Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The kids made tie-dye pillow cases at the activity center, which was a source of great excitement!

The Willises and Betsy came over for dinner at our time share.

Looking at houses!

Playing chess at the hotel's activity center

Park City, Utah! Were staying right next to the ski resort, which is closed, so we're pretty much the only ones here.
We drove through a blizzard on our way to Utah.

We stopped in Wyoming for one night. Apparently its still mid-winter in some places!

Council Bluffs, Nebraska

Sadie, deciding what to bring in her wagon.

A painting of Winter Quarters.

The recently built temple at Winter Quarters

Statue in front of the Kanesville Tabernacle.
We made a quick stop at Winter Quarters in Nebraska.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nauvoo, IL

In the Blacksmith shop.

The main street of Nauvoo. Our Hotel would be directly to the right.

Our hotel room was the Joseph and Emma suite.

Dad and Ben, on the balcony of our hotel room.

Joseph, Emma and Hyrums' graves. The log part of the house just behind it, belonged to Joseph and Emma for a few years during their time in Nauvoo. Then the white part of the house was added onto it later on by Joseph's son, Joseph Smith III.

In the room above the Joseph Smith Store, where the Relief Society was originally organized.

Kalli, at the original well just outside Joseph and Emma's log cabin.

A Statue of Joseph and Hyrum Smith in front of the Nauvoo temple.
In front of the Nauvoo temple

Ben, on the way back to the hotel.

We also went to Carthage jail, Where Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyram were martyred.

Walking along the Trail of Hope: the trail that the saints traveled down leaving Nauvoo, on their way to Ohio. There were about a hundred plaques lined up on the fence along the trail, with quotations selected from the journals of the saints leaving Nauvoo. We found two of our ancestors' plaques, Zina D. H. Young's and Benjamin F. Johnson's.

Mia, Mark and Hunter Busby on the millstones behind the bakery.

In Lucy Mack Smith's house.

At the Brick Firing factory, we heard about how they heated up the bricks to make all the brick buildings in Nauvoo. We got a little souvenir brick too.

At the Family Living Center, we learned how to make rope, candles, bread, pottery, barrels, and quilts in the way the pioneers did it.

We took a wagon ride around Historic Nauvoo and saw all of the different houses and businesses that have been preserved from when the saints lived there.

The Nauvoo Temple