Washington DC

This semester has been one of the hardest semesters for John and for me! We are so glad that it's over and I'm crossing my fingers that next semester won't be quite as demanding! John definitely had more work than he had time to do. We were so excited to have him home this week and it has been so much fun. We decided that it was time to take a trip to the temple which is kind of a big trip for us! We are lucky enough to have only a 4 hour drive there but that's a long time for two little girls! Isabella did great on her first car trip! She slept most of the time and loved eating yummy snacks when she was awake!

Hailey mostly watched movies on her DVD player! She thought that it was so fun to just be able to watch movies and she was loving our time together as a family. She was great!
Yeah! We finally arrived! John was so sweet to stay with the girls while I was able to attend the temple. By the time that I was done, the girls were too so John will go next time! Washington DC is always colder than Virginia Beach so we bundled the kids up nice and warm.

They sure do love their daddy!
Isabella can hardly move with all of her layers on!
By the time that I got out it was just getting dark and all of the beautiful Christmas lights had just turned on. It was so fun to experience all of the beauty and the sweet spirit that is present at the temple. Really, there's not better place on earth. I feel so blessed to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm so thankful for my Savior and for the love that he has for me, for John, and for our girls. I could really feel the happiness that came from Isabella and Hailey as they were able to go to the visitors center and experience some of the special things that are set up there. John said that Hailey was one of the Sister Missionaries little helpers as she begged to push all of the buttons in the Visitor's Center. We were at the temple for less than 3 hours because of hungry babies but those three hours were worth all the time in the world!
We decided that 8 hours of driving in one day was too much for the babes so we found a nice little hotel for us all to bunker down in! Hailey just thought that this was the best vacation ever!! Who needs Disney Land when you've got the temple and a cheap hotel?
I am so thankful for my husband and for all of this hard work and dedication to me and our children. Everything that he does is all geared towards taking care of us and I love him so much. He is definitely Hailey and Isabella's hero (Hailey thinks so because he has a sword like Hercules) but he is my hero as well!

I am madly in love with my little girls and couldn't ask for anything better. The challenges of being a mom and a wife seem to disappear when you think about the plan of our Savior and the importance of our job here on earth. I'm thankful that my Heavenly Father has trusted me with their sweet spirits and pray that I might do all that I can to teach them and raise them to be selfless, loving, righteous, and dedicated to the gospel. That is what will truly make them beautiful!


Heidi said...

Love you Trina - keep up the good work, they are so blessed to have you and I agree, You have the best husband and special little girls!!

The Jones Family said...

oh that sounded like it was SO much fun! too bad you BOTH couldn't go into the Temple together!

Colleen said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip! And it obviously touched your soul, so glad you shared it!

Leah said...

way to be Katrina....are you hoping non members read it...good missionary tool :) We missed seeing you at Christmas and sorry we couldn't be there to take your kids half way up to the temple :( talk to you soon

Beth said...

Great post! The temple is soo beautiful. I'm glad you guys made the trip and that it turned out so great. It's hard with little ones, but you are right about it being worth it. That picture with the lights on at the temple is so great!