When we moved to the East Coast, we had a secret hope that people would take advantage of our central location and come and visit us. We were even sure to put a guest room in our house to encourage visitors. And now we are getting visitors, and it is awesome! My brother was first, and next came our friends, the Jones family. The Jones have been like family ever since we lived in the apartment upstairs from them in Savannah, Georgia, and we loved having them!
They arrived on Friday morning, and it was raining so much, that we had to switch up our plans a bit. Originally, we were going to go to Lancaster, but instead, we turned around and went to the Amish market in Shrewsbury. I had a coupon for a free pretzel, and it was the best pretzel I have ever tasted. Arthur agreed, and so did Marilyn, Brent and Stephen.
Then we came back so they could nap to recover from their red-eye flight the night before. Once the older kids got home from school, we had a great time hanging out together. Lily played chess with Brent, Stephen and Marilyn played cards with the kids, and Derek played his guitar for them. Then we all had dinner, and Kevin and I talked to Brent and Marilyn until way too late.
On Saturday morning, they drove up to New York to visit Stephen's mission in Palmayra, and then came back on Tuesday night for a few more days. We were so happy to have them back, since the first day of their visit just wasn't enough. On Wednesday morning, Arthur and I took them to Philadelphia for the day.
I must admit that the traffic was awful - really awful. It took three hours to get there, which was excessive. It was worth it though, since we were able to go to the temple. We took turns, and Marilyn and I went in while Brent and Stephen watched Arthur. It was so special to share that amazing temple with them, and I loved being inside it again. It is so amazing.
While the boys were in the temple, Marilyn and I took Arthur on a walk through the city to get cheesesteaks for lunch. We went to Steve's Prince of Steaks, and Arthur stole all the fries from us. We did manage to eat a few before he commandeered them though ;).
After getting the sandwiches, we stopped at Insomnia Cookies for dessert, and then we walked back through town to the temple. The weather was gorgeous, the city was bursting with blooming cherry trees, and it was so fun. We did get a bit lost on our way back to the temple, however, because we thought we were walking a certain direction, and were going in the opposite direction. Oops!
We made it to the temple just in time for Brent and Stephen to come out, and then we had a picnic in the car in the parking garage. After eating and changing clothes, we drove over to Independence Mall so that they could see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
By then, it was time to head home so we didn't hit the same traffic on our way out of town. We met up with Kevin and Lily and Derek for dinner at Cracker Barrel, and it was a wonderful end to a great day.
Thursday, they spent the day in Washington DC, and I decided to stay behind with Arthur (because I had to be at the house for some important appointments - lame). They came home that evening for dinner and more late night talks, but then were heading out on this morning for a little more sight seeing and then flying out this afternoon.