In our travels it has been fun to see the different Temples in our area. We have a new Temple coming in that should be done around the same time as the Payson, Utah Temple. I have to admit that Provo Temple will probably always be my favorite and so far has been the most reverent. Although the new Gilbert Temple is very Beautiful, and had a very similar atmosphere to Provo, so we shall see if I have a new favorite.
Even though the drive to the temple is only about a 20 minute difference from our drive to the Houston Temple, It has been nice that we are that 20 minutes closer. President Monson said:
"Those who understand the eternal blessings which come from the temple know that no sacrifice is too great, no price too heavy, no struggle too difficult in order to receive those blessings. There are never too many miles to travel, too many obstacles to overcome, or too much discomfort to endure. They understand that the saving ordinances received in the temple that permit us to someday return to our Heavenly Father in an eternal family relationship and to be endowed with blessings and power from on high are worth every sacrifice and every effort."
This quote hit home for me when I was feeling very overwhelmed about our situation with the twins, and made me feel so grateful that we are only an hour away. So every 2nd Saturday of the month we have tried to go to the temple, and either me or Matt sits out with the kids so the other can attend. It is nice that the Mesa temple grounds have such big spaces for the kids to explore. However it has been really busy because the Mesa Temple was the only temple for most of Arizona. We hope that it will be a lot less crowded now that the Gilbert Temple just opened. The people in Mesa have a lot more grass, flowers and trees, than the people up where we are. Here they like the desert landscape. It is very refreshing to visit the temple because it feels a little more like the flourishing Utah landscape that we love.
Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple
Taysom and Brigham five months old. Brigham: Left, Taysom: Right
In the past for conference we got bowls of difference kinds of candy and put words like: temple, prayer, scriptures, Jesus. etc. but I realized that it wasn't the healthiest thing for them. So we decided to try beads, so when they heard a certain word they got to pick a bead to put on a necklace or a bracelet. They had a lot of fun and it was fun to see the creations they came up with.
Matt spraying the kids with the hose.
Brigham: left Taysom: right
We love our snuggles. One of the best things is while walking around the babies cuddle up and fall asleep on our shoulder. The Doctor said to read to the babies, so I tried. They aren't too interested and mostly like to "help me" turn the pages. But I love cuddle time with my boys.
This is one of our favorite times on Saturday morning. We love when all the kids come in to our bedroom and we talk, laugh and cuddle all morning.
This was the turning point from very difficult, to getting easier. They started to push themselves up with their hands and were able to look forward and grab at things. So instead of both babies crying when I put them down, they would be distracted for a few minutes so I could get some breathing time in.
This was a really fun family trip that we took. Matt had a conference in Marana, which is right next to Tucson. So we decided to go with him, and make a trip out of it. It was a little difficult because Matt was gone for most of the day, but we made the most of it. It was a really nice resort and had lots of extra perks.
While Matt was off at his meeting. The kids and I went and got doughnuts for breakfast.
Exploring the hotel before Matt had to leave.
The kids really enjoyed swimming they also had a really big water slide that Talia went on. The other two were a little scared to go on it, but Talia loved it.
They had a Nature/Adventurer booklet that the kids could check off things that they did at the Hotel. We were able to do most of them. Here we have lassoing a bull.
You can't really tell by but these trees are orange trees.
Aerom lassoing himself, :) and then finally the bull.
This was one of the kids favortie part. A ranger grabbed us after we got out of the pool and asked if we wanted to look at our "desert friends" He showed us quite a few different kinds of snakes, a male and female tarantula, a scorpion, and a mama and baby tortoise.
Here we have the scorpion, and how it glows when you shine a black light on it. After this we bought our own black light and search for scorpions in our yard. We have only found a few thanks goodness.
Here we have the kids playing Bocce Ball. We put Tayson in the closet so we could keep it quiet for him while he slept. Our family of 7 fills a hotel room nicely. :)
Halloween! It was fun to go Trick-or-treating in our cute neighborhood. However in Texas it was still completely light till 7:30, where here it gets dark a lot sooner. We still had fun though.