Last weekend we stayed at the cutest little inn. The kind of place where they keep fresh chocolate chip cookies on the front desk and have garlands of lights hanging in the courtyard. (Tornado, allergy, and frizzy hair season...yay. ;)
We got up early Saturday morning and went to the temple to do some sealings. (While talking to the other couple in the room, we realized that the husband and I were from the same home town and graduated a few years apart. Small world!) Ben and I took a walk around the grounds when we were done and were amazed by all of the colors!
After leaving the temple, we met some friends at the botanical garden to walk around (free for residents Wednesday & Saturday mornings, ps!) and loved spending time in the sun.
We ended the day by chowing down on pizza with friends, getting a workout in, babysitting, and some lesson planning for Sunday.
At church on Sunday I was called to serve as the secretary in the Relief Society presidency (still a Primary teacher, too, ha!) and Ben lost a Young Men's counselor. Besides that, not an eventful day. We lounged around with friends and partook of a delicious lasagna. ;)
The best thing about moving away from family is when they come to visit! We were lucky enough to have my parents and brothers hang out in St. Louis for a few days last week and it was a fabulous excuse to use up a few vacation days and eat a few too many calories! We're so lucky that people take the time to come visit us in the hood. (Kidding. It's great and we like St. Louis. :)
^^Brothers are goobers.^^
Since they got in super late Sunday night, we took our sweet time easing into Monday. But. Once we got going, we couldn't be stopped. We saw the Old Courthouse, the Arch, stopped for burgers and fries, walked along The Loop, ate good meat for dinner, and ended up walking almost 20,000 steps that day. Tuesday we braved the rainstorm and explored the Science Center, flew in the simulators, filled up on pizza, and played at the City Museum for a few hours. Sadly, they left us at the end of the day to head to the next stop on their RV tour and Ben and I had to get back to real life. ;)
"As I think of temples, my thoughts turn to the many blessings we receive therein. As we enter through the doors of the temple, we leave behind us the distractions and confusion of the world. Inside this sacred sanctuary, we find beauty and order. There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives.
As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace which will transcend any other feeling which could come into the human heart. We will grasp the true meaning of the words of the Savior when He said: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.'
Such peace can permeate any heart—hearts that are troubled, hearts that are burdened down with grief, hearts that feel confusion, hearts that plead for help."
Quotes taken from President Monson's talk found here.
This year on Easter Sunday we were fortunate enough to be able to hear from our church leaders at general conference. Ben suggested we dress up in our church clothes and head over to the church to watch it with our ward there. (Long story short, we drove over to the church but ended up having to watch it at home in end.)
During the break between sessions we decided to go for a walk around our neighborhood and into the park close to our house. It was such a beautiful day and it seemed like everything had come to life that weekend; the flowers were blooming and the little buds on the trees decided to make an appearance. Symbolic for Easter Sunday!
After watching the afternoon session of conference, we threw some ribs on the grill and made dinner for my family since they pulled into town that night. It may not have been your classic Easter dinner, but I'd take baked beans and ribs over ham any day! (We're kind of lacking in the tradition department over here...although I suppose that's something that will come along with kids.)
P.S. Ben and I don't do Easter baskets for each other, but we've gone to the store a few days after Easter two years in a row to each pick out a bag of candy that's 75% off. That's a tradition, right? ;) I just keep telling myself that as I eat my $1 bag of Cadbury eggs. (Clean eating starts up again tomorrow. I can hardly bear to think about it, ha.)
If you missed general conference or want to figure what in the world I'm talking about, check it out here and click on "sessions," "speakers," or "topics." I'm excited to watch and read the talks again over the next few months, but my current favorites are this talk, this talk, and this talk.
Check out Alexa's adorable women's conference printables! I love them all and can't wait to tape/hang/pin them up all around our apartment.
Jenna from Mom, the Intern wrote a really great post about Sister Wixom's talk on Sunday and summed up a few of my thoughts on encouraging light much more eloquently than I ever could. It's well worth the read, regardless of your religion.