Monday, November 22, 2010

Let it Snow!

So, it has been snowing all day today. It is crazy! Last year, Mirian was too young to experience snow, so I took her out today to see what she thought of all this white stuff. The experience didn't last long. She wasn't even outside three minutes before she wanted to come back inside. I had to force her to even stand in the snow at all. And it didn't help that Maced was so excited to have a friend to play with her in the snow that she almost knocked Mirian over. Too bad it is too early for Christmas lights and Christmas music!

Not sure what to think


Maced loves the snow!

Russ had just scraped our driveway less than an 30 minutes ago.

Front of our house

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Russ' Mission Buddy

While on Facebook the other day, Russ wished a fellow Gringo Missionary (who served in Peru) a happy birthday and noticed that other fellow missionaries had also commented on his page. One of them was Freddy Alva. Freddy is from Peru and was a good friend!!!!

Russ added Freddy as a friend and began to look through his info and pictures. Low and behold, Freddy only lives an hour and a half from Selah. HOLY CANOLI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A week later, we were at his home where his wife Andrea (who he also knew from one of the wards he served in) had cooked an AMAZING Peruvian dinner. We had Aji de Gallina, Arroz con Pollo and INCA KOLA!!!! Inca Kola is a soda made in Peru and it's awesome!!!! Finally, for dessert, Andrea made Picarones which are essentially sweet potato homemade donuts with Fig honey. OH MY GOODNESS THEY WERE AMAZING!!!!!!

Here are a few pictures of Russ, Freddy, the Inca Kola, Mirian and her new friend and Picarones

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

You knew it was coming, didn't you . . .

Without letting everyone down on Russ' annual tradition . . . we bring you the latest breaking news. He hasn't let you down . . . .

As you'll recall, Russ' wrists tend to have a difficult life. Read about it here, here, and here.

Russ finished his post-surgery physical therapy on his wrist in late September. For several weeks now, Russ has had new pain in the side of his surgically repaired wrist. He went to the doctor who performed the surgery and was informed that due to keeping the wrist immobile for 4 months and then putting it back to use, he now has tendonitis in his wrist. Now he gets to keep it in the brace for another 4 weeks while taking some ibuprofen as needed for the pain and swelling.

Wish him luck!!!! Hopefully it heals quickly and properly!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Jedi Halloween

For Halloween, I made Russ and Mirian dress up as Star Wars characters. Russ was a Jedi, I was Princess Leia, and Mirian was an Ewok. For Christmas a few years ago, my Mom made me and Russ costumes that were Star Wars/Bethlehem costumes so we could use them for Halloween and Christmas. We hadn't had an opportunity to use them, so I thought it would be fun to try them out this year. We had a little party at our house on Friday night. It was fun to decorate the house, and get all dressed up. On Saturday, we went to our ward Halloween party. No one knew who I was. I guess the black hair really confused people. On Sunday, we took Mirian trick-or-treating to our old neighbors, Bob and Rhinda. They loved her cute little Ewok costume. I didn't get any pictures at the ward party, or trick-or-treating. I forgot to put the memory card back into the camera. But enjoy the pics from our party.

Our cute little Ewok

My Spider Cheesecake that I made

My Handsome Jedi with the Ewok

Princess Leia and Ewok

Do you like my scary spider on the ceiling?