Thursday, July 23, 2015
Friday morning, we said goodbye to my parents as they began their trip back home to Utah. We decided to take our time getting home, and spend a night in Madison. On the way, we drove through the little town in Iowa that Bart grew up in. He loved telling the kids all about places he used to go when he was little. It was fun taking a walk (drive) down memory lane with him!
Back in June, my parents came out here for a visit. It is always so much fun to have them here. The kids absolutely love it! The tail end of their trip, we all drove down to Nauvoo, IL to spend a few days having fun and enjoying the sights.
This was the first time I'd been to Nauvoo (except the time I went when I was two years old), and it was exactly how I pictured it would be. It is a beautiful place to feel the Spirit, and reflect on the sacrifices of so many. It's hard to put into words, but every time I walked into the visitor's center, I felt so close to tears, for no specific reason. It was lovely being there with my family, and I hope that my boys felt touched while we were there like I was.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
I realize that this might not be news to many of you, but a few months ago, we decided to build a new house!
It's quite a long story to tell how we went from saying that we were never going to buy another house in this area, to deciding that we have to buy another house here because we have seriously outgrown this house (think: three boys sharing one room, and sharing the worlds' smallest bathroom), to deciding to build a brand new house. After Bart experienced the joy that is putting in an entire yard when we moved into our current home, we swore we would never build or buy a brand new house again. But breaking those types of promises seems to be a recurring theme in our 12 years of marriage, so here we go again!