Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Vacation

Posted by danielle at 4:26 PM
We spent Saturday-Monday in Branson, MO. It was me, Jacob, Lisa, Kristin, Brandon, and Zach. It wasn't our original plan for spring break...but we had so much fun! At least I think everyone did! It was Zach's first time to go to Branson, and I'm so glad we got to introduce him to some neat stuff...that kid really is FINALLY growing up! I wish we would have had more time to show him more things. Silver Dollar City didn't fit into our plans (and it wasn't open), but Brandon really wanted to go there. I love it there also! We will definately have to plan another trip when we can fit that in! Kristin wants to go back this summer with Lexi...but I don't know if that will work into our budget! We went to the Dixie Stampede. www.dixiestampede.com
If you haven't been there, you should totally go. Or if you haven't been there in a while, you should go back because they've changed the show. They also have a Christmas show that Jacob and I saw on our honeymoon and it's really amazing. Both shows could literally bring tears to your eyes (and that's not just me being pregnant and emotional)...Jacob said he almost cried this time! The first evening while we were waiting for Kristin and Brandon to get there (they had a wedding to attend), we went to Ripley's Believe it or Not. www.ripleysbranson.com
It's really cool, and I think Zach even enjoyed it! They had some neat stuff in their gift shop that I would have loved to buy (a HUGE coffee mug!) Jacob and I had been there on our honeymoon also, and we loved it! I definately wanted to go back because we didn't have our digital camera on our honeymoon so I didn't get very many good pictures! That night we ate at a neat steakhouse. www.btbones.com I feel kinda bad because Jacob and I recommended it and then it turned out to be not so great. We ate there when we went in October and the food was really great! They have live music so that's pretty neat too! But, I don't know if it's just because they were busy that night, but no one's food was really right. I especially feel sorry for Brandon, because I think he ate like 2 bites of his food! Sunday we got up and ate our free breakfast at the hotel. Amazing! Especially since it was free! I think that's one thing everyone enjoyed! We went outlet shopping! That was definately my favorite part...even though it was hard for me to walk that much! I got a pair of Nike's at the Nike outlet for $19.99...thankfully I can wear a kids size! That's the second trip in a row that I've gotten cheap Nike's. (Also Zoe and I can wear the same size now...and she always has great shoes that have been promised to me when she grows out of them!) Jacob got a pair of DC shoes that are really cute, and different for him! Zach got a couple pair of shoes. Lisa wins though...she got 3 pairs! We all ended up with a bunch of stuff and realized that all of it was not going to fit in our car on the way home! Thank goodness Brandon had room in his truck! We did Dixie Stampede Sunday evening and then we went and played Mini Golf! I pretty much suck...but hey! I could barely bend over to put my ball down and then pick it up out of the hole once I finally got it in there! But, we were all spending time together and that's what matters! We went and ate ice cream after that! Apparently my phone fell out of the camera case when we were walking in, and I didn't realize it. I didn't know until after we got back to the hotel and I was going to update my twitter. We called the mini golf and ice cream places and no one had turned it in. I'm thinking that no one would want to keep it...it is a Razr, and 2 years old! So Kristin started calling it...never got an answer, but then her phone rang! Someone had found it in the parking lot and called her because she had been calling it! So, Jacob and I drove down to the ice cream place and got it! I was so thankful to have it back...even though my contract was up and I knew I was getting a new phone, but I didn't want to lose my number and all my contacts in the phone! So being so hormonal I get back to the hotel, get in the shower and have myself a good cry! I felt so awful! Kristin and Brandon had spent like 45 minutes searching through my car in the dark and making all these phone calls trying to find it! And then Jacob had to drive me back down there to get it. And then, I was once again amazed that there are nice people left in the world! Monday we got up and ate our free breakfast again! The coffee wasn't as good the second day, but hey I shouldn't drink it anyways! Then we went to ride go-karts. There are a lot of great go-kart tracks in Branson and Kristin had showed them to Zach a while back on the internet, so he was excited to get to try them out! www.bransontracks.com I of course couldn't ride the go-karts, but I got to watch everyone else and take lots of pictures! Brandon said that Alexia needed to be trained right to go "Nascar Fast," but the sign said no! They also played Lazer tag...I got to sit in a little room and watch them...it was hilarious! Poor Zach held his gun backwards for like the whole game though and shot himself more than anyone else! We went and ate lunch at Taco Bell and then headed home! Coming home is definately the worst part of vacation! We still haven't gotten everything unpacked...but oh well! I can't wait until we can go on our first vacation with Alexia! There are so many places that I want to show her. And there are so many great stories to share along the way. I want to take her to the places Jacob and I have been...and to the places where me and my family went while I was growing up! I'm about to start the most amazing journey...and I couldn't be more excited!
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