Friday, August 15, 2008
Vacation's almost over
On Sunday while in Nauvoo, we took a trip to Carthage. We got into a tour of about 25-30 people and that really made you think about how miserable it might have been when they had us in the dungeon cell all cramped in there. The pictures I have above are Ben and Phillip in front of the statue of two other brothers, Joseph and Hyrum! I thought it was appropriate to put these two in this picture since Phillip and Ben are also very close and great friends as brothers! Next to it is the room where Joseph, Hyrum, John Taylor, and Willard Richards were when the mobs came and shot Joseph. That is the window that he fell from, and there is still a bullet hole in the door to this room.
Our last day in Nauvoo, Tuesday, we did the Nauvoo pageant. Before the pageant they had a bunch of activities for the kids to participate in.
Ben and Phillip are trying to saw a log
Rachael is participating in a sack race.
Ted and Lilly are trying their hand at a game where you toss a ring with two poles.
Jacob is getting good at rolling his hoop with a stick!
Wednesday on our trip back to St. Louis, we took a detour in Hannibal Missouri. We were able to take a Steamboat ride and learned that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) actually did get his steamboat pilots license at age 19 and was a steamboat pilot for a few years. The kids figured out one of the best spots on the boat was up front, not just for the view, but there was a nice breeze blowing in that spot!
Our final stop before we got to the airport was at the St. Louis temple. It was very peaceful and pretty there. As always the temple grounds were beautiful. A great end to a great trip. This was a memorable trip for our family, and I hope my children will remember this one a long time. We wanted to do something like this before sending Jessica off to U of A (which is next weekend!) Hope everyone is happy and healthy and settled into their school routines!