II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

So, we're finally home from our big anniversary weekend away. I am so grateful for the time away and it was fabulous having alone time with my hubby...but I just have to say...RAIN SUCKS!!! Almost ALL our fun activities we had planned got cancelled. No fishing, no horseback riding, no biking or hiking. Even on our wildlife tour we ended up just taking a little jeep out with the guide since we were the only 2 people crazy enough to come for it in the POURING rain.
That's the "Bad"
Here are some pics of our cabin.

For the "Good"--Thursday's weather (our arrival day) was absolutely GORGEOUS! As soon as we got there we took a paddleboat out on the lake and got a good leg workout! After that we got checked into our room and then started getting stuff ready for our dinner. Since it was nice out and we had a private deck with a NICE gas grill on it, we decided to just cook our own dinner instead of going out. I had brought 2 bacon-wrapped turkey filets, 2 potatoes and a can of green beans and some dinner rolls. We had everything we needed for a nice supper.
After dinner, we tried throwing a line in the water from the bank right down from our cabin...but the trees and brush were so thick, we both lost our lures in the tree limbs so we decided to just go back to the room and enjoy the fireplace and big jacuzzi tub.
Friday morning rolled around with lots of thunder and lightening and rain. We were scheduled to do our horseback riding that morning...but decided to reschedule it for Sunday instead. We headed off for Branson in search of the "Branson Landing" that everyone is talking about. We did a little shopping around and I got some good deals for the kids from The Children's Place. Then we headed back to the resort for our 2 o'clock massage appointments. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh....that was WoNdErFuL!!! The lady who did mine started on my head first and she rubbed my hair and face for probably 15 minutes. It was Great!!
After our massages, we ordered room service for dinner. Matt tried the smoked salmon and I ordered a chicken club sandwich. We had a $50 credit for room service that came with our package...but the deal was we had to spend the whole $50 in one order...so we also ordered a grilled chicken ceasar salad and a slice of strawberry cheesecake!! It looked like SO MUCH FOOD! ha ha...but we saved what we didn't eat and snacked on it the next day. After we had finished our dinner, we exhanged anniversary gifts. Matt got me a laptop!!! (this picture is "the ugly")
I've been wanting one for years but I've been REALLY REALLY REALLY wanting one for the last year...so this was a wonderful surprise! (thanks Rachael & Lisa for helping him out with this!)
Since I couldn't think of a single really awesome gift to get him, I decided to get him 10 gifts--one for each year of marriage. In all I got him: a pair of jeans, a super-cute navy gingham dress shirt, a pair of AE camo swimming trunks, a dark pink AE t-shirt that he says he'll NEVER wear, some Nike socks & some Perry Ellis underwear, a pair of Adidas tennis shoes, some Hollister "Jake" cologne, a black down vest, some camoflage underwear and for the big finale present...a really cool silver cross ring from James Avery. At first he wasn't crazy about very much of his gifts...as a lot of them are a little bit out of his "norm" but I think they are growing on him. By summer, I bet I'll even get him to wear the pink shirt! ha ha
After our gift exchange, we got to take our romantic carriage ride around the whole Big Cedar property. It was gorgeous and we got lots of attention because the horse pulling us was HUGE and gorgeous and we had pretty white lights all over the carriage so it made us look like we were VIP or something! hee hee
Here's one of us togegther on the carriage ride. Matt had "let one" just as I hit the button...thus my scrunched up face and his laughing face.

Saturday morning was supposed to be our wildlife tram tour at Dogwood Canyon---but once again it was POURING rain. We called and they said if we still wanted to do it they'd just take us out in a jeep since we were the only 2 people who weren't cancelling. We decided to go ahead with it.

We saw some animals and the coolest part was getting to feed the rainbow trout from our hands! I have never seen so many fish jump out of the water all at once in my life! It was awesome!
Saturday night we decided to go see the Dixie Stampede since there really wasn't much else we could do in the rain. It was a fun show/dinner and then after that we visited the Tanger Outlet Mall.
Sunday we slept in and took our time getting around and then headed off to do our trail ride...but of course, the rain started up again and we ended up having to cancel again. We decided to head to Branson for lunch at the Olive Garden and then to do a little bit more shopping to get a couple more souvineers before we headed home.
Oh...one more thing I forgot to tell ya'll about...Saturday morning before our wildlife tour, I decided to just take a bath and wash up and shave and then I'd take my big shower and get "all ready" later in the day. So, Matt's in the shower, I'm in the bathtub across the room shaving my legs and I reach into the water to get the razor I had dropped and I grab the dumb thing by the blade. Sure enough I pulled my hand out of the water to see a chunk of my pointer finger missing and blood running down my hand and onto my arm. I immediately jumped up out of the bath and ran over and showed it to Matt. Poor guy...he has a weak stomach as it is and I think that about made him faint! We ended up having to have the Medics come out and bandage me up because the thing would NOT stop bleeding and I didn't even have a band-aid with me. I swear...razors and I do NOT get along!
Anyhow, I'm sure I could blabber more about it all...but I am sitting in bed typing this on my new laptop and I am nodding off while I am typing, so I think it's time to put it up for tonight! Thank you all for you sweet comments and wishes for a Happy Anniversary! You guys are the best!!


KC said...

Yea!!! It sounds like you had a great time, even with the rain.
This post makes me want to go back to Branson. We went there for our Honeymoon, about 11 1/2 years ago, and haven't been since then. It is so beautiful there!
Yea for the Laptop!!!! Did he get you the wireless card for it to???
I'm so glad that ya'll had such a wonderful time. You deserve it! :)
Love ya girlfriend,

Beverly said...

Wow that is awesome! Sounds like you had a wonderful time rain and all. I got a laptop las year for my birthday. I don't know what I ever did without it. Now I just need a big ole cozy chair to go with it and I will be set, hehe! I gotta learn to work that foot pedal from the recline position, my back is killin me.

Unknown said...

The trip sounds wonderful despite the rain! The cabin looks amazing!!! I think it'd be pretty romantic to be stuck in that cabin during a rain storm ;)

Yay for the laptop!! Congrats to you and hubby on 10 years :)

Amos said...

So sorry it rained on you guys. But it sounds like you still had some fun. See, ya should've come the weekend before with us. But us having the kids would've been the drag. Happy Anniversary you two!

Tammy said...

Looks like you had a WONDERFUL time - rain and all. Congrats again on 10 years. So awesome!!

P.S. Does Matt work for AEP? If so, my dad just retired from there after 20+ years!

Kate said...

Sounds like a great anniversary celebration for both of you! And a laptop? WOW! He must know how much you love us bloggers :)

Rain is good luck on wedding days, so I'm sure it holds true for anniversaries too. Here's to many more happy, healthy years!

Logzie said...

I am so glad you guys made the best of it despite the rain! It sounds like you had a great time anyway and a laptop...what a guy!!!! That's awesome!! You know...now we will accept no excuses for a lack of blogposts!! Ha! Just kidding!!! :0)

Rachael Rae Diaries said...

You aren't ugly! Love your pics and thank you so much for sharing. I love the waterfall pic! Sounds like you guys had such a great time despite the rain!