August 23, 2009

Big Bear Lake

Brett and Autumn started planning a few months ago to surprise their parents for their 40th wedding anniversary. We told them last time we were in Vegas to not make any plans, and that we'd be taking care of the rest.

Friday after work, Brett and I started driving towards Big Bear Lake, as the folks from Vegas did the same. We got there around 10 on Friday night, sat around, hung out, caught up, and got all unpacked into our cabin.

The next morning, we could see what a beautiful place we were staying!! We could see the mountains and the zoo right from our balcony!! So cool!! Rob cooked us a yummy breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast and potatoes!!

We ate up so we'd have energy for what the day had in store for us.

Our cabin was a really pretty wood with green trim. The entire place was decorated with everything you've ever seen that had either moose of bears on it. My favorite thing in the house was the huge oversized stuffed bear at the bottom of the stairs. This is what "they" probably meant by bear hugs.

First stop.....the Moonridge Zoo. It was filled with animals that had been rescued in the area. Possums, skunks, foxes, mountain lions, bears and so much more. We had a great time looking at all of the animals. I really wanted to jump in the cage with Milo, the snow leopard, and cuddle. He was so cute!!

Next stop was the Alpine Slide! I don't think I went nearly fast enough, but it was still a lot of fun. More fun, however, was watching Loralyn enjoy herself! She's so much fun to hang out with!

Loralyn and Pa rode the gokarts afterwards. Loved that they were in the Pink #7 car!!

We came back to the house and ate a super yummy lunch!!!

After lunch, we watched the rest of Bolt. I really loved that movie. I totally understand why Loralyn has watched it more than 50 times now.

We decided to take a dip in the hottub that was on our deck before the sun went down. What a view, huh?

I cooked up Kara's favorite Rotel King Ranch Chicken recipe for our dinner. We had TOO much food!!!

After dinner, we played Mad Gab. We were in hysterics while playing!!

Rob cooked us up another yummy breakfast on Sunday morning before we packed up the house to get ready to leave. We weren't sure what we were going to do for the rest of the afternoon, but after a few options, decided to have a picnic lunch on the lake.

It was super windy, but we found a great spot off North Shore Drive.

Daisy joined us for our picnic and enjoyed sunbathing on her very own beach towel!

We hung out for a little bit longer before heading back to our respective homes. We had a great weekend celebrating family and love!! Happy Anniversary Bruce and's to many more wonderful years together!!


~Kara~ said...

Gorgeous views! Was that MY king ranch?!?! I'm assuming I'm the Kara you were referring to????

:) :) :)

See you soon honey!

Anonymous said...

Ha! If I knew more than one KARA that used the ROTEL KRC recipe, then that'd be just weird. YES, you!!! See loo soon!!!

Bruce and Betty said...

Thanks for the wonderful celebration and the picture memories. What a wonderful family to treat us on our fortieth anniversary and to be there to help make it the BEST! We love you so much!!