Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Mormon Battalion

While we were in California, Brandon and Brooke, the in-laws :), said we should go to the part of old town San Diego where they have the exhibit for the Mormon battalion.

I will be honest, I really didn't know what the Mormon battalion was so I was excited to find out. Brandon also mentioned that there was some Bunker family history in the Mormon battalion so we were excited to learn more!

The exhibit is really well done and the tour takes you around and shows you different experiences that the Battalion went through.

Basically the battalion was created because the United States needed more soldiers for the war. The President promised the saints that if they helped in the fight they would receive money and food for the saints still traveling across the wilderness. It seemed like a good trade but a dangerous one at that!

The saints made it to California and the battalion ended up not having to fight in the war at all. God had protected them for making the sacrifice to enlist. It is a pretty incredible story, and one that brought a lot of emotions to the surface for me :)

I forget sometimes that there is family history on the Bunker side. Family history that I don't know that is so important! It is neat to learn about it so someday I can teach our little ones.

After the presentation the tour guide said that we could look up members of the battalion on the computer system they had.

We did and found Brian's great great great Grandfather Edward Bunker! It was a really special moment for us to click on his bio and learn lots more about him! I will never forget it :)

I laughed because he was 5'10" and had blond hair and blue eyes! Just like my Brian!

Out back they had an area where you could do some things the saints did back then. We decided to pan for gold and struck it RICH!!!

Ok well not really! But it was super fun anyways!

I know I always recommend stuff, but I seriously do if you are ever going to be in San Diego! It was really neat and maybe you'll stumble onto some history of your own :)

San Diego Temple

So one day while on our vacay to Cali we were driving on the freeway and spotted something lovely! Is that the temple we thought?!?!

We pulled over for some more pictures and I must say how beautiful it really is in person!

Like WOW! See it for yourself sometime, you'll thank me :)

When someone you love moves. . .

Go visit them!Brian's incredible brother and his family moved from Oregon to San Diego! We felt just awful that they would be so lonely in this amazingly sunny state :) so we decided it was time for a ten day visit!

We had all kinds of fun and never wanted our trip to end!

Thanks for letting us crash your pad for a while and for feeding us, making us laugh, giving us more hugs and kisses then we could count, and for the life-long memories and inside jokes!

Highlights to come! XOXO!

So long Seattle!

So we can honestly say that Seattle was one of the most fun places we have ever been!

There is something about this coastal city that is so different from anywhere we have ever been!

We loved the laid back feel of everything. . .

The culture and creative atmosphere. . .

The whimsical touches to the city. . .

The friendly faces. . . lol!

Thanks Seattle and WA!

You literally charmed our socks off! We will definately be back for more!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Air and Sea. . .

In Seattle Brian wanted to see the air museum and I wanted to see the aquarium so we did both! The aquarium is right on the pier and is beautiful!

We had lots of fun! It was a quick thing to do, it only took a few hours. They had lots of sea creatures you could touch!

I was a big chicken but Brian did it!

We would have gotten more pictures but my camera died.

We watched the seals forever! They were so cute and I wanted to snuggle them!

We didn't know that the air museum was outside the city limits and we had a very expensive cab ride getting there! It was quite the adventure!

We took lots of picture for my dad cause he used to work for Boeing! It was a cool museum too!

The whole museum was a warehouse with tons of airplanes hanging from the ceilings!

They have the first airplane and the latest and greatest!

Brian always wanted to be a pilot growing up so this was especially fun for him. Can't you tell? Look at that cute grin!

We went outside for the last part of the exhibit to see the concord and air force one!

It was pretty cool to see where so many Presidents have flown different destinations!

They had some cool space exhibits too!

This is my favorite picture of the day!

We seriously laughed for five minutes when we saw how good it turned out. Brian fills my life with so much laughter and happiness! He is the best and I adore him completely!
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