"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
— L.M. Montgomery

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Billings 2011 (Part 1)

As I am sitting here, watching the snow fall and editing pictures from our trip, I am feeling very thankful. We had the ability to spend part of the Spring Holy days with dear friends. See some stunning things and came home safe, tired and filled. 
Thursday night was a late one getting the" last second" things done and ready for an early start Friday morning. 

The alarm went off and Aaron and I got up and made some coffee and started in getting the last few things into the car. Got the kids up and dressed and loaded up. Lyla and Millie were NOT happy at us and looked very dejected as we drove off. 
A quick(ish) stop in the next biggest town for coffee and gas and then we headed for the Montana border. 
After spending all day in the car, with some stops for forgotten items and potty/coffee breaks we arrived in Billings to a lovely Sabbath dinner made my our host. After that, we headed over to some very dear friends and got in a visit before heading off to bed.

Sabbath was spend in fellowship with dear friends and listening to some great teaching.

Sunday was spend with the Moores wearing the kids out. The plan was to get our kids so tired that they would sleep during the Passover service (foot washing, taking of the bread and wine). So we braved a few rain drops and headed to the Zoo.

The Zoo was fun, a bit wet toward the end, but the kids (and the Big Ups) had a great time. We saw a tiger.
Lots of peacocks. They are so stunning!

A couple of Red Pandas



Bear (doesn't he just looks so very cuddly!)

A couple of eagles. They were not caged in, they had free range and Mrs. Moore said you see them flying around the area often. How neat is that!

and some very cerious, adorable, I-want-one-as-a-pet otters! 
Part two: The rest of the zoo, etc coming tomorrow! 

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