Friday, July 21, 2017

Family Vacation {As in...the WHOLE Family}


Mid-July found us in Branson, MO, with most of my entire family - my siblings and their families and my mom.

If you want to do the math, that's 11 adults and 21 kiddos - 32 people total! Sadly, my youngest brother and his wife weren't there, but they had a good excuse. My SIL gave birth to their first baby the day after our reunion started!

As always, it was a blast to vacation together with family (although we always miss dad tremendously). Usually when we're all together, we meet up at home in Kansas, and while there are logistics involved in those family gatherings, that's nothing compared with the logistics needed to take 32 people on vacation! My SIL Krista worked wonders in organizing everything with mom.

This is the second year mom has gifted this reunion to the family, and it was our first year to take C. I plan to write another post about that!

So, before I inundate this space with pictures, the recap goes like this:
  • Wednesday night we all arrived in time for supper and swimming
  • Thursday - Silver Dollar City all day
  • Friday - boating/tubing/kayaking all day
  • Saturday - more Silver Dollar City during the day and Moses at Sight and Sound Theatre in the evening
  • Sunday - water park / buffet supper at Golden Corral (seriously the biggest highlight for some of those boys!)
  • Monday  - the long trek home (long for us Michiganders - we were a little jealous of the Kansans' shorter drive!)
The trip begins...lots of stops on this leg of the trip.
The condos we stayed at were beautiful - very close to the pool, lake access, completely furnished with anything we could need.
Here's the whole gang at Silver Dollar City!
 C liked watching some of the water rides.
 He was a pretty big fan of amusement park food!
 Don't worry...a lot of sharing happened with these funnel cakes. Each kid didn't get a whole one!
 J and one of the cousins
 Matt and J ready to tube
 Tweety tubing with a cousin
 Mom and me



Mom with all the grandkids - just missing the newest one!
Sometimes, after a long day in the sun, a little Tolkien in movie form is in order!
Ever since he saw a commercial, this boy has been dying to try Mac 'n Cheetos at Burger King. Since friends from church gave the kids some treat/travel money, we told him he could get his wish! We stopped at a Burger King on the way to Branson, but they were sold out (who knew they were so popular), but on the way home, we found a Burger King that had them in stock. He was happy!
 When Tweety travels, her menagerie of cats tags along!
We had an amazing time and are so thankful to mom for such a fun family gift! The only downside is that these vacations make me miss  mom and the rest of the family so much!

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