Provo City Center Temple Open House
Norman Rockwell Exhibit at BYU
Tiffany's baby's blessing (Noah)
Lots of family time and fun!
Second Christmas for Gail and kids. We didn't get to see them in December OR January, so exchanged gifts in February. Close enough.
Saturday morning, we headed down to Provo and saw the Norman Rockwell exhibit. It was the closing day, very crowded, but very worth it to me. I wish I could have read every single note next to every single painting, because on the ones I read, I learned so much--about the process, the models, the reasons, the results. It was very amazing and entertaining. And here we are on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post! We are famous. Mr. Rockwell did over 200 of those. What an artist. It wasn't just slap some paint down. He worked hard at his illustrations and will live on as a very big part of Americana, I believe. I enjoyed the short film about his life and works, as well.
We headed over to Robert and Janet's house after lunch. Tiffany and her baby Noah were there, so we had a nice visit with them. Robert and Janet were busy, busy cleaning and preparing for the houseful of people they were expecting to host and feed on Sunday after the baby blessing. The guys eventually headed downstairs to watch BYU Basketball on Saturday afternoon, and I headed to JoAnn craft to buy 70% off fleece and flannel for the bunches of babies being born during this coming year in Mike's family (grand nieces' babies). I think there's at least five or six that we counted so far.
|Sunday Morning Breakfast|
Monday morning we all went down to Provo. Well, not ALL of us. Nick had to work, Kaylee had already been to the Open House, so Gail and kids and Me, Mike and his Mom went. We met at Robert and Janet's and headed over to the temple. The underground parking area was big, the rest of the huge underground parking was the staging for the lines. LINES. Lines like at Disneyland.
Charles Schmalz (Janet's Dad) said, "Have your got your E-Ticket?" Remember A though E tickets in Disneyland, long time ago? Robert said, "It's the Temple--it's your ticket for Eternity."
Long, long lines in an icy cold parking garage. It is a nice new parking garage and it is painted all white and it has tall ceilings, so it's okay for a parking garage. And they had those gas heaters set up here and there. But, OH, the lines!!! Robert had obtained tickets, but there was still a wait. We got a wheel chair for Berenice, for even after parking at the absolute closest parking spot, it was a lot of walking for her to just get to the place to begin to stand in the line. I'm glad they had wheel chairs available. She stayed in it for the whole tour and it helped a LOT. I don't think she could have made it otherwise. And it was Robert who thought of it, bless his heart. And Gail called us in the parking garage as we followed them in and suggested the Handicapped parking. We hadn't thought of that, either.
Berenice and Mike waited ahead of us near a heater and the rest of us wound through the lines like cattle. We saw the film, we toured the gorgeous building, we went through the exhibits, we took a couple of photos near the fountain and in the gazebo with a Christus statue, and then we went back to Roberts for Lunch. It was a really nice open house. But, honestly, I had not expected so many crowds of people!
After Lunch, it was time to head back to Cedar City. We were in rain and fog and frozen fog and flits of snow the whole time we were gone. Salt Lake's inversion is real and we missed our Southern Sunshine!!! We made a stop for petrol, for Krispy Kreme donuts (for Eric, who had to stay home for work and orchestra commitments), for our favorite granola at WINCO, then home! Uneventful drive home, in spite of incredible fatigue on both our parts, so I drove to Scipio and then Mike drove the rest of the way home to Cedar. I think we got home around 3:30 pm to find all well.
I will post other photos as Gail and others share them with me.