Friday, January 25, 2008

Mosques and Temples

Every time we drove from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi we would pass the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which was under construction. This photo was taken in April 2007. It was finally finished and opened officially for Ramadan, but we were gone by then. I was happy that Shari in Abu Dhabi not only was able to tour the inside, but shared some photos on her blog! You can see photos here, here, here, here, and here. It's beautiful, and supposed to be the sixth largest mosque in the world!

We don't have any beautiful mosques to admire here in eastern Idaho, but there is a beautiful new LDS temple we were able to tour last week during the open house. We were living in New England when the Boston temple opened, and B and I volunteered at the open house there. This temple is architecturally similar from the outside, but very different inside. I'm glad our kids were able to be here for this open house--they were very excited about it. K also gets to sing in a children's choir at the gala celebration preceding the dedication ceremonies next weekend.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Too cold

So, this morning it was colder than it has been here in ten years! (Why me?) The temperature got down to -22F/-30C. Local schools were closed, so my kids were very happy, as was I. (K would have been skiing with her class today, and I'm glad she'll be able to do that when it's a little warmer.) Many of our windows were iced over--I couldn't see out of the kitchen window at all. With the icy windows, piles of snow outside, and long icicles dangling from the sides of the house it's almost reminiscent of Varykino in Dr. Zhivago, although not nearly as pretty.