Sunday, May 29, 2011

One Last Visit to Washington DC

This weekend we went to DC one last time before we move back to CA. It was bittersweet but totally worth the trip. We started off the morning in the beautiful DC temple. Then headed downtown to checkout Ford's theater (where Abraham Lincoln was shot). After the theater we went to the Natural History Museum. We got to see the Hope Diamond and bunch of really cool exhibits. While at the museum we met up with some friends from California and then walked down to the white house. The whole night was a blast!

The next morning we headed out of town and on the way out we went to Georgetown and I got to see DC cupcakes! I was soo excited. I was going to get one but the line was so long and we needed to fit a lot of things in so we took a picture instead :)

Gettysburg... there are so many things that could be said about this experience. It was truly amazing. I didn't realize the battle took place in such a huge area (24 square miles!). The picture in the upper right of the collage is a picture taken of "Wheat Field", this was one of the most bloodiest battles where bodies were piled on top of each other. Those who were alive but could escape were left for days and could hear the wild pigs at night eating the flesh of the dead soldiers. Graphic, but true. These are the kinds of things that stir my heart to gratitude for the sacrifices our soldiers made for our country. They had such courage and strength. More than I could ever imagine.

On the morning of our second day we went to Arlington National Cemetery. It was beautiful! It was a reverent place. One thing I learned when visiting was that Arlington was originally the home of General Lee from the Civil War. His home still stands on the cemetery. During the Civil War, a union general disliked Lee so much that he took his home away during the war and declared the property to be a national cemetery. That is how it became Arlington Cemetery. Lee was never allowed to live there again and suffered much hardship after the war.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baby Wolf on the Way!!

Yes it is true, Terrill and I are expecting!! We are so excited to have a little spirit join our family and feel so blessed. With 15 weeks down and 25 more to go, I am feeling pretty darn good. The due date is November 9th. We find out in about 4 weeks if it is a boy or girl. We will be happy with a healthy baby but are excited to find out what it is. We had this ultra sound taken a couple of weeks go. It is so cool to see the baby move and to hear the heart beat. I am not posting any preggo pics until I actually look pregnant and not just fat.

20 Mile Back Packing Trip with the Scouts

On April 29th bright and early in the morning, Terrill and I joined the scouts on a backpacking trip on the Appalachian trail starting at the Delaware Water Gap. The night before was a little hectic trying to get everything packed in our bags just the right way. The weather report was calling for rain but we were hoping it wouldn't start until the next day. We started on the trail around 9:00am. The boys were very up beat and excited about going. We rested a long the way, got lost once or twice, got to see beautiful views and had a very enjoyable time. The terrain was very rocky and there were some good sized hills. It was challenging to say the least. On day one we covered 12 miles and happened to come upon a campsite with platforms for tents and a designated area for a camp fire. I was completely exhausted by the end of the day so Terrill and I went to bed around 9:00pm. The next day was crazy. It rained all night and I was having a hard time motivating myself to have a good attitude, but we set out and it didn't really rain that much on us and for that I was grateful! We arrived back at the cars around 2:00ish and got to see some beautiful views! It was a great experience.

Day 1

Yep... Drinking lake water

Day 2

The happy bunch all bundled up for the hike!

Is it odd to be completely grateful of this disgusting site? Honestly, it was way better than what nature had to offer!

Finally Finished!