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This year we got a vacation

July 28, 2012

It was two years since our last vacation. That meant I hadn’t seen my mother and siblings in that long. The situation with work and moving my mother-in-law down here kept getting in the way so it was nice to have a chance to get away.

Our first getaway was to Branson. This was a first for us. Jim’s uncle let us use his timeshare for a week. I couldn’t imagine being in a place for that long without it being at a relatives but we managed to do it.  We went to craft malls, several shows and tried out different restaurants.

Our second trip was to Wisconsin to see my family by way of Minnesota. We spent about two weeks there. We went to an Amish store and bought bulk foods  and visited with a rug weaver. It got me feeling like getting my loom going. We brought my mother back here and she spent almost two weeks here. I tried finding things for her to do. I took her rughooking with me one day and took her to a sewing class to learn how to make a coiled basket. She started a quilt top and seemed to have a good time.

About a week ago, we all piled in the van to go to a wedding in Omaha. The next day it was back in the van for Wisconsin to take her back home. It is a long trip so we tried to find interesting stops to break up the trip.

We finally got home on Thursday. It was an all day trip with stops in Mineral Point and Madison. I need to find an inexpensive way to break up this trip as doing the trip in just one day takes a big toll. I think we covered 7 states in our travels so far this summer which seems like more than enough. 🙂

 Lewis and Clark Visitor Center in Nebraska City, NE

The basket Mom sewed in the class we took.

The wild flower prairie at Mom’s.

Vacation, continued.

June 20, 2012

Upon our arrival in Branson, we checked into the timeshare Jim’s uncle set up for us. It was a beautiful place. It was hard sitting through the sales presentation the next day, but once that was over, the week was ours to enjoy.

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Tuesday night was a performance by the Oak Ridge Boys. What a fine performance that was. For some reason, we had 4th row seats so we had a good view of it all.

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Wednesday afternoon, we went to the Sights and Sounds Theater and saw a performance of Joseph. The theater was beautiful and the performance included animals and children. It was a very meaningful presentation.

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Thursday afternoon, we went to see Jim Stafford. At 68, he still is funny and a skilled musician. He had his teenage son and daughter who also performed masterfully on the piano. All in all, we saw some great shows.

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I bought a hammered dulcimer from a craftsman at the Branson Mill. He gave me a deal as the top plate had warped some. The tone is beautiful though and he said he would replace it if it became less stable.

Jim ended up buying a used lathe from the same guy. For the last two years, he has been wanting to learn how to make turned pens. Now we just need to find the person who can give him instructions on that.

During the rest of vacation, we drove around and saw where the tornado had devastated the town on Feb. 29th of this year, went to the Butterfly Palace, did some shopping and just tried to enjoy ourselves. We are now back home and life’s problems were there to greet us but hopefully we can handle them better after the break.

A much needed vacation

June 19, 2012

Precious Moments Chapel

Recently, my husband’s uncle offered us the use of his timeshare so we took him up on it and just got back from a week in Branson. I can’t remember a time when we ever took a vacation that didn’t involve going to a relative’s to visit them so this was something different for us.

On the way down, we stopped in Carthage, MO to see the Precious Moment’s Chapel. It is amazing. I got so involved in looking at the art work that I lost track of what it was supposed to represent. If you ever get a chance, you should go. I thought they were so sweet looking.