Let me see how well I can recount our trip… as short as I can put it. Oh. Pictures we did take–they’ll be coming shortly.
Tuesday: Left at about 7:30, loaded my new game Zumba and onto the laptop and played that a lot in the car. Looked at my story (which I’m starting to wonder if I’ll finish by the deadline). Nathan lost his first tooth. We listened to The Magician’s Nephew and it cleared up a lot of things that I’d been wondering about when we had read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. A rather frustrating but interesting story. Stayed in Santa Rosa for the night. Hotel didn’t have The Food Network. Quite disappointing. Kayla and I stayed up till nearly 1:00 in the morning watching One Night With the King on my laptop.
Wednesday: Uh, we listened to audio version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Loved Edmund’s voice–fit his character perfectly. Typed more story, daydreamed a bit, I think we stayed in Oklahoma for the night. Food Network was at the hotel, glory be, and we got to see Chopped (YES) and Restaurant Impossible with Robert Irvine, who is an absolute hoot. I love that show. By the way, Robert never fails to impress me with his size. He might be a chef but I think he’s a body builder too. I kept thinking, “Wow, I think Thor might meet his match in this guy!” Hahahaha! Sorry, Kayla…
Thursday: Listened to A Horse and His Boy. FINALLY arrive in Branson. We arrive super early at 1:00 PM ( were supposed to check in at 4:00!) but the people at the hotel let us check in early and we got a room super close to the lobby where the stairs was, so that was convenient. After unloading everything (and realizing internet connection was absolute crap) our family decided to check out the huge grounds of our hotel, which was the famous Laurence Welk Hotel, by the way. Dad, Nathan and I decided to swim because the pool was empty. It was this HUGE indoor pool with curves and different depths and a 80 FOOT SLIDE! Holy macaroni, it was so long and twisty! I went down it about twelve times. The kicker was that you had to walk up five flights of stairs so I was tired afterwards.
That night we visited the Titanic Museum. This was the part I had been looking forward too, but sadly THEY WOULDN’T LET US TAKE PICTURES! We were all disappointed, especially me. Anyway, it was cool non the less. There were a lot of reennactors, and they’re not my most favorite things in the world, especially when they’re people you recognize from Vision Forum places. Not sure how many of you are familiar with the people from Vision Forum (I know my church friends are, anyway), but we got to talk briefly with Doug Phillips, as he was reenacting someone and talked pleasantly with us. I’ve met him before actually, but that was back when I was twelve and he probably didn’t recognize us. Anyway, that was super neat. And then in the gift shop, we were nearly run over by the entire Dugger family who clamored in. But they’re famous, so that was cool see them. They didn’t have their film crew with them, though. Anyway, it was late when we got back to the hotel at about 9:00 and I think we stayed up watching Chopped and Sweet Genius.
Friday: The Conference official began. Talks during the afternoon. Dinner at Fudruckers. Music entertainment in the hall in the evening from Charlie Zahm who sings and plays the old ballads of long lost time, but my most favorite of the entertainers from the entire event were the ‘third class Irish lads’ (pictured below, photo credit to Doug Phillips) The four young men sounded awesome when they sang and they played their instruments beautiful. They were certainly my favorite. After music they rolled the old film A Night to Remember, which was really good. It’s credited to being the most accurate Titanic film to have been made! Didn’t get to bed till well near 12:00!
Saturday: The actual date of the Titanic sinking. The big boat ride on the Branson Belle. I was not thrilled at the idea of riding on a boat on the anniversary of a ship that sank… seriously, it sounds so smart, doesn’t it? I was even more alarmed when I mentioned that I couldn’t see where they could keep any lifeboats and Mom said they didn’t have any at all. Kayla said it was probably a sign that we would certainly sink, but thankfully, that didn’t happen. We ate a nice dinner inside an impressive dining room (Like, SUPER impressive.) We ate a nice dinner and there was a lot of musical entertainment. The boat docked back in at about 9:00 and we left the party at 11:00, way before it ended. Notice all the late nights?
Sunday: packed up to leave. We skipped the Sunday Service because they were taking forever to get the thing started, so we just decided to leave. Heard Prince Caspain. We got pretty far on our journey, I did a little writing in the car. Kayla and I were quite eager to be heading home. In the evening we stopped, watched Food Network, stayed up too late on accident. We might have watched Toy Story… I can’t remember.
Monday: Listened to Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Anxious to be getting home, but was super uncomfortable in the car. We ended up stopping early at a hotel– parents and Nathan napped, Kayla and I watched Toy Story 2 on the laptop. Diners, Drive Ins and Dives was the only thing of Food Network, but at least we like the host, Guy. He’s pretty cool chap. Love his blonde spiky hair!
Tuesday. Listened to The Silver Chair. Got home. Dryer broke. Exhausted from lack of sleep. And I don’t think I drank enough water while we were gone. Saw The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe before going to bed. Good movie, review coming soon.
And I am now tired of recounting our trip. I think I shall retire very soon now…