20 May 2009

2y+4m+1d = a new record

Since I've been married the longest I've lived at one address is 2 years and 4 months. Today is 2 years, 4 months and one day. To be honest, I've been feeling a little restless in our home--I've haven't stayed in one place so long since I graduated high school. Thank goodness we decided we were ready to do some updates because I was so ready. Now it feels new without being new. I can handle that.

The biggest improvement is this:

I am totally in love with our handscraped birch floors. Love, love, love them. I don't even want to put area rugs down. I'm sure the paint helped too.

BEFORE: Dining Room

AFTER: Dining Room

BEFORE: Front Room

AFTER: Front Room

There's nothing like a spring spruce-up to make you feel great. I've got a few more projects underway: slipcovers, new chandelier, kitchen backsplash. Oh the possibilities!

06 May 2009

Days 4&5: Road Trip

We went to Palmyra! It was seven hours driving (with bathroom breaks) each way, but the kids did pretty good.

Here are the kids, early in the morning, at the Sacred Grove.

It was peaceful, except for the bugs.

The Palmyra Temple, as seen from the Smith Farm.

Replica of the Smith Family log home.

Here we are in the upstairs room where the Angel Moroni came to visit Joseph Smith.

The Smith frame home where Joseph repeatedly hid the golden plates.

Here is the monument atop the Hill Cumorah.

The kids enjoyed the running-around space on the Hill Cumorah. Craig was helping them learn how to do cartwheels.

After the three tours, we met up with some old friends from Provo. They live in Ithaca and were kind enough to drive up to see us. We had fun visiting while our kids played in the park. It's so nice to re-connect with old friends.
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