Hi! Just wanted to share some of the photos I took with my iPhone while we were on vacation at Lake of the Ozarks. A little background: Brett's parents own a house on the lake there and we go quite often in the summer because it's so close (only an hour and a half). This year, we all decided it would be the best location for our week-long annual vacation. We chose it for a variety of reasons, but the biggest one was that we wouldn't have to drive 7+ hours with a toddler. We've done it before, but realized we wanted the least stress possible this year, and a big part of that stress is driving. That being said, it was the most relaxing week away we've had since Bailey was born, and it will probably be repeated for years to come. Let's get on with the photo's! Above, is my little sweetie at the wine tasting we went to. A few of us had never done a wine tasting, and this region of Missouri is filled with great vineyards. We went to the Shawnee Bluff Winery for our tasting, it being the closest to our lake house. They had pretty good wine, and it was lake style and low-key. Bailey definitely loved the deck we enjoyed our meals on and the pretzel bread dipped in cheese. She really loves her bread and cheese.
This was taken on the dock, which is one of my favorite places to just sit and enjoy the scenery on the lake. Of course, I had to have some iced coffee in the fridge, and my favorite blanket at the ready for maximum coziness.
We went to the Tan-tar-a Resort on one of the particularly sweltering days. We mostly went for the arcade, which is where this was taken. It was kind of 70's themed, and these walls were awesome. Bailey spent most of her time there running in circles around the deserted arcade like it was a maze. The only game she really played was a racing game for toddlers. She looked like she knew what she was doing in the driving department, which was both scary and weird. Also, one of the prizes was a stuffed Minion, which she immediately scouted out and stared at for awhile. Brett and Kristen played games until they won the 800 tickets needed for him, and now it's basically attached at her hip 24/7.
The days were either cloudy/rainy and cool, like above, or 100 degrees and humid. I preferred the cloudy/rainy days as I'm a pale kid. Also, I'm still not used to that level of humidity, and the rain meant reading time inside!
We only have a shower at the house, no tub, so Bailey bathed outdoors all week. We all prefer it, for some reason it's even more adorable when she can splash around outside rather than trapped in a tub with walls.
I picked up a cool geode at Tan-tar-a. I like to collect these now when I travel, so far I have one from my favorite place in Arkansas (The Cliff House) and this one. You're never too old to start a collection.
The dock is always filled with spider webs (yuck), and I thought it was high time they were documented. They may be gross but they sure are pretty in the sun light.
There are a ton of crazy weeds/plants around the lake, and we see a lot of them on our walks along the roads around the lake house. These were some sort of huge leaves that we weren't sure were weeds or not. I wanted to pick a couple to take pictures with, but Brett wouldn't let me because we weren't sure if they could be poisonous. In hindsight, it was probably for the best. He's definitely the yin to my yang.
This was one of the best breakfast's we made at the house. It's sauteed veggies (we used purple cauliflower, onions, potatoes, green beans, and kale) and a fried egg on top. Nothing's bad with a fried egg on top.
These were some flowers from our walk. I thought the orange was so pretty, and then spotted the crazy looking bug just hanging out on it. You can bet I snapped this pic and ran away swiftly.
I did yoga on the porch every morning, and any time I looked up, this is what I saw. Not the worst view in the world.
Another pretty flower shot. The wildflowers that grow around here are something to see, and they're one of my favorite things to look for.
We had a blast, as we always do at the lake. It was nice to have more time there though, because we got to do more things and see a different part of our lake. We got to find new favorite restaurants and shops, and now have a fresh perspective of one of our most beloved places. I can't wait to go back!
Thanks for reading and have a great end of the week!