Friday, June 14, 2013

Catching Up

The missionaries from the CCM come to the temple on Tuesday and Wednesday each week. We love to visit with them and while we were waiting in the lobby on the 11th, we were talking to a group. One boy had bright red hair and we were joking that we must be related (the red hair has been a big hit with the locals)! He asked where we were from and we said, "Layton." He said, "Do you know the Johansen's?" We said, "Maude and Bro Jo?" He said they were his grandparents, and we told him they used to be our neighbors in our ward! He is a really nice kid with a cute personality and was going home on Thursday this week! Small world, huh?
We had two activities this week. One was a game day on P-Day at President Southwick's house. We brought treats and the hermanas played games. WOW! These Latin sisters are competitive and funny... They want to win in the noisiest way possible! We played a Latin bingo game, with pictures and Spanish words. It was great vocabulary practice for me. Then, we played a gato (cat) game (Annie will love this) where you crawled around like a cat and tried to make a person laugh while they pet your head and say, oh poor kitty three times, in Spanish of course! It was hilarious and the older Latin temple missionaries were the funniest! Then, the Relief Society had a baby shower for a recent convert in our ward. I worked in the morning, so I could go... In fact I walked there in the dark by myself! No fear! They played games. These Latins are all about game playing. One game was you measure off so may squares of toilet paper and the guest of honor puts it around her tummy. Whoever gets the closest measurement wins and someone got it exact! We played a couple of other word games, and then everyone wrote baby advice on cute shapes of paper. Mine was short... Sing Primary songs to the baby! I thought about Jenny the whole time because she was due the same time as Jenny and was having a boy! She got a lot of helpful and nice things.

I met a missionary there from San Antonio, Texas and she was going home Thursday, too. In fact she was in Elder Johansen's mission and was flying home on the same plane. Her name was Sister Sanchez and she was in our ward at the beginning of our mission, before we came. She had a new little baby sister born while she was gone! They served a tamale made from chicken & potatoes on a banana leaf... Delish! They also had cupcakes and punch. They grind up fruit and their own punch here. I forgot my camera and wished I had gotten some pictures.
We will not be the new kids on the block anymore. A new couple is coming tonight from North Ogden. Their name is Pitcher and they are from Sally's and Sue's stake. He went to Guatemala on his mission, but I don't think his wife speaks Spanish. All the missionaries brought something to their apartment. When we got here, there was milk, bread, eggs, and a cake for Brother Murri... It was his birthday. I took cherry cobbler, eggs, and soap over to them. We are doing better in Spanish... By that, I mean dad has lost the "deer in the headlights" look!
On P-Day while we were shopping for groceries, President Harris was running in the parking lot and fell hard on the cement! Got a big bump on his head, skinned both knees and elbows, broke his glasses, and hit his wrist! He was driving and holding ice on his head the whole way home. Tuesday was his day off, so he rested and Donna said he refused to go to the doctor.  He has been working though and doing somewhat better. He even broke his glasses, but they were able to fix them at Walmart. I know he had a concussion and bad headache!

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