It took all summer, but we finally did it. We played Branson visitor not just for an evening, but for an entire long weekend. Yes. We rounded out our summer vacation with a visit from our family from Texas. In my book, this is the best reason to get out an enjoy all that Branson has to offer.
And we did.
My nephew and his parents arrived in the afternoon, and by the time we finished dinner at our house (yes, I actually cooked a “welcome meal”), there were strong rumblings of the need to visit Andy’s Frozen Custard . . . that night!
So, we loaded up and headed that way. Oftentimes, we disappoint our children by “only” allowing them to get the kids’ sundae. But, that night, we lost our minds and let them (each) get a full-blown concrete. Of course, all of the parents had to indulge as well. It being summer time, I had to get my very favorite seasonal treat . . . the key lime pie concrete. Yes, there is actually a full piece of key lime pie blended up in the custard. I know that seems a little overboard, but trust me, it is anything but overboard. It is perfect! And by the way, we were all left speechless when the Andy’s employee who took our order (without writing anything down) got all SEVEN of our orders just right! Very impressive!
Then, we headed over to the sitting area at the Heavy Metal High Rise where we finished up our treats:
And where the kids “rocked” (this one actually scares me a little bit!):
Then it was time to have some more fun. The kids chose to head over the the Bumper Cars (clearly there was some pent-up aggression they needed to release!). None of us parents rode, but we did have a great time watching the three of them gang up on one another (all in good fun, of course!):
Then, it was time to ride some go-karts! They are ready to go!
During the ride, my youngest daughter, in her understated and unassuming (yet totally intentional) way, found the perfect speed and track position to prevent both her sister and cousin from passing her. Of course, this drove them crazy.
But her aloof reaction to them after the ride was over drove them even more crazy! “You knew what you were doing – you wouldn’t let us pass you!” they protested. “What are you talking about? I was just enjoying the drive,” she replied with a poker face. I had to chuckle.
We called it a night (hoping that by now their sugar-high was wearing off!) and headed home. We had big plans for the next day and wanted to get everyone in bed at a reasonable hour. Ha Ha. I’m sure you can guess how that worked out 🙂