Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan

Thursday, August 23, 2007

In North Carolina

Hello everyone! Well, we decided to go to North Carolina on my family's vacation on the beach for a week. So we are here getting tan. We are a little bit sad it's almost over now...we don't really want to go back to work....but that's life. When we get back we will be living with my grandparents again. My grandpa is having knee surgery and needs help with things around the house so we are more then willing to help them. I'm going to come home and beat you all with this wonderful tan I've got! I've been white all summer and it's nice to have some color again. Hope you all are still enjoying summer cause it's almost over! Stay safe!

Friday, August 17, 2007

We are home!

Hello everyone! We are home and safe and sound. We ended up having about a 3 hour delay in Houston Tx, not very happy about that. Just wanted to let you know. I will write more later. Love ya all!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

In Guatemala City

It was a long night last night with only an hour of sleep before our 4 hour journey in a full car. There was 18 people in a mini bus or a "microbus" as they call it. The night was a pretty big blur. But we are here and we are safe. We can't believe it's over, it was just the other day that we were here. We don't know now if we will go to Antiqua or not. I want to, but scott is still pretty interested in Guatemala city. There are plenty of things to do here...I'll let you know. We know of a few places know that have internet so we will check it again tomorrow. We leave at 12:30 on Thur morning. Well, gotta run, it's a little bit spendy for this internet here...just wanted to let you know we are here and safe. adios

Monday, August 13, 2007

Last Day in Xela!

Hello everone. We are pretty busy today since we are leaving tonight at 1 in the morning with the church to the temple. We had a little scare on Sat night. The family went shopping and also tried to get some gas. There they found out that there wasn´t any gas. They came home and told us what was going on, as they looked at the new paper. The gasoline trucks were on strike! The law here says that truck drivers and people transporting goods can only drive after 8:30 pm. So they are on strike because it´s dangerous and they keep getting robbed that late at night. So they weren´t leaving the capital and because of that we didn´t have any gas here. They stopped late last night so we have gas again here and we are going to be leaving tonight. We were a little bit worried cause you never know how long these things last. Thank goodness it´s over and things will go as planed.

There´s not a whole lot else going on other then just packing and saying goodbye to everyone. We haven´t been sick, which has been a blessing. I don´t know when the next time will be that I get on so if you don´t hear from me then that is why. Love you all and I will see you soon!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Xocomil and Xetulul

Hello everyone! We had a great time in our amusment park except as usual we wanted to stay longer. We didn´t actually leave until 10:15 which we were able to get in free around 10:30 and so basically we didn´t get into the park until about 12:00. There was a water place, which was a lot of fun, and then there was another place that was just rides and things. Which everything closed around 6:30ish so we only have about 2.5 hours in the water place and then 3.5 total since we had to eat something. There were tons more we could have done...but we ran out of time. Scott´s still a little bit upset about it since we were supposed to leave around 9 to get there in time. Oh well. It was actually pretty humid and hot there which made the water tons more fun. It´s Saturday already which means we only have 5 more days left and only 2.5 with the Ixcots.

Yes that is Icream in our hands....after Lunch all we wanted was ice cream since it was so humid. There ended up being 5 of us. Enoc took his new girl friend of about 2 weeks so Benji was the fith wheel. I felt bad for the guy. Scott and him had fun though. I guess it was ok that she came cause she was the free ticket into the non-water park part. That part of the park was Q200 to get in! So crazy, I couldn´t believe it. It wasn´t even that great either. that was just the entrance fee, that didn´t include tickets for rides. Crazy.

Well, I´sorry everyone, these computers are not letting me get onto my hotmail so if you wrote to me and haven´t heard...that´s why. I have no idea why I can´t get on but it´s really bothering me since I´m trying to coordinate things with people. Sorry and I will talk to you later. Adios

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Doing Pretty Good.

Well, we are both doing good. We arent sick so we are enjoying our last few days here. Tomorrow we are going to an amusement park with Enoc and Benji (the two eldest sons). Sat dont really know what we are doing, but we only have about 4 days left with the Ixcots. Scott said he is probably going to cry. I might I dunno. Scott is out looking for a suit right now. They are pretty cheep here. for a whole suit its like 100.00...we ended up buying another suitcase for 13.00 since we have bought a few things and dont want to go over on the weight. Well, I got to get going. We have a lot of things we are doing to make sure we get it all in. I hope all is still going well. I will try to get on on Sat and put some pictures up of the amusment park so this isnt so boring to read. haha Oh, and for those of you who are interested. Scotts sister Brenda has her Baby on Tue the 7th. He{s a beautiful baby boy. Both are doing great and we wish them the best. Have a good day

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sick but beter again.

