Top of the Rock To Ya!

Top of the Rock To Ya!

Hey you! Not to be all up in your business but if you live in or around the continental United States you should probably visit Top of the Rock in Ridgedale, Missouri. 

Top of the Rock Ridgedale

That’s because it is absolutely magnificent.

Top of the rock chapel

Full scale crazy beautiful.

Osage Restaurant

Top of the Rock is part of Big Cedar Lodge and has a golf course, a chapel, a natural history museum, several amazing restaurants and one incredible view…actually, several incredible views.

On date night at K-Kauai we decided to ditch the camp and head to Osage – the super fancy restaurant at Top of the Rock. We couldn’t get reservations but figured if the wait was too long we could eat at one of the other restaurants there. As luck would have it we walked right in and got seated at an amazing table. We chose to eat at Osage because obviously we are super fancy people. Ahem, moving right along.

The speaker at K-Kauai had given everyone an awesome date night packet with questions and activities for the night. Of course we left it sitting in the room so had to muddle through on our own.

Top of the Rock chapel

The restaurants are lovely but you don’t have to eat to visit. They have tons of open air seating with wood burning fireplaces all around. It’s the kind of place that everyone gathers to watch the sunset. Which makes sense because look at this sunset!

Top of the Rock Sunset

We tried to be all romantic with each other and get pictures of us kissing with the sunset in the background but they pretty much all ended up with us either laughing, making fun of ourselves, or focusing in on weird views of our noses.

Hey, look! It’s us.

No kissing and chins on women are apparently overrated.

Top of the Rock Sunset Osage

Oh, well. At lease we had these crazy good vistas to look at.

Top of the rock osage ridgedale

Yeah, you should probably go.

Top of the rock golf course

Maybe you could make the sunset kiss thing work because we certainly couldn’t.

I Think I’m Supposed to Say YeeHaw.

I Think I’m Supposed to Say YeeHaw.

Today’s burning questions? How the heck do you spell Yee Haw? Also, is it one word or two? Never fear trusty reader, I’m not even going to make you google it! It’s Yeehaw and it’s one word. I googled it for you. Don’t you feel better? Now, you have my permission to never write it, say it, or think it again. You’re welcome.

Kanakuk K-Kauai Western Night

I make no such promises for the word y’all because y’all, that word is downright useful.

The second night of K-Kauai was a themed night – Western to be exact. The kids had an awesome time at the Wild Wild West plain games and the parents got sent to the Tame Tame West to learn the Two Step. So. Much. Fun.

Dancing beside a beautiful river with no kids? Yes, please.

What nights are like at Kanakuk K-Kauai

After a couple hours the counselors brought the kids down and we danced together. Well, some kids danced with their parents. James and Henry weren’t having any of that. They found a sand volleyball game to join.*

Dancing beside Taneycomo

Whew! All this dancing is tough work! Let’s take a load off. 

K-Kauai Theme Nights

“I’m learnin’ the fine art of chewing hay.”

Kanakuk K-Kauai Family Camp

“Ugh, that’s disgusting! Who does that?”

Funny counselor K-Kauai Kanakuk Family Camp

Psychedelic cat on the counselor’s t-shirt says ‘EAT THE HAY.’**


*In the interest of transparency I feel compelled to say that only one kid joined in with the sand volleyball game. The other one found a hammock and lazed around.

**Y’all, I’m sorry. I know that cat has nothing to do with Western night but I needed to use it because it cracked me up. Dude was owning that shirt this morning.

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

It’s no secret that my kid’s aren’t your typical ‘sweet’ kids. Ya know those Facebook statuses that say ‘Yesterday Suzy told me she wants to give all her birthday presents to the kids that don’t have any!’ Yeah, those aren’t my kids, like, ever.

I’ve got saucy kids. Feral kids. Wild kids. Balancing on that line we call bratty. And sometimes leaping off into the bratty pool and swimming around in there.

Exhibit A:

At K-Kauai there is an awesomely huge chess set that the kids can play. It’s near one of the pools so I hear the kids as they play it. “Here Sam! If you move it here you’ll get closer to winning.” “Suzy, if you want to go first you can!” These are the kind of things I hear as the kids play.

That is until Team Claunch shows up. Stella walks up to it this morning before anyone else got to it and immediately set up a perimeter.

Kanakuk K-Kauai

Well! Now you can’t pass until you pay a money to me!”


You don’t have any monies? How about a magic word then?! You can’t pass ’til you tells me a magic word!”

Exhibit B

In years past, the older kids scoot out after lunch and we don’t see them again until dinner. We were determined to see them more this year so we instituted ‘family devotion time’ directly after lunch.

The first day we, as in the parents, thought it went pretty well. However, the next morning Hank tells us, in the most belligerent voice ever, “Please tell me we don’t have to do TWO HOURS of family devotion time again!”

Y’all, we read FOUR Bible verses. Four! That’s it.

Kanakuk K-Kauai Family Kamp

“Well, it felt like two hours to us…”

Now maybe it’s the way they are raised…

Maybe it’s just the way they are born…

I don’t know. I have lots of friends with sweet kids. I just don’t have sweet kids.

Is it enough that I’m totally sweet on them and vice versa? Because we are nailing that.