This Arizona girl is starting to warm up to some of the colder parts of Utah.
While we still aren't the biggest fans, we can appreciate the beauty of the snow and the fun that comes with it.
And then we promptly run back inside and grab some hot chocolate.
Monday night took us up to Midway to see the ice castle. Sadly, the strangely warm winter we had this year meant that they were only open for three days instead of the regular two months.
We were lucky to catch the place open on their last night.
If you are in Utah, a trip to the ice castle is a must. It was absolutely beautiful and such a good time.
The castle includes a light show to music, slides, tunnels, and fountains. So fun.
And.... I officially cracked open the DSLR that we got for Christmas.
Let me tell you, I have a LOT of work to do. The camera is tricky... but it was fun to try it out.
I spent a good chunk of the day figuring out what settings I would need to get a decent night picture of snow.
I felt pretty justified when a legit-looking camera man told me that the key was to shoot in manual and up the ISO, and then looked at the camera and approved of the settings.
Now I just need to figure out the other aspects... because these pictures obviously aren't the very greatest, but I figure the only way to learn is to break out the camera and use it as much as possible.
So let me over-picturize this post for you:
There was also a fun "Frozen" theme. We caught a fun shot with Olaf,
but sadly didn't wait in the long line of children to meet Anna and Elsa.
The light show also included fire!
Let me share my feeble attempts to catch the beauty of it... and basically failing.
I know that shots like this have something to do with shutter speed...
but I obviously didn't quite figure that one out on Monday.
This next one is possibly my favorite picture from the night.
Brad went through some of the tunnels and slides and I decided to take pictures and not risk a fall.
We'll have to go back next year when I'm not pregnant to try all those things out.
It was such a fun night and we definitely plan on going back next year.
If you are in Utah (or just want to see some really amazing pictures of the castle),
go here for more information and to keep up to date on info for next year's castle.