Monday, November 10, 2008

Silver Dollar City Fun - Part 1

After our stop at Bass Pro Shop, we continued our journey to Forsythe, Missouri where our cousins Sue & Rich live. We sat around their house chatting for the rest of the afternoon and then headed into Branson (a 1/2 hour drive away) for dinner. At Rich & Sue's suggestion, we ate at Mel's Hard Luck Diner. This is the home of the Singing Servers. The wait staff are local talent who actually have to audition for the job by singing. Each waiter or waitress is assigned a section of the restaurant to wait on and they all take turns singing songs. When it's their turn to sing, they put on their music, grab the microphone, and stroll through the restaurant. All of the wait staff were incredibly talented singers. We were assigned to Jason Yaeger's table. Jason was a Top 20 finalist on American Idol in 2007. He was so nice and brought the kids complimentary sundaes, telling them teasingly not to spread the word around. Mia was enchanted and had to get her picture taken with him. Isn't he a cutie?!

After dinner, we strolled through the Grand Village Shops outdoor mall. The mall was adorned with gorgeous holiday decorations, as was all of Branson. The mall was so quaint with unique shops and brick paths. I couldn't resist snapping a photo of Brian and the kids in the oversized rocking chair.
The next afternoon, we headed to Silver Dollar City. Unfortunately the weather was very frigid. We bundled up in several layers of coats and gloves and still felt chilled. Seth had fallen asleep on the drive over and wasn't happy to awake in such cold conditions, so we bundled him up in blankets until he got out of his cranky mood.
The official Christmas tree for Silver Dollar City. It's simply enormous!

Mia gets up close and personal with the local wildlife!

The kids loved playing in the large buildings at Geyser Gulch. There were many kids activities, but they loved the air guns the best. They loved shooting the soft balls throughout the building.

More to come on my next post!

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