Friday, June 29, 2012

Days of Late!

Here are some more pictures from the past few days!
We are having a wonderful little vacation.

Olvera St. - Potato Tacos!
So delicious and spicy!

I love this street! My goodness, it's an exact copy of our Parian in Puebla!

Malibu - Zuma Beach

So relaxing and beautiful!
(Also painful! I got a horrible sunburn. My legs are burning and aching as I type.)

Sprawled out in the warm sun on the beach -- Bethany's dream come true :))

Me, sprawled out on the beach -- my worst nightmare. Just kidding hahaa ;P
The weather was perfect, and it felt so good drying off in the sun. I would have fallen asleep, if not for the almost-obnoxious conversation of the group of ladies next to us.
Honestly- How many colleges to apply to, what colleges your sons and daughters applied to, what sizes you wear.....
Come on people the beach is for sleeping, not for loud chit-chatting about topics no one wants to hear about! If I wanted to know all this info I'd google it! :))
*steps off soapbox*
^^I didn't even know I had a soapbox 'til I started this post! Hahaha :)))^^

This is me, about 10 minutes before we left.
I didn't realize until then that I was burning very badly. :(

The water was beautiful but freezing!

 Purple sea urchin!


Uh-oh! Look who's driving in L.A.!

And her favorite place to drive?
^^Tunnels :)))^^

 Absolutely worn out after the beach :)

Babysitting - Matt & Chantelle House
 Moose and Kona, the 2 cuties we are doggy-sitting.

Panera Bread Co. - Clam Chowder
Love their soups!

Just a few more days till we head back home! As much as I've loved my trip, I'm looking forward to my own bed, my own neighborhood, and my own church!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pacific Coast Camp Pt 1

PCC 2012 was absolutely awesome. Missionary Lambeth spoke in the mornings and Evangelist Scott Kerr spoke in the evenings.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Thank you to all of the people that made it possible for us to come up for camp!
We love you!
Okay here we go with the pictures!
Just a few random pics from the week:

Missionary Lambeth.
He was a total crack up... Us girls especially loved when he talked about his wife... *sigh* Oh to find the love of our lives that will call us "the icing to his cupcake".

Lunch time!
Me and Stephanie

Cherie and Bethany

Eeek! 365 campers this year! That's a lot mouths to feed....

Just being ourselves... :)))

Missionary Lambeth and his "mobile pulpit"
So funny.

Ashlyn and Beth

Beth and Cherie!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

An Explanation

Hi everybody!!! I just wanted to drop you all a quick note to tell you why we have NOT been blogging -- haha!
We are in California!! We just got back yesterday from Pacific Coast Apostolic Youth and Family Camp in Ventura, CA. We took quite a bit of pictures. We had some awesome, awesome services and such a GOOD time visiting with old friends and meeting new ones.
So this is just to say "hi", we are still alive and pictures and posts will be coming in the next couple of days. :) Woo hoo!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Cuautla and the Phantom of the Collapsing Chairs

A week ago, a pastor in a neighboring city invited us to a special service he was having, so when Saturday afternoon rolled around, we all packed in the car and headed to Cuautla!

We ate cupcakes... 
This guy is definitely a favorite of mine to bake for! 
His face lit up when I pulled out the box of cupcakes! Haha :)) 
And as we drove on and on, we discussed how dangerous Cuautla was and how many bodies we would find.... Scintillating conversation, let me tell you. LOL.
 The discussion started with Abner asking, "You want to know how you'll know when we get to Cuautla?" When I asked how, he responded, "You won't see trees or anything-- just bodies." ...hmm... :))
Earlier in the day I had actually considered skipping out on this trip-- when I heard Abner's comment, I was really glad I came! Woot woot! :)) No more thoughts of boredom! I had my camera out and ready! :)))

Ohhh yeesss! We sure did find bodies--
First, we got a little lost, so we pulled over to the side of the road and called the pastor of the church we were going to. Tio Mario got out of the car to stretch his legs... A few minutes later he comes back to the car and is like "Hey guys there's a body on the side of the road down in the ravine!" Well, of course, we didn't believe him... Which is exactly why me and Abner jumped out of the car as fast as we could, camera in hand. HA! :)))
Well.... yeah... I guess you could say we found a body.... 
*crickets chirping*
 R.I.P. Barbie 

