Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cross Country Adventures

Well, we are finally back from our LONG trip to Boston and back. We were helping Cameron's sister and brother-in-law move out to Boston where he is starting Harvard Law school. We started out by flying from Salt Lake to Phoenix and then drove from Phoenix to Boston with a few stops along the way. We had lots of fun and took tons of pictures. I haven't counted exactly yet, but I think we ended up driving through something like 20 states on the trip. 

In the Salt Lake airport getting ready to fly to Phoenix 

In Phoenix on the morning of the first big day of driving
Cameron and his sister in Nauvoo
Nicole and I in Nauvoo
On a wagon-ride tour 
The trees are hallow so Tyler just decided to climb in!
We were able to do a session in the Nauvoo temple while we were there, it was really cool

Joseph and Hyrum
It was pretty much the routine to come back to the hotel each night after a long day of driving and turn on the Olympics for a little while before getting some much needed sleep
We were able to go to Carthage Jail and take a tour

I tried to take pictures of all the states signs along the way, but only a few of them turned out so here are a couple of the better ones.

We stopped in D.C along the way and got to see some good friends of Nicole and Tyler's. They bought us really good/fancy cupcakes that were delicious. 
While we were in D.C we got to go through the Holocaust Museum. It was really interesting to see all the things they had on display there. I think we were there for over three hours, but it was one of my favorite things that we did while we were there. 
The Washington Monument

The Capitol Building
Arlington National Cemetary

We watched the changing of the guards which was another one of my favorite things we did.

Driving STILL (and obviously getting a little bored)

Finally in Boston and unloading the truck (through the window, it was sweet)

Moving furniture
After we helped unpack a little at their apartment, Cameron and I took a bus to New York. It was a long bus ride but so worth it.  This is Cameron in front of the ESPN Zone. It was the first thing we did once we got there and I have to admit it was cool since the Olympics were on.

In the ESPN Zone
We went to a Mets game. These are our scalped tickets. 

On Wednesday Nicole and Tyler came to New York to hang out with us for a day. We went to the Serendipity restaurant where the movie was filmed. They had frozen hot chocolates which I wasn't too sure about at first, but they were way good. 
Central Park
Times Square
We saw The Little Mermaid on Broadway. It was amazing!
Statue of Liberty

We stopped at Ground Zero
The Seinfeld Restaurant 
When we went back to Boston we were able to go to a Patriots pre-season game. It was way cool and lots of fun even though they got crushed. 
We had so much fun on this one-in-a-lifetime trip and are so glad that we got the opportunity to do it. We saw so many things and so much of the country. It was amazing and we have lots of great memories, although we are glad to be back home after being gone for so long. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nursery Fun

I am the senior nursery leader in our ward and last week we had the idea to take pictures of each of the kids in front of the temple. It didn't quite work out as well as I had planned since there were several kids out of town and the ones that were there had a hard time sitting still long enough to get a decent picture. So there are a bunch of pictures of them playing and of snack time and then at the end I put in the attempts of good, cute pictures of them in front of the temple. I love being in nursery and always come home with at least one funny story to tell cameron about something that one of the kids did or said. If you are reading this and you see your child, know I love spending every sunday teaching and playing with them, they actually end up teaching me much more than I teach them I'm sure. 

This is a very popular hat in our nursery
One of the most loved play activities is definitely bouncing on this big ball 
the "hat" again
waiting for parents at the end of the day

Snack time! I couldn't get this first one to turn the right way so here it is anyway
Graham Crackers are a favorite 

We like to just kick back, relax and put our feet up after a hard day at... church?

She is cute and boy does she know it
This is the TEMPLE flower that she picked when we turned our backs for a second. It ended up being a good present to give to her mom though (:
A great picture, one of the only good ones though
Sorry, these are a little out of order but here are a couple more cute ones from snack time

A try at a "group" picture of all the kids that were there this Sunday
She kept closing her eyes on purpose and then laughing really hard when I showed her the picture with her eyes closed
Another pretty good one

Pretty good too