Sunday, May 31, 2009

our fake maui...

Ed and I went to Maui as a graduation trip gift to ourselves after he took the Bar exam. It was relaxing, beautiful, wonderful and overall a total blast. We always want to go back, but stick firm to our policy to visit more places before we do. Plus it's pretty pricey. However, this weekend, we found what we deemed as our fake Maui during our six-year anniversary last minute weekend getaway.

We have both been feeling the stress and strain of work and life. Last year our anniversary was less than stellar, just a total bust, for a variety of reasons. This year, we decided we wanted to celebrate our anniversary in style for a bajillion reasons. We wanted a place that wasn't too far away, but that would be relaxing and low key.

Being near water and nature is ideal for us, we'll pick that over a city any day. We knew of a place called Big Cedar Lodge on Table Rock Lake so I gave the lodge (lodge is a bit of an understatement) a call on chance, told them it was last minute and our anniversary, and we were in luck. The resort totally hooked us up, they had an amazing room waiting for us! Sweet.

Ed and I agreed, this was by far the most incredible weekend trip we have ever taken together. We had an amazing amount of fun in this beautiful part of the country. It's why we deemed it our fake Maui. We decided that in the future when we need to get away, when we can't handle real life another second, we will head to fake Maui... because it's cheaper and faster than the real thing!

We had a full day on Saturday, and took lots of pictures. Below are just the pictures of Friday night (we arrived pretty late) and Saturday morning. More to come on the rest of it later (empty promises... i hear you saying it now).

*this was waiting for us when we arrived, they even gave us a card. if i actually liked cake, i'm sure it would have been delightful, instead ed had the dirty work of eating the whole thing*

*our room, the doors leading out to the balcony, it was delightful*

*ed on the walk to brek*

*nature on our walk to brek*

*ed eagerly awaiting his biscuits and gravy, the boy doesn't mess around, if there are b&g in the vicinity, you better get the heck out of the way, he will take you down in order to get them*

*waiting for some delicious (and it was) brek at one of the restaurants, i had a brekkie sandwich with eggs, bacon, and cheese, and some hash on the side*

*some nature on our walk back from brek*

*this was our 'lodge.' our room was on the top floor, and the third balcony over (the one not covered by the tree)*

*and this is where we spent the rest of our morning, hanging out in these rocking chairs (there were two) on our balcony reading, talking and enjoying the view*

18 comments:

D10 said...

Wow, the pictures are beautiful. Sometimes the last minute trips are the best.

I agree, Maui is my favorite island!

Oz Runner said...

big cedar is amazing, we've been there several times...can't believe you got in last minute, they are always booked up months in advance...sounds like a lot of fun, and happy anniversary

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Lovely!

rachel said...

ummm, FANTASTIC! did you know that's where we got engaged? haha, i miss having the total and complete hookup down there...if you would've taken an anniversary trip there exactly 3 years ago you could've paid brian $250 an hour (totally not exaggerating) to give you private ski lessons. totally worth it.........not.

glad you guys did that--well deserved, indeed. HAPPY ANNIV!

IzzyBubbles said...

you don't like cake??!! whaa?????? glad you had a good weekend, you both deserved it.

californiameaghan said...

is purdy. i likey.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Happy Anniversary!! That looks like a peaceful Oasis, and what a treat for the Resort to take care of you like that. Great photos, I want to be that rocking chair right now..

Irish Cream said...

Oooh, it looks so happy and peaceful there! Glad you had such a wonderfully relaxing weekend . . . and Happy Anniversary to you and Ed!! :)

Marlene said...

Omg, that sounds (and looks) like the BEST weekend. I'm sure it was just what you both needed!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your anniversary. Congratulations! Sure looked like a beautiful place!

Ashley said...

Sounds like a great weekend!!

and

A) WTF is wrong with you for not liking cake?!?!?!?! My mouth is watering just looking at the picture!

and

2) This picture-palooza shiz better happen soon or I'm gonna reach through my computer and b**** slap your @$$! :P

Okay, rant is over, resuming to regular comment mode:

Glad you had a great time. Next time you need a get-away, you should come lake-it-up with ME!!! :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

amazing!! glad you had such a wonderful weekend!

J said...

Sign me up for a getaway to that place right now! It really looks very nice and like a great place to stay! I want to go there!

Glad you had a great weekend away!

Kimberly said...

Wow. You know we live in Springfield, hint, hint. Also, we actually spent the night in branson friday night! We were so close to you & didn't even know it!

X-Country2 said...

That looks like an amazing trip! (Although now I'm kind of hungry. :o)

rachel said...

ps, i totally don't like cake either.

awesome.

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