Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving in Branson

In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, we decided to head to Branson for the holiday weekend and get an early start on our Christmas celebrations! Who needs Thanksgiving anyway? Especially when we had a stomach flu going around the family. I didn't take many photos because I was so busy enjoying myself right along with the guys -- when I wasn't busy throwing up. What's a holiday without at least one night curled up at the bottom of the bathtub wanting to die, right?

We stayed in a fabulous top floor condo right on the lake with a gorgeous view, a fireplace (that we used daily!), a big whirlpool bathtub, separate bedrooms, and did I mention that view? We were very comfortable in our "home away from home".

We spent quite a bit of time at Silver Dollar City. I highly recommend this park during the holiday season. The lights are spectacular and the festivities run all day and well into the night. The light parade was a huge hit with Kellan, as was the Frosty show, not to mention the rides!












This area was so much fun. A huge kids play structure with all sorts of interactive activities, Kel's favourite being the hoovering up of foam balls which were being shot down from above. He's still talking about this...





Ready to get on another ride. There were no lines and the atmosphere was perfect.




Branson knows how to do the holiday lights!






Waiting for the night's light parade. They were both at the end of their respective ropes I think. The faces say it all.




We also rode the Branson Scenic Railway down into Arkansas again. Look below for a photo of me and Kel on our last excursion.






This is our family photo from the Dixie Stampede. I'm not really sure how to describe it. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience. If you know what I mean. But in a good way! I'm pretty sure...




We spent an afternoon wandering around Branson Landing, a new shopping district on the lake. Very festive.







All in all, as a family destination for people with younger kids, and especially as a get away from all that is ugly and boring and lifeless in central Illinois (did I say that? Never!), Branson is a super destination within an easy half day's drive. We had a wonderful holiday weekend and I'm hoping to do it again -- maybe next year? Honey?

1 comment:

Devona said...

It looks like you guys had some fun in Branson! Did you guys take any pictures of the other Branson attractions while there?