Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Branson Family Vacation - Day 1

For the past couple of years, we have had a Branson Family Vacation with Chris' side of the family (mom, dad, brother and sister). This year we went to Orlando Florida, and no we didn't even go to DisneyWorld! :)

Our first day at the resort was spent at the pool, that is when it wasn't raining. Here are some pics of us playing at one of the many pools they had.
This is where we stayed for the week.
Mikah lounging around...didn't last long, just long enough for Chris to take a pic and we were off in the pool.

Gavyn was technically too little to go down this slide, but she really wanted to and so I took her down with me (again against the rules) but it was worth it and I had a TIGHT grip on her...she had so much fun!

Mikah's turn...

Hanging around the pool with Grandma and Grandpa.

This is one of my favorite pictures. They were having lots of fun.

Family pic in the pool! Our week consisted of swimming, eating, being lazy and Universal Studios. It was a great vacation that was enjoyed by all.

Branson Family Vacation - Day 2

Sorry there was a break in posting about our vacation, I tried to get all the days written and posted before we left for San Antonio for a wedding of two of our good friends, but I ran out of time.
So here is day 2: First day at Universal Studios.
This is how we started out our day at Universal and then ended our second day there as well in this exact same spot.
Mikah with his 3-D glasses, we were waiting to see the Terminator show.

Grandpa, Gavyn, Donkey from Shrek, Mikah and Chris! The donkey was funny - when they walked away, he told Gavyn, "Work those donkey ears, girl".

Again, but this time with Shrek.

Chris and I took the kids to play in the Curious George land. We walked in dry and walked out....

Soaking wet! We climbed through the playhouse area and got all the way to the top. Heard a bell ring and then all of a sudden we were DRENCHED. There was a bucket that was filling up and when full, the bell rings and then the water comes pouring out. It was fun and since it was hot, it cooled us off for the rest of the day.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Branson Family Vacation - Day 3

Wednesday was filled with Universal's Island of Adventure. We hit the kids area first, so the kids could get in all the rides. It was great, hardly any lines for the kids rides first thing in the morning!
Mikah outside the Cat in the Hat ride.
In the store...Thing 1 (Chris), Thing 2 (Jeff), Thing 3 (Jennifer), and Thing 4 (Mikah).

Gavyn on the Caro-Seuss-el, she was really happy to ride the kids rides since there were quite of few from the first day she couldn't ride.

Mikah being attacked by the dinosar from Jurrasic Park!

Again, there is something with the Branson family and putting things on your head to get a picture. :) At least the kids are still too young to care that we make them do things like this!

Mikah met Spiderman! Those people at Universal are pretty smart - they have the Super Hero's come down the street on their rides (big 4-wheelers), park them and then go off to their stations for taking pictures. Well Spiderman goes inside the Spiderman store and you can get pictures with him. But an employee is also there to take pictures. The background is white in our pic, but the background in the pic they take has a really cool Marvel comic book look and then there is your kid with Spiderman on the front! You take a look and say how can you not buy the picture...that's when you ask them how much and they say $20. And you as a parent say cool, no thanks. However if you are a grandparent you say okay, I'll take it!!! :) So Mikah has a pretty cool pic of him and Spiderman in his room, thanks to Grandpa and Grandma!

Last pic before leaving for the day. We were all wiped, but put out on our best smiles for the picture Karen (Chris' mom) requested. We were actually surprised it turned out as well as it did and loved that the person who offered to take the pic snapped it at just the right time so you could see all of Universal and not just half of the word or something. It's always a risk, you know!

Branson Family Vacation - Day 4

Thursday was spent fishing, swimming and eating! Grandpa, Mikah and Chris went fishing while Gavyn, Grandma, Uncle Jeff and myself went swimming. Mikah had been talking about fishing for a couple of months and the grandparents bought him his own Spiderman fishing pole.
Here are some pics of Mikah learning how to fish. Getting the pole ready...
Grandpa showing Mikah how to fish.

Mikah trying it out for himself. They didn't catch any fish, but they had fun and there was some quality father/son/grandson bonding I'm sure.

After all the fishing and swimming we were hungry, so we headed to the Worldest Largest McDonald's. The kids loved it...
It's pretty much a McDonald's that has extra stuff on the menu - I had the Frisco Patty Melt, Chris had the Taco Salad and the kids of course had Chicken nuggets! There is also an arcade upstairs, so we let the kids play for bit.

It started pouring on our way back to the resort, so we had to stay indoors and relax instead of going back to the pool. For dinner we went to Giordano's. We always try to hit Giordano's when we are in Chicago, so we jumped at the chance to introduce Chris' parents and brother to the World Famous Chicago Stuffed Pizza goodness!

Pepperoni and Spinach - YUM!

We had planned to go to the "Dive-in" movie night at the resort after dinner, but it was raining, so we didn't get to go. We were bummed and stuffed, so we just hung out/watched tv instead.

Branson Family Vacation - Day 5

Our last day, well morning really, on vacation was spent where? Oh yes at the pool! Chris took the kids for one last swim before we loaded up the van and headed home for the LONG drive. This is our second time to drive (well we technically rode) to FL this year!

Here is a video of Mikah while we were stopped for gas in one of the states between OK and FL...he was so tired he couldn't keep his head up. Poor guy! And then being the nice parents that we are: we captured it on video but then Chris sat down and let him put his head on his shoulder so he could actually sleep. :)