Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Tale of Two Temples, Part Two

We've been hard at work preparing for Temple #2 in Florida - the Fort Lauderdale Temple in Davie. Last week we were able to have a final committee meeting on the temple grounds and tour the inside. It's absolutely gorgeous! Our favorite detail was the tile work under the baptismal font. I guess you'll have to wait for the church to publish a picture of that. Found it here!
We also loved the desks in the President's and Matron's offices. Wayne says they make it look like we bought our new desk - which I still absolutely love - at Goodwill. (I don't quite agree, but they are definitely beautiful desks!) The offices aren't on the public tour route; I guess if you ever want to see them, you'll need to make an appointment with President or Sister Boggess.

We could take pictures outside, so that's what you get today.
Here's the field for parking, and then the "welcome" tents where the short video will be shown before starting the tour.
You can see the storm was rolling in as we gathered to start the meeting. We tested the tents (or at least one of them) and they work just fine at keeping you dry from the rain outside. 

After leaving the tents, it's a short walk to the temple, where you go past the main entrance and in the baptistry door.

The tour ends by using what will really be an emergency exit, but for the next few weeks, it will lead guests right to the exit reception tent where the sister missionaries will be available to answer any questions they might have.

All temples are gorgeous, but this one will have special meaning for us. It's a small temple, and it may feel like we've outgrown it before it even opens, but that just makes it feel more intimate and holy.
The view from the freeway
For the next five or six weeks, this is going to be an almost daily sight. Isn't it nice that it's so beautiful?

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Tale of Two Temples, Part One

This month we took our last trip to the Orlando Temple, at least in the foreseeable future. It was a gorgeous day, and a special occasion. Fay and Adam were married!
Don't they look happy??
 Fay's family
Friends who made the trip
Adam's family
Cute nieces and nephews!
The bridesmaids
The pre-wedding preparation and the reception will have to wait for their own posts later.
Congratulations Adam and Fay!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another Year Older, and Wiser, Too!

The other day I came across these pictures and wanted to scan them. Well, for some unknown reason the printer wasn't working properly. Now it is and I figured these would be great to share in honor of Brad's birthday. Maybe it's not quite fair that these pictures aren't just about him, but that's his life. He's always been part of a wonderful group of brothers and they grew up together. One of his great qualitities is his ability to draw people close together and bring unity to the group.
Happy Birthday, Brad!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Remember the Holidays - Sushi vs. Wings

And this year the sushi won!

Last year we started the tradition of going out for dinner on New Year's Day. Sometimes the difference between six kids at home versus two is quite amazing!  Anyway, we debated whether it needed to be the same restaurant to keep it a tradition, and decided that it didn't need to be. I wasn't enamored with Buffalo Wild Wings, so it was easy for me to vote against that, even if I don't particularly care for sushi either! But it wasn't up to me, and that was fine as well. Everyone decided it would be a good opportunity for Wayne to share a memorable work lunch with us, and we went to Kabuki in West Palm where we ordered the Sushi Boat.
Here's what was included in the Sushi Boat for Four: Nigiri sushi, sashimi, spicy tuna roll, salmon avocado roll, kani dragon roll, rainbow roll.
I was wondering what each of these things meant, so I did some research. Sashimi is just plain slices of raw fish. Nigiri sushi is those fish slices on top of a ball of rice. The rolls are I what I original thought sushi was - seaweed and rice and various other items rolled and then sliced. The rainbow roll had fish as the outer layer, and the kani dragon roll contained crab. Now you know what I know!

We each started with a bowl of soup. Wayne, Jeff and Fay had Miso Soup. Michelle tried Tom Yum and I tried Tom Kha. They were all delicious!

And since I don't care for sushi (I've decided it's the vinegar in the rice that's the problem), I had Volcano Chicken which was fabulous - chicken and vegetables in a sweet chili sauce. I'll need to figure out how to make it at home some day. Here's a good contender for a recipe for the sauce. And here's another.

