It’s been action-packed here in the Mills household. A couple weekends ago Nick and I went to Shakespeare in the Park with a picnic basket full of wine, cheese, wraps, and Giada’s yummy caramel espresso bars. The weather was perfect (actually a bit cool) and we scored awesome blanket space (directly center stage) by befriending the art director prior to the start of the performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor. It was a good time. Then the next day we took Xander over to Grant’s Farm, a (free) park run by Anheuser-Busch. Xander loved riding the tram (aka ‘choo choo’) and looking at all the exotic animals. He rode the carousal, fed baby goats a bottle of milk, and, and tasted Dippin Dots for the first time. And then last weekend, for Nick’s 33rd birthday and Father’s Day, I planned a secret get away weekend for our little family of three. It was our first solo vacation as we usually travel with friends and/or family. I rented a beautiful condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, in Osage Beach, for 2 nights. On the way down, we stopped at Hermann, MO (in the heart of wine country) to visit a microbrewery brewery called the Tin Mill. I emailed the brewery and arranged for Nick to meet with the brewer. Hermann is a beautiful little town and I hope to return one day and experience the Hermann wine trail.
En route to Osage Beach we drove through Jefferson City, the state capitol. We didn’t stop but were able to see all the government buildings from the highway. We arrived in Osage Beach in the mid afternoon and were relieved to find a Walmart (as I had forgotten to park Xander’s pack n play bed. Whoops!) Our lakeside condo was perfectly located in the heart of all the action. The owner upgraded us to her 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo so we had plenty of space. The balcony was huge and offered us many hours of boat-gazing. Xander loved listening to the race boats and pointing them out. While in Osage we visited local state parks, ate out a couple times, and enjoyed the many amenities of the condo (like the lazy river!!). It was a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to go back. To view all our photos from the weekend at the lake, click HERE.
PS: If you live in the St. Louis area, here’s a link to the condo we rented: http://condoatlandsend.com/. The owner, Michelle, is awesome. She has a 2 bedroom and a 3 bedroom available to rent.