Yesterday we went on an adventure.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is currently holding an open house for the newest temple here in Utah, the Provo City Center Temple.
Tickets to tour the temple are free, but we had a hard time getting them...especially because we were trying to book a spot for eight people sometime after school but before bedtime on a day when we didn't have lots of other things going on.
It just wasn't working out. We tried and tried and there would always be no tickets available for our group or times that just wouldn't work for us. It was frustrating.
So I decided to scrap the whole plan and approach it from a new angle.
Instead of working around schedules I booked tickets at 10:00 in the morning on a Tuesday and informed the kidlets that they would be missing school for the day.
They weren't exactly disappointed.
And it may have been the best playing hookey incident we've ever had.
The temple was gorgeous (of course) but what I loved best was watching my little sweethearts discover the beauty and intricacy of the work inside. I loved hearing them ask what "what happens in this room" or "why are those there" as we walked the immaculate halls. I think this temple tour really touched them and that was something I could not have forced...and something I'm glad they didn't miss.
It was quiet and serene and peaceful and just fabulous. We were very grateful for those who helped guide us on the tour and those who volunteered time and effort to make our day such a wonderful experience.
After our tour it seemed appropriate to make it a day and stop for some lunch. We let the kids choose...so we ended up at Golden Corral. Well, ok, that will do I guess. At least everyone could get what they wanted, and plenty of it (and we may have even given in to seconds on dessert...ridiculous).
Daytime trip to the temple: highly recommended.