Every year for as long as I can remember, the girls in my family would pack up and drive to Branson for a weekend of shopping. The boys would always head to the duck cabin. It's a tradition that we've carried on even as our family has gotten bigger. We usually get two condo's and all pile in. People sleep on the floor, on the couch, share the beds, and we bring pac n plays for the babies.
Our first stop in Branson was The Landings. We always go to Belk's first, even though we all have one, then we head down and go in the shops, take in the sights, and do lots of shopping!
This year, they had a little train and Gee let the girls ride.
Gretchen was so excited to get to ride in the front of the train.
Amelia was going to ride with her, but she refused to have the man buckle her seat belt, so she sat with Gee and Meggie. Meggie was too scared to ride by herself, so Gee rode with her.
I love that every time Gretchen gets to ride in something she waves as if she's a princess going by!
After the train ride, we walked down to the Bass Pro Shop. I let the girls color a picture, and I wanted Megan to have a chance to see Santa before we actually took her the next day to see Santa.
Poor Meggie needs to get warmed up to the idea of something before it happens or she freaks out a bit.
After shopping at The Landings, we had dinner at Panera and then checked in to the condo for the night. The girls had a bath and my sister in law and I went to Wal-Mart to pick up some necessities. Like wine.
The next day, we headed back to The Landings to have pictures made with Santa…. i'll have to get those posted soon! I'm so pleased with how they turned out! We also lucked out because it was Toys for Tots day, so we each brought a little toy and received a free package of pictures from Bass Pro.
Once our Santa pictures were done, we grabbed lunch and headed to Tanger mall for shopping.
Gee bought Meggie a new doll.
(Gretchen bought a Frozen play set for herself with her spending money.)
We shopped all afternoon, and then around 5, went back to the condo to freshen up for dinner.
My mom and her friend, kept all of the kids and us "younger mom's" went out for a girls night!
We went to Cantina Loredo for dinner and it was so yummy!
Big cousin Hannah came over to help babysit as well, and the kids made reindeer ornaments! We knew they'd be in good hands with a registered nurse and a former preschool teacher taking care of them!
Aunt Jan also got some cuddle time in with Miss Adalyn.
On Sunday, we packed up the cars, and headed to The Grand Village. I wanted to go to their Christmas store to pick up a 1st Christmas ornament for Adalyn.
We had the girls take their picture by the giant wreath.
And Megan and Gretchen had their picture made with Santa again.
We ate lunch and then went back to Tanger mall to pick up a few last minute purchases, and then the girls and I headed back home.
Megan slept for over an hour in the car while Gretchen watched a movie. Addy was an angel and slept too! We stopped in Joplin for a bathroom break, to fill up on gas, and so I could feed Adalyn, and then we finished our drive home!
It was so good to be back and to see DJ again! It also meant that football season was officially over and we could start celebrating Christmas and the five of us would be able to spend lots more time together! It's always a blessing to get daddy back home again!
Oh, and our Elf on the Shelf showed up, so stay tuned for his shenanigans!