Saturday, October 8, 2011

Vacation Crashers?

I've crashed a few weddings in my first being my dear friend Goose's sister's wedding. So, it only seemed appropriate that my first family vacation crashing be with the same people :)

Unfortunately for the last few years my Goose (there is a story behind the nickname and no I am not her Maverick nor does it have anything to do with Top Gun) has lived hours away and we haven't had the chance to see each other as often as we would like. So, as summer approached we made a phone date to make plans for a mini vacation to get some much needed Goose time. :) As we looked at all the weekends we realized that we were both too freaking busy...and Goose couldn't get much time off work and she was already taking time off for her families annual Branson trip. As we were talking Goose joked that I should just join them at their family reunion. We joked back and forth for awhile, before she was like " could come" It took me only seconds before I said "what the heck...why not." I mean as long as her family was okay with it :)

Of course Mama and Papa Goose said I was welcome to join in on their family reunion festivities in good ole Branson Missouri...

Our adventure began in Neodesha, KS with some long lost college friends. Devin aka Steffan was one of my very favorite people from Pitt and when he found out we would be in town for the evening he invited us out for drinks. Despite the fact that it was late by the time we got in town AND we had to be up early for a 3 hour car drive I convinced Goose we just HAD to go...just for one drink ;) As we got ready to leave her parents house, her mom made us promise not to whine the next day during the drive to Branson. Of course we agreed and headed out. Well....many hours, beers, and fireworks later we finally arrived back at the Goose household...needless to say Mama Goose was not happy with our late night adventure :) But don't worry...we didn't complain once :)

What Branson trip is complete without "Riding the Ducks"? We of course justified this trip by saying Kate, Goose's neice, really wanted to go :) While waiting for our duck we hung out with Kate and colored these beautiful pictures.


This is the picture they took for us as we boarded the duck...I ALMOST bought it because of the face Goose is making...Amazing

Day 2 was a trip to Silver Dollar City, the happiest place on earth...or maybe that is Disney? The night before Goose and I made our plan of attack. We were determined to ride EVERY ride that day....however after the swings of doom, I wasn't so sure I made a wise choice. These swings in kiddie land are the devil...I thought the ride would never end. I will never be getting back on these puppies again.

After the swings we needed a little break, and as we were sitting and people watching we saw this dad with his daughter on his shoulders. Cute right? Not when she is 13 and my size! I wish I could have gotten a better picture.

Still recovering and watching Mama Goose and Kate ride the roller coaster.

This ride was also a bad decision...I felt very sick afterwards! Spinning in circles is not for me.

Judging from the last two rides you would think I was a big baby when it game to rides...however Wild Fire and Powder Keg were my absolute favorites! I like going fast...but not while spinning in circles!

I also do not like the swing...I get naseous swinging on the swing sets at school, not sure why I thought this would be okay.

Branson in July is really hot, so needless to say Goose and I did not meet our goal of walking all over the theme park and riding all the rides. We spent the last half of our day in "Scary Christmas Land" with the giant Santa drinking our snow cones :)

Vacation crashing is almost as fun as wedding crashing, hopefully the Willard family will bring me along next time :)


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