Back in September, Aubrey told us about a great deal at Big Cedar Lodge for a 2 night stay over Valentine's. I remember thinking "hmmmm, I'm going to be 2 weeks away from my due date!" but several couples from our Community Group were going and we didn't want to miss out on the fun so we went ahead and signed up, just hoping I'd be able to go. SO glad we did!! And I made it back, safe and sound, without going into labor! woo hoo! :) Now, I have to be totally honest and admit that this trip would have been even more fun if I hadn't been so preggo and uncomfortable, however we truly still had a BLAST and created some great memories. John David and I kept saying over and over how blessed we are to have such great friends!!
Precious Jan Jan came down from Texarkana on Sunday. We had a delicious and fun meal out at Pesto Cafe with her, and then came back to the house so she and John David could practice music for a wedding they're playing in. SUCH a treat for me and Lyla to sit and listen to them play. They are amazing. Monday morning, we had a lazy morning with her, ate lunch at the house, and then John David and I headed to Big Cedar. I told Lyla Daddy and I were going on a trip and she just waved and said, "OK bye! Have fun!" and went right on playing. I don't think she even noticed we were gone. :)
As soon as we arrived, we checked into our little lodge and John David had arranged for a dozen roses to be delivered to our room! SO SWEET!!!! We got ready and then headed over to Aubrey's cabin for a "Pre-party" before dinner. She had lots of appetizers and everyone got to see each other before we headed to dinner.
The shuttle picked us up and took us to the Devil's Pool for dinner.
All I kept talking about before we left was how pumped I was to sleep in!! And, of course, I woke up right at 7:45 Tuesday morning and couldn't go back to sleep. So, we got ready and met a big group for a delicious breakfast at Devil's Pool once again. After breakfast, we went to the Branson Landing and just walked around the shops, let the boys look at Bass Pro Shop, then ate at Cantina Laredo with another fun group of friends. We just got some guacamole since we were still full from breakfast and it was so yummy!
We then had to hurry back to Big Cedar to make it in time for Lover's Bingo!! (Hilarious!!) Whenever we got there, the place was already PACKED!! Apparently, not even Big Cedar knew how popular Lover's Bingo would be! They had to bring in extra chairs and it was standing room only! They were handing out champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, chocolates, and popcorn. They really did go out of their way to make it fun and special. So, literally out of a packed room of people (a mixed crowd for sure), you can only imagine how tickled we got when John David WON the first round!!!! He got to pick his prize, and decided to go with the Whoopie Pies. Ha! He also got some raffle tickets and a bag of chocolates. Score!! I was so proud! :)
After Bingo, we headed to our dinner reservations at The Worman House.
our view at dinner...
After we ate, we ended up joining Josh and Emily at their table because they were sitting a few tables down from us. We just decided to crash their romantic date. :) We had so much fun visiting with them, and by the time we had sat for a while, we decided we should order a couple desserts and decaf...
As you can see, it was SUCH a fun and special Valentine's Day! A nice little getaway before we enter life with 2 kids!! Thanks Jan Jan for keeping Lyla! She, of course, had a blast!