Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Family Vacation: July 2009

Just got home from vacation a few days ago...thought I'd share a few pictures. I really didn't do great at taking very many. Hopefully my sis-in-law got a few more.

We went to Branson with Justin's family, and stayed in a little cabin by Table Rock Lake. It was a great get-away! We spent TWO whole days at Silver Dollar City. I hadn't been there since I was a kid, so it was fun to see how it had changed, and several things I remembered that were still just the same. We rode roller-coaster after roller-coaster...and I loved it! My niece, Kylie, was having a blast riding all the coasters with the 'big kids'. Uncle Jeff's favorite ride was The Big Barn Swing. It scared the britches right off me the first time I rode it, but I still went back three more times! My favorite coaster was The Powder Keg! Grandpa Rusty and Uncle Todd were sweet enough to stay at the cabin with Barrett on Saturday, while the rest of us went back to Silver Dollar City. We were able to see a saloon show and a magic show that day.

(edited 15 minutes after first publishing...because I just remembered I still had pictures on my other camera. Guess I got a few more than I thought!)
Riding in the car with Kylie on the way to Branson.
He loved having her in the back seat to entertain him.

Kylie and Emily on the trolley into Silver Dollar City

Barrett's first ride: Flooded Mine
He sat still as could be on my lap the whole time. We were afraid he'd have nightmares with all the flashing lights, loud noises and scary mannequins!

Barrett also got to ride on the train...where he fell asleep!

Todd, Kylie and Emily playing a pig race game

Sandy and Kim getting a foot massage

We spent another day out on the lake tubing. I hadn't done that since Bapo pulled us around at Grand Lake, so my body was hurtin' the next day! Barrett loved the boat so much, it rocked him right to sleep.

Kylie's first time on the tube

My favorite part about boating on the lake...

Grandma Sandy getting ready to tube...What a cool Grandma!

Miss Emily

Justin and I out on the tube

This is what Barrett did while Mommy & Daddy were in the lake.
Poor little mister!

Barrett's favorite vacation "game" Getting ice out of the cooler, sucking on it a couple times, and putting it back.

There was also fishing...

Kylie caught a LOT of fish!

They were using crickets to catch all the fish.
I think we went through 150 of them!

Barrett got a hold of a fishing pole, took it right down to the water, and threw it over his shoulder, like he'd been doing it all his life!

The last night we were there we headed into Branson for a little mini-golf! Barrett got his own little club and ball. It was 18 holes of chaos after that! Nothing more fun than having a toddler on a mini-golf course with water, steep hills, caves, a plastic club and colored balls everywhere. Did I mention it was 9:00 pm...way after his bedtime! One word: exhausting!!

While on vacation (and spending a whole day with Grandpa), Barrett learned this new face! We were sitting down to dinner Sunday night after we got home, and he was cracking us up with it!


Things are BUSY around here, finishing up several wedding orders and getting ready for my little brother's wedding on Saturday! I can't believe August 1st is just around the corner! I am still alive...just running non-stop! I'll have LOTS of pictures from the wedding weekend to share soon, and a few of the designs I've been working on too. Have a great week! {PRAY} that we don't get rain on Friday and Saturday :) It's an outdoor wedding!


  1. Loved being on vacation with you guys... praying for no RAIN!!

  2. Silver Dollar City brings back tons of memories. Do they still have the Fire in the Hole ride. I used to think it was so scary but I am guessing it wouldn't be so scary now :)

  3. Looks like you guys had a great trip!!! It's been years since I have been to Silver Dollar City. I am totally wondering about Fire in the Hole too. That was definetely a ride that scared me to death when I was a kid. The part at the end when water fell on you. I think I heard that snakes fell out of it once on someone so I was always terrified :)

  4. How fun!!! It looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Barrett is so stinking cute!


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