First, the day after she got here, 3 kids in our branch were baptized in the Jordan River! What a cool experience to see these lovely, wonderful children be baptized in such a special, sacred place!
Monday morning, however, we packed up a picnic lunch, grabbed our swimsuits, and ran down to the Dead Sea for a morning float!
Friday, we went to church and enjoyed our time there. Then we packed up the car and drove down to Petra! It was a lovely Sabbath drive and we listened to some radio dramas about the life of Jesus. We ate a packed dinner that we had brought and enjoyed our super awesome hotel room! Devin found the BEST place--it has a family room, is super cheap, is close to the entrance to Petra, the people are really friendly, and the buffet breakfast was wonderful!
Saturday morning, we ate our breakfast, packed our bags full of water, and went out to explore Petra! We got to ride horses, camels and donkeys, and see almost everything there! It was EXTREMELY hot, but the kids were super troopers. I think the camels, donkeys and horses helped a lot.
Monday morning, Josh and Kristen were a little better, but Peter was down for the count. However, it was Andrew's birthday! So, he was in charge of the day. Their plan: Watch 'Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark', and play on the iPads. All day. So, that's what they did! Which is good, because Andrew wanted spaghetti with homemade sauce for lunch, and homemade pizza for dinner, and strawberry shortcake for his cake. I spent all day cooking. It was a definite change of pace! And that strawberry shortcake was scrumptious!!!
After the broadcast, we came home and got ready to take Kristen up to the airport. We got her off safely, the kids were safely sleeping, and I let the kids have Wednesday and Thursday off from school because I got sick! Bleh! Today is Friday, and Andrew and Claire are sick, so we are home from church, which is why this has been posted so quickly. :/ We're enjoying some lovely church movies (Johnny Lingo, Other Side of Heaven)...and my poor littles are lying around like lumps on logs. Good times. We can't ALWAYS be healthy, right? But we're doing well.
Now, it's time to move on with normal life again. This is definitely made easier by the fact that Devin has a 5 day weekend! Woot!