Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas in Kalamazoo

Thanks to everyone for such a fun Christmas! It was really fun to see everyone and just hang out. Here are some of my favorite pictures:

The boys looking pretty tough

The girls

Dad was really good at Dance Dance Revolution


Anna's almost birthday party was awesome

GG Doot and Theo

It was really fun to see everyone! Hopefully you are all looking very hard to find that Peanut trophy to send out to Virginia!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Washington DC Temple Lights

When mom was here visiting, we were able to go up to see the temple lights. They were amazing! It is so nice to have a temple so close.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

India and the Taj Mahal


I have the opportunity to be in India right now...end of December 2007. It is interesting, beautiful, and so very different. This is the Taj Mahal. It was built by a king in India in memory of his wife. It is in a very large complex of gardens and buildings, of which this is one. This particular building is made entirely of white marble and precious stones.


There are monkeys running free not only at historical sites, but in the cities. This one was lounging near the tomb of Akbar, the father of the king who built the Taj.


Just to prove I was there: me in front of the Taj.


This is to give an idea of the size and scale of the Taj. It is over 90 meters tall inside at the dome - about 300 feet.


They also have camels all over. They are on the streets pulling wagons; the person I am visiting here (Anand) says that many companies with whom he works have their cardboard boxes delivered by camels.



It is interesting to see the monkeys all over. Anand told us that when he was young, the monkeys around their home would sometimes take the clothes which were drying outside. Or their favorite thing to do was to take all the buttons off the shirts. They would leave the shirts - but keep the buttons!