Saturday, September 26, 2009

Branson Trip










We just got back from our trip to Branson, MO. and Independence, MO. 14 hours of driving in one day is exhausting! Our trip was wonderful though. We went with friends, Ken and Carolyn. We started in Denver (where I left my nightgown in the bathroom and Chuck his jacket in the closet) and then headed for Independence. We went to all the historical church sites and saw beautiful, lush trees and greenery everywhere. Then we headed for Branson for a week and stayed in our timeshare (gorgeous) and saw a multitude of shows. It was really refreshing to listen to every show and have every entertainer state their love for the veterans, country and God. What a family-oriented place. We never had to worry about what we might hear. There were a lot of "older" people there, but boy were they having fun! (Of course, we didn't fit into that category!). On one day, I won the prize at the first show, the prize at the second show and for the third show that day...I was picked out of the audience to come on stage and dance! (I should have been in Vegas!!!). Sorry if I embarassed anyone who might have been watching! I know I was dying!! Seems like all we did was eat at different places. I HAD MY PICTURE TAKEN WITH BILL MEDLEY and PAUL REVERE and THE RAIDERS!!! Life is complete now. I will never go back to Lake of the Ozarks though...WAY TOO MANY BIG SPIDERS!!! Freaky! One wolf spider had thousands of babies on her back...yuk! We saw fantastic shows - definitely worth it. We'll be going back. A sign I saw in an Amish store is my new thought for life...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Maiden Voyage...OR how to tramatize your grandchildren!





We took the boat out to Deer Creek Saturday to make sure it wouldn't sink!!! The kids got there around 1:30 and we loaded up and took off. Five minutes into the trip, we had one with her eyes shut and one crying. We weren't even going fast. Grandpa slowed waaaaay down and things went smoothly. We pulled into the beach area so they could swim and they had a great time. It was funny watching them try to climb down into the water as if it were 20 feet deep, only to find out it came up to Emily's waist. We had lunch and then took off to the boat ramp to go home. I knew this would come but I had hoped it would be further down the line....I had to back up the truck/trailer to get the boat out of the water. I went down, turned everything around and started backing up....again and again and again. SEVEN trucks went down and pulled up their boats and I'm still repositioning to back up. I even had a stranger come to help me (he actually got me into the water!). I was doing fine I thought, but the trailer had a mind of its own. Oh well....

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Luau






Yesterday we went to our 4th Annual Thanksgiving Point Labor Day Luau. We met our friends, the Valadez' there and had a great time. Where else can you go for $13 and get a fantastic dinner and then be entertained by a professional group of dancers from the islands! It was a perfect night weather-wise and friend-wise. Looking forward to next year. Anyone interested???