Branson Vacation – Day 1

Our trip started last Thursday, when we left for Branson in the morning.  Our first stop was a surprise from Daddy – he took us to a bakery on our way out of town to get some donuts for the road.  I chose a caramel frosted cinnamon roll – it was pretty good.

We arrived at our condo at about 4:30 in the afternoon.  After unloading the van, we decided to go to Silver Dollar City for the rest of the day and go again the next day (if you go and purchase tickets at Silver Dollar City after three o’clock, you can go the next consecutive day that they are open with the same ticket).

Dad and Noah were looking forward to riding some roller coasters.  As soon as we got there, we made a beeline for a roller coaster.  While Dad, Noah, and Drake rode it, Mom and I took Meiling to ride the carousel.  After the boys were done with their roller coaster, Drake joined us while Dad and Noah went on some more roller coasters.

I will just put this out in the open now:  I don’t ride many amusement park rides, so I only went on a few while we were there.  I still had plenty of fun.  I loved it!

After the rest of the park was closed, there is one last show that we saw.  We headed back to the condo once that was finished, and did some nibbling before we all went to bed.


The bakery we stopped at


Flaky goodness


Sometimes temptation comes as a pastry, covered with sprinkles…


…and sometimes it looks like little brown mounds in little white paper cups!


The waterwheel at Silver Dollar City


My family


I LOVE lemonade


I thought this looked neat


Meiling on the carousel


Self portrait 🙂




“The Flooded Mine” ride – this one was a favorite



On the elephant ride


Classic Drake [Drake said to label this “Scared, even on the elephant ride.”]



Meiling, watching the show


Dad and Noah with their matching shirts!

Home Again, Home Again

Well, we just returned home today from a lovely trip to Branson, MO.  I have lots of photos to share, and will probably post them in several posts – I took a lot. 🙂

These past few weeks have been very busy – that’s why it has been relatively quiet around here.  I haven’t really posted much more than animal pictures.  That’s about to change.

We went to the CHEF conference last week.  It was great.  I met some wonderful people and heard some great talks.  Two days after the conference, we drove down to Branson, and have had a lovely time relaxing, playing games, going to Silver Dollar City, boating, and more.  You’ll hear more about it later.

Here are some pictures – I’ll be posting more soon.  It’s just getting late and I am tired and I should be thinking about bed. 🙂


Before we left, we had some of these beauties

While we were gone we:


I ate one of these


Visited this place


Rode some rides


Acted cool


Toured a cave


Were cute


Saw some lovely views


Played some games


Went boating


Splashed alot


Did plenty of tubing


And I drank one of these deliciousnesses – it was AMAZING!  Do you see – it’s dark chocolate mocha!!!!