Saturday, August 30, 2014

Final Day in London

We spent our last day in London at the Tower of London. We had so much fun there and enjoyed the Beef Eater tour. We loved exploring on our own as well. Kenzie loved seeing the Crown Jewels. They were amazing and the history was amazing. Afterward, we walked the famous bridge and then had lunch. We had traditional mash and a cheese and onion filled pie. 



The stories of all the be-headings that happened here were crazy!















We were very interested in the carvings in the walls that were left by former prisoners. 



This marks the spot were some of the most famous people were beheaded. Here, Ann Boleyn was beheaded. 


I love this picture! It is so English!



One of the torture devices. Stretching machine.







At 4 o'clock we went back to the Queen's Horses Gate to watch the dismounting ceremony. It was really neat. I was disappointed in the crowd as they were loud and disrespectful to the solders. It made me feel badly. I was glad to know that those being disrespectful were not from my country.



The loved the ceremony.


After that, we headed over to St. Paul's. I really wanted to go up into the dome, but when we got there they were having a special concert, so the dome was closed. We were able to go in though and hear the concert. It was amazing. We briefly walked around the church afterward. It was huge! We took our pictures on the famous steps from Mary Poppins and walked through the shops near by. We also grabbed dinner at Hummas Bros. It was yummy!


When I was in London for school in 1989, we spent 6 weeks in London. I loved seeing St Paul's again and my time in London was wonderful and brought so many memories back. I will say that London was a lot more crowded than it was all those years ago. I am so glad I got to share this trip with McKenzie. 



Our last day selfie. Man, we look a like.


Lunch! We also fan back to St. Martin's in the Field and got a serving of crumble and clotted cream! We had to have one for the road. I didn't get a picture of dinner from Hummas Bros. We went to bed by 8 as our car was picking us up at 3:30 am. Kenzie slept well, but I didn't sleep a wink. 

We were ready to see our family, but we had a trip of a lifetime! I was so glad to get to spend this time with Kenzie. It was a great experience to share. 

Forest fun

In July,  I went to Idaho 3 times.  On the first visit, Maylin and I went alone. We stayed a week.  I helped my mother with her history. I only got up to 1992, but that's a lot considering she is 84. I try not to think that I only have 22 years left to do. It seems overwhelming. It was really fun to read about their life before me. I enjoyed reading about things I had forgotten and to read my mother's perspective on events that happened in my lifetime. I also took Maylin and my parents to our cabin for overnight. Maylin and I played games and cleaned, fed the fish in the river and she waded. I went walking through the woods which I enjoyed. My parents were with us, so they watched Maylin so I could walk. I know those woods like I know my neighborhood. When I was a child, I took ever trail possible. My mom and I would walk on a different trail every time we would visit the cabin and she would sing, "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" to me. These are wonderful memories to me.







While at my parents' house, I would get up each morning and walk before we started the history work. I walked all over the neighborhoods I knew as a child. I saw the houses of old friends who have now moved, my old church, the park and my old elementary school. I was pretty devastated to see my elementary..... they didn't even ask. Am I that old that the school I attended had to be knocked down?

Poor old Longfellow Elementary. They built a HUGE new one next door, but what was wrong with the old one?


Maylin enjoyed walking to the park with me to ride the amusement rides. She rode the Octapus, my favorite and got my lucky seat number as a child......#8.



 This is the Octopus. I loved it when I was young. Now, it makes me dizzy so I just watch.




While we were in Idaho, Alex went with his Teacher's Quorem/Scout Troop on a 50 mile hike and camp out. They climbed the highest peak in Utah. I sent him off at 5 am and then later left for Idaho. He had a great time although he suffered from Altitude Sickness the first two days.

 Here he is on the top of King's Peak. He is feeling better at this point, but it was a miserable few days before this.


The next week, we all headed back to Idaho for my parent's 65th wedding anniversary! I love my parents. They are the best. The thing that warms my soul is how much they love each other. As they are getting older, they are so worried about one of them passing on and leaving the other alone. Neither one of them can handle the thought of being without the other. I checked on them one night while we were there and they were snuggled up to each other sleeping. My mom says she wakes in the night just to make sure my dad is still breathing. I am so glad they love each other so much, but it makes me sad to think of them worrying about being left alone.
I brought this cake from Salt Lake. It was a vanilla cake with a fresh strawberry filling. It was AMAZING.

My kids with my great niece Kennedy. This is the first time we had met her. She belongs to my brother's daughter Natalie. I only had two nieces and 7 nephews. Natalie was so sweet and this baby looks a lot like she did as a baby. 

Her is Maylin with Sheldon, my great nephew. They are quite the pair when they get together. Sheldon loves to flirt with Maylin. 


This is Alex and my great nephew Nels. Nels belongs to my nephew Trent. Trent and Alex look a lot a like. Nels was named after my grandfather, Nels Antone Nelson.

Here are the happy couple!


Feeding each other cake. My favorite part.


Here I am with my niece Natalie and her baby.

It was a great weekend to be together.

The next weekend, we travel back to Idaho and went to the cabin. I was excited to have the whole family there. This was Austin's first trip back since before his mission. He really enjoyed being there again and had a new appreciation for the cabin. We brought Israel with us, a boy from Spain that was Austin's mission companion. It was fun to have him. He enjoyed seeing so much of the West. He ended up staying with us for 3 weeks. We loved his company! We floated the river, waded, rode horses, and visited Yellowstone. We loved making fires in the outside fire pit ad enjoyed the smores. Israel didn't know what a smore was so it was fun to teach him. Maylin also brought her friend Kamryn.


Yellowstone.


















This tree is on a hill next to the highway that takes you to the cabin. Since as far back as I can remember we have called this tree "my tree." As a little girl, we would look for the tree every time we went to the cabin. I knew we were pretty close when I saw it. It was the only tree of its kind on that hill. It was perfect. When I was a teenager, the top split. I always said it was okay because I had a split personality too. I've never really stopped and looked at it, since its on a highway, but this trip I made Jay drive really slow so I could get its picture. Next, trip I want to have Jay drop me off and I'll walk through the forest to the tree. I really want to see it up close, after all its my tree and after knowing each other for over 40 years, we should meet.