Friday, February 27, 2015

Valentine's Party

Before February ends and this post is totally late and irrelevant....

For Valentine's Day, Nicole and I threw a party for the pre-teen/young teenage girls in our church. I think Valentine's Day is such a cute holiday - decorating for it was quite fun. 

Jerameel and Sara arrived first. They sat in the living room enraptured by these beautiful Spanish books we found at Costco the other day. (Yes, we have a Costco here in Puebla!)

One of me and Nicole's favorite drinks is a Shirley Temple, and since it went along with the pink and red theme, we decided to serve it for our girls. Of course this was new to them, but they very much enjoyed it!

In the middle of our party, Austin comes through the front door with his punching bag thrown over his shoulder, claiming he had to put it in his room. Very suspicious! I wonder who he was trying to impress...? ;)

For dinner, we made pizza! One pepperoni, one chicken barbecue (my favorite!)

Anahi and Mari made this heart-shaped pizza

Sara and Jerameel made this amoeba-shaped pizza

Popping em in the oven

While we waited for the pizzas to bake, we played a round of Uno

Eating, drinking our Shirley Temples, and enjoying each other's company

Picking out a donut

Happy girls :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nicole's Birthday Celebration

Hello everyone! Nicole here to share a few pictures and moments from my birthday dinner. 

 February 10th fell smack dab in the middle of a raw food/green smoothie cleanse that my family was doing. We were also on this cleanse when Austin's birthday happened, and much cheating took place... Back when we were about to start the raw food detox, I knew my birthday was coming up so I went to planning it ahead of time. In my head and pinterest plans, no cheating was going to happen!

All my plans were dashed to smithereens that morning when I saw what my lovely sister 
had placed on my desk!
A Red Velvet donut AND a Tiramisu (amazing) Latte. Sugar overload. <3

Later in the day, we prepared everything for my dinner with the family. 
I was trying to hold on to the last vestiges of my "healthy party" idea...
Here is the beautiful "cake" Bethany mentioned on the 10th. 
I was so pleased and happy with my "cake". It was so fun and easy to make. We decided to forgo the tradition of doing a "mordida"... I wanted to keep all of my teeth :D

Along with the cake, we had cucumber hummus "cupcakes" and raw caramel dip with apples.
Cute, right? And the caramel dip was sooo good! If you want the recipe just ask in the comments! 

 Then Beth ruined it by plopping her delicious cooked chicken pot pie onto the table!

Grampa and Gramma :)

Alas, I wish were more photogenic and lady-like in my facial epressions...
Unfortunately, 99% of the pictures taken turned out with crazy faces.
(Atleast I was able to keep Abner and Tia Hayde entertained, right?)

And I end up looking like a wild animal.

And this is the face you make when someone succeeds in surprising you! 

Later that evening some of the saints surprised me with gifts! So sweet and thoughtful.

Everyone involved made my day so special from morning to night! Muchos tank yous :)


Monday, February 23, 2015

A Special Birthday

Yesterday was Sis. Wakefield's birthday. To celebrate, we went to Italianni's for dinner after church. Of course the food was delicious and we enjoyed each other's company. Today us girls are going out to finish celebrating with an evening of relaxation - pedicures!

 As a special touch to the night - we got a totally awesome waiter. He was the nicest and most helpful guy ever! When we finished eating we asked to speak to his manager. I'm sure he was worried at first, but then seemed very surprised and happy when he found out we were so pleased with him.

Elder Wakefield's church threw her a party after their morning service. This is the cake they got her.

Happy birthday, Gramma! We love you "vewy vewy much", from the bottom of our hearts!


Friday, February 20, 2015

President's Week

In honor of it being President's Week (we shall call it that since I forgot to post this on Monday) I would like to share some of George Washington's wisdom. I found his book in the bookshelf at Elder and Sis. Wakefield's house and thought it was pretty interesting! Some of it made me laugh (most of it) and others made certain people's faces pop into my mind. The "proprietariness" of people in the old days fascinates me!

George Washington's words are in black and my comments shall heretofore be in purple. 

George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation

In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum with your fingers or feet. I am part of a family of hummers. Whoops. 

Shake not the head, feet, or legs; roll not the eyes; lift not one eyebrow higher than the other; wry not the mouth; and bedew no man's face with your spittle by approaching too near him when you speak. This one made me think of Nicole. She's known as "Caritas" ("little faces) here in Mexico because her inability to hide her feelings from showing on her face. 

Keep your nails clean and short, also your hands and teeth clean, yet without showing any great concern for them. I like this! Especially that last part. 

Do not puff up the cheeks; loll not out the tongue, rub the hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them, or keep the lips too open or closed. "Not too open or too closed". Can we get a how-to picture, please? 

Let your countenance be pleasant, but in serious matters somewhat grave.

When you see a crime punished, you may be inwardly pleased, but always show pity to the suffering offender. Not sure if I agree with this one. Don't we like seeing bad people get what they deserve? 

Do not laugh too much or too loud in public. Sigh. So strict. I fail entirely on this one. 

In visiting the sick, do not presently play the physician if you be not knowing therein. Made me remember all the home remedies and wives tales I've heard from the people down here. 

Mock not nor jest at any thing of importance; break no jests that are sharp biting; and if you deliver any thing witty and pleasant, abstain from laughing thereat yourself. I wish I was unable to laugh at my own jokes...

