|Such a beautiful table-notice the napkins, Annalee??|
|The chief cook and turkey carver|
|There was also a pumpkin pie [hardest thing to find was the pumpkin]|
|Relish tray, creamed corn, fruit salad, mashers, broccoli salad, and so much more!|
We all pitched in and helped with the decorations...
|Rudy with the AP's 'building the tree'|
|Sister Russell found a lonely guitar and sang us a toon...|
|The AP's putting the lights on the tree|
|Elder and Sister Breese putting the nativity together|
|MY cookie monster with his cake...|
|A great little bakery here did the cake for me-it was PERFECT!!!|
I mentioned earlier that tomorrow is transfers and we will be having lots of big changes in the mission. President Carlos is opening a new area up north and yesterday Randy and I traveled to Tabuk with the Russell's [the senior couple whose responsibility is the apartments for all 160 missionaries] and found the new apartment and offloaded some furniture and kitchen supplies to set up housekeeping for them. After the transfer meeting tomorrow, Randy and I will drive back up there and deliver the new guys to their new area. Transfer meeting is always fun-missionaries see each other and hug and cry [if they are ones wearing skirts] and lots of bedlam occurs. Tomorrow morning we will be getting a new 'batch' of missionaries at 5:30 a.m. The American ones will have been traveling for 24+ hours and the Filipino's will have just left the MTC in Manila. They will ride a bus all night and arrive here tired but wired...it is such a high to finally arrive at the place you have dreamed about and planned for...I remember the feeling just like it was yesterday.
Our weather today was in the 90's and tomorrow is December 1st! I still can't get used to that. I hung our laundry out this morning and gathered it in this afternoon, all in my undies because of the heat.....yes, our back yard is VERY private-walled all around and NOBODY can peek in..haha! Randy is gone until later tonight and I am just 3 hours away from being completely finished with my pillowcase project! When done, I will have put in over 250 hours and will have 200 great pillowcases to use as gifts for the missionaries this year and have enough to allow the new ones coming in the next year to choose one also. My hope is that they will use them and be able to identify their own pillow by the unique case-there are no two alike so they should be able to keep them straight. That is the hope anyway..
Christmas is around the corner...we are building new memories and traditions here in this part of the world..what are you doing with your traditions this year??