We made a quick trip to Branson this week so that we could visit Silver Dollar City in the fall. The boys enjoyed visiting the little schoolhouse and we got to write on actual slates (like the Ingalls girls) which was really neat. I was surprised at how heavy they were to hold and they are way better to write on than chalkboards.
Josiah was tall enough to ride Wildfire this time and he was thrilled. There were no lines and he was able to ride this with his friend several times. He even rode it later that day all by himself. As I watched him soar through the air on his own, I felt an unfamiliar stir... just the beginning but realizing that we are actually in the process of letting him go and become a man. Certainly, the arrow needs some work before we can shoot it, but nevertheless, I realize that we need to have the bow ready, too. We saw some areas of real character maturity in Josiah on our trip and we were pleased.
This is what Josiah looked like every time he got off the roller coaster... he just grinned like the Cheshire Cat! It was fun to see him enjoy it so much.
Shepard was tall enough to ride this coaster in the kids' area and he especially enjoyed riding with his friend, Jared. Shepard has no fear of coasters, so he is anxious to be tall enough to ride them all.