Sunday, December 5, 2010

Life in pictures

Thought I'd share some of the pictures from the last few weeks. First of all, I took a little trip to the States (all by myself- the first time) right before Halloween. Wish I had a picture to share from visiting Lexy and all the fun things I did with my sister in 3 days, and also the documentation of the craziness of travelling back to St. Kitts with my friend, Becky, and her 2-yr.-old and 5-week-old baby. Although that had potential to be a disaster, 90% of the 2-day trip went surprisingly well.

Here I am with my twin sister, Kim, during one of our many outings.

Not sure what exactly is going on in this picture, but it may have something to do with Kim holding that plate of greasy bacon. (Did you know that she is vegetarian?)

We had our church Young Women in Excellence program- the first one ever for the branch. It went well and we had a very enjoyable evening. The theme was based around plants and flowers, so we all wore a different colored flower in our hair.

We have had lots of meetings and training lately with our mission presidency and other area leaders. This is the newly completed branch presidency, with 2 counselors AND a separate executive secretary and branch clerk.

Here I am with my Young Women counselor's. These are beautiful, talented, and righteous women that I am privileged to work with.

We had our Sacrament Meeting Primary Program a few weeks ago. The children did a great job, even as they were asked to sing "solo" parts throughout. I know we don't normally have pictures of this program (I got them from someone else) but they do things a little differently here, like talking on the cell phone, taking pictures, eating sub. sandwiches, etc. during Sac. meeting. Keeps things interesting.

Next is Thanksgiving. We had an awesome night with great company, and we were able to take advantage of the great weather (70's), breeze, and bug-free evening and eat outside on the balcony. Everyone has school and work that day, so we have dinner in the evening, hence why it is dark outside and we couldn't see the ocean, but we could hear the waves crashing which made a perfect backdrop.

In this picture, my "friend" who arrived first snapped a photo of me frantically finishing up dinner while still in my shower cap.

Here are most of the women, slaving away in my little kitchen to finish up odds and ends.

Brennan was happy- the Prince's brought the Wii as a special treat for the kids.

Payton had a baby to carry around and take care of.

Damon was entertained- he had Mia here and the couch to jump on.

And his girlfriend's.

Here's Adrian preparing the turkey and our friend, Dave, slicing his "honey-baked ham." You may also know Dave as "Davey Baby" or "Fun-date Dave." (Not that I would know!)

The atmosphere over the ocean was awesome, except for a little wind. Good times!

Lastly, I celebrated a birthday last week. The night before we went to the kid's Christmas program at school and then to one of the new restaurants on the island. The day of, I got to spend a relaxing morning with my little "companion" (Damon), and I even drank a glass of whole milk with him for breakfast! It was yummy. Did you know that I love drinking whole milk, and especially Half & Half, but that may be more of an every 5-yr. birthday treat.

For lunch, I had a relaxing few hours with friends (while the children stayed home with a babysitter) overlooking the golf course. Nabila- we missed you while you were at your first day at your new job, and Shav- we missed you all the way across the world in England! Thanks for the great time, Girl's! And the tres-leches cake that was to die for. An A+ on that for sure! :)

That night, we had homemade "Cafe Rio" for dinner at the Filhart's home. We got another sitter and went to a movie, and afterward Becky made sopapilla's for dessert. We had such a great time, and are really going to miss the Filhart's when they head back to the States for the last time in 17 days. St. Kitts (and the gym) just won't be the same without them!


callred said...

So glad to see all the pictures of what you have been up to. Thanks for sharing and everyone looks great! The kids are getting so big and are so cute too. I agree with the tres leche cake is to die for. We had that on our last mission in the Dominican and now in Mexico we have had it with cajeta which is a carmelized milk- yum!

Janene said...

I loved seeing all your pictures Beth! Thanks for posting! I have to agree with all look great, and your kids are growing so much!

Burt Family said...

It was great getting to see what you have been up to! I tried to call you for your birthday but now I know why I never reached you :) Better luck next time I guess right?

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed all those photos, and seeing a few familiar faces! I was reminded of the amazing time we had on St. Kitts. Amye G.

Abby said...

How fun!
And I'm really liking this idea of eating sandwiches at church!