Water Park Temple

Because I was off last weekend, I get this Friday off but then work Saturday and Sunday. That’s how it works at my job: every other Friday off, and opposite weekends.

The last weekend I worked was the ward temple trip, so we missed that, and then last weekend when I was off we were already booked with doctor appointments and the marriage class I teach.

But since this was a holiday weekend and I had a rare night off, we knew we needed to come to the temple while we could.

Except our temple in Oklahoma City is closed for renovations, so for the next two years our closest temple is Kansas City.

It’s a four hour trip to get to our temple now, instead of only two, and takes longer with so many little ones plus one who needs oxygen breaks.

But it is good and right and what we need, so we made it happen.

The fun thing was discovering a nearby hotel close to the temple that has an indoor water park! We used points to get a free night, and there is no extra charge for the water park. The children were so excited!

They were the most helpful they have ever been getting our bags up to our room! And Kyrie was so excited that I thought her abdominal muscles were going to push out all the food we were trying to get in her feeding tube! I even told her I wasn’t putting her swimsuit on until after she pooped, and so she took care of that, too! She was so proud of herself!

Getting all six in and out of the bathroom to change into swimsuits took long enough to let them rest after eating, and then they could not be more thrilled to finally get to go downstairs to play!

Kyrie is signing her name in the picture “in case you don’t know what it is”.

They played and swam for almost four hours!

They had a blast, and it was amazing to watch Kyrie do water play after her restricted airway swim lessons! I am so grateful! But it still scares me to death! She had so much fun, though, and played until she was worn completely out.

The “water park” is super simple, but exactly perfect for the ages of our children.

Needless to say, the children are suddenly very okay with our new temple, now that they know this is where we will be coming for the next two years!

And most of all, we needed the playtime together after the last few scary weeks with Kyrie and hard weeks of work and the house issue. It was good for us, and we all feel a little better. We will sleep well tonight, all of us, and be ready for the temple in the morning.

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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