Wednesday, November 30, 2016


We took Elder Weiss and Elder Swenson to lunch after reviewing the transfer board and feeling we were done.  The Elders had never had beignets so we ordered a plate of four as an appetizer.  They were so good served with a caramel syrup.  We all thought the food was great and want to return.

Loved that Elder Swenson was holding up a Book of Mormon.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


The Assistants invited us to breakfast.  We went over this morning at 8:00 before we all went to the office to work more on the transfers.  Elder Weiss and Elder Swenson were pretty excited to have us over.  When we were eating I asked if they thought they would tell their children about having the mission president and his wife over for breakfast.  

They made a fantastic breakfast that consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, pumpkin pancakes, pineapple, kiwi, and cranberry mango juice.  It was all so delicious!
As hard as I tried to have them over for dinner to celebrate their birthdays, it didn't happen with our schedules.  Maybe that is why they wanted to do breakfast.  Whatever the reason, we loved it.
Tomorrow we will go to lunch together.  We take the assistants out to lunch after it's been decided where the missionaries will serve.  If an assistant will be leaving, they get to choose where to eat.  Elder Weiss has chosen Cafe Noveau.  We haven't eaten there and understand it serves breakfast and brunch until 2:00.    

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Hales

The Hales arrived Tuesday afternoon.  It's been way to long since they were here (last Christmas).  Tad had just woken up.  They stayed in St. George Monday night.
After dinner we did Golf and Stuff.   

Nash wasn't really photo bombing.
I was talked into driving the go carts and I'm glad I did.  It was fun.  So funny though -- when we were told when we were to do the last lap, Nash didn't realize when the last lap was and he drove under the gate. 

Annie picking up her ball from a hole in one!
Jared and Shelby golfed with Nash and Tad.
Our pass included 4 tickets for the arcade.

I caught a picture just before family prayer began.
We are at the Ventura Pier.

I loved that Tate put his arm around me when we were walking.
Tad is saluting.
Etch a sketch should be in the toy hall of fame.  Shelby and I enjoyed doing it.
Tate completed an eletric circut to have a functional fan.

Mean game of Jenga.

Tate, what did you do?

Shelby likes to feel the space and it looked awesome with all of the squigglies.
Annie's favorite activity was putting together and taking apart the trucks.
We took Jared back to the tire shop because he had left the car to get new tires.  We had to leave him there because the job still wasn't done and we had previously purchased tickets for the movie Moana in Camarillo.  The plan was for him to meet us at the movie.  He never made it.  So frustrating for him to sit and wait.  
After dinner we played Dominoes Mexican train.  
I thought the kids would have fun making place cards for dinner.  
Where did everyone go?
This morning I received a text from the Wilcoxes which included a picture of our home under snow in 
Salt Lake.  I couldn't resist sending a picture back of the view outside from the deck showing the ocean.
We enjoyed dinner with the Hales, Elders Peisley and Taufatofua, Sisters Fisher and Cardon, 
Hermanas Arkell and Hirst.
Annie with the missionaries. I can't get over how tall she is. 
The Hales pulling out with all new tires on their way to San Diego for Annie's soccer tournament that starts in the morning.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

New Kitchen

Yesterday morning before Dell got back from PT, the cabinet workers were in the kitchen doing the finishing touches.  Yes, new color and hardware on the cupboards and drawers. 

I talked to Daniel to check on the timing of completion so Eva could put all the dishes back.  He asked me if I spoke Spanish or my husband.  He had seen on the freezer the postcard with Spanish on it and
Elder Sorensen holding the lizard that he caught in our bedroom.  He also noticed alfajores (Argentine cookie) in the pantry.  He wanted to know where my husband learned Spanish.  It turns out he grew up by the mission home in Argentina and he knew the Gortons (Dell’s mission president and family).  He was good friends with one of the sons and his first girlfriend was Becky Gorton.  I asked what brought him to America.  His son is autistic and Elder Zwick was visiting there and told him there would be treatment in America for him.  They were given a blessing.  They left and they have been here 14 years.  Dell came home and I was so excited for these two to meet.  Dell is going to look through his mission pictures to see if he took a picture of Daniel.  Dell asked him if the cafĂ© was still there that had waffles – and Daniel said waffles mormon.  That was awesome!  He invited us to his home for a barbecue but it’s outside of the mission.  It was really neat to make that connection.
Daniel Bocca