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I figured it was TIME to produce some vacation photos!

Let me say it again, Branson at Christmas is AMAZING! There is NOTHING like it! Let me also warn though, GO DURING THE WEEK. If you go on the weekend, don’t say I didn’t warn you. You will hate everyone around you. TRUST ME. Normal, sane humans LOSE THEIR MINDS on the weekends in Branson, it’s just a fact.

But during the week….sigh….


We had SUCH a good time! We went to Silver Dollar City Thursday AND Friday, and, I am SO NOT KIDDING, it was PURE HEAVEN! It was BITTER cold, but you didn’t even FEEL it! You do so much walking everywhere, that you really don’t feel the cold.


And because we are THAT family…we had to do this…and it only took us 2 tries to get it right! HAAA!


We celebrated Brooklyn’s birthday at Fuddrucker’s just simply because I ADORE Fudd’s…yes. It’s all about me, I guess. 😛 I can deal with that.


At Silver Dollar City, one of the first things you see is this AMAZING, HUGE Christmas tree that is timed with music. The entire square is full of lights and all of it goes with music. It’s amazing. One of the neatest things I’ve EVER seen! I hope this video works, it’s only like a MINUTE long, but SO cool!

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Well pooh, I guess not.  

Anyway, the vacation was so nice, and it was SO GOOD to get away from all the stress I’m under at home. 

One of my FAVORITE photos of the entire weekend:


Just enjoy this coming week with your family.  Remember the good things…forget the bad things, and enjoy each other.



Kind of cool, although honestly, I didn’t think it was cool at the time.  Mike’s water pump (?) is going out on his truck (there’s ALWAYS something going out on that truck though. Grrr) so he has been taking my car back and forth to work, which leaves me with no vehicle during the day, and limited times I can do errands. 

I had decided NOT to make Austin give the box of chocolates to his GRUMPY bus driver in front of all of his friends thus embarrassing him for the rest of his school years, and take the box of chocolates t0 her instead.  My PLAN was to take them to the transportation office early in the morning and just leave them with a card for her to pick up.

Yes, cowardly.  Yes, I’m OK with that. 😉

But apparently GOD had other plans.  UGH…

So I take the box of chocolates with the beautiful card attached to the ribbon it’s tied up with to the transportation office this morning.  But when I get there, I realize the CARD is gone!  DANG IT!  So I quickly grab my pad of paper and write out another note to put with the box.  I get the note halfway written and the pen runs out of ink. WHAAA?  Ok SERIOUSLY NOW! 

I have to go INTO the transportation office and ask for a PEN.  UGH UGH UGH.  I get the note finished and I’m folding it and putting it with the box to quickly leave in the office window and RUN, when in walks….guess who?  No, really…..GUESS WHO! 

Oh YES!  The grouchy sweet bus driver herself!  NICE!  Thanks GOD!  Grumble grumble grumble….

So I hand the box to Ms. Barbara and tell her Merry Christmas and she asks who I was.  (The mom of the young man you like to torture on a daily basis.  The one you screamed at on the phone and then had to call back and apologize to because you realized you were WAY out of line.  The mother of the son you have kicked off the bus more times than I can COUNT for the most ASSANINE things ever thought of on the planet.  Sitting sideways in the seat is NOT an offense to get kicked off for.  OH YES!  I am THAT lady!)  But God, in ALL of His wisdom, seals THOSE words out of my mouth.  😉

Me:  I am Austin’s Mom.

Her:  Oh!  I didn’t think he even LIKED me!

Let me interject a little HUH???  These are probably not words you should SAY to someone else when they are giving you a gift.  SERIOUSLY now.  God, maybe hold Your hand over HER mouth next time too. 😉

So I explained our plan for Christmas and doing 12 days of Giving, the purpose, the reason (sorry Heidi, I left you out and how I copied YOUR idea.  I just left all that out. Heh.).

She got all TEARY on me and actually……gulp……HUGGED me!   REALLY!  She said thank you…and tell Austin thank you….and then Blessed my heart. 


NOT what I was expecting at all!  NOT what I wanted to DO at all either, but God, again, in all of HIS wisdom, brought things about exactly as He wanted them done. 

So there ya go….the sweet bus driver now has her gift.  We did the firemen last night.  Oh yes…we LOVED the firemen!  They are hilarious!

I think that’s all.  Now I don’t know how to end this….uhhh….

That’s all folks!