Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Is This Real Life?

Yesterday, David had his first day at his real life big boy-size job!  He was hired about 3 weeks ago & we've been waiting ever since then & it finally feels like our "real life" here has finally started!  Okay, maybe it already felt like it had started, since we've been here for almost 2 months now, but this makes it official.  We have a job & everything. :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day Trip: Kirtland & Downtown Cleveland

Since David starts his new job next week, we decided that it was important to take a nice day trip as a family.  Neither David nor my mom have ever been up to see Kirtland and all of the Church historical sites there (and I haven't been there since I was 17), so we made the nearly 3 hour drive to see the sights.

First, we stopped by the visitor's center and got the official tour.  Here we are at the Newel K Whitney store.


We had so much fun seeing everything!

After seeing the store and some of the other surroundings, we drove up the road to see the temple.  Since it's March, there were no tours on Mondays (boo!), so we just walked the grounds.  It was nice because we were the only ones there and because James got to walk around on his own, which made him a much happier boy after sitting in the car and stroller for so long.

This is a typical occurrence pretty much any time we try to get him to sit on our laps.  At least you can see the monkey's face really well.

Sure... so he holds still for Grandma.

I have the most adorable child ever.
(Click on the pictures to see them bigger.)

(James doesn't like to hold anyone's hand.  Except for Grandma's.
What is she, magic?)

So after seeing the temple, we decided to head into Cleveland to see Lake Erie and some of the sites.  We didn't spend a ton of time there, but we did see a few things.

Cleveland Brown Stadium

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
We kind of thought about going in, until we found out that tickets were $22 per person.  (Yikes.)


View from the pier.

Some guitar artwork we saw while driving downtown on our way home.  This was only a block or two from the Hall of Fame. 

Progressive Field
Home of the Cleveland Indians

After seeing all of our sites, we stopped in Mansfield (which is about halfway in between Cleveland and Columbus) to have dinner with my Grandma Betty.  It was a really fantastic family outing!