Then we enjoyed the holiday lights on our walk back to the car. And I discovered that I still need to figure out the settings on my new camera. All of the pictures were blurry, but I'm posting this one anyway to help me remember!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Remembering the Holidays - Out with the Old, In with the New

Once the closet was finished, it was time to tackle the rest of the computer room. First we made room for a new couch, which can double as a bed if the rest of the bedrooms are filled. 
Then it was time to replace our faithful, twenty-year-old desk with something a little nicer.
The boxes didn't quite make it before Christmas, but that's okay, because they took up a lot of room!
We're extremely grateful they arrived while at least one of our strong sons was still visiting. This is a heavy piece of furniture! So, on New Year's Day, in between the beach and the restaurant, Jeff and Wayne worked hard to assemble the desk.
We love it!

We've been using it for two months now, and I'm still keeping the top cleared off! It's a miracle!! (There's even an empty drawer in the hutch which is an amazing fact as well.)
While we save some money to buy the matching bookshelf, we decided we ought to paint our little cabinet. While it was fine in Michelle's old bedroom/my sewing room, lavendar just doesn't work in this room. Do you think black would look okay?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Remembering the Holidays - New Year's Day

This year we chose not to arrive in time for the sunrise (which was totally fine with me), but we still decided that going to the beach for New Year's would be a great idea. And it was. We had a great time at Coral Cove Park.
It wasn't quite warm enough to go swimming, but that's okay. It was still quite beautiful and the weather was pleasant.
And our barbecue was delicious.
But that was just the beginning of our celebrating the holiday! Stay tuned for more. . . .

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy Birthday, Brooke!

We're so blessed to have this sweet little girl as part of our family. One day I was flipping through old blog posts and found this one explaining some of the items we had sewn for her when she was born. I thought you might enjoy seeing how she's outgrowing them now!

The infant nightgown:
It must have swallowed her up then, because she could still fit in it last Christmas!
And here's the little dress we made (out of scraps from Michelle's skirt):
Michelle never did get a matching picture, because she outgrew her skirt before Brooke grew into her dress. The estimate of it fitting when she was 2 was a bit off; it was closer to 1 1/2. And now I know that next time it can even be an inch or two longer.
You're growing so fast! Have a wonderful year being 2. Happy Birthday, Brooke!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Remembering December - Holiday Party Weekend

Time sure flies and we're keeping busy. Hopefully soon we'll be caught up here!

As you may recall (here's 2012 and 2011), Wayne's company has the tradition of hosting a holiday party and making arrangements with a local hotel for reduced rates for their employees on that weekend. We've made it our tradition to take them up on the offer. This year it was "The Colony" and we had a great time.
We didn't think to make reservations for the hotel restaurant, and apparently it was fully booked for a holiday party, so we just started walking down the street. The first restaurant we saw was Cafe Via Flora. It looked nice, it was off of Worth Avenue (what we planned to explore that weekend) and so that's what we chose. It was a good choice. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the atmosphere was beautiful. It was such a pleasant evening we were able to enjoy dining on the terrace. Too bad my pictures don't do it justice!

As you all know, Wayne likes starting at the top of the menu, so he had Shrimp Cocktail and Linguini Vongole. I like trying new things, or things I can't make at home, so I had Fried Ugly Tomatoes and Risotto Ai Frutti Di Mare. We split a Key Lime Pie for dessert. Yummy, yummy. And we even got some exercise on the walk back to the hotel to help use up some of the calories!
The Colony
Eggs Benedict and and omelet
After breakfast the next morning, we started our walking tour of Worth Avenue. We had a lot of fun window shopping, exploring all the nooks and crannies, and just enjoying the beautiful architecture and weather.

Worth Avenue ends at the Atlantic Ocean
The Everglades Club
In the evening we returned to the Everglades Club for the company dinner. It wasn't quite as over-the-top as last year, but it was still quite elegant and the food was delicious and beautiful.
Fun memories!