Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Branson Vacation Day 1

We left our house (after turning around in the neighborhood 3 different times to return home to get something we left)at 8:30ish Monday morning. We didn't even get out of Ft Smith until well after 9am. It began thunderstorming on our drive up 540. Our front tires on the car were in such bad shape that we were hydro-planing most of the drive. This made me very uneasy and so Brian decided to stop in Fayetteville and get the 2 front tires replaced, thinking this wouldn't take too long. We first stopped at Walmart in Springdale because, on the phone, they told us there was no wait. We got there and they didn't have that size tire. While the kids and I waited at Walmart, Brian took the car down the road and got the tires replaced. Here Hannah is with a shirt she found while we were walking around Walmart....she wanted to buy it but I told her no.
She settled for a picture with it. Ha!

We finally left Springdale at 11:30 heading north. We got to Branson right at 2pm and went the the fish hatchery to feed the fish.

Here are the kids feeding the fish....they LOVED it. The baby fish were so cute!

Isaac ran out of fish food and was not happy.

Daddy to the rescue!! He went and got some more! :-)

After we left the fish hatchery, we went and checked in to our motel. The Grand Country Inn, home of the In-door waterpark!! Hannah was sooooo excited and wanted to go play in the pool right away. We talked her into settling for Silver Dollar City, since after 3pm we could get back in the next day as well. So off we went to Silver Dollar City.

There wasn't anyone out front that ask to take a picture of all of us so here we are with the kids.

Isaac wasn't very excited to be in the stroller...and Hannah was just being silly.

A sweet older man asked if I wanted to be in the picture....it's not the best but shows we were really all there!

Our first ride was the Silver Dollar City Train....both kids really liked this and it cooled us off!

Next Hannah and Brian rode Fire In The Hole.....Hannah says she is scared of it but she came out with a smile on her face. We then went to the Great Exposition and measured Isaac. He was right at 36 inches so he got to ride most of that stuff with us. We rode the Flying Elephants, Pirate Ships and Tea Cups. Isaac's favorite was the elephants.....we rode it over & over & over with him. Hannah's favorite was whatever she was on at that time.

She decided she wanted to ride the swings. I was shocked, since she had just seen how high they went. Neither Brian nor I wanted to ride them and she said she would ride them by herself. Brian got in line with her and she went and climbed in one. She was fine until they started....and then she got this look of panic on her face. I got this one shot before it started. Seriously, as soon as it started going up and around I thought she was going to freak out. I was sick to my stomach because my baby was way up in the air, scared to death, and there was nothing I could do about it. Holy cow.....it has been a while since I have been that scared. Finally, after it stopped, this sweet lady riding next to Hannah started talking to her and, in Hannah's words, "made her feel all better". Hannah then asked the guy if she could ride it again, to which he said "Yes!". She seemed to like it much more the second time around.

After Silver Dollar City closed, we came back to the motel and changed into our swimsuits. We played at the waterpark until 9:45, WAY past bedtime. The kids had so much fun. We went to bed wondering what excitement Day #2 would hold.


  1. Glad you guys are getting away!

  2. I thought we were the only ones who have gone to the fish hatchery and liked it. HA! The kids really like it. I hope you all have a blast! It makes me miss Silver Dollar City!