After picking up the decorations we rushed back so we could get the place decorated before my parents got home. We did it and my mom was so surprised! Hooray! It was lots of fun to be there to celebrate with my mom. After they got home, we ate lunch and then headed back to the Visitors' Center for a show called High Hopes and Riverboats. After that, it was off to more historic sites.
We went out to dinner for my mom's birthday and had a tasty buffet at the Hotel Nauvoo. When we got home, we decided to walk down Parley Street which is the road the Saints took when leaving Nauvoo for the long exodus west. The street is lined with plaques containing quotes and stories of some of the Saints' experiences in leaving Nauvoo.
Walking down Parley Street, we ran into our old friends, Gary and Gabe the oxen. I liked the oxen a lot, so I stopped to say hello. Unfortunately it was not documented on film (or digital film), but moments after Jared took this picture, Gary the ox licked my arm!
As we walked down Parley Street reading the plaques, we also enjoyed a beautiful sunset and tons and tons of fireflies which were totally awesome. Jared tried to get pictures of them, but they were very camera shy and we didn't get a single firefly picture. I wish we had fireflies in California!