Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BRANSON: TRAIN & MORE!

As I wrote yesterday, we had quite the adventure in Branson last weekend.  On Saturday morning, one family made pancakes and bacon for everyone, including initial pancakes for the kiddos and an egg and dairy free plate for Violet.  #youknowyouhavegoodfriendswhen

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Then, Mr. Educator of the Year led relay games for the kiddos which was really just another name for mass chaos.

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For our Saturday entertainment, we chose the Branson Scenic Railway.  We had packed all our lunches the night before and planned to eat them on the train platform before we got onto the train, where we were not allowed to bring our own food.  Since the weather was still at a balmy 40 degrees, eating outdoors was not a great option with chattering little teeth.  Probably the most harried moment of our entire time was when we told the kids to sit on the floor inside the bustling train station and scarf down their lunches.

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To the kids' credit, they did a great job at following instructions.  One of our guys noted that it was like we had a little platoon of soldiers, and the truth is, they are pretty used to being in a herd.  That said, we were glad to get everyone off of the floor and onto the train.

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We went straight to the back of the train where the reclining seats were.  It really was a nice train and a beautiful 90 minute ride.  Thankfully, the kids got to sort of walk wherever they wanted, within reason, and it was a very enjoyable experience.  Always moving and lots to look at!

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Everyone was tired by this point in the day, and we headed back for naps for the littles and a movie for the bigs.

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After a rest time, we headed to an indoor pool that our cabin had access to.  We found it after a bit of a wild goose chase, and the kiddos had a great time enjoying the novelty of swimming on Spring Break.

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We tried to go to a pizza buffet, but after seeing the line that was literally 100 people deep, we quickly abandoned that and picked up pizza for the cabin.  Like I mentioned yesterday, we had a fantastic group that was as easy to maneuver with as possible considering the circumstances.  I love our friends and am so thankful to do life with them.  If you are on the fence about whether or not you should do a trip like this with your good friends - then get off the fence and do it!  But only if you really like your friends.

All in all, this trip was a huge success!  There were some dicey moments, but on the whole, it was so very good.  I love these people with my whole heart.

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Everyone parted ways Sunday morning, and we took the opportunity to drive to Siloam Springs and meet my new nephew, baby Hutch.  He is so very precious!  I love his tiny baby feet peeking out in this shot!

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