Sunday, July 18, 2010

Branson, MO

A co-worker and I took an overnight trip to Branson, MO. this weekend.  If you’re not familiar, click on the link and check it out.  

I’m going to try to write this without it sounding like a commercial. 

I had to go to the Titanic museum; loved it.  It is very informative and interesting.  Before you enter the museum, you get a boarding pass describing one of the real life passengers.  At the end of your tour, you find out whether or not your passenger survived the tragedy.  Ours survived.  Focusing on the fact that these were real people and not just a story was emotional for me and I found myself taking some deep breaths to keep myself together.  There were other factors involved too.

Tony Roi, The Elvis Experience – My co-worker is an enthusiastic Elvis fan.  I enjoy the King of Rock and Roll more than the average person, but I am not a fan of impersonators Tribute Artists.  I have to admit though, he was good.  Here is the undeniable evidence that I was there. 


We also went to a show called SIX.  It was very cool.  Six brothers performing songs Acappella.  Not only singing, but using their voices to replicate the sounds of instruments. 

I choose this video to post because I wanted to mention the fact that EVERY show in Branson recognizes our veterans and does some sort of tribute to them.  This is another thing that tugs at my heart strings.

The rest of our time was spent eating and shopping.  I got some sweet Christmas decorations.

It was a good weekend, but I was ready to come home.  I mentioned before it was emotional.  Our last family trip with Peyton was to Branson.  Peyton & I had been to Branson several times with friends so there are lots of fun memories there. 

One of my favorite Peyton/Branson memories – Peyton was around 12 or 13.  We had come back to the condo and gotten cleaned up and into our pajamas.  We walked next door to where the girls were staying.  The girls were on the pull out sofa bed watching TV.  Peyton runs and lands on the bed telling the girls to scoot over.  They are looking at him like he is crazy.  He says “come on, we can paint our toenails and talk about our feelings.”  His mind was so quick and he was never at a loss for words. 

I miss you Peyton Douglas Jackson, even in Branson.


Dar said...

I remember you telling that Peyton story before and I love it! Glad you had a great time even with the bittersweet. You and your friend are smiling so big that believing its 'Elvis' is easy!

Cortney Parker said...

I love going to Branson! I am very much like you in the sense that I have some of the greatest memories of my dad there! We would go do Branson every year a few times at least! He always wanted to play putt-putt with all of us kids so now everytime we go me and landon each pick our favorite place to play! Great memories!!

Kelley said...

I was in Branson this weekend too. We went to Silver Dollar City and to see the show Noah. It was awesome.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Sounds like a great trip! Isn't it good to get away? Jackie

Kay said...

Sounds like a great trip. We've been to Branson several times, but oddly enough, we've never done any shows. The shopping and eating are great there.

Now THAT is a funny Peyton story. LOL I know what you mean about feelings creeping in... happens to me at the strangest of moments sometimes. Hang in there. : )

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I can't believe he "got" all that at only 12 or 13 years old! That totally cracks me up just thinking about it.

I'm glad you went to Branson. Sometimes it's good to get that first trip back to somewhere over with... So the next time you go, you won't constantly be saying "the last time we were here..."

Love you, girl. Praying for you tonight!

Jennifer said...

I have read this post several times since you posted it - and have wanted to comment - but for some reason this one really strikes me. I love your memory of vacations with Peyton and admire your courage of visiting some of your favorite spots even now. Not sure why the vacation memories are so difficult to "redo" many happy, fun and funny times and such a large reminder of who is missing and not the same. I don't know - but it is a struggle area for me.

So glad you had a great time. Branson is definitely on my list of places I would like to visit - really sounds like somewhere we would enjoy:) And that Tyler would have loved as well! sigh

Hope you are having a great week - Happy Monday!