Friday, July 31, 2009

25th Getaway

For our 25th getaway, Dave and I took a couple day trips when the house was empty. (Julia and Andrea in California visiting grandparents, Daniel working in New Mexico, James in California on his mission, Erika working in Milwaukee, Kara in Denver with Luke and Jacob.) We visited some interesting spots within an hour of home.

The first place was Londontown--a pre-Colonial town on the Chesapeake Bay--which was first discovered about 400 years ago by John Smith. Dave is standing by a reconstruction of an early home that was rebuilt on its' original site.

Near Annapolis, the Londontowne Museum and gardens overlook a gorgeous view of the Chesapeake Bay.

We then drove down the Eastern Shore and walked around a little on the sand, and looked at antique shops.

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Then we ate dinner at a nice restaurant in Annapolis and enjoyed the night lights on the water.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Julia's Trek

Trek is a youth activity that occurs once every four years in our area (so each youth does it once). It's a reenactment of the trek that thousands of Mormon pioneers took across the plains from Nauvoo, Illinois where they were driven out to the Salt Lake Valley.

Julia with her friends as they set out.

Julia's trek was July 22-25--in itself eventful as the first main group of pioneers entered Salt Lake on July 24, 1846, and one of her relative's was a scout for Brigham Young, who actually arrived July 22 that year and had began planting a crop before the main group of Latter-Day Saints had arrived.

The youth wear pioneer clothes and are limited in their gear and food. They push a hand cart all day the first day in the humid summer heat. The next few days involve other pioneer activities like a hoe-down, washing their hair in a stream, cooking meals over a fire and sleeping in sleeping bags on the ground. Each handcart has a Ma and Pa and assigned brothers and sisters.
The happy arrival. We picked up Julia in Pennsylvania. They had some hilly and difficult terrain to cover, but it was exciting feeling of accomplishment when it was over.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Deep Creek July13-17

We had a nice vacation in Deep Creek, a 3-hour drive to Western Maryland. My Dad was with us, as well as Kara and her son Jacob: also Erika, Julia and Andrea with Dave and I.

We stayed at a lake house about 5 days and did jet skis, tubing from a pontoon boat and canoing.

Friday, July 10, 2009

4th of July breakfast

Kara and Jacob were visiting over the 4th of July.

It was fun to have all our girls and one little boy at our ward's breakfast at a nearby park.

Andrea liked Jacob's cool sunglasses,

but I liked them most on him.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Day at the Zoo

Kara came into town last week with her baby Jacob. We took a day trip to the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Jacob chose his animal shirt and jungle car seat for the occasion.

My dad was also visiting from Utah. There's my dad, Julia, Kara, Andrea, Erika and Jacob. It's been fun to have my dad here and all the girls together for a couple weeks.