Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Going back East

For Spring Break, I went with the other history teachers in my school district back East to visit Civil War sites.  This year is the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which is somewhat of a big deal.  It was VERY cool to go see those sites with 24 other American History teachers who were just as interested in them as I am.  A WHOLE WEEK of geekiness!  What could be more fun?  I had my SLR camera with me, and had fun taking some awesome photos.  I took a ton of pictures!  Here are just SOME of the highlights . . .

I know that the bus in back is kind of lame, but the canons in a line are kind of cool.

A statue to honor Abraham Lincoln and his visit to Richmond, VA after the Union won.  The entire city was burned to the ground from the Southerners deciding that they wanted to get rid of their cotton.  It was quite devastating to the president, because he knew that he had to put the country back together.

The land fought in at Petersburg.

In Ford's Theater, by the box President Lincoln was shot in.

At Antietam

A canon at Gettysburg

My favorite picture ever, at the Gettysburg cemetery. 

The Civil War soldiers at Fort McHenry

On my free night in Alexandria, I met up with Colby and Maria.  Hooray for family!

Colby and I are remembering where we parked.  Yes, we are goofballs!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tour of our new house and a fun weekend!

A lot has been happening lately, and blogging has not been one of those things.  But, I am happy to announce a tour of our new place!
 Here is the guest bedroom.  We got the bookshelves at Office Depot, when we went there on a whim.  Cool.
 Our guest room also doubles as an office.
 Here is our living room.  We love it!  There is a double door that can also be closed to make it a 3rd bedroom.
 More living room and the new 42" TV that we bought and the entertainment center that we bought to put it on.
 Chris making grilled cheese sandwiches in our wonderful kitchen.
Behind him is the door to the best part--the garage.
 The bathroom
 Our bedroom--we have room for Chris to walk by the bed, even with the bookshelf there, and not kick the bed, which is GREAT!
 Yes, we have a total of THREE closets in our bedroom alone.  This place has a lot more closet space.
 The stairs leading to nowhere--and our dining room
 Our yard, which we are in charge of.  We have a garden!

 We have two fruit trees--an apple tree and an apricot tree
For General Conference weekend, Mom and Dad and Casey came to visit and stay with us.  Mom and Dad stayed in the guest room, and Casey was able to shut the door in the living room and take out the sleeper sofa for his own private room.  It was great fun to have them here.  Gosh, we love family!
 Taylor and Katie came over on Sunday, and brought their kids.  Casey read them some of our books.

And Charlie was amazed at how Grandma had a camera that flashed.  Amazing.

Anyway, that is our place!  We get a TON more space than we had before, which we love.  It is close to my work, so Chris just drops me off on the way to his work in the mornings.  We love our house.

Does anyone need somewhere to stay in Orem?  Give us a call if you are interested!