|hanging up the christmas |
decorations you sent
|making your fudge you sent |
in the rice cooker on the stove
Christmas here rocks. New Year rocks too. All the celebrating is pretty different, but none the less, it was definitely a party. They party more on New Years (Christmas is just normal) and even though they don't really give gifts, they eat lots of food and throw lots of parties. All the parties started about 2 weeks before Christmas.
We had a party in Subic Bay for our mission (which is a long, funny story in itself), and a party for the company of our branch president. There was a Samson Christmas party and a Dejesus Christmas party. Our branch Christmas party (on my birthday) was definitely one of the best. We were in charge of games, wore matching basketball jerseys that we had made (pictures next week, my card reader is broken:/), and I SANG. Well, we sang. In Tagalog:).
|new year (the one on the end |
is the district pres wife,
i love her haha)
8- Samson's breakfast appointment
12- What was supposed to be a missionary correlation meeting turned into eating and games instead
- Eating at Emily Jimenez (that wasn't actually supposed to happen)
- Hernandez family food appointment
- Emily and Solidad food appointment
- President Banzon food appointment
8- Samson's dinner appointment
We opened your Christmas presents for us that morning. Thanks family:) You guys are the cutest. Sister Peneranda was way excited too. You know all that orbit gum you sent her? She spent the first two days smelling it during personal study and then the third day put it in her closet as an air freshener. She still hasn't eaten it because she's waiting for the smell to be permanent in her closet:) Haha Filipinos.
|our christmas eve party |
(the sisters in the next area over
got to come too)
Our New Year's was the same, lots of food, parties. And then we all got sick with colds, coughs, and the flu. Haha I would almost call it a missionary hangover.
We're all still doing awesome. Our area is still awesome, turns out looking for an apartment is A LOT harder than I thought it would be when apartments don't exsist in Alauli, so we're not sure if it going to become an open area, but pray that is does:)!
ALICEEEEEEEE!!! You looked absolutely amazing for your baptism! I can't believe you are sooo old now... And Nate got to baptize you, how cute! Being a missionary here made it different to realize my cute little sister is baptized now.
|Christmas present from Josephine|
and her family
(also we pretty much spent Christmas
at this bus/waiting stop)
Love you! Next week! Good luck with school again!