Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Kid's Day

I found this little goodie in the archives - Dia del Niño. Yes this was a couple months back, but these pictures are cute! We had a huge showing for Kid's Day. As usual Carmen and I went out to pick up our load of kids and we brought back even more than usual. Carmen had three on her lap.

We played a bunch of games...

...and of course there was the obligatory pinata! 

Behind the scenes - 

Once the pinata broke, the kids piled onto each other grabbing at the pile of candy that had fallen. Everyone left with huge bags full! 
We love our Sunday school kids! 


Monday, August 28, 2017

Diaz Girls Visit Puebla

 The Diaz girls came and visited me a couple weeks ago! I was prepping for Amanda's visit - making beds, spiffying up, etc. I was in the middle of washing a load of laundry at my parent's house when they ran out of water. (Each household has a cistern that is filled each week. It's up to you to use it wisely! In this case, we'd had the march the Sunday before and a lot of people in service so the water was used faster.) 
So I brought my wet laundry back to my house, rinsed the soap out of it and hung it out to dry on my roof. I had to stay up there to make sure the little Ginger didn't pull my laundry off the lines and tear it up. While I waited for my stuff to dry, I chatted on the phone with my sister, Nicole. 
Whenever one of us asks what the other is doing, we usually reply with a picture. 
In this case, I sent her a picture of sheets billowing in the wind and she replied, "You should blog that." 
I said, "Blog sheets drying? You are turning into a white girl :-/" 
She denied it of course, but said from an American perspective, it is interesting. HA!!
Ginger hungry for attention and a shnuggle

Sheets drying on the line - fascinating, huh! :)
I'm telling you - she's sneaky. Can't take your eyes off of her for a second! She got one of my pillowcases and managed to make herself a bed before I caught her. (Ginger is my neighbor's dog that lives on our shared roof.)
The kids came over through the course of line-drying. Ximena still had her bed hair so I fixed it into a little crown braid.

Edgar and Ximena, my little neighbor kids. By the way - their mom is pregnant with another baby boy so I'm going to have a new little friend in a couple months!
I had to run over to my parent's house at one point and sat on the couch. Olive jumped up and threw herself across my lap. This girl think she is still a puppy.

I left my house at 2:45 and headed for the airport in Mexico City. I was only expecting Amanda, but when I arrived, she had quite the surprise for me! I was told to close my eyes...and Bethany walked around the corner! I was completely shocked and not expecting that at all. It was a great surprise!

We got back on the bus and headed home to Puebla. This old lady sat on the other side of the aisle and snored, choked, sputtered, and talked in her sleep the whole way.

When we got back into town, we stopped for breakfast at Los Almuerzos. The best authentic Mexican breakfast in the city!

When we got home, we all fell into bed for a "nap". We were all exhausted! We woke up in time for church that evening. 
The next morning we woke up to a nasty storm and an incredibly dreary day. We went to prayer in the morning, stopped for chicken on the walk back to my house, then stayed home the rest of the day talking, laughing and staying cozy and warm!
I had rainboots so I crossed the street to pick up the chicken and the girls stood on the opposite sidewalk waiting for me. I tried to convince them to just go back to the house, but these Washington girls are not scared of cold rain!

A wonderful breakfast of Swedish pancakes

This is pretty much how our day went
Dinner, by request of the Diaz girls
The next day we got up bright and early and went into the Zocalo

Between us, I think we bought about 40 meters of material. Those fabric-cutters got their workout!
We souvenir-shopped, ate, and walked the whole day. We had a really good time.

One of the days, Amanda made this Korean soup. It looks like Top Ramen, but believe me it is not! Lol! It was deeeelicious.

Sunday morning we went to church at Elder Wakefield's.

Bethany and Amanda both testified
 Amanda went with me to drop the little kiddies off.

Sis. Soledad and Bethany

We wanted to spend our last day in Mexico City. Dad wouldn't let us go without Abner so he was nice enough to take and entire day off work to tour-guide us around! 
I'd been to the city many many times, but never to sight-see and adventure around. It is a huge city and there is so very much to see and do! 
We started with breakfast in the center of town at a little place called "El Sazon" (The Seasoning).

The famous zocalo of Mexico City was beautiful! I want to go back! One day is not nearly enough.  I'd be satisfied with four!


Being at the top made me nauseous and dizzy. Heights are not my thing! 
It was a beautiful view though and a great feat climbing to the top! 
Memories were made that we'll never forget!

Madero St.

What a wonderful week! Not even a hurricane in Veracruz could get in our way! 
Thank you, girls, for coming and visiting me. I love you both. Come back soon!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The March

Last week we did another "marcha". Leading up to this, we did a lot of evangelism, inviting people to our special service. About an hour before church was to start, we headed out with fliers and singing to invite the people in our "colonia". Elder Wakefield's church came and joined us for this and we had a great time!

And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
 Listening to Pastor give us our instructions and encouragement...

Then out we went singing, clapping, and inviting people...

O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

After winding through the streets, circling the church, down and back up again, we came back for an awesome service! 


P.S. - Today we celebrate 8 years of blogging! CRAZY! This is our 785th blog post! That's an average of about 8 posts per month, which come to think of it, isn't that bad. Congrats to us!!!!

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