About Vacation...

We left Saturday morning 9/20 ON TIME at 5am heading for Branson, MO.
We stopped mid-morning at Pine Bluff, AR & visited their FREE nature center. We had fun exploring the center and then enjoyed a picnic lunch at a nearby park.

Then on to Branson... where we spent a week relaxing, exploring & enjoying our time together...

Sunday: We traveled to Diamond, MO to picnic and explore at the George Washington Carver National Museum

Monday: We played putt-putt golf in Branson (or puff-puff as AJ calls it) and then went on to Eureka Springs, AR to see The Great Passion Play.

Tuesday: The kids participated in the resorts "Stuff & Fluff" activity. They each made animals & picked outfits for them. JC-monkey in a soccer uniform, AJ-unicorn in a princess outfit, AC-elephant in a cheerleader uniform. We also took a walk on the resort's nature trail...

Wednesday: We traveled to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. We learned about trout & local lakes and ecosystems. (It's the homeschool mom in me, I guess, that turns vacation into school-time! Who said learning can't be fun?!?!) We stopped on the way at this scenic overlook (to the left)... I love the mountains!

Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday & most of the day Friday were spent enjoying the sights and rides at Silver Dollar City. AJ has her hand over her face b/c the sun was in her eyes... Oh well, I am no professional...


Wednesday was AJ's 5th birthday so after Silver Dollar City, we went to the Cold Stone Creamery & indulged in the most luxurious ice cream my taste buds have ever had the pleasure of meeting... Pure Joy... Until I got home & realized the scale had moved about 4 pounds in the WRONG direction!! ;-)

We rested Friday evening, loaded the van & headed home after breakfast on Saturday morning. And before we knew it, vacation was over & life was back to normal. Too bad we can't LIVE on vacation...

I couldn't get the pictures the way I wanted them after SEVERAL attempts at editing, so I gave up. Sorry if this post is hard to read, but I hope you enjoy the pictures even if they are a bit "off".

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