Monday, April 21, 2008

Let the good times roll!

Cory’s done with school! Well, done with his 6th trimester! He had 13 tests these last 2 weeks, and a lot of the tests doubled up on days, which means he actually took 13 tests in only 8 days (with some extra days thrown in there for studying) PLUS all the stuff he had to do for the Master’s in Nutrition. He’s amazing!! He did so well that he’s on the Dean’s List for this trimester. I’m so proud of him!! He’s got 2 weeks off from school before he goes back to start his 7th trimester – and I’m soooo ready to enjoy it with him!

So to kick off the enjoying … we went up to see a replica of the Dead Sea Scrolls on Friday. The LDS church has replicas and they were on display at the Hill Cumorah visitor’s center. We went up with our friends Carlos & Erica (and kids Jacob and Elena) and Jonathan & Jaime. The visitor’s center is shaped like a U and they had the displays set up all around. We got to watch an intro video about the Scrolls – the community who kept them and where they were found. I copied this from the internet: “The Dead Sea scrolls consist of roughly 1000 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1979 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea) in Israel. The texts are of great religious and historical significance, as they include practically the only known surviving copies of Biblical documents made before 100 AD, and preserve evidence of considerable diversity of belief and practice within late Second Temple Judaism.”

It was all VERY interesting. We wore walkmans (it totally felt like the 80’s again!) and walked around the whole exhibit, while listening to some British sounding lady tell us all about the Scrolls. I went online to look up more information, so if anyone is interested, here is the link:

Pictures left to right: A replica of the community Qumran, who were the keepers of the Scrolls; Sarah, Jonathan and Jaime in front of the Isaiah scroll (the Isaiah scroll is over 20 feet long!); Cory, Jonathan and Jaime in front of the Isaiah scroll; and Jonathan, Jaime, Erica, Sarah (holding Elena), Carlos (holding Jacob) and Cory, outside the Visitor's center at the base of the Hill Cumorah.

We also had all the same people over to our house for Sunday night dinner.
I made a couple of pizzas and everyone got to pick their own toppings. It was really tasty! Jaime brought this yummy spinach salad with strawberries and it was delicious. The kids were hilarious to watch eat - Jacob ate all the toppings (including the sauce) off his pizza and then munched on the crust. Elana kept dipping her spinach into her glass of water and kept telling me it was her dressing. It was sooo funny! We sat around and talked, threw the frisbee around, and just enjoyed the fact that finals are over!! It was an awesome Sunday evening.

I’m so glad finals are done!! We are going to enjoy our gorgeous weather this week! Next week we are going to head down to D.C. for a few days and we are STOKED!