Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lake of the Ozarks

This past week we spent several days down in the Ozarks on a Ward family trip. We stayed at Big Cedar Wilderness Lodge in a beautiful cabin with breath taking views. This was my first time in that part of the state and had no idea what to expect, but I loved it. The only thing that would have made it better was the temperature not being in the upper 90's the whole time there. Here are a few pictures of the cabin we stayed in with Maggie and Baris.

This is our room. There are beautiful vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, king sized bed, full bathroom with a jacuzzi tub.

Here is a not very good view of the living room. Out the double doors was a large deck which the girls loved running around on. I am sure the fire place would be nice and cozy on a cold winter day. Our room was on the left and Maggie and Baris stayed on the right. The windows above are again stained glass.
The kitchen and dining area along with the front door. As you can see there are mounted animals all over the cabin, fish, raccoon, deer, and pheasant, the girls were very interested in all the animals. There are more stained glass in the vaulted ceiling peak.
Here is the view from our back deck. Beautiful! The girls climbed right up into the rocking chairs.
They also learned how to climbing onto the dining chairs and loved being up there. Luckily they did not attempt to climb onto the table.

There were lots of fights over cousin Dannika's Magna Doodle, everyone wanted a turn.
They sat like big girls in their booster seats and ate off their plates at the table. I was shocked at how little ended up on the floor.

All four little ones enjoyed a pancake breakfast together. (Claire, Lillian, Kaiden, Dannika)
We took the girls down the lazy river and then took them to the inside pool since it was getting to be so hot in the sun. They have beautiful outside pools and even a shallow kiddie pool, but it was so warm that we couldn't spend too much time out in the heat and sun with the girls. However, after they girls were down for their nap with Aunt Maggie, Josh and I took several more laps around the lazy river. When we win the lottery and buy a mansion, I will put one in our backyard. :-)
They both loved splashing and kicking around. Claire kept putting her face in the water and laughing. Lillian held tight, but loved the water.
After a nap they were ready to play!
Uncle Jeremy found a turtle in the middle of the road, so he brought it into the cabin and all the little ones loved it! They chased it around the cabin, kept pointing at it, got down on its level, but never touched it.
After dinner, Grandma gave everyone ice cream cones and they were a big hit.

It was wonderful having the family together again, but our few days together went too fast. Hopefully this is something we will continue to do each summer and have it be a tradition everyone will look forward to.


  1. It looks like you all had a fabulous time!! The cabin's look great...we might have to check out taking a mini-vacation there too!