It’s not actually Dale’s birthday…but he’ll be with his mom on his actual birthday this year so this was his “birthday weekend.”
The first thing he wanted to do was play football. So…we went over to Missouri State where he and Eli had a good brotherly battle. E, of course, couldn’t let Dale win and beat him by one point.
After that, we progressed to something originally planned for today…a trip to Branson. Dale said he wanted to see the Circle B Cowboy Show for his birthday because they would sing to him.
We planned to spend some time at a Family Fun Center in Branson playing laser tag and black light mini golf. A photo of the golf is below.
Now…Eli proved once again he’s one sneaky, intelligent, devious individual. He said he didn’t want to play laser tag and threw a fit when I put the vest on him. He stood just outside the area where you put on your vest and said he wasn’t playing.
So everyone started playing and just left him alone.
And everyone kept getting hit when they ran through the front of the game area.
Eli was just standing there pretending he wasn’t playing while he shot everyone in the back who ran past him.
In the end, Eli finished second out of the six people playing because everyone caught on to his plan with about a minute to go and started avoiding him. Otherwise, he was about to win. He barely missed winning.
Then, it was on to the Circle B Cowboy Show at their new location in Branson to celebrate Dale’s birthday.
Dale was so happy with his cowboy tin cup and that they pointed him out for his birthday.
The new theatre for their show really fits them a lot better. They added a guy who has a Guinness World Record for trick roping and he’s fantastic. But a review is for another time…tonight was all about Dale.
On the way home, he asked to stop at a frozen custard stand to get a cone. So we did.
We were a few blocks from home when Dale said:
“Daddy? Today was better than all the Legos you could have bought me for my birthday.”
Yeah, I almost cried.
Happy birthday, Dale.