Monday, October 18, 2010

Salem and Boston

Ryan's sister, Aimee, came to Rochester to visit us and we were so excited. We went to the Joseph Smith farm and sacred grove, we had lunches and dinners with Shanon and her family, and did plenty of shopping. Then when Friday rolled around we made a trek to Salem, Mass. Saturday we spent the day fighting the crowds and seeing all the famous witch sites. In the picture above we participated in a witch trial. Ryan is posing with Goodie Bishop who he later questioned and then sentenced to death.
We also came across this interesting piece of literature that our good friend Scott clearly must have wrote. It explains a lot of things about Scott that had been unanswered for far too long.
Among all the creepiness we found a friendly face, " Samantha" from bewitched!
This lady in the back ground was one of those Live statues. She was incredible. She would hold perfectly still forever and then scare kids who were walking by.
This is Aimee and I in from of the witches dungeon. They did a live play of a witches trial then took us down stairs were they recreated what the cells the accused women would have looked like....creeepy!
Sunday we spent the day in Boston and had a wild time trying to make our way around the city. We did the Freedom Trail which starts in Boston Commons and winds around the city to all the historical sites. There was literally a red path to follow through out the city.

One stop was a cemetery where Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and all of the victims of the Boston Massacre were buried.
This building is where the Declaration of Independence was first read and where the Boston Massacre occurred.

One of the last stops was the USS Constitution. I'm not usually one for historical site seeing but this little tour was pretty awesome. There was a building where they gathered to organize the Boston Tea Party. Paul Revere's house was a stop, and all kind of other things. Overall the trip was exhausting but very entertaining and we had so much fun with Aimee.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Weekend in Ohio!

This weekend we went to Ohio...for a couple of reasons.
1. It was Smelly's birthday last weekend but I missed it due to the fact that I was in Utah.
2. We ran out of clean clothes and needed to do some laundry.( just kidding, that was just an added bonus)
3. There was a Guster concert in Columbus the husband really wanted to go to! ( I know most of you haven't heard of them other than reading it off of one of Ryan's many, many Guster t shirts.)
4. We were out of food and knew Nana would feed us. (not kidding) (ok kind of kidding)
5. I needed to see this cute little bug!(not Sean, Averi....ok Sean too)

Ryan's latest Guster t shirt. After he bought it he said "School Shopping.....Done!"
6. So we could go to the zoo with Matt, Kate, and Averi on a beautiful day.
( I must also say that the Columbus zoo blows SLC's zoo out of the water. No offense Hogle but you've got nothing on Jack Hanna!)
7. We knew that papa would take us to out favorite Japanese Steak House if I asked really nicely!
8. We had to see Papa get released as bishop after 6 long years. When the stake president released him he said that he hasn't been able to sit next to my mom in sacrament meeting for 16 years because he has been in the bishopbric for that long! Let me just say he was beaming all weekend! When he bore his testimony I thought he was going to take off his suit jacket twirl it above his head and throw it into the audience he was so happy!

Trip to Utah!

I was getting so sick of the rainy, cold temperature in Rochester so I decided to make a trip out west. Not really, one of my best friends, Celina, was getting married and I couldn't miss it. I also got to spend some quality time with my favorite four year old twins. Nic and Kendyl flew out to Ohio so I saw them for a little bit before they left and then Steff let me tag along with them all weekend. And we had so much fun. One night we went to Gardner's Village and all the Witches were out! I also got to go to lunch with my mother-in-law and my sisters-in-law for a lunch at my favorite Settebello's. Other than seeing family and friends my main goal was eating at all my favorite restaurants and I succeeded! Thank you to all who made it possible. On Saturday we had a big hair party with Tanner, who came down from Idaho, and Grandma and Grandpa Clark, Sue, Kaycie, and Sydnie. It's also important for me to thank Roni, you have no clue what a self esteem booster it is to have my hair done. Thanks again!

On Tuesday Celina and Adam were married, and it was fun to be able to hang out with my friends again. One of the things I miss the most about being away is not being close to my good friends. It was a beautiful wedding with delicious food! What more could you ask for?