We landed in Charlotte, grabbed some lunch and headed to our gate with our poor, sick baby. Right before boarding our flight started becoming more and more delayed due to maintenance issues. Laila was not feeling well and then threw up on me. Therefore, all three of us had gross clothes and we were getting close to emotional break downs. (One of us, more than others...) So Michael went to customer service to get us to stay the night in Charlotte and fly to Cleveland the next morning. Luckily he was getting everything situated because while he was there, our flight got cancelled so all the other passengers were headed to customer service like a swarm of angry bees. We tried to get our bags so that we could have clean clothes but someone higher up said vetoed and our bags were sent on to Cleveland. Let's just say, it was an interesting night and we recognize that things could have been worse. So we were grateful.
Thank heavens it only seemed to be a 24 hr bug and we all were able to smile riding the train from the airport to our hotel in Cleveland.
We had some plans for our day in Cleveland but when we got to the hotel, we all just crashed and enjoyed a nice long nap. That night, the Walkers met up with us and we went to an Indians game. Loved the stadium! What a view! (And it felt SO nice to be outside and not sweating!)
^Glad her smile was back!
^We stayed at a fun hotel near downtown that had a great history.
That night we got checked into our hotel, had dinner, met up with Katie, Tony and Liam and then headed back to Hill Cumorah for the pageant. We had front row seats and my phone died, so I don't have any of those pictures. :( It was a great show and so fun to see family in it. It's an incredible history and you get an incredible feeling about the things that happened there.
The next morning was a bit rainy but didn't stop us from going to the Joseph Smith Farm and going into the Sacred Grove. Loved the rain. And loved being there with my husband and daughter. What an amazing place!
^The Palmyra Temple peeking through the trees right across from the Sacred Grove.
^Cute Walker Fam
^Best we could do.
After the Sacred Grove and lunch, we all piled in our cars and crossed the border so we could see this incredible view...(From our hotel room!)
^Pretty incredible stuff!
We loved exploring with our cousins and walking around the falls.
The next morning we went on the Maid of the Mist and some of us enjoyed it more than others...
The next morning our two families went to Kirtland, Ohio. Again, so much amazing history happened in this little town.
^The School of the Prophets
Like all family trips, I felt like ours ended too soon but we are grateful for the time we did have. Our adventure home was quite the bookend to our beginning and involved more delayed flights and some serious running from gate E26 to B8 in Charlotte. It wasn't pretty. Shin splints, panting, and possibly sciatic nerve damage might have been involved. But we somehow made it on our connecting flight to Phoenix and didn't have to spend another night in Charlotte. And that is how we had a great vacation which included staying in 5 different states 5 different nights! Phew!