Family Vacation 2016

Branson

Branson

I finally got around to going through all the pictures I took while on vacation and just had to share them with you. If you didn’t know, my whole family went to Branson last week and had an absolute blast! Well, aside from the pool. It was about 97 degrees there all week and the pool was as warm as a bath tub, so it wasn’t as refreshing as we would have liked. But we did and saw things we never had before. If you ever take a trip to Branson be sure to go see The Bretts! Nathan and I went there for a date and it was a wonderful show! We stayed at a resort that my grandparents have a timeshare in, so we had a two bedroom cottage to share with 9 adults and 3 kids. Cramped and chaotic but oh so fun! So here is the daily breakdown of what we did.

Day 1 – Saturday: We got up at 4:00 and were on the road by 6:00. My family is pretty slow at getting ready. Since it was late and nobody felt like cooking, aside from the fact we had no food, we went to Steak n’ Shake for dinner.

Day 2 – Sunday: My grandparents took us to old town Branson, which was adorable! I love little shops. We had late breakfast/early lunch at a Farmhouse Restaurant that served your beverages in mason jars, I loved it !Then we went to Wal-mart to stock up on food for the week and each buy our 1 ingredient for our “chopped” dinner.

Day 3 – Monday: My nephew Bentley turned 2! So to celebrate, we went to Branson’s Wild World and Aquarium and had a blast. We saw fish, sting rays, alligators, sharks, wolves, both little and big reptiles, a baby bobcat, kangaroo, dingos and so much more. Michael absolutely LOVED it! (and if you didn’t see my instagram post, he touched a snake…my biggest fear!)  With it being hot we headed to the pool afterwards and the kiddos got to splash in the kiddy pool (which was a bit cooler than the real pool). We ended the evening with Tuna Casserole and opening presents.

Day 4 – Tuesday: This was my mom’s birthday, her big 5-0 birthday! We started our day by heading to the beach before it got really hot out. Then when it was lunch time we headed home and allowed the boys to take a nap. For mom’s birthday dinner, we did it chopped style. For those of you who don’t watch Chopped on the Food Network, the chefs are given 5 mystery ingredients and they somehow have to transform and combine them into a dish. So mom thought that would be fun. So each of us picked an ingredient out and had no idea what anyone else was buying. Somehow we had to combine, instant rice, granola, corn, marshmallows, graham crackers, tomatoes, ramen noodles chicken, pork chops, cresent rolls taco seasoning and cornbread. We were definitely stumped at first but what we ended up with afterwards was actually pretty good. (I’ll be sure to leave a recipe post in case any of you want to try it). After dinner we headed to town to go go-carting, hit the batting cages and allow the boys to play in an arcade. We then headed back downtown to see the light show but they ended up canceling it, so we went to coldstone for some ice cream!

Day 5 – Wednesday: We did something pretty epic….Zip Lining! I’m terrified of heights but I wanted to say I ziplined…so I braved it and it was so much fun. It definitely wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. My grandparents even did it! So if they can do it, anyone can do it!

Day 6 – Thursday: Date day! Nathan and I went to see the Bretts while the grandparents watched Michael for us and my sisters and their men went horseback riding (I would have loved to join but I’m highly allergic). Mom and my lil family stayed in Thursday night and watched the Bachelorette while the rest of the fam went to see a magic show (we weren’t sure Michael would sit through it).

Day 7 – Friday: Most everyone was quite lazy that day but with it being the last day, Nathan and I didn’t want to waste it. So we went to the Titanic Museum. Definitely something you should see if you ever go to Branson. It has over $4 million worth of REAL artifacts from the Titanic. I don’t have any photos because we weren’t allowed to take any due to the artifacts being federally protected but it was unbelievable. We learned so many interesting facts as well as some of the passengers that were on the ship. Oh and they had the real costume Leo wore in the movie…just an incentive for all you Leo fans!

Day 8 – Saturday: We made the miserable trip home. It was such a wonderful vacation and I loved spending so much time with my family that I was quite sad to see it end.

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson

Branson