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Tablerock: Day Two

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A few more pics from day one: The Time Capsule….(?) Strange and cool.

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aaaannnnddd this:

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LOL, there are no words. Things got cray, cray.

Anywho- onto DAY TWO!

On Saturday, Jason, Ryan, and their parents all went out on a guided fishing excursion in celebration of Jay, Ry, and Kent’s birthday’s. While they were out fishing all morning, Amy and I took the kids into Eureka Springs for brunch and a little sight seeing. (And maybe to let the kids wear off some of their energy Winking smile)

I absolutely ADORE Eureka Springs, AR. It is honestly one of the coolest and weirdest places I’ve ever been. It’s kind of a paradox actually.The architecture screams nineteenth and early twentieth century, but the shops and locals are a throw-back to the 1960’s. It’s really funny and I love it.

It has such a rich history as a place where only the most wealthy in society would go for health and relaxation purposes. As the name would suggest, there are so.many.springs. Natural, cool, springs that were believed to have healing powers. People would travel across the country from cities in order to be near the healing waters. Whether they actually work or not, I don’t know, but I’d like to believe there is a little magic in this world. Winking smile

Amy and I went to a local restaurant called Local Flavors. I love going to that place. The food is super yummy and they have some delicious mimosa’s and bloody mary’s. Open-mouthed smile I was in the mood for a burger, so I ordered one with a sliced avocado on top. YUM!! Riley had a delicious all-natural peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwich with sliced pears. He loved it – especially the pears! Winking smile

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After we were all fed, we decided to walk around the town and sightsee.

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We also had to make a mandatory stop at the ice cream shack for some froyo.

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It was delicious!

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LOL- Humpty Dumpty….sitting on a wall (let’s hope he doesn’t have a great fall Winking smile). I’m tellin’ ya, this town is special.

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We only stayed for a little while, because we had something to do that was super duper important, so we headed home.

We had been promising the kids all morning long that we would take them out on the boat. It was too cold to get in the lake, but perfect weather for a boat ride! Open-mouthed smile

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As awkward as that picture looks, trust me, it was way worse before I took this. Sarcastic smile

The kids were pretty tired after getting up early and being out on the boat, so Kent and Peggy took them back home to get them some dinner. Meanwhile, the rest of us went back out with the fishing boat to do a little early evening fishing. I got a couple bites, but didn’t catch anything. It was still a lot of fun though and incredibly relaxing to be out on the water at that time of day.

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I haven’t been in a fishing boat like that before and almost fell into the water a couple times, but it was still fun. Luckily, I can swim. Winking smile Regardless, the lake was so beautiful.

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Gorgeous. Unfortunately, Sunday came all too soon and we had to leave. Sad smile It was sad, but I’m excited for when we can go back in August. Open-mouthed smile

The Best of The Lou, Part 1

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As you all know, I live in the St. Louis area. I love my city and I’m proud of where I come from.  St. Louis isn’t a huge city like L.A. or NYC, it doesn’t have crazy attractions like Vegas, and it’s probably not even within the first 50 or 100 cities/places that pop into people’s minds when they are thinking of places to vacation…and that’s okay because I’ll let you in on a little secret: St. Louis has a ton of stuff to offer!

Here is my first list (of many) of The Best of Lou: places to see and things to do whether you’re a first-time visitor, or if you’ve lived here all your life.

1.) Go see a Cardinal’s game!

There’s a reason why St. Louisan’s are known as “The Best Fans in Baseball”. Go check out our ten-time World Champion team! 😀

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2.) The Gateway Arch

Built as a monument to westward expansion, the Gateway Arch is Missouri’s tallest accessible building. Yes, you can go all the way up to the top of that thing…cool, huh?

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3.) Crown Candy Kitchen

One of St. Louis’s oldest and most popular attractions. A vintage feel with a REAL soda fountain, amazing malts, and delicious food. You’ll feel like you were transported back in time! But get there early because as soon as the doors open, there is already a line at the door. Have a milkshake for me! 😉

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4.) The St. Louis Zoo

One of the nation’s leading zoological parks, the St. Louis Zoo offers a multitude of things to do and it’s one of the cities many FREE attractions!

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5.) The City Museum

Don’t be fooled by the name, although we do have plenty of traditional museum’s as well, the City Museum is a playground for children, and for children at heart! 😉 One of my personal favorite things to do! The City Museum is a giant playground filled with caves, slides and climbing apparatus made from recycled and found objects.

Yes, you can actually slide down those!

 The outdoor jungle gym…SO. AWESOME!!

6.) The Botanical Garden

 79 acres of lush, beautiful landscapes featuring architecture, greenhouses, and conservatories. The St. Louis Botanical Garden is the oldest in the country. 

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7.) The Delmar Loop (locals just call it “The Loop”)

This six-block entertainment and shopping district is packed with hip bars, eclectic restaurants, live music venues, vintage clothing boutiques and a Hollywood-inspired walk of fame featuring St. Louis celebrities.

