Sunday, February 6, 2011

Ice Castles! (Remember that movie? This has nothing to do with it.)

Get ready for some awesome pictures!
These are the Ice Castles in Midway Utah.

For Family Night last Wednesday, Mark, Tara, her friend Jake and I went to Midway to see the Castles.

There is a guy there that builds them every winter with PVC pipe and sprinkler heads.

He just keeps growing them through the end of February,

And it's a pretty cool (and very cold) thing.

Icicles hanging everywhere, around lights, and forming big castle like structures.

Or just looking like skulls with knives sticking out of them.

Nickell, Holly or anyone Utah-ish, if you want to go, let me know and I'll go with you. I thought it was pretty neat.

And this (below) is my favorite picture of all!

Vancouver Temple

We waited for a long time for this temple, and it was finally dedicated this past year. For Christmas I got Mark a trip to Canada so we could go visit the Vancouver, Canada temple.
It was a cold, cloudy day (just what I expected) and we really enjoyed it! Mark did work for Uncle Geroge Niven, and I for Mark's great grandmother, Anne Jessiman. The temple is very small and just beautiful, and it felt like going home. Many of the workers had been in our ward all those years ago when we lived in Burnaby and it was wonderful to see them all.
Mark's mom met us for a session after we had finished with the baptisms, and brought a lot of names with her to be sealed. I have never done work for anyone all the way through, and it was such a great experience! And we finally got Uncle George done! He was so good to Mark and Me always, and it felt great to be able to give this back to him.
I know I complain a lot about the time we spent in Vancouver. It was a very hard thing for me. But it also taught me so much, and I just love the people we knew. They helped me grow up and increased my testimony in so many ways, and I know Heavenly Father sent us up there for good reasons. Those seven years were the best learning experience I could possibly have had. I am so happy those great people now have a temple near by. In my opinion they are the most deserving of this blessing in all the world!