Monday, September 1, 2014

Beach Trip ~ Day 4 ~ Fun with the Stars and More

On our last day with Grandma, Papa James, Aunt Naomi, and cousin Grady, we wanted to do something fun before they headed home.  Aunt Naomi wanted to walk around Broadway at the Beach, but it was just so hot that we needed to find some fun indoor fun.  We had noticed a new attraction in that area when we went to the airport to pick up Daddy.  It was one of those attractions that is difficult to miss and really grabs your attention from the outside.  Sort of like the "upside down museum" we tried out last year.  I would say that I think for the money this was actually a better experience for our family.  I think our boys weren't quite old enough to fully appreciate upside down museum last year.  This was the attraction we tried out this year:

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Who could resist this giant King Kong?

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Definitely an "eye catching" attraction!

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Evan wanted a picture with the giant Oscar.

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We actually purchased our family picture with King Kong this year.  The boys will love having that!

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A picture of Evan with King Kong before the facility taken picture.

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Evan and Brody met that beloved comedian, Eddie Murphy.  Probably one of the more true to life sculptures.

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A little "secret" about me -- this is my fantasy crush.  I just love some Robert Downey, Jr.  I think I secretly have a thing for cocky bad boy types.  Total opposite of what I chose in real life, and I think that is a good thing.  Haha!  We do make a pretty hot couple though, huh?

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Me and the boys with our favorite bad boy pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow.

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I wish this one was more true to life because this is probably my favorite actor in my favorite movies, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.  I passed my love along to Evan already.

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Me with my favorite archaeologist hero.

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A fairly new Indiana Jones type hero - Nicholas Cage in National Treasure.

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I had a hot date with Hollywood hunk, James Dean.  I don't think this one is very true to life either (looks more like Matt Damon to me although maybe they look a little alike?).  I do think they got Mr. Presley down pretty good as the soda shop worker. 

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Eddie having a nice chat with the beloved Forrest Gump.  Although I think this looks like Tom Hanks, it does not look much like him as Forrest Gump.  It looks more like him in the present like as Robert Langdon in The Da Vinci Code.

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The always lovable Lucy.

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The boys and I had a blast in the scary section.  Evan has never seen the Scream movies, but he obliged me to pose for this picture with a knife above his head.  

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I just love Brody pretending to be Frankenstein.  Maybe he should be this for Halloween?  Frankenstein was like "I'm not amused.  I do not walk like that."  Consequently, one of my favorite childhood movies was "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein."  Hilarious!  I have tried to find that on Amazon Prime for Evan to watch.  It is kind of hard to get him into watching a black and white movie though.

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Eddie enjoyed chatting with the Tales from the Crypt guy.  Brody was like "Dad, what are you doing with this freaky looking dude?"

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The always alluring Dracula.

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And I let Jason catch me. 

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Then I got to be the bride of George Clooney.  Not a very good likeness in my opinion, but we make a nice looking couple.

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I wanted a better picture of this experience.  The boys wanted to do it over and over.  It was a room where you could actually pretend you were a spy going through a room full of laser security beams.  There were several levels where you had to listen and get through to the next button to push without touching any lasers.  Brody was hilarious trying to do it.

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Evan with one of his favorite athletes, Tiger Woods.  We have actually "met" him and gotten his autograph on a picture we took, but we didn't get a picture with him.  Now, I guess we have.  Haha!

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Evan and Bruce Lee practicing their kung fu skills.

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Eddie with his favorite musical talent.

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And then with his favorite actress/crush.  I think they would make a good looking couple with their big toothy smiles.

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Me and the sexiest batman ever, Christian Bale.  I don't think this is a good likeness either.

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And with Matthew McConaughey.

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Eddie acting the part of the mafia hit man whispering to the Godfather.  He did the kiss too.  Haha!

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Brody being a cute little King Tut.

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Yep, beam me up, Scotty.  Nope, I couldn't resist.

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And of course, me and everyone's favorite vampire, Edward Cullen.

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Eddie met his hero, John Wayne.

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Evan hasn't been officially indoctrinated into the John Wayne fan club yet, but I am sure it will happen soon.  Daddy, Papa and Grandma are all big fans.

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Eddie in his favorite movie with Sean Connery from "The Hunt for Red October."  He can even sing the Soviet national anthem from the movie.  

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Brody enjoyed watching himself dance on the big screen.

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Showing off his moves.

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After leaving the museum, we headed to lunch at Evan's favorite beach place, Hard Rock Cafe.  He always loves eating in the pyramid.  Sadly, I didn't take any pictures.  After we ate, I wanted the boys to get to ride the little Pavilion rides that are kind of a beach tradition for us.  I really wanted Grady to ride too.  Unfortunately, it was miserably hot outside in the middle of the day.  We drove around to that side of the park to avoid the long walk in the heat, but it was still too hot to stay long.  Plus, the ride tickets have gotten ridiculously expensive.  Sigh.  All of the boys got to ride a few rides before we gave up because of the heat.

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Grady loved driving the cars with Brody.

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They both enjoyed honking the horns.

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Smiles from Brody.  

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Evan was excited to drive his own bumper car. 

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And Brody enjoyed riding with Daddy.

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They liked bumping one another.

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Brody just smiled and laughed when they got rammed.

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It was so hot, but they had a good time.

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Head on collision!

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Those boys have so much fun.

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Evan only got stuck against the wall once.

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Daddy was all smiles too.

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Evan is a serious driver.

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Grady gave the motorcycles a shot.  He lasted about halfway through the ride, but I don't think he felt very secure in his seat and had to get off halfway through.  He did really well for not even being two.  

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Brody loved driving a motorcycle...maybe a little too much.

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Don't even think about it, Evan!

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Sweet boy.

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He was being so brave.

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Big kid smiles.

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He's about had enough and started trying to get off.

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Grady liked the carousel more with Mama there to hold him.

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Evan always picks the ostriches to ride.  He says ostriches are very fast.

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I love that Brody was riding the patriotic horse while wearing his patriotic attire.

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After saying goodbye to the rest of the family, we headed back to the hotel to rest.

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  1. Sherry, I LOVE the dress you are wearing in this post. And that Wax Museum looks like a lot of fun. I've never been to one and now I want to go. I'm sorry it was too hot to really enjoy the rides.

  2. I agree with look so cute in your dress! There's a wax museum in Branson and I think we'll have to go next time we are there. Your post made it look so fun!

  3. What a fun wax museum. I like that you could actually "interact" with the wax figures. It's boring to just walk around looking at them. It makes for boring pictures too.

    I also have to agree with the ladies- gorgeous dress. I was thinking that through the whole post, even before I got to the comments! That is definitely your color!

  4. Oh, and I also wanted to mention that I am never brave enough to go to the scary section of a wax museum. It freaks me out too much. I'm afraid something/somebody is going to move.


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