Saturday, March 20, 2010

Branson Trip with Moms and Kids


Brad was out of town this week and I knew he would be home Friday night but had to work all day Saturday so I thought it would be best if the kids and I weren't there to bug him so I asked my friend Rosemary if she wanted to take a mini road trip!  She is just as brave crazy as I am so she didn't even question the idea of taking 3 YOUNG kids to Branson by ourselves.
Our trip started out with a bit of adventure as we were pulling into Branson!  About 10 miles from the off ramp I noticed a car that was swerving and almost hit a car to its left.  As I saw this happening, I honked my horn which luckily got the attention of the drivers in both cars or it could have been a yucky scene!  I tried my best to get way ahead of this car and keep another car in between her and I, I had precious cargo I had to protect!  This worked until she speed up to get off the highway.  YIKES! At this point, I asked Rosemary to call the cops and I let the lady get in front of me so I could keep my eye on her and I was less likely to be hit by her.  Lucky for us, and thanks to my defensive driving, we were all safe and the cops caught up to us!  The police asked us to pull over to write a statement and they told us they didn't smell alcholo on her breath but she didn't pass any of the tests they gave her so they took her off in hand cuffs.  Get this, 1) she drove in from Arkansas so that is many miles of highway she drove in that condition 2) she was on her way to work!  Scary!  The cops said we saved someone's life that day!  We were a little shaken up after that but were glad to have it behind us!
We were glad when we finally made it to Castle Rock Hotel and could get our swimsuits on and enjoy the rest of our day!

As soon as we got to the water park we had a mini picnic!  Rosemary and I had each brought stuff to make yummy sandwiches and snacks to go with.  Turns out, you are not suppose to bring in outside food!  Oops!  We went in the side door so we didn't see any of the signs about the rules of the place posted at the front door.  The manager was kind enough to wait until we were done eating and then he came up and nicely told me the rules.  He said he knew kids were a bit finicky and so he didn't want to make us put it all away but to know for next time.  I thought that was very nice of him to be mindful enough to wait.  Not sure what we would have done if we had to pack it all up with starving kids looking at us!
There was a great kiddie pool that all three kids could play in.  There was just enough water for them to splash around but not too much to where it would come over Addyson's head if she fell down.  It had a little fish slide that the kids had so much fun playing on!
It didn't take Addyson long to figure out how to climb up the stairs!
 She wasn't quit sure what to think of the splashing water at the top of the steps!
I would help her sit down and then she would slide....
 and Rosemary would catch her! She loved it!

After a full morning of playing, we went back to the hotel room for the kids to rest.  It didn't take long before they were all asleep!  Rosemary and I took chairs outside and ate some chips and salsa and chit chatted while the kids napped.  What a great afternoon!
When the kids woke up, we headed to the Branson Landing to play and eat!  We knew we had to soak up as much of this pretty day as we could because we knew bad weather was just around the corner!

We went to eat a Joe's Crab Shack and were so thankful there was a table outside for us to sit at!!! From our seat we could see the water fountain show, which if you haven't seen, is really neat!  The water dances to music with different color lights lighting up and every now and then you'll see fire!!  Owen kept yelling, "I want more fire!"  People around us were laughing!  The kids also had fun looking for boats going up the river!

After dinner, we had to walk off all that yummy food!  The Landing is such a great place to walk around and there is so much to see!  Of course, we had to make a stop at the fountain!
Addyson was so happy to get out of the stroller and explore!  I had a stranger come up and say, "you know what would be the prefect shot?  Have her stand looking at the water."  I said, "I totally agree and I've been trying but she won't stay still long enough! : )"  This is the best I got.
A trip to the Landing wouldn't be complete without a stop at Marble Slab!  Owen was SO nice and shared his ice cream with his sister!  If she left a bit on the spoon he would put the spoon back in her mouth and tell her she forgot some! : )
What a night!  We left there about 9 and tried so hard to keep the kids awake as we drove back to the hotel!  Then it was off to bed with these sleepy heads!!!
The next morning was SO cold and rainy!  I made a quick run to Krispy Kreme for hot doughnuts and then the kids were off to swim!
We enjoyed our last couple of hours at the pool and now that Owen was use to everything he was a little more brave on the slide and going into the other pools!  There is also a lazy river on the top floor that we enjoyed going around and around!  They even have double tubes that have a seat for little kids!!!  Addyson had so much fun riding the lazy river and watching all the kids!
Looking back, it was a wonderful couple of days!  The kids were great, they played so well together, and they listed to both of us.  It went much better than Rosemary and I had expected!  I can't wait to go again!
It started to rain pretty hard as we headed out of Branson and right as we got to into town it started to snow!  We made it home just in time and I'm very thankful we burned off some energy before being snowed in!! : )
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