Archive for the 'Marylynn' Category
I’ve been so busy with work lately that I haven’t been nearly as faithful of a blogger as I should be. For that I apologize (again). I promise some amazing catch-up posts in the future. In the mean time, here’s something pretty dang fun:
On Saturday we were able to take the kids the Disneyland (thanks Dominic!!!) for the first time in four years and now that the kids are old enough to really appreciate it, it was something really special. Cricket had been talking about going to Disneyland so much back in Jersey, it was great to not have to tell her “maybe someday” or that its “too far away”. So we took some pictures, and here they are!
Finn and the kids on Main Street USA
Seeing as I just barely got my post in yesterday at two minutes to midnight (Iron Maiden! Woooooooooaaaahhhh!!), I don’t have all that much new to talk about, so here’s some more pics from yesterday! This time it’s from the BEFORE church. We busted out some window markers on Gramma’s big sliding glass doors and this is what happened:
Buster envisioning the clear window as a blank canvas ready to carry the messages of his heart for the all the world to see.
Happy Birthday Parker! It’s your special day!
I went to the see Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince with Parker, Christian, Shanna and Popi tonight and it was AWESOME! Really a good movie. Probably the best adaptation yet because they didn’t try to cram in every little detail. Great work, guys!
Then Parker and I stalked Marylynn and Sarah at Albertson’s and shopped with them. It was awesome and a fun time was had by all.
I would have gone into more detail, but I”m almost out of time for my daily blog! and plus, I have to let Sarah use the computer for her own daily entry! meep!
Yesterday was the Independence Day (more commonly known as “The Fourth of July to us yanks”) and we had a BLAST (pun intended har har har). And luckily enough for you, we brought our camera! Oh goody! So we went up to Palmyra (PA, right next to Hershey) to spend the day with Katie and Clayton, who just moved into their awesome new place this week. We had a great day of hanging out, playing in the sprinklers, eating hot dogs, hanging out, eating smores, lighting off fireworks and then watching the big Hershey Park Fireworks show. Now it’s time for the photos!
The three little ones, Buster, Gredtel and Mayzie pose for the camera while looking forward to a great day of playing ahead of them.
Since Marylynn isn’t posting this on her own blog, I thought I’d put it up here for her. For her birthday last week (June 17 – write that down!), her family all pitched in and got her a salon visit, which is probably the best possible gift she could have gotten. Thanks you guys!!! Anyhow, I’m proud of Finn’s hair and thought I’d post some pictures of it to publically brag about it.
So at the very beginning of April (almost two months ago), Marylynn’s parents came out to visit us and we thought to ourselves, “well heck, they’ve seen our apartment plenty of times, and it’s full of boxes, why don’t we just take them on a little church history trip to see Palmyra?” So we told them our idea and they got all giddy. We went, had a great time and here are the pictures to prove it.
So the night before we left for Palmyra we headed out to Cheeburger Cheeburger in scenic Lawrenceville for dinner.
I think Grandpa is cutting off one of Buster’s fingers here. I think Buster likes it.
The next day we piled into the car and headed up about five hours to upstate New York to the tiny town of Palmyra. Now if you don’t know, Palmyra is where our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church) was founded. The Prophet Joseph Smith who was called to restore Christ’s church from ancient times was a farm boy in Palmyra. A lot more happened there, that I’ll touch on that later. Over hereis a more detailed account.) Our first stop was to visit the Smith Family Farm.
The Palmyra Temple was built only a few years ago and is right across the street from the Smith Family farm.
“The First Vision” is when God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that none of the churches held the full truth and that they were all in error. Joseph learned here that he would be called to restore Christ’s church as it was established during His ministry.
So, the First Vision took place in early April, 1820 and is often represented in paintings and church films as taking place in a lush, leafy green forest. It was interesting to be there at the very same time of year. The trees were still bare and there was a stillness in the air.
I like this one a lot. I used it for the art of my last podcast episode.
In the early spring, we could see leaves just starting to bud. Mary pointed out to me that it was such an appropriate time for the Gospel to be restored. A time of renewal, new life and hope. I thought that was amazing.
After that (was it the next day? I think so. I can’t remember) we went to the Hill Cumorah monument. The angel Moroni led Joseph Smith to the Hill Cumorah where the golden plates were buried. Joseph later translated these plates and that’s what the Book of Mormon is. Today there stands a monument up on top and a visitor’s center below. Every year there is ths hill Cumorah pageant there, where key parts of the Book of Mormon are acted out.
It was a really fun trip and I’m glad we could do it. We moved a few days later. What a crazy week! But it was well worth it.
So we’ve been living here at John and Jaime’s for over a month now and I know I haven’t touched the blog. Sorry about that. It’s been really hard to post. So I owe you, dear reader a bit more content.
A few weeks ago, my nephew Tyler (I know it’s confusing to me too) had a little league baseball game. So we went and took some pictures. Here’s a few:
Before the game – Little T is lifting up Buster who is inexplicably showing some cleavage.
I love this picture. Cricket at the park before the game started. A storm was a-brewin’.
Cricket again, looking rather Bjorky if you ask me.
Metal playground and stormy skies… maybe not the best combo.
Tyler at the mound
Finn at the game.
I caught Lily playing photographer.
I imagine Lily’s photo would have been something like this.
The skies got stormier.
Cricket on the playground.
Little T is a baseball guy of sorts.