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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Around the House-Baskets and Branson, MO

We had quite a week a couple of weeks ago. This past week, I've been spending time catching up with everything as well as doing a fair amount of gardening. Anyway, I wanted to share our camping trip we took to Branson, MO.

We stayed here...

And slept and ate here... (Our children, Emily, Timothy, and Katie)And visited here... I was skeptical about taking the time to do the Titanic museum, but it is a must see if you are in the area. You are given an identity of a Titanic passenger as you go through the museum and in the end, you learn if you survived. It was hands on and quite moving. This past week we watched the Titanic movie. The museum was great for both kids as well as adults.

And visited here...The Precious Moments Chapel and Museum. Very sweet especially if you are interested and have collected some of the Precious Moments.

My Timmy with Timmy the angel. My little Timmy is an angel (most of the time).

Will you be ready when Jesus comes?...

Saw this...This was a great play and book. We had a 14 hour drive from New Mexico to Missouri. Mike downloaded the audio book of Shepherd of the Hills which we listened to on the car ride to MO. The play did a pretty good job of reenacting the book.

Our children with some of the cast members. Left to right..Katie, Tim, star of the show The Shepherd, Emily and another actor Little Pete. Little Pete is 14 and has been in the play 4 years now.

We shopped and strolled along the Branson River Walk. So pretty and fun shops to visit. It is all a pedestrian area. I enjoyed watching the dancing fountains you see in the background.

We went to the Dixie Stampede, a dinner show with 30+ horses. Our horse rider Katie thought this was the highlight of the vacation.

We played some mini golf. Mike won of course.

Then we spent two and a half days at Silver Dollar City, shown in all the pictures below. Our campground that we stayed in is owned by Silver Dollar City and is almost next door to it. It was a nice campground and only $25 a night as we had water and electric at our site. You could stay there for less if you want to pitch a tent. Their facilities were clean and they had a great pool for the kids. Anyway, back to the amusement park. They have coupons buy one day, get the second day free. Also, if you go after 3:00 on the first day, you get an extra 1/2 day free as well, so 2 1/2 days for the price of one day. I wanted to share that at least when we were there, the crowds were minimal and we never had to wait for a ride longer than 15 minutes. Usually it was only a 5 to 10 minute wait. One more plus, parking at the amusement park was FREE! Couldn't believe that. It was good wholesome fun entertainment.
Below is Katie and Emily with the saloon girls after watching their saloon follies show.

Tim being an assistant for a magician. He really got into the magic act.

Emily will ride roller coasters, but with much trepidation. She and I spent an hour at the Culinary and Craft cooking school there at Silver Dollar City while the others went on ride after ride after ride. Our teacher was Debbie Dance Uhrig who has written the cookbook "Simply Yours." Debbie also writes cooking columns in many Kansas and Missouri newspapers. Wish I'd have gotten our picture with her. Who knows, she may become as famous as Paula Deen. We did get her cookbook and she autographed it for us. The class we took was called Beyond Basic BBQ--Not just for Meats. She made for us Smoke n/ Sizzle Potato Salad, SDC Sweet Hickory Pasta Salad, and Fruit Kabobs with Orange Sauce. HERE is an article about her along with some recipes.The kitchen was gorgeous. Emily and I are at the end of the counter.

An original church built in the 1800's.

And beautiful, beautiful baskets.........

It was a good week. Had a couple of camper problems, but my sweetie handyman Mike was able to fix them with a couple trips to Home Depot and the RV shop. Those problems and the rain were the only downers to the week. We had a couple days of pretty good rain and then quite a bit of drizzle on other days. Mike and Katie did get to go scuba diving once, but their second dive trip was canceled due to the weather. Just as well I guess because it gave Mike the time to fix the camper. We also went to see the show of Hamner and Barber. It is a Christian magic, ventriloquist, and variety act. Of all the people for them to choose to pull on stage, they picked Mike and I to get up and humiliate ourselves in front of the crowd as they did their magic act. (our kids were quite embarrassed of us) As a thank you, they gave us coupons for a couple of breakfast buffets and dinners. That was nice.
All in all though, I'd certainly go back to visit the Branson area. The greenery was simply breathtaking at times. Certainly it is some beautiful country God has given us. I can only imagine just how spectacular it must look in the fall.

Where are you going on vacation this summer?
Love and Blessings to you all,


Paula said...

Looks like lots of fun! I have not been there yet!

Naomi said...

nancy-what a great trip!!

Fossil said...

looks like you guys had a good time despite the weather

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