We're winding down Spring Break week. We stayed home the first several days and then took a quick 3 day trip down to Branson. Branson is less than 2 hours away so it's a great quick trip. Now we are being L-A-Z-Y!
Our first day in Branson we visited the Butterfly Palace. You watch a quick 3-D movie and then head into a big room filled with trees, plants, birds and butterflies. I'm still not sure I understand the whole birds and butterflies in the same location, but it seems to work! Butterflies land on you and they flitter around -- quite amusing.
After a bit of shopping we had dinner at Joe's Crab Shack. Sarah spied a steamer bucket photo on the menu which came with two kinds of crab, shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes! She picked a spicy version and even she said it was spicy -- which is saying a lot! When they came to put the "bib" on her she laughed so hard!
On our second day we visited "Ripley's Believe It or Not" which is a museum full of goodies. It was actually much more fun than Kevin and I expected it to be and Sarah really seemed to enjoy it. Plus there was another butterfly exhibit! There was a machine from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a "painting" made entirely out of jelly beans, a real shrunken head (!) and tons of other oddities like the "stomach contents" of a shark that had been caught (which included a 100+ pound boat anchor, over 100+ pounds of metal pieces like screws and bolts, a watch, a leg bone from a mule and two swimming suits)!??!
For dinner on our second night we went to a place called "Mel's Hard Luck Diner" where your server not only takes your order and brings your food, but he/she SINGS! One of the guys working was a top 44 finalist from American Idol (season 4).
Friday morning we were up early to take Kevin and drop him off for a guided fly fishing trip. While he was fishing Sarah and I spent some time shopping and then hanging out at a coffee shop. While shopping Sarah found "the perfect" dress to wear to our neighbor's wedding plus two new pairs of school shoes, a new wallet and two shirts from Hollister. All in all, a good shopping trip indeed!
After we picked Kev up from fishing we were off to Springfield for a lunch of Chipotle and then home for a BIG nap!