Sunday, May 31, 2009

Silver Dollar City... WAHOO!!!

On the train

Geyser Gulch 

Branson Landing fountains

splashing in the fountain

At the Table Rock Lake fish hatchery
Look at all the trout!
Taylor and I have been doing a lot of fun "grown up" stuff lately, like our beach trip, so we thought it would be fun to do a mini-vacation with Stella.  We took her to Branson.  I was a little nervous that I would be worn out by Silver Dollar City, but we had so much fun!  It was a gorgeous, warm day, and we went all over the park.  We ate SO much!  She was a little too small for most of the kiddie rides, but she loved Geyser Gulch!  We spent a lot of time there.  We bought Season passes, so we will definitely be heading back sometime this summer.  I hope she will have grown an inch or two so she can ride all the rides!  We stayed at Branson Landing at the Hilton Promenade.  We LOVED the hotel.  So nice!  And it was very convenient, since we could walk downstairs and shop and eat dinner.  They even have this huge fountain by the lake where they put on a show with fire and music.  Stella loved it!  We had dinner at Cantina Laredo (yummy margaritas for mommy and daddy!)  The next day we went to the Fish Hatchery at Table Rock lake.  Now, you all know this is not really my thing!  But daddy loves to fish, and we had to balance Stella out from all that shopping ;) She got to see where they grow the baby trout that they stock Taneycomo with.  Then we hit up Bass Pro Shop and a few outlet stores on the way out of town... best find:  a $10 pair of black tall rain boots from Banana Republic!  I also got a gorgeous dress.  Ahh.... sales!  Now we are back in town and heading over to Jesse and Uncle Trevor's for a cookout! I loved our mini-vacation... definitely great bonding time! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend as much as we did!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gentry Zoo

Last Monday we went out to Gentry to go to the petting zoo!  Stella was in heaven... and her mommy and daddy were loading up on the hand sanitizer!!  We took some cheddar popcorn to feed to all the animals, because they were used to all the snacks they gave out there.  Stella petted bunnies, mini goats, turtles, and a donkey/zebra (?) and we drove through the big area and saw a lot of camels, buffalo, monkeys, lions and tigers, and bears, oh my!  It was a lot of fun, and she still talks about it.  We will definitely go back soon!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Stinson Photography shoot!

My very favorite.  Award winning, if you ask me!

"gymnastics" she says
me and my tiny 
golden curls

Once again, an amazing photo shoot with Chris Stinson.  I cannot say how amazing he is!! Just look at the pictures, they speak for themselves.  He is busy but well worth it!! Thanks again for the amazing pictures, Chris!  
His website is 

Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Mother's Day and Apple Crack recipe!

Me and my fabulous Momma
family photo on Mother's Day

my cousin Andrea, me, and Cameron
Papa letting Stella be a spy!
The girls!

the famous Glamour Shot!

This post is a little belated but I have been so busy!  We just got back in from Orange Beach yesterday... those pics are on their way.  I had a wonderful Mother's day!  On Saturday night Taylor took me shopping at Mason's, which I hardly ever go to anymore, and I got some amazing shoes!  Then he took me to Soul, where we met up with the Stinsons and Marcy and Ricky.  Our food was amazing!  I love that they have live jazz on Saturday nights... and it is Happy Hour after 9 pm!  So we had a great time.  On Sunday morning Taylor and I went to Rogers and met up with my family at Copeland's for brunch.  Their french toast is to die for!  I was so happy to get to spend some time with MY sweet momma.  We headed home for round two... Taylor's family at our house for dinner.  We cooked up some yummy homemade food and ate till we were sick.  I made a new recipe for dessert, too!  It was supposed to be a dump cake, but I made it like a cake instead of a cobbler.  Needless to say it was a hit!  Here's how to do it if you are cooking challenged like me, but want to be impressive!

"Apple Crack"
Preheat oven to 325 F.  Spray 9x13 with Pam.  Spread 2 cans apple pie filling evenly in bottom.  Mix together 2 STICKS butter (hell yeah!) with 1 box yellow cake mix, 1 C dark brown sugar, and 1 teasp. cinnamon to make a thick paste.  Spread evenly over pie filling and top with 2 C chopped pecans. Bake for 45 mins. until crispy and brown on top.  
**Note:  So I am an idiot, and I didn't do it like above directions... I went ahead and did it the same way but instead of just using the yellow cake mix I mixed up the cake mix as the box instructed.  So it ended up taking about 1 1/2 hour to cook, but instead of being a cobbler, it turned into a SUPER moist apple cake.  It was awesome!  So either way, you can't go wrong... even if you can't follow directions, like me!

Happy Mother's Day to all of you mommies out there... I think we deserve more than just one day a year for everyone to appreciate all of the hard work and effort we put in every day to raise our children and take care of our families.  I am so glad to know and be inspired by all of you!  And Sherry (Mimi, Sherrymom) and Kathy (Grammy), thank you for everything!  Love you!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Big Girl Bed!


and after!!
On Sunday night we decided that it was finally time to turn Stella's crib into a "big girl" toddler bed.  She wasn't trying to get out of it or anything, but she is getting to be such a big girl that we decided to do it as a treat for her.  She loves it!  I went to Target to get her some new bedding.  The selection of toddler bedding is pretty slim.  I had to piece this together, but I think it turned out really precious! And I am proud to say that she went right to sleep in her new bed and slept until 6:30 am the first night!  She woke up and let the dogs out of the laundry room, then came and got into bed with us.  It was a treat to get to doze off for a few extra minutes!  Last night was a little rougher.  She got up and came into our room about midnight and slept with us.  Not so fun!  So I don't know if I should wait a few more nights to see if she gets up, or if I should put up a baby gate.   I don't even know if that would work anymore!  If anyone has any advice or tips, please pass them along!