Wherein you reprove another be unblameable yourself, for example is more prevalent than precepts. So nicely said :)

In your apparel be modest and endeavor to accommodate nature; rather than to procure admiration, keep to the fashion of your equals, such as are civil and orderly with respect to times and places. No further comment needed. 

Play not the peacock, looking everywhere about you, to see if you be well decked, if your shoes fit well, if your stockings sit neatly, and clothes handsomely.

Associate yourself with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of others and ask not how they came. "Hey, umm, did ya know you have a giant mole on your nose? And is that a black hair in it? WOAH!" I am once again failing to not laugh at my own joke...

Speak not in an unknown tongue in company, but in your own language and that as those of quality do and not as the vulgar. I agree, but do not always obey the language thing. 

Be not apt to relate news if you know not the truth thereof. In discoursing of things you have heard, name not your author; always a secret discover not.

Being set at meat, scratch not; neither spit, cough, or blow your nose, except if there is a necessity for it. You don't have to ask me twice! Blowing your nose at the table, especially if you have a cold....aaaaaauuuuuugh! Please no. 

Make no show of taking great delight in your victuals. B-b-b-but....whyyyyyyy not?! 

Put not another bit into your mouth till the former be swallowed. Let not your morsels be too big.

Labour to keep alive in your breast that little celestial fire called conscience. Perfectly eloquent. 

~George and Bethany~

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Breakfast with Siria and Amado & Downtown Adventures

The other day we went out to breakfast with some dear friends of ours. 
We go all the way back to the late 1900s. LOL.

Amado, Siria, and their family were a part of Elder Wakefield's church during our first years in Mexico.
Mom and Siria

L-R: Amado, Israel, Austin, Paco, Dad

We had a good time visiting and reminiscing about past years... I even got to hear stories about myself that I had never heard, nor remember! Turns out I used to be a little brat! 
Who'da thunk it? 

After breakfast Beth and I went downtown to run a few errands.

Look at the line at this little place! It wraps around the whole kiosk. Must be good food right?

Okay, so I cannot knock what I have not tried... These must taste good to have such a long line... But just imagine all the grease in these things. First the hot dog is dipped in a bread batter, deep-fried, then wrapped in bacon and fried again!!! Heart attack on a stick!

We went the not so greasy route and ordered some fries which were delicious!

You'd think that the hot dog wrapped in bacon would be enough, but nope... After buying your hot dog or fries, the next step is this bar where they have every sauce imaginable to put on top of your food. They even have gravy. Gravy! Like mashed potato gravy. Who puts gravy on their hot dog??

We delicately drizzled ours with ketchup and cheese.

After our snack, one of the first places we went to was a baking supply shop. I picked out what I needed and paid for it all. A common way of doing business here in Mexico is to pick out your merchandise, they take behind a counter, you walk to a different part of the store to pay for it, then you go to the packaging area to present your receipt and take away your purchases. 
I did steps 1 - 3 and left without picking up my supplies!!
We then traipsed around downtown for quite a few hours buying things, eating, and hanging out. When it came time to head home, I realized that I didn't have my baking bag. We walked all the way back to the store, and thankfully they were honest and kind people who didn't even bat an eyelash when I walked in to pick up my things hours later.
Bethany took this picture from afar. 
She was too embarassed to go into the store with her ditsy sister. I was pretty ashamed too.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Pizza from Sparks, NV

A few weeks ago, we got a call from Pastor Nuemann in Sparks, Nevada. Their Sunday school had saved up their offerings for a whole Sunday school quarter and wanted to give it to missions. The Sunday school class chose our church in Puebla! After much deliberation, we decided that we'd have a pizza party for our Sunday school kids. 
Sunday afternoon, before church, we went out announcing with speakers on top of our car. We do this every Sunday, but this Sunday was special! Once the kids heard there was going to be pizza, they got verrry excited. 
We had also started a new quarter in Sunday school, which means new decor! 

I think it looks pretty cute! The theme is Alaska. 

Israel and Valentine carrying in the pizza

Bro. Paco leading the kids in a fun song

Repartiendo pizza... 

We told the kids the story about the Nuemanns and the church in Sparks and they thought it was so neat! Ailyn, one of our most faithful Sunday school girls let out a "awwwwww!" when we told her. It was so cute!  

Chowing down! 
Emanuel, the motor mouth

Sara and her Little Caesar's pizza 

"Thank you!" 

Thank you to the Nuemanns and the Sunday school of Souls Harbor Apostolic Church for thinking of us and blessing our Sunday school kids. We love and appreciate you all.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Car Crash

For our end-of-the-trimester party, Nicole decided to make a car cake for the kids. She worked on it all day until nighttime. She baked the cake, made tons of frosting, researched how it was to be done...
Basically, hours and hours of work. 

She was almost done and was going to put it in the freezer to harden it up a bit.....

Somehow, the cake slid right off the cookie sheet it was on and tumbled down to the kitchen floor, leaving streaks of green, white, and black frosting all down the refrigerator. 

A broken down car
Nicole and her smashed creation

Poor poor car

We could've had a car trunk cake!! It's in pretty good shape...

Unfortunately, there were no survivors. 

Jack snuck in and was caught eating the cake...sneaky little dude. He definitely doesn't mind the 5 second rule.
At least somebody got to enjoy it. 

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