Here's the photo review of our family vacation to Branson, MO. Grammar and Pop celebrated 50 years of marriage this July, and to celebrate they took us to Branson. Which pretty much sums up the way they live. No fanfare about them, just a very generous, thoughtful care of others. It was really a precious week together, a time to reconnect and watch the boys grow in friendship with their cousins. We piled into a big lodge in the Ozarks, and ate our meals around a big wood table with benches filled with tiny cousins and not-so-tiny cousins. I can honestly write that my fear of the teenage years decreased after being around extended family. It was a delight to watch them all interact.
They rode the wild rides at Silver Dollar City. (Jude just barely made the cut for the famed Time Traveller and took that tilting coaster like a man:) Grammar took them on the Tea Cups, and rode the Elephants. They plunged through the log ride and shot water cannons like pirates. We spent a day at White Water, played mini-golf, saw Samson at the fantastic Sight & Sound Theatre, rode go-karts, had a family talent show, hikes through the hills, dips in the streams, Grammar & Pop Trivia...and a lot more.
It was a week full of memories.
And when we loaded up to leave, our hearts really were full of gratitude. Not just for a great week together, but for a couple who choose day after day to love one another through hard days and sweet days. Fifty years of marriage is worth a big celebration.
Grateful we were a part.
Here's your picture overload!
And lest I leave you feeling it was all smiles.... it was mostly smiles....with plenty of melt downs too.
Below you see Asher, throwing an all out fit on top of a golf hole. It was a pretty classic toddler moment, full of volume and flailing. It was caused by a stolen purple golf ball.
Here you see Pop, calling the "Emergency Services" to come and rescue a toddler who was being sucked into a putt putt hole. Uncle Drew was offering hilarious commentary.
Asher didn't find it as entertaining as the rest of us and, eventually, the purple golf ball was retrieved.
Happy 50th Anniversary, Grammar and Pop. It meant a lot that you chose to celebrate it with us all!