Our Trip: Grove, Oklahoma

Hey everyone! We recently went on a big vacation to Grove, OK. It was incredible! We had a blast and it was really affordable! I highly suggest it to anyone!!

Why Grove?

Grove is about 1 and a half hour east of Tulsa, so it is not a very far drive for us. We have a group of 12 of us going with all ages from Seniors to Newborn babies, so we needed somewhere to suit many ages and interests. We are able to take the kids to museums, play at the lake, go fishing, and play in the pool. We just went for a weekend and it was so fun to just get away. I really didn’t want to leave!

Where to Stay

We compared so many different resorts and decided to go with Lee’s Grand Lake Resort since they had what seemed like the best amenities for the price! They had a free breakfast each morning which varied each day. While we were there we had sausage gravy and biscuits one day and bacon and french toast the next day. The cabins also had full kitchens! Our cabin had 3 bedrooms 3 1/2 bathrooms and a pull out couch downstairs. They also had a twin size mattress tucked away for use. Oh, and we had a hot tub! It was wonderful! My only real complaint is that they made us pay $15 each for 2 extra people (a 3 year old and a 7 year old) when the website said $12 each extra person. They pool was so much fun! It goes from 3 feet to 9 feet! There is also a playground for the kiddos!

What to Do

We went to Har-Ber Village. It is an outdoor museum that has historical items and scenes inside old cabins! It was so much fun to see the 100 different exhibits and it is only $10 per adult and $5 per child over 3! There are also many neat looking antique stores when you go into the town of Grove! We didn’t get to go to the antique stores, but hope to go to them when we go back in the fall! There is also Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. There are many nice fishing docks and beaches around the lake to play at and fish!

If you are looking for a fun vacation or weekend trip without breaking the bank, Grove is the place to go!

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My Branson Trip (the review)

So, Branson trip #2 was a bust for the most part. So, we left on Friday morning, and on our way out of Norman, we stopped at the Starbucks on Robinson St. I ordered a Peppermint Mocha (my favorite drink besides a Tuxedo Latte, and a Pumpkin Spice Latte). I noticed the drink smelled a little funny and tasted weird, but I also had a muffin so I thought maybe it was just the muffin. About half way through my drink it still tasted GROSS. Turns out they used spoiled milk in it. About the time we hit Joplin, well you can only guess what happened!!

Then we get to our hotel! We stayed at the Stone Castle Resort on a side street off the Strip! It was such a neat place! It was medieval castle themed and they had 3 huge buildings with over 100 rooms in each, 2 indoor pools, and it was pet friendly (we have a little blind, diabetic poodle who is 10 years old! The rooms (especially the bathrooms) were on the small side, but plenty of room for just the 3 of us and for as much time as we spent in them. They also had a lot of cool lounge areas that had big tables and cozy couches. The breakfast was a step up from the usual cereal and stale doughnuts most places offer. They had eggs, cheesy egg casserole, biscuits and gravy, cereal, doughnuts, and eggo waffles (hey I said it was a step up! lol). The hot tub was DISGUSTING. It was luke warm at the hottest and had hair and dead skin floating all in it. The pool had so much chlorine in it that it burned your eyes walking into the pool area. We told management about it and they didn’t seem to concerned. This was a nice hotel for $80 per night, but we are looking to stay somewhere else when we go back because 1. The pool sucked  2. We were told we could have a late check out on Sunday so that we could go eat lunch with the fam before we had to check out (so Bebe the poodle could stay in the room) and when I called to confirm it at 10am, they told me the latest we could check out was 11:30am. We also had an issue with one of our people not being able to check into their room after they had already been charged for it!

