August 7, 2009
Today, we drove to Idaho Falls for a little getaway before school starts up again. For Christmas of 2007, my Dad and Ginny gave us a night at a Marriot or Hilton hotel and we are finally using it! Only it's even better becuase they gave us TWO nights!
We decided to come to Idaho Falls and ride our bikes on the trail by the Snake River, swim in the pool and just relax and enjoy being togehter.
Today was a lot of fun. We had fun on the drive and arrived here around 3pm. We checked in and were in a room that faced the parking lot, which was fine but we thought it would be really great to face the river and the temple. I called Dad to let him know we were here and he said it wouldn't hurt to ask, so Chad went and asked the front desk and they moved us! So, we are in a room pretty much straight across from the temple and on the top floor. So great!
This afternoon and evening, they were having some type of speed boat racing on the river which was pretty entertaining...and loud! I can't believe how loud some of those boats are and they go so fast!
We put our stuff in the room and headed over to the Titanic exhibit at the Idaho Falls Museum. It was very interesting but I just felt like crying throughout the whole thing. So many lives lost and so many children. I tried not to think about what it would be like to have been one of the mothers on that ship, slowly coming to the realization that your children were going to die, as were you. I tried to focus on the artifacts they had there, which were very interesting. It's amazing what they have recovered from the sea floor. My favorite part of the exhibit was the recreated first-class and third-class cabins. Carson's favortie part was the iceberg. They had an actual iceberg that you could touch. Of course, we all touched it and had the startling revelation "it's cold"! Chad was amazed at how so many things came from that time that we still use; nothing new mechanically has been made, we've only improved on what they invented.
We were each given a "boarding pass" when we arrived which had our passenger name and information on it. At the end of the exhibit, we were able to look at the passenger list and see if "we" lived or died. Carson and Chad's passenger names died, but mine lived. I was 22, married to a wealthy man and we were finishing up our two year long honeymoon. I lived, as did our servant, but my husband perished. It was very interesting and caused you to do exactly what the boarding pass meant to...imagine you were actually that person.
Cameras were not allowed in the exhibit at all so no photos from that.
After the exhibit, we hit Wal-Mart. Chad forgot his swimsuit. The end of summer is a good time to buy a swimsuit...it was five bucks! We ate dinner at Iggy's, which was delicious and then we went swimming.
All in all it was a great day. I just love being with my family so much. I am happy I get to spend this weekend with them.