Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Trip to Branson

Some good friends of ours invited us to spend the Fourth of July with them in Branson.  They own a home and a boat there, so all we had to do was buy gas and groceries.  Um... yes, please!

We love Branson.  We had a wonderful family vacation there back in 2012, when we lived in Oklahoma.  Ever since we moved back to Kansas I have had my eye on it, since it's a fairly short drive.  And finally, we got to go!  We were all so excited!




Ah, the luxury!  Their guest bed was one of the most comfortable I have ever slept in.


The view from our friends' house is amazing.  I love the rolling hills of southern Missouri, but I completely adore the trees.  They are happy trees and they are friendly trees and speak joyful things to my heart.


On my evening walks I was blown away by the frog choruses coming from the rills.  The whole landscape was so recharging.


My kids had such a good time eating and doing things that they don't normally get to.  Here's Frog and little Miss K eating Froot Loops and Cocoa Pebbles.


Lying in bed in the morning and watching Beauty and the Beast.... the kids watched a crazy amount of TV because there wasn't much else for them to do at the house and it kept them immobilized.  Also, although we got them out as much as we could, it ended up raining quite a bit and our outdoor plans had to be dialed down a bit.



But when we did get out, the cloudy weather made it very pleasant.  We enjoyed an outing to Branson Landing, a lovely outdoor mall at the heart of downtown.


My friend kindly bought all the kids ice cream.  They were so thrilled!



Here's our group at Branson Landing on the river boardwalk in front of the fountains.  My friend is in a wheelchair right now, recovering from foot surgery.   That has been really hard for her, so we all tried to be as useful as we could while we were there and I hope that it was helpful.


We celebrated the Fourth with a hedonistic overindulgence of food.  Boy, was it good!


The Rabbit and her twin (they have the exact same birthday!) worked together and made a delicious flag cake.  


It was a wonderful, happy mini-vacay!


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