Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Schwartz's vs the Dixie Stampede

When we were planning our family reunion Chris and I tired to pick one activity each day.  The one I was looking forward to the most was the one my mom organized.  An evening at the Dixie Stampede a dinner show.  Chris and I have been to a Medieval Times in Dallas, TX before a long time ago when we were dating and thought it was a blast.  I was so excited to take Sarah to this rodeo themed show.  I just knew she was going to like it.  And she loved it!  So leading up to this event I, of course, felt that Sarah needed to be dressed like a cowgirl.  So I enlisted the help of others to pull this outfit together.  My mom made Sarah the cowgirl shirt and there was a matching band on her cowgirl hat.  And my friend Jen added a cow print ruffle and belt to a consignment store denim skirt I bought.  It was ADORABLE!
Grandma and Sarah before the show on the Lodge's balcony.
Grandma even got in on the cowgirl action and made a matching shirt.  They both were too cute!
When we first got there we were a little confused as to where to go and found the exit line where you get to walk past some of the show performers.  So I took that opportunity for some photo ops.  So here is Sarah meeting some of the cowgirls and cowboys.  She loved it.  
Then we wandered over to the group entrance where there was a nice southern belle whom Sarah called a princess.

After some pictures and the pre-dinner show (a blue grass band) it was time to load into the theater and get ready for the show.  The food was AMAZING.  So good.  We thought Sarah would just eat from our plates but we also brought her some snacks.  I'm not sure how much she actually ate because she was so enthralled with the show.  I'm not sure she actually blinked.  They didn't allow pictures during the show but I ran around and snapped a few before the show while they were taking drink orders.
From L to R, Peyton (cousin), Aunt Sarah, Chris, Sarah
Grandpa and Grandma Smith
Melissa, Aunt Elizabeth, Uncle Pete, Logan

Let's discuss the 2 highlights of the show.  First, the food.  Oh. my. gosh.  The food was fantastic.  It's a set menu and is mostly meat.  I don't see a problem with that.  We had been forewarned that they don't give you utensils (see the bowls have handles for drinking the soup) so my hilarious Grandpa actually brought a whole box of plastic utensils and was passing them out the the family.  So the dinner was a vegetable soup, cheddar biscuit, whole rotisserie chicken, slice of pork loin, half a potato, corn on the cob, and dessert was an apple pastry.  Baw!  So good.  The vegetable soup was delicious.   When Em said it was a vegetable soup I was thinking broth with chunks of veggies.  I'm not actually sure it had any vegetables in it.  I think they should rename the soup, cream of butter.  Because that's all I tasted and I loved it.  The chicken was nice and juicy not dry like rotisserie chicken can be (when you buy it from Walmart).  The half a potato was a little funky.  But I like my potatoes drowning in butter, sour cream, cheese and bacon.  But it was all very yummy.


The other highlight of the show was watching Sarah.  She had that sweet sincere look of pure joy and wonder on her face the whole time.  She was so excited when the main guy rode out on his horse.  He was wearing a white tunic with red decorations on it and she said, "Look!  It's Prince Charming!".  She cheered and smiled at all the tricks they did and the games and contests.  Seeing her enjoy the show was just one of those mom moments where you sit back and smile.  

And, of course, the South won.  Yeehaw!  It's a great show and if you're ever in Gatlinburg, I'd recommend it.

On the way out mom managed to rope herself a cowboy.



1 comment:

  1. Your mom is so fun! Love the matching shirts she made!

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