Thursday, August 13, 2009

School Days, School Days, dear golden rule days...

After the fastest and BEST summer ever the much anticipated day came. Here are my cuties on their first day of school.

8th grader, 5feet 9 1/2 inches-she made the necklace she's
wearing and is quite proud of it
6th grader starting a new school this year-finally passed me up in height! 5 feet 6 1/2 inches

typical pose for this fun kid-3rd grader

and last but not least my cutie patootie girl-3rd grade

and here they all are-even Sinbad (that's for you Poppa)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nauvoo the Beautiful

I asked hubby where he would like to go for his 50th birthday present. He chose Nauvoo, IL. SO, here are a few highlights of our trip. What a wonderful experience it was to visit these historical/religous sites.

This was the cute little hotel we stayed in....The Woodruff hotel. It was right next to Zion's Mercantile where we ate most of our meals. Yummy soup and sandwhiches.
Right across the street from the hotel and mercantile was this beauty. We got to attend a session where we enjoyed moving from room to room. The murals on the walls are beautiful, the woodwork and stonework are spectacular. We also got to take a little tour, where we saw and learned more about the baptistry, saw Joseph Smith's saber hanging in one of the offices, also saw the apron and slipper of Mary Fielding Smith. A beautiful building with an amazing history.

Another highlight of the trip was this narrated carriage ride. We learned about many of the church members that had land in the surrounding areas and more backround about the happenings in Nauvoo during this time period.

This is Steve in front of the Mississippi river. Quite a feat to cross it, let alone with wagons and animals!

This is the Carthage jail. It is the original building. For me, this was one of the most spiritual places we went. Quite a touching story. The hundreds of senior missionaries, and the many young performing missionaries were wonderful. We enjoyed every minute of being there. Our testimonies were strengthened and we left wanting to do/be better.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

reunion continued...

These are our shots of "work before play" unfortunately we didn't get the pics of the "play" part...we were too busy playing!! Walking on stilts and playing roll the hoop with the stick...Sure am glad I have a washing machine!! Steve enjoyed telling the kids about how he had to wash his clothes like this on his mission in Mexico. He said he lost a few buttons before he figured out that you need to rub from the inside of the shirt.

stay tuned for...trip to Nauvoo!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Wright Reunion at This is the Place Heritage Park

Just returned from a fun trip to Utah for the Wright Reunion. Here are a few of our favorite memories:

We saw this picture of a pioneer family that made it across the plains and thought they were such a handsome group that we took a picture of them....:) teehee
The boys with their cousin Caden. They were resting after a fun game of baseball.

Kinsey joined the family volleyball game. She looks like she may have some natural talent huh?

This was a game of "how many balloons can we keep off the floor at one time.

Shay got put in the dunce seat when we visited the little school house. Hope she gets it out of her system as school starts in just over a week.
Too much to post in 1 be continued.....