November 14, 2009 - Branson

(Click here for pictures)  We moved around a little slow this morning but we all slept really well.  After breakfast, we headed to the Titanic museum.  The kids were excited about getting on the big boat.  When we boarded, we were handed cards that had Titanic passengers names on it.  The museum was very interesting but pretty crowded for 3 kids and 2 strollers.  The kids enjoyed climbing up the decks that were sloped to simulate the decks on the sinking ship and sticking their hands in the cold water.  After the museum, we walked through the gift shop and picked up an ornament.

Next we headed to the Landing.  It seemed like it took quite a while to get there.  But we were soon waiting for our table at Joe's Crab Shack. We had been craving that-the kids passed the time by playing on the playground and begging all of the grandparents for money so they could ride the little rides.  Graham loved the rides and was content to just sit in the still cars.  He was very vocal when it was time to leave!  We were going to be seated in 2 tables but our group of 5 was seated at a table for 8 so we just decided to add a chair and highchair and squeeze in together.  The food was good and the kids enjoyed seeing the servers dance but Anderson sure couldn't figure our why they were standing on the tables.

We then walked around the Landing for awhile.  Santa found a few little items in the Disney Store and we all even had our pictures made with Santa at the Bass Pro Shop.  They were fine-Graham still looks very terrified but maybe after enough pictures with Santa he will eventually like him (doubtful).  The kids needed another play break and then we all needed a snack.  Anderson chose chocolate covered marshmallows rolled in sprinkles and Reagan picked a chocolate covered twinkie.  Graham let us know that he was not pleased that he did not get to pick his snack-he did however, eat 1/2 pound of Mom's fudge.

After walking back to the car, we stopped at the Amish store.  Anderson saw a child sized potty and asked if he could go potty.  While he was asking he proceeded to pull up his shirt and get ready to go to the bathroom.  We did stop him in time though-but it would have made quite a story!  Both car loads fell asleep on the way back to the house.  Anderson was completely out, slept quite awhile and then it still took Mom a long time to wake him up.  Graham and Reagan just needed a cat nap in the car and played out on the back deck until we came in.

We had heard about some Christmas lights in another town-but they weren't there.  We did see a few lights but not enough to please us and we were getting quite hungry.  After driving one direction without seeing in great eating options, we headed the other way back to Branson West.  We ended up back at Danna's-last time everyone had BBQ but this time hamburgers were what we chose.  It was perfect-quick, delicious and lots of room for the kids to run.
After baths and a short time of playing, the kids headed to bed.  They were a little wired and even listened to the ballgame before finally falling asleep.  It was a good, fast trip.  We all had a good time and Mom and Dad were glad that Reagan, Anderson and Graham could add another state to their list of states.  The plan tomorrow is to pack up and head home.  The highlight of the trip for Reagan has been "everything" and "all the rides," for Anderson it has been "the rides" and "no, nothing" (depending on his mood) and Graham's highlights have been being spoiled by Nonna, Pops, Grannymom and Grandpa!

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