28 July 2012

Visit with Nana and Papa, July 2012

Usually, twice per year, we have an opportunity to visit Brian's parents (the boys Grandparents) in Missouri.  We visited last week and had a wonderful time together!

A Springfield, Missouri tradition: Pineapple Whip.  I was a Pineapple Whip virgin until this week.

One of our favorite summer traditions with Nana and Papa is attending a Springfield Cardinals baseball game.  This is our second minor league baseball game of the season and we love it!

Oliver really seemed to "get" the game this time.  He loved watching how fast the men ran and watching the numbers flash up on the monitor telling us how fast the ball was being pitched.  But what really seemed to get Oliver's attention during this game was his hope for a fly ball:

Sweet boy kept his arms up in the air for quite awhile.  He kept thinking at any minute, a ball was going to come flying his way.

He went home empty handed.  But, just as he patiently waits for a tornado to come to his house, he will patiently wait to catch a fly ball next time.

Since Nana and Papa live near Branson, they wanted take the boys to the Silver Dollar City theme park, where we had a lot of fun.  One of the things I was most excited about experiencing was the Wallenda Family Circus.  I didn't realize until we were sitting well into the program that Nik Wallenda (top left) is the guy who just tightroped across Niagra Falls last month.  What was almost as impressive was the lady in the chair who stood on the chair which was on top of the two men on bikes who were balancing on a tightrope with no net below them is Nik's mom, Delilah!  Nik is in his early thirties so his mother must be in her fifties.  Apparently, Karl Wallenda, Nik's great-grandfather, died in 1979 after falling from a tightrope in Puerto Rico.  He was 73.  Really cool to experience this 7 generation family of the Flying Wallendas.

After the Circus, we enjoyed riding the Silver Dollar City Train where there was a train "stick-up." 

The boys were pretty precious...they bordered on believing it and realizing it was a joke.  Either way, they enjoyed being "robbed."  Brian gave them each a quarter so that the "robbers" were able to take money from them (and give them a high-five).  The money went to charity.  It was all really cute.

Thankfully, the train conductor ended up getting control of the situation and we were back off on to our train ride.

But more exciting than the Wallenda Family Circus or the Train stick up for Oliver was his first roller coaster.  It may have been small but it was a roller coaster nonetheless.  We tried to get him to go when we first go to the park but he was too frightened.  By the end of the day, though, he was ready and confident.  First, he went with Mommy.  Then, he went with Nana.  He was very proud of himself.  And, knowing that he still struggles with high anxiety on a daily basis, we were so very proud of him!

This was also Bennett's first roller coaster.  Bennett is fairly fearless so it didn't surprise us that he wanted to join the ride, too.  Don't let the picture above fool you, though.  Bennett's crying when he got off the roller coaster wasn't because he was scared.  It was because he wanted to go again.  :)  However, it was the last ride of our day so it was time to go home.  Bennett was less than thrilled with that decision.

Oliver and his Papa

Bennett and his Nana

We had a great time in Missouri, despite the Texas-like heat.  Thank you, Nana and Papa, for the good food, the fun activities and for the multiple free babysitting/date nights you gave Brian and me!!  We love you guys and look forward to seeing you again soon!!


  1. Breck - I was Scared. To. Death of the Silver Dollar City train ride when I was little. I would cry forever when they would "rob" the train. It's so fun that your family gets to do it too! Gotta love Missouri ; )

  2. LOL!!!!!!!!!!! on the Bennett crying picture. And only because I have one just like him. :)


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