Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I love visitors

Our friends Kelley and Neil flew out from Utah to visit us over the weekend, and we had a blast! Of course, what do you do when you come to western New York?

Niagara Falls, of course!

Looking snazzy in our Maid of the Mist ponchos

Taughannocks Falls - 215 feet tall

Buttermilk Falls, down in Ithaca

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Of course, you have to go to Palmyra and see the church historical sites. First, we did a session in the temple.

Looking down the Hill Cumorah, with the stage set for the pageant.

It had just started raining by the time we were touring the Joseph Smith Farm. We thought we'd walk quickly through the Sacred Grove and be ok. Boy were we wrong! The paths in the Sacred Grove had turned into rivers (I kid you not) and the water was over my ankles! I wish I had gotten a picture of it, but I didn't want to ruin my camera. However, in this video you can see how hard it was raining! We had umbrellas, but they were just no match for the storm.

And the aftermath of the storm... we were soaked. I could have gone swimming in my clothes and been just as wet. If you look closely in the picture, you can see I'm wringing out my skirt.

Yes, it was quite the adventure. The sun came out in the afternoon, and it dried us off a bit, so we stayed to see a few more sites (and all the good pictures are on Kelley's camera). It was a fabulous time and so good to see Kelley and Neil! Thanks for coming to visit guys :)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Happy Independence!

Happy 4th of July everyone! Cory and I had a great holiday weekend! We saw old friends, a new (to us) part of New York, and watched fireworks over a bay off of Lake Ontario (lovely). There's nothing quite like fireworks over water. We also took in a free patriotic concert by the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and saw more fireworks. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I love summer, the heat, the water, patriotism, barbecues and fireworks. Happy birthday America!!