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8.) The Muny

The nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theater, The Muny hosts some of Broadway’s best  during the months of June – August. DEFINITELY a MUST SEE!

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9.) The Hill

St. Louis’s own “Little Italy”. The Hill is littered with Italian bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores, salons, and bocce gardens. Mmm, pasta. 😉

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10.) Forest Park

The site of the 1904 World’s Fair, Forest Park is one of the nations largest urban park’s. It also houses a number of other St. Louis attractions (which I will dig into in another post).

I hope after this post, St. Louis will be on your radar when you are considering your next vacation. There are certainly a lot more things to do in St. Louis, but I hope this gets you started. 😀

First Impressions…are a bitch.

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Did anyone watch The Bachelorette last night?

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I did. I don’t know why I even watch that show, it kinda annoys me. The bachelor/bachelorette always seems fake, and the men/women (okay, let’s be candid – contestants) are either bitchy, egotistical, over-the-top, or just plain weird.

Who could forget this gem?

Never you mind that he’s from The STL. I’m just going to pretend that’s a typo on ABC’s part.

Any way, back to your regularly scheduled programming…

It’s Ryan’s b-day next week! Exciting stuff! In celebration, Ryan, Riley, Ryan’s parents, Ryan’s brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and I are all going down to Tablerock.

Ryan’s parents have a little house in Holiday Island, AR, which is right on the GORGEOUS Tablerock Lake, nestled in the Ozark Mountains. It’s about five hours from my house, which is far enough away to feel like a mini-vacay, but close enough that we don’t have to fly.

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Beautiful, isn’t it?

We are heading out Thursday evening as soon as we all get off work and coming back on Sunday. This will be the first time we are taking Riley on a semi-long road trip. I have been wracking my brain in order to determine everything we will need for the drive down: snacks, drinks, sandwich’s, DVD’s, Leap Pad, games, coloring books, etc, etc, etc. I hope I don’t forget anything.

I’ll be sure to post some amazing pics from my trip while I’m down there. I’m going to try my best to post every day because next week is going to be even more crazy! We are leaving for NYC on the 25th for a family wedding that I’m singing in!

Have a great day!

Questions/Thoughts:

Has anyone ever been to Tablerock?

Any suggestions for what to pack when taking a little one on a road trip?

Wedding Recap Part II

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Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you all had a glorious day filled with family, friends, and love! I soaked up the day with my little man. We had quite a lot of things planned: brunch with my family, late lunch with Ryan’s family, and dinner with friends (who we consider our third family).

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Riley had a great time and was surrounded by so many people that love him! Smile  We were running around all day and by the end of it, the poor little guy was tuckered out.

Here is a pic of Riley from the wedding he was in yesterday. Isn’t he just the cutest? I can’t get over it. Open-mouthed smile

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As you know, Ryan and I also went to a wedding yesterday. And as promised, I’m ready to put up some pics from the reception.

We left the pub and headed to the reception around six. It was really cute, a country theme. Unfortunately, I was so preoccupied with finding our table and meeting and greeting people, that I completely forgot to snap some pics of the decorations. But take my word for it, it was darling.

The wedding party made a grand entrance. Every couple came out to a different song and were all dressed up in different costumes. Some of them were pretty darn funny!

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After the wedding party were all present and dinner served, the dancing began! My favorite part! I’ll let the pictures tell the story of how the night went. Enjoy! Winking smile

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“You are a dancing queen, young and sweet, only twenty-five…..” Winking smile

All in all, a fantastic night and a great time was had by all!

P.S. – If any of you are wondering where I got my dress from, I ordered it online from Dorothy Perkins.

Dorothy Perkins Coral Crochet Dress

It was between that one or a mint polka dot one (shown below), also from my beloved Dorothy Perkins.

Dorothy Perkins Mint 50's Dotty Dress

Have a wonderful night!

Here comes the bride…

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Yesterday, Ryan and I went to our friend’s Amber and Jason’s wedding. It was a perfect day: warm, slightly overcast, and breezy. The wedding was at a beautiful winery called Cedar Lakes Cellars and the ceremony took place outside.

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The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and both the bride and the groom looked amazing.

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After the ceremony, a group of us decided to kill some time and indulge in some delicious wine and relax. We were at a winery after all! Winking smile

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Everyone looked great and it truly was a perfect afternoon.

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Doesn’t Ryan look dapper? Swoon. Smile

We were getting a bit hungry and there was still quite a bit of time before the reception officially started, so Megan, Bryan, Ryan, and I all went to a pub for a bite to eat and play some shuffle board.

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And to play Big Buck Hunter!! I LOVE that game!!

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We left the pub and headed to the reception around six. More on the reception to come! There are a bunch of crazy pics!

I’m off to enjoy some Mother’s Day festivities with family and friends. To all of the mommy’s out there, I’d like to wish you a happy Mother’s Day from my family to yours. See you later with more wedding pics! Have a great Sunday!