Husband and I set a goal to visit three new temples this year. All of a sudden it was April and we hadn't even visited one! So we decided it was time to fix that. I mean, just look! Baby isn't gonna wait much longer, I'm running out of time for travel, and road trips without children get exponentially more difficult when there's a newborn in the house.
Luckily, the Snowflake Temple is only a few hours away. Little Boy spent the day with his aunties and uncle and Pops and we took off on a little adventure. It was great to just chit chat and enjoy one another as we drove.
I hadn't been to the Snowflake Temple since the open house in 2002. I had forgotten how much Native American influence was incorporated into the interior of this temple. It is truly unique. I loved having Sister Flake as one of the temple workers. Husband loved the distinctive water feature. We also realized how difficult it was to get a good picture of this temple due to it's situation at the top of a very steep hill.
We also realized how terribly difficult it is to take pictures in the blinding sun. We laughed and cried (mostly out of pain) at how awful these turned out. But hey, this tradition is all about making memories and taking pictures at Snowflake will always stand out.
After a temple session and pictures, we were starving. Unfortunately, fast food in Payson didn't appeal to us, so we decided to tough it out and eat once we got back to Mesa. Of course, a buffet sounded like a perfect idea, hungry as we were. The Chinese buffet we went to was great, until we were done eating and we felt miserably sick, either from eating too much or just eating what we did. Needless to say, we're going to stay away from Chinese buffets for a while.
We are so grateful for temples. We are grateful that we've had the pleasure of visiting 15 of them now! It is so much fun to see the differences in architecture and design, yet to feel the same Spirit and know that we are in the Lord's house. We are excited for the arrival of the Gilbert Temple and the Phoenix Temple. "A marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men..." Now we better get busy on our family history!