Mark, Jennifer, Ethan, Emily

This blog is about our family, who have dealt with the loss of two sons with Muscular Dystrophy, the adoption of a son diagnosed with Agenesis of Corpus Callosum and the birth our a healthy little girl. It's a crazy life, but we are loving it.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Branson Trip, Post #1

We are officially back from Branson, Missouri! We had a wonderful time. Mark and I were very excited about this vacation. We haven't had a real vacation since 2003. It was time.

Around 5am on Monday morning, we packed up the car, grabbed the kiddos and was out the door and on our way out of Texas.

Emily all smiles while traveling.
Mark was so good at stopping in each state so momma can get these cheesy pictures made.

Before we left, I made the kids a snack box for the kids in case they wanted a snack on the way. This saved us from having to buy snacks on the road and saved us money, too.

I bought a couple of containers with dividers at the dollar store and filled it with granola bars, fruit snacks, PB crackers, Cheetos, cookies, juice and little bottles of water.

After 12 long, long, long hours, we made it to Branson, Missouri.

We checked into our hotel, which was across from the Hollywood Wax museum. The kids loved seeing this.

We spent the next two days at Silver Dollar City.

The first ride we rode we saw the kids were tall enough to ride. So, we blindly went through the opening, walked through the maze of ropes and up the stairs to the ride, not knowing it was a roller coaster. When we found out what it was, I looked at Mark and told him I didn't think Emily would want to ride. She said she did. We tried to explain to her it was a roller coaster. She insisted. We told her what what might happen. She said she wanted to ride. We said ok.

After the ride, she cried and cried and cried. She was scared to death. After that, we had to coax her onto all the other rides. But, it was so sweet to hear her daddy talk to her on the rides where they rode together, and comfort her, telling her he would hold on to her and that there was nothing to be afraid of.

After the roller coaster

I told her to smile and say "I survived my 1st roller coaster ride!"

All smiles on the teacups.

My sweet babies.


  1. Awww it looks like so much fun! :)

  2. What a fun trip! I love the idea of taking a picture in front of each state sign. I'm going to start to doing it!