Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Zachary!!

This Young Man turned 12.  That means he truly is in YM's which is a bit hard for me to grasp.  Zachary had a low key birthday, but has plans to race Go-Karts with some of his friends to celebrate in the next week.  
Zachary received the priesthood on his birthday which fell on a Sunday.  It was wonderful to see him prepare himself for such a big thing.  
We love having Zachary in our family.  He loves his siblings and has a huge heart.  He desires to choose the right.  We have had some deep conversations and it is a joy to discuss what he is reading, most of the time multiple books at the same time.  

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Disneyland and California Adventure

Disneyland :Day 1
  First ride: Autopia  A great beginning

 Waiting for bigger people to finish big people rides.

 Splash Mountain

 Meeting the characters of Winnie the Pooh.  Sabrina loved the ride as well.

 The Tea Cups:  This was a much anticipated ride.  Wendy and Zachary went in one they turned quickly.  The rest of us stayed as still as possible.

 Waiting to watch Frozen.  It was a great live show and break from walking. 

 A short break.

 We had wonderful reserved seats for the Fireworks and Main Street Electrical Parade.  I really enjoyed both.

California Adventure: Day 2

Greeting the day with Walt Disney himself.

Time on the King Triton Carousel.

At the top of the Mickey Mouse Ferris Wheel.

Midday break swimming at the Hotel Pool.

We enjoyed a dinner at Goofy's Kitchen where we were greeted by Disney Characters.  We had a fun time.

After dinner we headed back to California Adventure to see the World of Color light show.  It was spectacular.

Disneyland: Day 3

 Toad's Wild Ride

 Casey Jr. Train  I loved that we were wild animals.  It fits the family so well.

 The grown-ups experiencing the magic as well.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Death Valley

 After visiting with Family we headed south.  We stopped in Ely, Nevada for the night and church the next morning.  The ward was very kind and indicated that we were the farthest traveled family that had visited their ward.  We then headed to Beatty, Nevada where we visited Rhyolite Township and then headed into Death Valley National Park.  We knew it would be hot so we planned our time for the morning, but it still was sweltering.  Glad we did not walk around much.  The scenery was beautiful.
 Rhyolite Ghost Town.  This is about 15 minutes outside the entrance to Death Valley National Park.  The bottle house was quite interesting.  All the walls were made from glass bottles and it looked cool.

 Scenery shots on our drive through Nevada.  It is a barren place, but has its own kind of beauty.

 First stop in Death Valley was the Borax Works ruins

 We then stopped at the Furnace Creek Visators Center, followed by Badwater Basin, Artist Drive, and Wendy and I braved the heat to walk to Zabriskie's Point.