Monday, June 16, 2008

Grandpa and Grandma Larson...

We were lucky to have JC's parents come visit last week. We had tons planned for them to do and it seemed like the week flew by.
The first night they got here, we had a spaghetti night. Zenock loved showing off for his grandpa's camera.

TUESDAY: Our first stop for the week took us to Dallas and to the John F. Kennedy 6th floor museum. You not only get to see and view history, but it is amazing that you can also feel history. To actually be there and to know everything that happened is pretty cool. We made JC's parents watch JFK the movie later that night. If you haven't seen it, it is a movie I recommend to see just for the history and the "untold story."

Zenock and Grandma on the "grassy knoll."

I knew Zenock wouldn't last through the museum. He barely made it through at 5 months old when we went last summer. So, he and I headed over to Founder's Plaza to play in the fountains and to cool off. They were shooting a commercial across the street with a bunch of mascots and people dressed up. JC could barely contain himself, when I told him there were about 10 little people dressed up in cowboy outfits running around the mascots. I couldn't get close enough to take a picture, but if you see the commercial... let me know!

He loved when the water would shoot up and he could get wet.

Our next stop in Dallas was the World Aquarium! I am amazed at how many different fish there are and how uniquely different they all are. Zenock LOVED every minute!

They had tons of other little animals also. (That is a bunny, if you can't tell.)

The entire aquarium was like walking through a rain forest. It was so green and they had waterfalls and exotic plants everywhere.

This little sloth (like on Ice Age) was SO cute! The lady said they are very cuddly animals. It cuddled right up to her and looked like a little baby with its mom.

One of the MANY fish aquariums.

This little bird was such a great model for the camera. The birds are right out in the open and will fly right over top of you and let you get pretty close.

Zenock and Mom!

We spent Wednesday in Texarkana. JC took his parents golfing, out to BIG Jake's BBQ (The BEST BBQ, I have ever had... They know barbeque in Texas!), and then we finished off the night with a little Texarkana Gunslinger Baseball!

I thought I would throw this picture in... This is hole #5 on our golf course... "The Island"! When JC first started golfing on this course, this hole ate many of our golf balls as well as any confidence JC had in golfing. After a lot of practice he hasn't lost a ball in a long time!

Thursday we spent in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We went downtown through historic bathhouse row and then we headed over the Garvan Woodland Botanical Gardens.

This place is SO beautiful! It was my favorite places we went too! I would love to go back and just take pictures of Zenock and my family. Every rock and waterfall was brought in and placed within the garden and there are tons of them! For some odd reason, I left my camera in the car... thanks for taking the pictures Grandpa!

More FISH! My son is obsessed with fish. We got to feed these Japanese Koi fish. It was so fun to watch them eat. Zenock wanted to dive in after them!


Did I mention that through out the WHOLE week, Zenock was cutting FIVE teeth! SO, after spending the last 4 days in the car with an onry baby. Zenock and I stayed home while JC took his parents to the Crater of Diamonds DIAMOND MINE! This was one of the BIG reasons for his parents trip! JC's dad was SO excited and he said it was better and more than he had hoped for. :) JC's dad also works for the Box Elder News Journal (their local newspaper), so of course he had to get a picture to put in the paper... holding the paper! (Watch for it!)


Saturday, we spent the day in Little Rock, Arkansas. Our first site to visit was the Little Rock Central High School... (yes, it IS a high school!) It was huge and amazing! This is the high school where the first 9 African American students attended public school. I can't believe how against integration people were back then... and it really wasn't that long ago. The 9 students are now just a little older than most of our parents. What a huge statement, legacy, and piece of history they have left us.

The building seriously continued on for forever...

After a quick lunch on the riverwalk, we went to the Presidential library of Bill Clinton. (Not really a library, more of a museum.) It is a "GREEN" building. The picture above is looking out of the building on downtown Little Rock. They had a couple of mock rooms of the white house, one of the oval office which included all the actual furnishings that were in the office while Clinton served as President.

They also had the world famous miniature white house on display. This white house travels all over the country and we were lucky to pick the right time to see it. It made me excited and anxious to move and to be able to see the "REAL" thing!

That was our week! We left Grandma and Grandpa in Little Rock so they could catch their plane the next morning. The week went by quick and we already miss them. Thanks for coming to visit Grandma and Grandpa!

We are now looking forward to a relaxing HOT Summer. JC's schedule is pretty easy... I think he works about 2 hours a week for the rest of the Summer. Zenock and I are going to take advantage of any time we can get with him and I'm sure his golf game will only get better. We sure love him and love spending every minute together as a family. We are getting so excited to move and to experience a NEW adventure. We are looking forward to not having to drive 1-3 hours for places to see and things to do. We will be in the middle of it all! Who will our next visitors be????

P.S. If you made it through this... YEAH! It is forever long and has taken me forever to get all these pictures up!


Nathan & Mindy said...

It looks like you guys had tons of fun! And it looks like FUN! It's so fun to take adventures and go to new places.

Brittney said...

How fun!!! I want to cuddle with a sloth. What fun places you guys get to visit. I have to say that I love your in-laws. Your father-in-law was Summer's baseball grandpa when she was a baby. He held her all the time and she loved him!!!

galadriel said...

I'm sad Malia and I couldn't come too. It looks like you guys had a ton of fun. I look forward to harassing my dad for all the pictures! Love you guys!!

Robert & Tatiana said...

Yeah for Grandparents, especially Zenock's. That lucky little guy! Of course JC's dad had to get some type of rock thing in, did he take many home? Kami would not be happy-did you hear what she did while they were away? She's a trooper! :)

The Johnsons said...

Looks like you had a ton of fun! You went to all kinds of neat places that I have never heard of! JC's dad makes me laugh! When do you guys move? Good luck on your next adventure....I hope you are excaping tornados! :)

The Trees said...

your pictures are beautiful. How fun to have family visit. Zenock is growing so fast, he's adorable!

Bourgeous said...

What a great visit. You definately have more "tourist" stops then good ol' Harper - maybe it is almost as fun (JK). Your Zenock just makes me giggle, I am so glad to be able to watch and read about him. He is such a cute boy and is lucky to have sucha cute mom!

Erin said...

WoW! You guys have been busy! But it has been busy FUN it looks like! You guys really are always doing something new and exciting. I need to get out more :)

The Cook Family said...

Thanks for all of the good travel ideas! Looks like fun!

Kristin Bishop said...

I loved having visitors to look forward to when I lived out of state. Looks like you guys kept them busy. It is always fun to show them the sites they never get to see but is your home. Looks like you guys are having a fun summer.

Kimberly said...

Oh, we will definitely be planning some trips for me to come visit as well as you to come up to NYC. Hopefully Zenock likes a good bus ride (takes about 4 1/2 hours from NYC to D.C.). I'm super excited for you to move out here though. :)