Monday, September 13, 2010

18th Anniversary

So you might be asking yourself what a marble sculpture of Jesus has to do with our 18th Wedding Anniversary. Well, here's the long answer... Steve and I went to SLC overnight on our anniversary. I surprised him with a night away. I had arranged about 6 weeks in advance to have our neighbors watch Chloe. And I asked around for suggests of nice hotels and made a reservation at "Little America". On Sunday before we checked out we made sort of a last minute decision to visit Temple Square in downtown SLC.

I'm so glad we did! It turned out to be one of the highlights of the weekend for me. The following pictures of sculptures and paintings are from inside the North Visitor Center. The rest of the pics are from the grounds at Temple Square. Let me just say, the grounds were so beautiful and well kept. And the water features were very pretty. I just loved every minute.

The globe above is surrounded by Bibles from all over the world. After getting home I realized that I don't know if these are actual bibles, or Mormon scriptures. I think they were bibles, though.

Artist's depiction of Adam and Eve.

I became so emotional looking at these beautiful, huge paintings depicting Old Testament and New Testament stories. It's just not often that I come across anything so lifelike about the Bible. The painting above depicts Isaiah foretelling the coming of Christ.

God calling to Samuel.

The Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus choosing his disciples.

Inside the Mormon Tabernacle. This is a HUGE organ, and this is where the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings.

Just a sculpture of family. I thought it was so pretty.

This water was flat and still. Suddenly it began to get shallow and I wondered why I hadn't noticed those pipes before. Then the fountain started. I couldn't believe how high it got. (See below, view from other side as fountain got higher.)

The offices of the LDS church.

The original tabernacle construction in the mid-late 1800's.

These are the grounds of the hotel where we stayed. Everything was in bloom, and so pretty.

Inside the hotel lobby.

Our big night out at Melting Pot. It was the first time for both of us to eat there.

The cheese fondu was wonderful!

Before dinner we went to the outside mall in SLC. They also had a very nice water feature that the kids love to play in.

And lastly, the first picture I took of our trip: the bathroom. It struck me so odd not having a separation in the floor for the shower. I had this odd feeling that I might accidentally get confused and pee on the floor instead of using the toilet. Weird, I know! The shower worked ok for me, the floor was tilted enough that the water drained without causing puddles all over the bathroom floor. Didn't work so well for Steve, I think because he is so much taller. He left puddles all over. I think I will stick with the good old walk-in shower, myself.

So eighteen years have come and gone. We had a great weekend celebrating!


Holly said...

Enjoyed seeing all of your pictures--esp. of the temple grounds and the biblical scenes.

Glad y'all had a night away to celebrate your anniversary!

When we went to Singapore that's how their bathroom/shower was--all one room, all one floor. It took some getting used to.

Charlton said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (a week late - sorry.) ;)

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