Thursday, September 10, 2009

Labor Day

We had a great Labor Day weekend and I would have blogged about it sooner, but we forgot our camera in Palmyra. Without pictures to use, I kinda got lazy with the post. I still don't have the camera, but I figured I can't really wait anymore and I'll just post the pictures when we get the camera back.

So we went to Palmyra, New York with our friends Ryan and Kristy. It was a lot of fun. Our first stop was the Hill Cumorah where (for those of you who don't know) Joseph Smith received the record he translated into The Book of Mormon. It is a massive hill and I am proud to say that I walked up it with Ryan and Kristy while Nathan drove the kids up it. When I have the camera back, I'll post the pictures of the family, kids, and flowers at the Hill. There is also a Visitors' Center there where we got to see the Christus (huge statue of Christ) they have there and go through their interactive displays which I don't think they had last time we were there.

Next stop was the Smith Farm. We got to see the cabin where they lived and the house that they built and lived in for only a short time before they had to sell it. Right across from the house is the Sacred Grove where Joseph as a young boy went to pray and ask which church to join. I would have liked to go in the grove without the kids so I could feel the wonderful spirit there a little better, but time didn't really allow for that. Nathan and I decided to let Ryan and Kristy go in without us though, since we didn't want our kids bugging them, too. We tried explaining to the kids the importance of the grove and how they needed to be reverent, but they are kids and can only be still and quiet in the outdoors for so long.

After lunch at a fun park we stopped by the Grandin Building which is where The Book of Mormon was printed. We got a tour of the building and got to hear the history of how The Book of Mormon was printed. This is where we left the camera. Thank goodness the sister missionaries found it! After looking everywhere on Sunday for the camera, I called them on Monday and the sister missionary I was talking to said, "We've been waiting for you to call!" They are holding it for a friend of ours in Buffalo to come get it. I'm using this as a great excuse to drive out to Buffalo and visit her. I haven't seen her in Y-E-A-R-S. Probably since high school graduation. And, no. I won't tell you how long ago that was.

Anyway, we are back; we are camera-less; and in slow-mo for blogging without the camera.


Ry and Kris Jones said...

Oh how did we ever survive without our cameras?! I'm SO SO SO SO glad that you found it. I was worried sick about it. It was so fun going with y'all. Thanks for the fun trip :). Love ya.

rachel said...

You had me at Palmyra! :) What an incredible experience. I would LOVE to travel there. It is my goal to take the church history trip someday! I've missed reading your posts. Glad you found your camera!

katie said...

So glad you're taking advantage of living in Ohio. Palmyra is awesome; that is somewhere I'd like to take all of my boys. Thanks for your blog, I love reading it.

JerieH said...

We love going up there too. We went a couple years ago with some friends and Kurt took some awesome pictures of the Sacred Grove. I still like to pull that book out and look at them when I need a lift. Just looking at the pictures brings the spirit into the home.

Paul, Cammie Jo, and Raegan said...

How fun and neat to be close enough to do those sites! I still haven't been back there. Your kids are growing up and dang cute! How much school is left for Nathan?