Life in Branson has been so good but we are so exhausted that I feel that we haven’t enjoyed it as much as we could! I actually feel kinda guilty because the people in Branson have been so good to us and I’m worried that I haven’t been that responsive. We are kinda pooped! (Pardon my language) Traveling has been super fun and we feel very blessed to have been able to jump at this opportunity (I say jump because it took a huge leap of faith and it happened very quickly) however it has also been very nerve wracking and exhausting! Carl has just found a job wherever we went and for the first little while it worked out perfectly. Lately it’s been a bumpy road!
He was out of a job for a while and at the same time we were fixing several truck problems that cost a total of about $3,000 and then we had the problem with our trailer tires. No matter what has happened though we have always been able to pull through. I’m just still learning to not bite my nails in the process of waiting to see how things turn out. In the end though they always turn out. Onto Easter!
Easter wasn’t that long after we settled into Branson and so we didn’t have much time to plan for it as we were planning a move instead. But one day we bought some Easter baskets and eggs for the Easter bunny to stuff and we decided to have a last minute Easter egg hunt.
I think the kids had a blast but I couldn’t help but notice it was quite a lonely Easter compared to what we are used to! We are normally surrounded by family for these holidays and it was weird for it to be just us.
If you have been following our blog you know that we have been trying to eat healthier so we put stuff like Chex mix, and goldfish in our eggs. However some peanut M&Ms did slip in there as well! Hence the word “trying” although I gotta say compared to past attempts we are doing pretty superb!!
Our loot from the Easter bunny
The night before Easter we planted jelly beans and we woke up to suckers growing outside!! This only works the night before Easter though. Fair warning: If you share this tidbit with your children it will be a forever tradition from then on. Lol. Easter was simple but good. After all simple is what we signed up for when we moved into a trailer with a family of 7. Not simple in nature per say but simple in the fact that we own less stuff.
Several weeks after Easter we got invited to go to a church activity by “Faith Life Church” called “Celebration Sunday”. It happens once a year. They set up large color coded tents with items inside of them and everyone gets a bracelet corresponding to a tent color with a time on it. When your time comes up you go to your color tent and get in line and get to go inside and pick out whatever you want for free. After you have sat through 3 hours of church service of course. The kids looked forward to this all week! I forgot to mention they also have carnival rides, carnival games, pony rides, face painting, and lots and lots of food. All for free! Were we lucky or what to have been in Branson at the time this was going on and to have been invited?!
Oh he had a blast on this thing!
Kylee actually reached the leaves and pulled some down!
Morgan was the first to go and conquer a flip! She got a great applause!
Jaidyn got on and immediately started flipping and didn’t stop until she got off!
What a kind soul! That costume has to be hot!
He was such a big kid! He went straight to the ride operator when it was his turn and waited to be lifted up
Technically Jaidyn was a bit too tall for this ride but she was so excited he let her go
Kylee and Morgan at the bounce house race!
The kids and Carl played a ton of carnival games while I waited in the super long line for the flipping contraption. They kept winning stuff over and over again. It was getting more and more embarrassing as our wagon filled with blow toys and stuffed animals! They were excited though! It was fun to see them succeed and come back with their treasures! We went home exhausted and with way more stuff than needed.
So I haven’t told you about our move. A lady in our ward invited us over to dinner and while there her mom told us of a maintenance job at an RV resort in town. We checked it out, loved and Carl got hired. We moved the next day! So we are now at a place that has an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a clubhouse, laundromat, bathhouses (which really convenient after the pool because we can all shower at once), a theater, an arcade room, a library, a ticket office, and a miniature golf course! To say the least we haven’t really left home!
A snake slithered across the ground right after I took this picture. Gross.
A small section of their miniature golf course
Sadly I haven’t really gotten any pictures of our adventures here. I blame “Marco Polo”. I keep sending videos to family and I forget to take pictures! Speaking of videos though…Our first night there we went to a dance. Boy did the kids have fun!
Eventually Carl James got up and joined them. Everyone (Carl and I especially) was very proud of him! He got a few compliments and pats on the back!
It a was a good experience for them! We were basically immediately known to a large majority of the RV park. Comments went like this when we had the kids with us “Oh! It’s the dancing kids!”Then when they weren’t with us Carl or I got “Oh! You’re the one with all of the kids!” Carl heard from others “Oh! You’re the one with the loud car?!” After that Carl suggested I drive the truck around the park and he take the car to work. I laughed and consented. He works at the park but drives the car 3x in the day. On his way to work, back for lunch and on his way home. The kids and I go all over the park! We have had a blast! Especially when Carl had to empty the outside pool from the rain to get it ready for summer! There were a ton of tadpoles and frogs. Naturally we brought them home. We only kept the frogs for a little bit because they needed to eat so we let them go. The tadpoles would have died anyway and we could feed them!
It’s been so cool to the tadpoles grow legs! We went to the library and got books on frogs and tadpoles. While there I searched for books to learn Latin and actually found a Latin tutor! So I have been taking classes!
Keegan in front of the Keeter Center, by the college
Carl drove me there the first time and let the kids play out in front of the college. It’s beautiful there!
Missouri has been really good to us. Actually I take that back! The people have been really good to us, the RV resort has been great. Missouri has been a miserable. First of all we have removed several ticks from each kid….
Exhibit A: That is not a freckle above his ear
Second of all it’s super expensive. Third of all we had to gather into the theater room the other night at 1 a.m. because of a tornado! That being said, things could be worse! We were safe from the tornado and the flooding and although it is expensive we are not starving! Neither are the bugs! Ok. Sorry. I just had to say that. I’m itching like crazy! Where I have bug bites and where I don’t! We deal with them so much that I feel they crawling on me even when they are not. Okay so gross story! I was picking up outside the other day and our camping chairs were laying on the ground so I picked one up and like 20 plus cockroaches scattered around and ran away while like ten stayed on the chair! Yuck! Did I mention there are a lot of bugs here? It doesn’t help we parked under trees!
Oh the fun we are having in so many unique ways! Speaking of that I couldn’t find Keegan for a minute the other day. I knew he was outside but I walked around the whole perimeter of the trailer and didn’t see him! I was getting worried. Then I found him here…
Keegan hiding under the trailer
He hiding under the trailer! The kids were playing hide and seek earlier and I he wanted to play again. He did a really good job because the whole family was looking for him and calling him and he remained perfectly silent! He keeps me on my toes!
What crazy hiding place have you “lost” your kid in? We’d love to hear your funny stories in the comments below.
A new discovery of mine. Have you tried lemon shake ups before?
I loved it! Cheers to you all!