Monday, November 15, 2010

Gilbert Temple Groundbreaking!

On Saturday Kevin and I took the boys to the Gilbert AZ. Temple Groundbreaking ceremony!
It is so awesome to have a temple being built 5 miles from our house and right here in our Stake.
I truly feel blessed to have been able to take my kids to participate in such a special event that doesn't happen every day!

They had provided seating for 5,000 people and there was any where from 8-10,000 members there!

Elder Claudio R. M. Costa
Presidency of the Seventy

Elder William R. Walker
Executive Director of the Temple Department

This temple could every well be the temple my boys go through before they leave on their missions and it very well could be the temple they are sealed in! And while they are young and might not fully recognize what a great experience this was now I hope when they are older they will look back and appreciate it!

The spirit was so strong as Elder Costa performed the Dedicatory prayer and the place in which we stood became Holy ground!

My friend Joy and her boys were with us during the dedication and after wards we met up with her husband (who had to work) and all went out to lunch together!

After wards we had the opportunity to participate in the ground breaking! We were able to take our kids up and take turns breaking ground!

This was an experience I will never forget and will be able to later help my kids as they get older truly understand the significance of this event so they too can truly appreciate it!

At the front where the podium was they had on display the painting of what the temple will look like when it is completed in about 2 years!

I have such a strong testimony of temple work and I'm truly am grateful my family can be sealed not only in this life but in the next as well!

Families can be Together Forever!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Can anyone say...Chocolate!!!

Kevin and I went to a couples Chocolate tasting party out in Scottsdale with 4 other couples on Wednesday night!

We met with the culinary artist and confectioner Julia Baker!

Julia exclusively on luxury chocolates and custom cakes!

Here are a few of her amazing cake on display at her bakery!

The tasting started out at the Julia Baker Confections chocolate factory in Scottsdale, Arizona which party includes hors d’oeuvres, and chocolate tasting with the chocolate education of a lifetime, followed by desserts.

Check out this cute but OH so delicious chocolates!

This is a replica of a wedding cake she made for a PGA Pro Golfer which ended up being the most expensive wedding cake sold in the US which sold for $50,000!

More cakes!

Kevin and I tasting roasted coco beans...yeah I don't recommend it!

Her sweet creations have given her notoriety as the "Chocolatier to the Stars" among the many celebrities she has made chocolates and cakes for Bono & U2, Paris Hilton, Jennifer Aniston and Brittney Spears! Just to name a few!

These were the most amazing chocolate mousse I have ever had!

This was a passion fruit cake to die for!

My all time favorite desert chocolate lava cake with ice cream!

Again all this chocolate she imports from Europe and makes doesn't get any better than this!

Here are one of the many little goodie boxes we got to take home!

Group shot!
Not only did we have great chocolate we got to share it with great friends too!

Check out these amazing cup cakes! No sprinkles here!

Edible flowers!

Don't forget the edible shoes!

The process of chocolates!

The most sensible shoe ever! The kind you can eat!!!

The great Udall's who made this possible by winning this Chocolate tasting at a Charity Auction for children!

My birthday cake!
Not really cause it over $100's!