Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ideal Getaway

Last weekend was the best experience I have had yet since moving to Missouri! Chase, Emily, Lane and I went to Nauvoo. I have been so excited all summer to go and it was well worth the wait! We left Saturday and saw the pageant that night. I honestly had no idea what to expect seeing as I have never been to one before, but after seeing it, it is something I would love to see every year! They had all these fun things set up a hour before the show, three legged race, potato sack racing, wood cutting, dancing, bands, food, and stick pole ( one of Joseph Smiths many talents :) ). Chase and I cutting our piece of wood off, they then brand it with a Nauvoo pictureEmily and I playing stick pole, this is a real action shot, were not posing its so funny!Chaser and Lane trying not to land on top of each other.The BandLane and Emily in a race, that little boy was so cuteLane and Chase became very close on the trip :)


The pageant just blew me away, it was the story of Nauvoo, the saints, the building of the temple, and Joesph Smiths life. They did such a good job, I want to buy the DVD ( Yes you can buy it ). The music and dancing was great along with the acting. The end was really special because they lit up the new Nauvoo temple which was right behind the stage and had Pres. Hinkley's voice talk about it. It is something I will never forget and feel really lucky to experience. We then spent the night in a hotel with Emily and Lane. It was so old fashioned and small, it made the trip that much better!It was so fun, being in a new place, being in a town that is just so different, and hanging out in the hotel room. Then on Sunday we toured Nauvoo, they still had tours on Sundays but they did not do any of the activities they usually do. I want to go again soon but spend more then two days there! It is such a beautiful place and the spirit is so strong. They had a great Buffet there, we ate so much ( Emily and I looking Prego after taking advantage of the huge amounts of food :) )The Temple was beautifulChase, Lane and Emily standing in front of a Statue of Joseph and Hyrum as they were leaving Nauvoo to go to Carthage Jail.

This was in the school house in Nauvoo, that lady was so funny! We also walked threw Brigham Youngs house, Lucy Mack Smith's , John Taylor's, and many more. I loved this town!

We also went to Carthage Jail . This was such a special place. We sang hymns as we were in there and you just felt at peace...I am so happy we went to all of these places and I hope those of you who have not been yet get to go because it really is something everyone should experience. I hope you can read this, it is a great quote by Joseph and Hyrum and I wanted to share it with all of you.
The sunset on our way home... a perfect ending to a great trip.

9 comments:

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing all your thoughts and pictures of this! It looks so amazing. I really want to go and see all of this. I'm glad you and Chase have been able to do all of these things while you are there. You look like you are having a great time! See you soon! (I hope!)

The last Unicorn said...

What an amzing trip!!! I am so jealous that you guys got to go and it looks like you went with such a fun group :)
Miss you!!!!

Lindsay said...

I'm glad you had such a fun time. You really could spend quite a few days in Nauvoo doing and seeing everything. Can you believe you have less than a week left in Missouri???

Susie said...

How great it is to take advantage of your time in Missouri! Lynn and I are always talking about how much we want to go and see Navoo and do a session in the temple there- hopefully soon!

Chelsea and Nick said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! That is so awesome that you were able to go and do all of that. Way to take advantage of your time in Missouri! :) By the way, you look super cute! (as usual)

kori said...

How fun! I love Nauvoo! It is beautiful there. We miss you

glen and paige said...

I love all your pictures and love reading about your life and trips! When are you coming back? I miss you!! It has been far tooooooo long!

Davis Family said...

awesome dana - i'm jealous. are you excited to come back or sad to leave?

carrie ritchie said...

I didn't know you two moved to Missouri! What took you out there? I hope you're planning on heading back to Utah eventually:)