More bodies! Goodness gracious! :))

We finally arrived and all piled out of the car in high spirits, ready to have some good church!
Just as we were about to walk into the door of the house the service was being held in, we watched in horror as a lady sitting in one of the fold-up chairs fell! Her chair just collapsed right beneath her!!! 
Well, we continued bravely through the door, found some seats, and sat down veeeery carefully. 
We sat there for about 5 minutes more, and suddenly from behind us, we hear a desperate, strangled scream and a huge CRASH, all at once! 
We whipped around, just in time to see another poor lady scrambling up off the ground!  
Let me just tell you, that was the start of a very uncomfortable night. Me and Tia Hayde's backs were burning from sitting on the edges of our seats, all tense and ready to pop up out of our chairs, if by chance our seats should pull a fast one on us. None of us wanted to sit down. :)) Abner and I even made a deal to try and catch the other just before they hit the ground, if the ghost should attack.  
We can dream, right? LOL!
With every snap, crackle, and pop that my chair gave, I literally broke out in a cold sweat, wondering if I would be the next victim of the evil chair ghost...  
Thankfully, we made it through the service never having to try out the aforementioned, lightning-fast superhero moves, though there were many close calls that had me jerking forward, halfway up out of my seat, and looking like a dope. 
(You know when you fall asleep in your desk at school, and you have that dream that you're falling off of a mountain, and you wake yourself up with your head swinging around and you almost fall out of your seat? That is what I felt and looked like, for sure...)
--Wait, I'm the only one who that's happened to?? I'm so embarrassed! Hahahaaa--

Pastor Pablo reading the lectura.

Song service.

Elder Wakefield preaching! 
Acts 2:38!

The people filled up the altar when it came time to pray.

We're praying for great things to happen in Cuautla!

The house where the sevice was held was so beautiful. It was like a mini jungle- Plants everywhere!
Throughout the service, the smell of the flowers would drift through the place... Mmm.... 
I love outdoor services. :)

It's so beautiful to hear someone speaking in tongues.

Some of the women had prepared taquitos, so afterwards we all sat down to eat.

Oh my word, these taquitos were amazing. So delicious!

Me and my primo!
--Or, as my Grampa introduced him to the congregation,
"el companero" of his granddaughter. 
Thanks Gramps, now the whole congregation thinks he's my boyfriend! Haha!

We have fun :))

Have a good day everyone, and please, keep Cuautla in your prayers!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Too Many Dogs!

Here are a few pictures from yesterday's outreach. Goodness, I'm sure I've never seen so many dogs in one day! I'm sure we saw more dogs than people.
(Hence, the title!) 
Haha :)

This poor dog wanted attention so badly. :))

His brothers and him weren't to sure about getting close to me...

It took a few minutes, but they sure did warm up... And maybe a little too much :))
This is about the extent of the danger down here in Puebla-- a puppy gnawing off your foot. LOL.

Mr. Cool

Sis. Wakefield talking to a sweet little lady.

We were having a nice talk with another lady...

...when suddenly her little son runs up, yelling "It's for you!!! It's for you!!", and hands her a phone! A wireless phone with a little antenna thing! It looked soooo out of place. :))) Definitely something out of the ordinary, especially in the middle of all the shacks!

It's amazing the conditions that some of these people live in.

Well, well, another perro, hanging out in the shade.

Don't you all feel blessed? :P

King of the mountain :))

When we get done with outreach, we meet up at the neighborhood store. 
I treated myself to my monthly soda. 
^^I love grape medicine-tasting stuff hahaa^^

In front of the tienda, waiting for el Pastor!

Here's another friend that I made :))
At first, he wasn't too sure about coming close...

Key words: "at first" hahaha.

Aaand, here we are on our way back to our houses.
We were totally crammed in the car. Okay, not totally crammed, I guess-- there were only 12 of us in my grandparent's 7-seater-- We have fit 20-something people in before!
So we were just a little crammed this time. ;P


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