Since the monsters are on spring break, we decided to take today off from our Evil Day Jobs and plan a little mini vacation for them. They *love* to spend the night in a hotel, and we haven’t gone anywhere since the urgent St. Louis trip last year when FIL was hospitalized. Originally, we planned to drive back to St. Louis and see Grant’s Farm, but two things made us change our mind:
- Possibility of 6 (or more!) inches of freakish snow tomorrow, with a four-hour drive home the next day!
- Grant’s Farm is closed until April 18th.
So we decided to go to Branson instead. It’s only 30-40 min. away, so if the weather gets bad, we can get home without too much difficulty. We don’t go to Branson often because of horrendous tourist traffic and it’s EXPENSIVE. However, this is still the off season, so we found a nice condo-style hotel with an indoor pool just off the strip that was pretty reasonable. We’re going to drive around the lake (free), find a beach so the kids can get close to the water (free), maybe go see the fish hatcheries (I think that’s free too), etc. I doubt we’ll do any shows, because I’m guessing that would cost closer to $100 for a family of 5. Yes, the prices are ridiculous.
Mostly, we’re going for the nice hotel and pool.
We’re leaving sometime today (got to sleep in a bit and bum around the house since we didn’t have a four hour drive!). The only thing I’ve packed?
My reward books. I’m taking:
- Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
- New Blood by Gail Dayton
- Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti
I think that should get me through the weekend. Although I might take one more just to be safe. I don’t read…I devour.