Monday, July 28
In our church we do our Sunday worshipping at a church building, just like many other religions. Temples, however, are reserved for more holy and sacred worship. For Latter-day Saints (Mormons) temples are considered the most sacred places on earth, and within their walls you can escape the world and be near to God.
Not everyone can enter the temples. In order to enter you must hold yourself to a high standard of moral cleanliness and have a testimony of Jesus Christ's role as our Savior. For me, as for many LDS members, the temple stirs tender feelings of love and respect. It was in a temple in Utah that Jason and I were married for time AND eternity. The knowledge that Jason, Adelyn, and I, and our future children, can be a forever family is the single greatest blessing in my life.
To date, there are more than 100 temples worldwide. I remember growing up in Michigan and traveling 5 hours to visit the temple in Toronto, Canada until one was built outside of Detroit. I am indeed grateful to live near the Memphis Temple, and was thankful to be able to attend with my parents when they were here. I look forward to many many more visits.
For more information about LDS temples, click here.
Friday, July 25
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It’s actually pretty funny to see the responses.
Sunday, July 20
The grounds surrounding the museum were more to our liking. The best part? You can visit the grounds for FREE. There were funky sculptures everywhere. Currently there is an outdoor exhibit called "Meet Meat Cookware" which is comprised of unusual (working!) grills. Apparently at the open house of the exhibit, they had a party and barbecued on the sculptures! The picture above is a grill made out of an old rusted truck. You can see the grill on the front and the bed has a built-in picnic table!
The most colorful statue there. Strange, but I liked it.
Probably the best part of our visit was sitting on the shady gazebo (completely formed from scrap pieces of metal from an old building) that overlooks the Mississippi River. It was beautiful. I hope to take some of my friends back there for a picnic on the bluff amongst the crazy sculptures, it should be fun!
Saturday, July 19
My parents took Jason, Addie and I to Graceland, Elvis' kingdom here in Memphis. Although none of us are Elvis fanatics, we were all surprised by how much we enjoyed Graceland! There was a lot of interesting facts to learn, and his mansion, cars, and airplanes were all fun to tour. The above picture is a view of his living room. Yes, that is a 15 foot white couch with stained-glass windows and a baby grand piano. Ah, that would be the life. This is Elvis' TV room. You can't see it in this picture, but the ceiling is covered with mirrors, as were many many other walls throughout his mansion. The stairway leading to the basement was completely covered with mirrors, it felt like walking in a fun house. The walls of this TV room had lightening bolts painted on them along with his motto TCB, "taking care of business."
This is Elvis' raquetball court converted to an awards room. It was crazy! This wasn't even half of the awards! It seemed that almost every song he sang turned gold or platinum and was a #1 hit. It's mind boggling to imagine how successful he'd be now if he was still alive.
Me and Elvis and a new perm.
Jason really liked this poster. It says "BEFORE ANYONE DID ANYTHING, ELVIS DID EVERYTHING." It certainly seemed that way.
How Addie enjoyed Graceland.
A smattering of Elvis outfits. They were even more bizarre in person.This is Elvis' grave, next to him are his parents. The signs said Graceland receives flowers almost daily to place on his grave. There have seldom been people throughout history that still receive this kind of constant attention and affection 30 years after their death. Jason and I infront of his private jet, the Lisa Marie. Inside there are gold-plated seat belts, a bar stocked with Gatorade (his favorite drink), and a queen size bed that had a seat belt going all the way across it (to bring it up to FAA regulations).
Graceland was a lot of fun to visit. We had such a great time with my family, although we were all completely exhausted by the end. I have more respect for Elvis now. He was quite the philanthroper as well as regular guy. He had a fleet of golf carts they would race around his property and was constantly giving money back to the city of Memphis and to other charities. Memphis could really use him now!
Saturday, July 12
All things considered, I'm doing great at exercising. There is just one more thing I need--who volunteers to be my personal nutritionist?
Thursday, July 10
Unfortunately I wasn't able to breastfeed Addie for as long as I would have liked. She's been using a bottle for over three months now, and now that she's one, I would like to start weaning her off the bottle and getting her to use a cup. She'll drink from a cup for juice, but not milk. Whenever she's given a cup with milk in it she throws a tantrum, flings the cup around the room, and absolutely refuses. What's more, after an episode like that she won't even drink juice out of a cup for a few days. It's been frustrating. Do any of you have any suggestions? What worked well for you?
Oh, that brings me to another question. When switching her over to whole milk instead of formula, I've decided to just slowly mix it with her formula, bit by bit. I'm going out to buy my first gallon tonight, so I haven't started the switch over yet. Is that something you'd recommend as well, or did you just stop the formula and start your kids on milk cold turkey?
Monday, July 7
Addie and Noah enjoying the famous Peabody Ducks.
All of us on top of the Peabody Hotel, enjoying the view of Memphis.
This is how Noah watched the fireworks. Isn't this the sweetest picture?
Waiting for the fireworks to begin over the Mississippi River. Addie liked the fireworks for the most part, but towards the end she was very tired and just wanted to get out of there. They were spectacular fireworks, and it was neat to see them over the water, but the best part was the people-watching. You should see some of the crazies we have down here!
This is how Noah and Addie played--she would laugh and giggle at him, use his stomach as a stool to push herself up, and he would kick her. It was pretty funny.
Not only were Kari and Eric able to visit for the week, on Tuesday Jason and I drove to Missouri to meet up with his brother Will, wife Caitlyn, and 8 month old Chaela. We just hung around in the park and played card games all day, but it was fun to see them and watch Addie and Chaela interact. Here are some great pictures of that relaxing day:
Playing cards already!
Do you think they look alike?