getting settled in our adorable little cottage, we had dinner at the Buzzard Bar (so, so cute) and went to bed early. I was feeling terrible and fell asleep at 7:30. Big Friday night!
|Our Cozy Cottage and fireplace inside|
A good night’s sleep was wonderful and I couldn’t have been more grateful for the rest. It was exactly what I needed. Saturday morning I had a massage and facial scheduled at the spa but I (sadly!) had to cancel the massage because I was still congested and a little achy.
The facial was still amazing and the steam really helped with my congestion. (I want one of those portable steam machines). I did have a minor claustrophobia-induced panic attack mid-facial…apparently I am not a fan of my limbs being encased in (paraffin) wax. *
*I will leave this part out of the boy’s “keepsake book” from this blog because I don’t want them knowing that their mom is actually a crazy person. Ha!!
The rest of our weekend was quiet and uneventful – which was so perfect.
|It is beautiful here!|
|The Buzzard Bar|
|All of the little details are just adorable!|
|Walking to breakfast|
|The Builder was MOST excited about a quiet breakfast and time to read the newspaper! This NEVER happens at home!|
A perfect trip with one exception: the comment from the salesperson at one of the stores we stopped in on Saturday. She showed her friend a picture of a dress she was borrowing from a (and I quote), “older lady who wore it when she was in high school. She’s 32. It’s so cool and vintage.”
32 is VINTAGE?!
That does not help me get excited about my birthday tomorrow.
On another more positive note, I have to share one last thing about our weekend – yesterday morning we stopped at The College of the Ozarks for Sunday brunch. It was incredible! Dave and I were so impressed with the college, the food, the students, and the mission. I had never heard of the college before and was so glad our friends, Marci & Craig, recommended it. As Marci said, “it’s a hidden gem!”
Brunch was the most elaborate I think I’ve ever seen…they had every possible kind of food and it was all displayed beautifully. I wish I would have brought my camera in but I had left it in the car and was too busy eating to go get it. Believe me; the food was almost too pretty to eat! And all of the veggies, meat and dairy were fresh from the farm on campus.
I absolutely love the vision of the college:
“The vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.”
How amazing is that? I was glad to support the college by filling my belly with delicious food and encourage you all to stop by if you are in the Branson, MO area. It is worth a visit!
I am so grateful for a perfect weekend away and for the two little munchkins that lit up when they saw us arrive home. Here they are attacking daddy on the couch …terrible picture from my phone but a perfect moment:
On a random side note, does anyone else have trouble getting pants back on their toddlers after diaper changes? It is such a struggle in our house. Our kiddos are ½ naked 90% of the time if we’re not in public. I’m just glad I have boys and don’t have to worry about cute outfits and matching accessories for little girls…too much work! 🙂
I hope you all had an equally relaxing and refreshing weekend!