20 March 2013

Spring Break 2013

For the first few days of spring break this year we hit the road and went to Branson, MO. We met my brother David and his quite pregnant wife Dawn there for two of the days. We stayed at a hotel with an indoor water park. I would recommend this place to anyone with kids 10 and under. Our big ladies played and were good sports about it, but, truthfully, they were finished with the water park after the first few hours. The little ladies and Jay Michael couldn't get enough. I didn't take many pictures. Here are a few:

This is a view of the indoor water park (that's Rachel, Charlotte and Samantha, all in black swimsuits).  There was a three story climbing area full of ways to trap and expel the water flowing through it.  The ladies could divert the water into buckets and hoses and dump it on passers by below.  At the top there were slides to come down and do it all over again.  There was a lazy river with innertubes and hot tubs for the rest of us.  Jay Michael was tall enough to go down all the slides alone.  He was quite excited to be taller than the line.
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At the very top of the climbing structure there was a HUGE barrel.  It was constantly being filled with water from a pump that ran through the whole park.  When it filled, the overflow would spill out, ringing a bell.  As that bell sounded, kids from all over would flock to a designated circle on the floor.  When the barrel was overflowing, it tipped all its water on the waiting "victims" below.  It was fun - to watch.
We played minigolf in black light.  If you look closely you can see Jay Michael putting his hand and golf ball in the alligator's mouth.  The paintings were amazing.  Next we played laser tag.  See the group of blue lights in the picture?  That's Jay Michael's back.  The red line is his laser gun.  There were 19 kids in his group.  Rae finished 6th, Samantha was 7th.  Charlotte was 13th, Josephine was 14th and Jay Michael was 19th, but he literally had a blast.  He wanted to play laser tag from the beginning and he loved it all.

We rode go karts.  Lots of go karts.  Uncle Dave was happy to step in and drive.  Rachel, Samantha and Charlotte could all drive alone, but, our littlest two needed a chauffeur.  James paid a dear price for his fun on the go karts.  He didn't get out of bed the next day.  At all.  We rode five tracks total and we did all the big ones - three stories high and full of twists and turns and drops.  Great fun.

We had to go to get ice cream - at Dairy Queen.  Not too exotic, but, hey, we don't have one in AR, so this is a new treat to the ladies.  Another new treat - Krispy Kreme.  How is it my kids have never been to Krispy Kreme?  Poor deprived children.  We went in and watched the fresh ones going through the fryer and glaze-waterfall.  The guy behind the counter handed us one each of the fresh hot ones.  YUM!  We left with two dozen warm donuts and I know the kids loved them because out of 24 donuts, I had two and James had two.  The other twenty were devoured by the ladies and Jay Michael!  On a side note, I remember when we were first married and James had started his first drafting job.  After his first day of work we went out to celebrate.  Where did we go?  Krispy Kreme in Newport News, VA.  I guess the ladies and Jay Michael get their love of warm fresh pastries naturally.
This is the only group shot I have, and it's still missing Dawn, James and me.  This was right after a harrowing wooden go kart track ride.  We cool.
 
We also hung out in the indoor pool, the hot tub (a lifesaver for James) and we spent a day at the outlet mall.  We ate pizza, stayed out late and watched Saturday morning cartoons together in bed.
 
I can only speak for myself, but, I am ready to get back to routines and school and work.  And my own bed.  Breaks are great.  But so is being back home.

3 screams from the fans...:

Amy Anson said...

Sounds like a blast! Our spring break is this week and we have spent its entire time in bed with the flu. Can't win 'em all I guess. What is the name of the hotel you stayed in?

Tina - Ball Team Co-Captain said...

Amy: it was the Grand Country Inn. Your little ones would love it!

Steffan said...

Haha. We were in Branson this past week too and went to the same indoor water park on Monday, March 18th. My parents were with us as well as my sister Torrie and her husband and their kids. What a coincidence! Too bad we didn't see you. It's been a long time. Hope all is well.

Sincerely,
Steffan Williams