Tuesday, July 24, 2007


We are home safe and sound and had a Great week in Branson!! We found out that condos are the only way to go--esp. when traveling with children!!!! Having a washer/dryer, fridge, and stove right in our living quarters made life a lot easier. (Plus, we also came home with no dirty laundry, which made my Monday much better!!)

We went to one of Branson's newest attractions, the Branson Landing, and fell in love with that place immediately. Shops, restaurants, play grounds, trolley... and everything right on the water. Very neat place!!! They also have a great Joes Crab Shack that served us some wonderful King Crab Legs!!!

I could go on, and on, but I know "a picture's worth a thousand words" so I'll let my photos do the talkin'. Had a great time--can't wait to go again next year (or sooner :-).

The place we called home for a week.

The kids first Ferris Wheel Ride.

Khara and Kelsey loved this ride. It took you straight up and then let you drop. :-}

Our wonderful friend Barney at Celebration City. Khara is a big Andy Griffith Show fan (the old black and white ones, that is) --she thought seeing this guy was pretty cool. :-)

Kaden with his bump and black eyes still shining!!

And then, Curious George, at Silver Dollar City.

Incredible ice cream cones at Celebration City. They didn't have a kids size cone and the regular ones were HUGE, so I think Mark got stuck with the remains of 2 or 3 extra ones.

Great kiddie pool at the condo.

Is any vacation trip complete without shopping??? Branson has some wonderful outlet malls. With two little girls starting school in a month I had a great excuse. ;-)

Patiently waiting outside of Olive Garden.


Brenda said...

Awesome! Looks like everybody had a ton of fun. Can't believe Kaden's bump still looks that bad. You probably had a lot of comments on that! :-)

Teresa said...

Looks like you guys had a GREAT time!

Les said...

Glad you had fun! A couple of my boys had bumps like Kaden's constantly at that age!

Julie said...

I have never been to Branson but it looks like a fun place. You would like Gatlinburg - lots of outlet malls! I enjoyed all your pictures.

Nancy said...

Looks like SO MUCH fun!!! So glad you were able to get away for a bit before school starts again! I can't believe how tall your girls are getting...I'm sure Khara's got Lauren beat by a couple inches by now! You have such cute kids! And yes....I love those washer/dryers too...I can even get Chris to do laundry on vacation...it's REALLY great. I love not coming home to 10 loads of laundry!

Stephanie said...

Aren't summers a blast! We had a condo when the boys were approximately 20 mos. and 6 mos. Definitely a necessity at that point! It was great for laundry, cooking, and relaxing...having a private bedroom was pretty cool, too. Next year we may have to rent a resort! :) Every time I go to book a hotel and punch in our party size, I get denied...too many kiddos!

Angie Davis said...

Do mine eyes detect a Gymboree bag amongst the piles of purchases?! Good girl!

Jana said...


Actually I was thrilled to discover that Branson now has a Gymboree outlet store. I didn't know Gymboree had outlets??? It had only been open for 2 days and it was hoppin'! I LOVE Gymboree!!!!!

~Heather~ said...

Looks and sounds like y'all had fun! That's great!

Love, Heather =)

Kendall & Leanna said...

Vacation and shopping, two of my favorited things. :) Loved the pictures. Kaden's expression (on the ferris wheel) is priceless. :)

Martha C said...

Loved all the pictures! Aren't family vacations great?!

Aaron & Lanee said...

I miss Branson. When we lived in Springfield we went to Branson all the time. Last time I was there, Briana was 3mo old. :(
It looks like you had a great time. I wish I could have come home without any laundry from our last vacation. BUT no such luck.LOL!
BTW, Silver Dollar City is one of my most favorite places - I hope to visit soon.

Enjoy your blog.

Tamra said...

Glad your vacation was fun. It has been years since I have been to Branson and I would love to go back.