On July 17 we made the 9 hour drive to Nauvoo. I was excited for the boys to learn more about our Church's history and see what life was like for the early saints. Unfortunately I think the number one thing they are going to remember is how hot it was! Each time we would go in a building for a tour Tyler would announce (in his most dramatic voice) "I cannot believe how hot it is out there!" The missionary giving the tour would then ask him where he was from, and I always got a funny look once Tyler said Florida! He really wasn't exaggerating about the heat though, the average temperature for the four days we were there was 100. If you factor in the humidity it was close to 120! It actually felt hotter than what we're use to! I am happy to say that the Nauvoo Temple has stuck with both the boys. Later in our trip we were in a Deseret book store and they both kept pointing out pictures of the temple and saying, "That's the temple we saw in Nauvoo!" We had a great time sight seeing and really enjoyed the Nauvoo Pageant. My mom even let me slip away one afternoon to do some work in the temple. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for me!
Our hotel was in the town next to Nauvoo, we never did figure out the official pronunciation of it's name!
We drove through 75 miles of corn fields before reaching our hotel.
Tyler was excited to get his picture taken with the corn!
We learned how to make rope, and Tyler got to help!
The boys with the finished product.
Waiting in the shade for a tour to start.
Riley trying one of the pioneer games.
Granny showed the boys how it was done!
Playing Joseph Smith's favorite game, the stick pull.
Tyler getting some help on the stilts.
Riley playing another one of the pioneer games.
My cute pioneer children!
This sun stone is from the original Nauvoo Temple. Only two sun stones survived after the temple caught fire in the late 1800's, the other stone is on display at the Smithsonian.
The statue of Joseph and Hyrum leaving Nauvoo for the final time.
The Nauvoo Temple (from the back).
The front of the temple.
Granny and Madison in their matching outfits.
The boys loved being pulled by the oxen!
In the visitors center.
Standing in the Mississippi River.