On Philip's birthday we left for a family vacation to Big Cedar Resort in Missouri. We'd heard nothing but good things about this place and since it's only 4 1/2 hours from us - ROADTRIP.
On our way there we took a side bar and stopped in Catoosa, OK to see the Blue Whale that is a popular Route 66 attraction.
The whale and swimming hole are way past their prime (as in there appears to be a layer of gasoline on top of the water and the whale walkway has boards that are iffy at best) but it was a fun stop and the kids thought it was cool.
We then ventured on through the Arkansas route, which was a really pretty drive but added to our time in the car making it close to six hours. Translation - we exhausted our list of songs and I had personally performed "You Must Pay The Rent" enough that it was worthy of a Tony, if they gave those for one-man Broadway shows that lasted 20 seconds.
After checking in we got a bite to eat
and then played our first round (of what would be many) of miniature golf at the cutest little course.
The concept of golf was difficult for Denver to understand as he really isn't one for just letting balls roll around and not make it to their desired location. He found it was much easier to just run pick it up and throw it in the hole.
We had the best time. We went canoeing
this was a little stressful as Denver really enjoyed leaning over the side for as close of an encounter as possible of the lake.
Annie was very helpful and pitched in paddling,
and holding Denver in his seat when she got tired, which really was a bigger job.
During our time canoeing we had a slightly scary experience when we came into contact with some low trees and almost ended up with a snake joining our party. Beyond the mild cardiac arrest I incurred it allowed for a good story to tell and surprisingly after that Annie was able to spot numerous snakes in the water that were not visible to the regular naked eye ;)
We also went to Silver Dollar City (Or Big Dollar City as Annie named it) for a day which was a big win because the kids really enjoyed the amusements and Philip and I got to consume large amounts of frozen lemonade.
Denver was a big fan of any type of ride and there were many here he could participate in
Some on his own
and others with an adult.
A good time was had by all
(maybe not by this cow)
They also had a nice beach with sand for sculpting and playing in
We celebrated Philip's 36th birthday at a fancy restraunt at the Top of the Rock and again were impressed with the beauty of the Missouri mountains...I'm partial to this view in particular :)
We also did fun golf cart tour that took us up and down a mountain and through a cave
We spent the majority of our stay on the resort grounds giving us the perfect break from our regular schedule and allowed us to settle down and relax and just have fun together.
Welcome back summer - we missed you!