Monday, December 26, 2011

A Quick "Hi" After a Christmas Call

(The decorations on our tree are the same ones Tom and I bought the first Christmas we were married.  The kids won't let us buy new ones.  To them ... these decorations mean "Christmas".)

(Every year, each of our kids buy a new ornament for the tree.  Last year Tavin shrunk down his mission call and made it into his yearly ornament.)
Hey guys!

How’s it going? Glad to hear the rest of Christmas was good.  Today we got up and went and played soccer.  It was way fun until people started getting really competitive.  It’s so much better when it’s just for fun and not playing hard. Especially when you’re not that great … that would be me.  We had 12 of us, so we made three teams of four.  Winner stays on the court and the other team comes in.  My team consisted of me, both of my ZLs (one Brazilian and another American that’s about equal or worse than me), and then another American that was about the same level as me.  However, he was super good at goalie so he stayed in the goal.  Well … our team, as you can imagine, wasn’t super good but it was so much fun.  The other two teams would get more into it when they played each other, but we were just more or less goofing around.  Elder De Andrade (our Brazilian) was a good sport about it and made it fun too.  Thankfully, he wasn’t a competitive one.  Every time when we lost, he just said, “Alright guys … next time!” haha  Me and my American ZL (Elder King) made a goal that was pretty sweet.  I stole the ball and passed it to him.  He dribbled it a bit and passed it back to me.  I got closer to the goal and passed it over to him, who was on the other side of the goal, and he knocked it in and scored.  Elder De Andrade afterwards said, “Look guys!  You scored all by yourselves!!!”  haha  It was so funny.  Good times.

So what’s this about Brittin not wanting to come to Brazil to pick me up?  I hope that we can make it work out cause that’ll be sweet.  I’ll have a lot of stuff to show to you all.  Friends … places … basically, all kinds of fun. 

Anyways, I don’t really have tons to say since I just talked to you guys yesterday.  Nothing new has really happened in the last 24 hours.  As for the next call … Mother‘s Day … will you guys want to Skype again or get a phone call?  That’s about it so … I love you guys!  Have fun this weekend!  Are you guys gonna go to the strip this year?  If so, have fun with that!  (But not too much fun!)  Love you guys so much!  Thanks for being the best family ever!!


PS - Yesterday, the kids at the house here were absolutely amazed by the Christmas tree.  They thought it was so beautiful and big.  They couldn't get enough of it.  It was funny.  I don’t know if I told you guys that yesterday, but ya, they loved it!

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