So, after we checked in, we went to Silver Dollar City. It has always been so magical and my favorite time to go to SDC. NOT THIS TIME… The staff was so rude. I was appalled. We went to the greedy theme park in July and bought season passes so that we could come back in the winter. We were told not to buy one for my 5 year old daughter because she could get in for the rest of the year under me and my hubby with a guest pass. They still made us pay for her and called us liars that we had been there 4 days in a row with my daughter going in under this “guest pass”. We went on ahead and payed the $47 for her to enter. Our first stop in there was the Christmas Store. I used to have such happy memories of that little store. It was my Grandma Lee’s favorite store in SDC before she passed away. When I went in there I saw a lady writing on customized ornaments and she had the most beautiful handwriting. My mother asked if she could personalize and ornament if she bought one and the lady said yes, to just bring it over there and she will do it. So my mama went to the front, paid for the ornament where another lady proceeded to personalize it, and my mom told her no, that she wanted the other lady to because she liked her handwriting. The lady who checked my mom out, got mad about that and had a fit about that my mom wanted the other lady to do it and began to tell my mom what a horrible person she was and that she would just have to wait to get it done and she will have to come back in like 3 hours. My mom had paid cash and wanted her money back. They made her show an ID and give an address to get it back. She refused and told them she did not have to give and address or phone number. They rushed us out of the store after that. We also wanted to go see the Saloon show. We waited in the cold for 45 minutes. Just as we were about to enter, they ended up canceling the show for some unknown reason. I will not be going back when we go to Branson in December.

Saturday we went to the Outlet Mall in the Morning! It was one of the most fun things we did on our trip! It was fun, but crowded. We had to hurry back to the hotel to get ready to see Yakov. We paid $50 each ticket thinking we would go and have a great time (since my dad has been dying to see Yakov since I was little). He told a few jokes, but it was mostly a relationship advice seminar (I paid $30 per couple and went to a seminar better than that at home). My daughter slept the entire time (and so did I). It was a lot of rambling with a joke in between. The dinner we were supposed to get was a measly piece of chicken, some flavorless mashed potatoes, and a nasty apple pie. We were supposed to get a hot dog and a strawberry shortcake for my daughter as a kids meal, but they gave her an adult meal anyways and ignored my requests for a kids meal, so we ended up driving her through McDonald’s on the way back to the hotel.

Sunday, we went to Mel’s Hardluck Diner on our way out of town. I LOVE Mel’s. All the wait staff sings and they have their CD’s for sale at the front. They are all so talented and the food is incredible. It was a fun time with family and friends! Most of them had Christmas CD’s for sale! It is our tradition every time we go to Branson!

There was more bad than there was good out of the trip, but next time we are going to see some great shows that we already know!!

 

 

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ROAD TRIP… or dance trip, I should say

So sorry I have not posted on here in a while! I am a dance teacher, studio owner, have a full time job, and I am a dance mommy, so I have been quite busy this past week. Wow! We have two road trips coming up within the next two weeks. We are going to my Grandma’s house for the hubby and her birthday (they were both born on March 31st) plus, I am planning a trip with a group of 50 for a dance performance! I must be out of my mind! I am so excited for all the traveling to begin. Pictures will be posted soon of each trip, but first, I am going to give you some sanity saving travel tips!

  1. Dress Comfortably. It seems super simple, but it can really change your mood. Dressing comfortably doesn’t mean you have to look like crap though. I usually wear leggings and a comfy shirt, do my hair, and put on some natural looking make up. I look and feel good, plus I can easily nap!
  2. Play games!! I remember road trips with my parents and brother used to be fun when we would play games like the ABC Sign game or the 50 states license plate game! My daughter is quite partial to her tablet and the portable DVD player. Just make sure you keep everyone entertained!
  3. Stop, and smell the roses! Or the truck stop. Either way, just take a break from all the driving. I bring special “gifts” for my daughter to play with on the road just when we stop. We like to bring bubbles, bouncy balls, hoola hoops, jump ropes, and any other fun activity. This also helps your child with the “I’m hungry even though we just stopped 15 minutes ago for lunch” tantrum. She is not hungry, she is bored.
  4. Sing songs. Singing can be really fun! Turn on the radio and have a “who can sing it better” competition! It is fun and can creating some… uh… interesting memories of Daddy singing like Lady GaGa.
  5. Bring snacks. You won’t have to stop every time someone gets hungry. We usually bring jars of peanut butter and jelly and a loaf of bread. We also bring sodas and bottles of water and keep them in an ice chest in the car. Stop maybe once every hour to rest and stretch.
  6. Come prepared. Along with snacks, you might find it handy to have these items in your car as well:
  • Wet Wipes
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bug Spray
  • Sun Screen
  • Books to read