A Quick Trip to Kirtland, Ohio

Last weekend, I went with six friends to Kirtland, Ohio. Kirtland plays a significant role in LDS church history. It was in Kirtland the first LDS Temple was built. The Kirtland Temple is now owned by the Community of Christ (a church that splintered off from the LDS Church). The temple is not used for religious purposes and they offer tours through the Temple.

We spent more time driving than actually touring the historic sites in Kirtland, but I very much enjoyed the whole trip.

(Disclaimer: The sun was very bright so there are a number of closed eyes in the group pictures).

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February Birthdays: Cabin Life and Luray Caverns

Melissa and Eric both celebrated milestone birthdays this year.

Melissa’s birthday was on the 23rd, which was a Monday. We (my mom, Aunt Diana, Keri, Melissa, and I) celebrated by going to a cabin in Warm Springs, VA from the 20th through the 22nd. Originally, we planned to go to the Jefferson Pools (natural hot springs) while we were there, but we ended up getting about 15 inches of snow and the whole town shut down. The snow was absolutely beautiful.

At first I wondered if we would get a bit of “cabin fever” because we were snowed in, but my mom and Aunt Diana planned many fun indoor activities. Keri and I went for a walk in the snow that was picturesque and beautiful. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of DC and embrace the beautiful winter weather. On the drive down to the cabin, we stopped at the neatest consignment shop, where we tried on funny hats, and I fell in the love with the cutest dog.

Outside the cute little thrift shop.
Outside the cute little thrift shop.
Trying on funny hats.
The cute little dog I fell in love with at the thrift store :)
The cute little dog I fell in love with at the thrift store 🙂
Our home for the weekend.
Our home for the weekend.

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Out in the snow.
Out in the snow.
The main highway totally snowed over.
The main highway totally snowed over.
Birthday dinner table settings.
Birthday dinner table settings.

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Day one snow storm.
Day one snow storm.

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Beautiful and sunny last day.
Beautiful and sunny last day.

Eric’s birthday was on the 15th. To celebrate, we went to Luray Caverns and The Apple House on the 14th, and then we had a birthday dinner on the 15th. Luray Caverns were neat. It’s been many years since I’ve been there, and I absolutely loved the tour. Our trip to Luray actually inspired one of my posts on the Faith Friends blog. For the birthday dinner, I made pork loin in the crockpot with a new recipe. I am including the link to the recipe here so I will always know where to find it. I would probably cook the pork loin for less time and add more water to the crockpot because it was a little dryer than I would have preferred. However, I would for sure try it again.

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