Sunday, April 15, 2012


This was a charming and magical day!  We made our way to Monticello the home of Thomas Jefferson.  We so enjoyed roaming the grounds and seeing the beautiful gardens.  The tour of the house was so interesting.  It was fun to see all the inventions that came from these days and how people are always trying to improve their lives.  We still are...right?

Loved all the Dog Wood beautiful!

Walking up to Monticello

Such beautiful vegetable gardens.  Sara said she wants a garden this big!  I do not!

These are the really cool passages under the house.
It leads from the kitchen downstairs to the upstairs.
Servants would not be seen by using these passages.

This is a life sized statue of Mr. Thomas Jefferson

The first copy machine.  Jefferson used this to make copies of his letters.

This was our kind of place!

As you can see Mackay really enjoyed it!

This was the ice house.  They kept ice harvested from winter here for household use in the summer.

The indoor Privy

The precursor to the camera.

The laundry and bath house

Liz loved this really big tree!

The back lawn.  They said in those days the lawn would have
been about 2 feet high and regularly cut with a scythe.

While we were gone cute Emma made us the most delicious cupcakes.

She said she wants to go into the business and I really think she should

These were the most delicious cupcakes ever!

Emma is also working hard at learning the guitar!

Sara and Liz really enjoyed talking to each other

Until about 2 am.  No picture story would be complete without a thumbs up from Liz!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Moving on to Virginia

My sister Sara and her husband James are serving as mission presidents in the Richmond Virginia mission.  We don't get to see them very often and so I was excited that we had planned a few days in our trip to stop and say hello to them.  It was so good to be with my sister Sara and to have some time to spend just chatting and catching up on each other's lives.

President and Sister Perry

We had to get a picture with James before he scooted off for the weekend!


Sara and Karen together again!

The family hedgehog.....

Yes I said Hedgehog.  Doesn't every family have one?

We made mozzarella cheese.....

Yes, I said we made cheese and this was only the first night!

So pretty!

Cousins again....Emma and Liz

Friday, April 13, 2012

Atlantic Station Day

Tuesday was our adventure into Atlantic Station.  I cute shopping area in downtown Atlanta.  Poor Mackay was having to spend the days with all the girls now that Chris had to go back to work.  He was a good sport too!  We did some shopping and had lunch at the California Pizza restaurant.  The day was beautiful and we all had a good time.  We even remembered where we parked the car!

Shoe Shopping

Mackay is thinking, "Yah, I get to spend the day shopping with
a bunch of girls!"

Just enjoying my Atlanta Ice Water

Mackay beyond thrilled....

We kept asking strangers to take pictures until we got one we liked!

Mackay showing off his hip hop....hmmmm.

Happy Birthday to Nadia she found a cute top with room to grow!

We're off to see the wizard!

....or to find the car.

Our sad goodbye pictures!

No picture is complete without a thumbs up from Liz!

Yep, it's just this crazy!

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