We went to Los Angeles for stake temple day a few weeks ago. It was the first time we were able to go since Chloe was born, and it was a wonderful trip.
Brennan threw up in the car on the way down, so that was a bummer, especially for Spencer, who was sitting right next to him and would normally run full speed to the opposite side of the house at the slightest hint of someone gagging. Dallin had the stomach flu a few days before that, so we were prepared with a bucket and wondered how the rest of the trip would go. But it was a one time thing; he woke up feeling fine, and no one else got sick. Shwew!
What I love about going to the L.A. temple and staying in the apartments is that I can get up super early before anyone else wakes up and enjoy a beautiful, peaceful walk over to the temple. Then I hang out with the kids while Dave does a temple session. We packed scooters and played at the park for awhile.
Tyler had fun taking pictures. I can't get over how much he loves that thing. He keeps begging me to set up his own blog, but I haven't had time to show him how.
Levi was not in the mood for pictures that day.
The boys really wanted to go walk around the temple before we left, so I took a few of them over while Spencer helped Dave pack up the car.
We were very disappointed to see that "the tree" was gone. The big huge one that everyone took wedding pictures in front of. We used to love climbing it, until security would tell us to get off. I guess we killed it. In its place was a much smaller tree with flowers all around. Witty Tyler commented, "They reTREEted!"
This was Chloe's first time away from home, other than our little hospital stay. She did SUCH a great job. She slept all night, took good naps, and only cried at the very end of the long car trips there and back. What a good baby!!
I love how my boys always put their arms around each other and point things out to one another. Tyler's pointing at the angel Moroni in this one.
On the way home we stopped at the Getty Museum. We only stayed for a couple of hours because we were tired and hungry and had a long drive ahead of us, but it was a really cool place. One of the best things about it is the location, up on a big hill overlooking Los Angeles. Dave and Tyler are pointing out the temple here.
We spent the most amount of time in the sketch room, where they could sit and sketch the artwork on the walls. They all loved it.
When Spencer was little he loved to watch a series of videos called "There Goes a...Bulldozer, Firetruck, Police Car, etc." One of his absolute favorite ones was the bulldozer, and it was filmed at the construction site of the Getty. So it was pretty epic (currently one of his favorite words) to finally get to see the finished product!
Another great thing is all the cool architecture and lighting. I wish I could have taken more pictures, but Chloe was extra hungry and Levi was extra cranky. That makes it hard to be creative with a camera. I'm sure we'll go there again some time, since it's so close to the temple. Plus it's free, other than parking. The fun tram ride up and down the hill alone was worth the price of parking.