River Rock Grill, Morrilton, Ark.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Anniversary! Kara and I agreed on this weekend for our annual Smith vacation with Memaw and Grandad and it fell a day after Martin's birthday and on our 17th wedding anniversary. Mewmaw had reservations at Tanyard Springs cabins at Petit Jean State Park and it was perfect! It was a wonderful place to take kids. They fished, we hiked, cooked out and enjoyed our cabins. We had a great birthday dinner for Martin and we hiked the next morning with the whole crew. We also took them to the swimming pool that was packed.

Memaw had her coolers packed with provisions for the entire weekend. She had gatoraide and snacks for the hike and pool, knew where to rent the fishing poles and get Kara's ice. She had Martin's dinner organized and it was delicious. She also brought her favorite annual breakfast...omelets campfire style. Using her farm fresh eggs, ziplocks and a pot of boiling water, we each fixed our own omelet. To your beaten eggs we could add cheese, onions, fresh jalapenos and tomatoes. You zip it and let it simmer in the water for a few minutes then voila! It's your own personal omelet. She also had ketchup ready for Chloe. Memaw can sure plan, organize and cook!

For dinner Saturday night, and giving Memaw a break, we ate a mile away at the River Rock Grill located at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute that Kara's mother recommended. Luckily the place wasn't packed and they graciously sat us in our own dining room. With four children nine and under including an infant, that was a good move on their part! We were seated and immediately offered a wine list. I have to confess I didn't write down every dish this trip but Kara had the mussels and Jackie loved his Filet and creamed spinach. The kids had hamburgers and pasta with marinara. I was glad they had these offerings! We loved our dinner, it was a perfect meal and the kids did great.

The institute is part of the University of Arkansas system and is used as a convention center for groups. We didn't check out the rooms but the facility was very neat. The institute was really something!

I highly recommend Tanyard Springs for your next family vacation and you've gotta eat at the River Rock Grill!

First picture is of Whit and Chloe in a hammock at the cabins, then one of the kids outside the restaurant rock climbing and the last is me taking a picture across from the water fall at Petit Jean State Park.

River Rock Grill, 1 Rockefeller Dr., Morrilton, Ark. 501-727-6235 Check out the fabulous website: www.uawri.org

Tanyard Springs, 144 Tanyard Springs, Morrilton, Ark. 888-826-9273 www.tanyardsprings.com

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