Friday, November 27, 2009

A Branson Christmas

The girls were SO tired of being in the car. We let them go a little wild in the hotel room.

Afternoon siesta at the hotel room before heading to the Dixie Stampede.

We also went to see the Trail of Lights. Neat and expensive.

We took the girls to Branson last weekend. We have taken them to the Dixie Stampede before and they loved it, so we thought it would be a good idea to take them for the Christmas Program at the Dixie Stampede. Olivia wasn't too excited about the pre-show. She leaned over and said that she wanted to go home. But once we got inside where the horses were, she was enchanted. We sat on the bottom row right by the door where the horses entered and exited the arena. My first thought was, "crap, now the dirt is going to fly up in our food" And I was right.  It was a really neat show.  We did some shopping and the girls had their first trip to Build-A-Bear Workshop. Abi made a monkey and dressed it up in a cheerleader outfit. She named her Liz. Makayla made Frosty the Snowman and dressed him up in a St Louis Cardinals Jersey. We came home on Monday and Memaw came up to watch Abi and KayKay for a couple of days becasue they were out of school.

The girls had to take a break and ride the Arthur school bus while we were shopping.

Abi's request was to eat at Joe's Crab Shack because she loves getting the rice krispie treat that is shaped like a crab. It comes with caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, and strawberry sauce.

We went to Newhope for Thanksgiving on Wednesday. Alex's family had their get together on Thursday at his Granny's. His sister, Becky, and her family were up from Louisiana. It was so good to see them and her kids have gotten so big! Becky has three girls, Alyssa, Victoria, and Hannah, and one boy, Paul. We then went to my Memaw's that evening. We got to see a lot of family and it was wonderful. Memaw got to see all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren except for Josh and Josh Taylor. I think it meant a lot to her. Shirley and Coy were also in and we love seeing them!

Becky's two youngest daughters and our girls at Big Granny's for Turkey Day.

All of the grandaughters!

Playing at Memaw's

Sometimes the family gets a little too close.......

The girls stayed with Nana and Poppa while Alex and I came home Thursday night. We got some Christmas shopping done today but it has been very odd not having the kids home. I think this is probably the first time we have been child-free since the girls came to live with us. All of the Turkey Day decorations are gone and the Christmas decorations are up.
Alex and I are heading back to Newhope tomorrow for my Granny's Thanksgiving get together. We are ready to see the girls too. I know they had a great time with nana but life is just not the same withouth them around. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

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