Monday, December 22, 2014

Elder Thacker Update

"Here
We
Go
Training done. Tapos Na. Over. Grabi.

Hello everyone! Kumusta po Kayo!

This was a good week with alot of "lasts!" Most of them in a really good way.
This was the "last" week with my Trainer Elder Potestad.... Ya ya its a bummer.

Then Saturday was Elder Potestad's "last" Birthday here in the mission! Fun day working hard. There was one lesson I want to particularly share. We were teaching Sister Ariane and Brother "RR" (Perfecto). They are scheduled to be bap. the 27! They are so smart! When we first met them they were so shy. But now they answer and really show their desire to follow Christ. Elder Potestad and I taught a great lesson about priesthood and then he bore his testimony. The Spirit was so strong. I couldn't help but smile. They felt it and were just "glowing." so excited to see them continue in the church! Had a lot of moments this week like that. Such a spirit when teaching:) I love that feeling!
Then latter that night we had Branch FHE. It was full of games, kids, families, fun and then a special tribute to the leaving of Elder Potestad. everyone gave their regards including myself. but for some reason I couldn't speak in tagalog very well right then and there ..ooops! 
Finally yesterday the "last" church attendance. Testimony meeting. Such a warm, gentle spirit as the members of the branch bore their testimonies. Then Elder Potestad gave his. He got a little teary eyed as most did in the audience. Once again powerful. If you get the chance read John 6:66-69 his favorite scripture."
 
Can't wait to talk to this Elder on Christmas!! It's been 4 months.  It will be exciting to hear about his next companion and area.  Love this kid.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jake's 30th Birthday Yurt

 Since Jake was turning the big 30 I thought he needed something big to celebrate.  So I surprised him to an overnight stay at the Blue Sky Yurt with his friends.  A Yurt is basically a round tent with a stove, beds, etc. way up in the mountains by Park City.  I thought a manly trip would help him cope with his upcoming bday.  (And I totally surprised him!!)  He still had a hard time with his old age, but at least he proved to himself that he is young enough to rough it out in the wilderness.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Myer's Preschool Christmas Program

He knew every word. Every action. And it was the cutest thing. I wasn't sure how this was going to go, because he wouldn't let me sing any of his program songs with him.  I was so surprised.  And so proud!  After he met Santa, he told me "When I grow up I want to be Santa's Elf and sing songs for him all day."  We may have a little singer on our hands...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Point Loma

^^^^ Old Point Loma Lighthouse ^^^^
 ^^^^ the staircase ^^^^
Basically every view was a gorgeous view.  And a lot of paths to run.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

San Diego Zoo

 Man that zoo was huge! We got there right when it opened and stayed as long we (the kids) could.  But I didn't mind the walking because all the trails were gorgeous--so much tree foliage and flowers.  It was like walking through a jungle in most parts.  And, Myer pushed the stroller the whole time so that was a bonus. 
^^^^ Panda's! ^^^^
^^^^ Gorilla ^^^^
^^^^ that is one hungry hippo ^^^^ 
we saw him eat a whole head of lettuce in one bite!
By the end of the day, we did get a little tired and needed a few breaks.  I did not mind.  This was one monkey I could cuddle.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving in the sun

We spent our Thanksgiving week in Carlsbad CA. As soon as we survived the 12 hour car drive, we went straight to the beach.  It was low tide and we could walk all the out on the sand bar with the water just up to our ankles.  It was perfect for Lennon and Myer (and me actually) We played there for a few hours, until the sun went down. Great way to start of our holiday week!
 Next up, the zoo!