Man we are both VERY tired of being sick all the time. We are ready to be home just so that we wont be sick anymore. I don´t know if you were able to translate Scott´s last entry but all of Sat Scott was fine and was preparing for his lesson. That night he had Patches (I refuse to eat them cause I got sick from them earlier in the trip) and then about 2 hours latter scott felt pretty sick. He said he felt like he was in Hell. haha He was up all night cause he couldn´t sleep and his stomach pains were really bad. He threw up a few times. So, we didn´t go to church cause he kept me up also. Then monday just as he was feeling better I felt realy bad. So we are just going back and forth with things. I was in bed almost all day yesterday. I´m better today, thank goodness. Sometimes these sicknesses last a few days.

Well, we didn´t do the hike, because they wanted 20 USD for the hike per person. Which that doesn´t seem like a lot in US but here it is. The quality of service here is so cheep that when they charge a lot it´s not worth it. In the US you get what you pay it´s all the same just different prices. So we didn´t do the hike but we are still going to go to Xocomil with the family. It´s just a day trip, but it should be lot´s of fun. We leave Xela in 1 week from today! (we still have 9 days left) Crazy. I am a little bit ready for it...just because of the sicknesses and what not...but I will miss it. Scott says he´s probably going to cry. haha That´s about it on an update. Thanks and have a good day!

Monday, August 6, 2007

La Venganza de Sunami

Jessie y yo gastamos el sabado descansando. No comí muy bien ese dia. Pero esa noche en diez comencé a sentirme muy enfermo. Yo tenía un dolor de estómago realmente malo. Me fuì a la cama, pero comencé a despertarme cada hora o dos horas. Entonces mi cuerpo se hizo muy deshidratado y tieso. Mi cabeza y espalda se sintió muy dolorosa. Vomité aproximadamente dos veces. Parecí yo vivía en el infierno. La mañana no estaba bien tampoco. No comí nada durante más de 24 horas. No preocupe a la mama, mi nivel de azucar de sangre estaba bien. Jessie tiene cuidado de mí muy bien. Tomé un poco de agua alguna vez una vez en mientras, pero nunca permanecio en mi sistema durante mucho tiempo. Comencé a sentirme mejor por la tarde despues de tomar un poco de medicina para mi estomago y medicina para mi cabeza. Soy probablemente lo peor he sentido en un muy mucho tiempo. Pienso que esto podria haber sido el Pachas que como cada una vez en mientras.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Lago Atitlan

Hello Everyone! Well, Lake Atitilan was very beautiful but it was a pretty quick trip. We left at 8 in the morning and got home around 7pm and it takes about 1.5-2 hours to get there. We went on the boat, did a little shopping and ate. Took about 100 pictures. So...these are just a few. We had a great time and both Thelma and Carlos came so it was just us four. They are a lot of fun and we learn a lot from them.

We are pretty freaked out by the fact that we are coming home in 13 days. So weird! We still have a hike on Monday that we are excited about. We aren´t quite sure what day we are going to Xocomil (choco y milk, haha) that´s the name of the ¨6 flags¨place here. We will keep you updated. Well, I need to get going since this computer is REALLY slow. Adios!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Fuentes Gorginas

Last night Carlos, the dad, took us to a place that´s about an hour away to this hot spring place. We ended up spending the night. It was a little bit spendy but worth it. On the way there it´s all forest and very beautiful. Carlos said when his kids were little he told them that this was the place that King Kong lived. haha It really does look like the movie and I can see why he said that. The room was quite interesting. 2 full size beds, but because the people here are so small he blankets don´t really go down the whole way so most of the night our feet were hanging out or we had to be crunched up. There was a fire place, but we couldn´t get it started...scott tried for about 45 mins. They also had this big area for a bath..but the water didn´t work. haha
The pool was actaully filled with natural Sulfer water. I heard some people talking and before it was an actual river that you could go in. Now it´s more of a pool that they have channeled the water into. It was still hot and natural. Along the sides of the rocks they had the HOT water driping down. We took LOT´S of pictures.
Well, tomorrow we are headed off to Lake Atitlan, we are not wuite sure how long yet...we would like a 2 day thing but I don´t know if there is enough to do there. People are saying that you have to have an activity to do like biking or boat rides cause it get´s boring after a while. We will also take lot´s more pictures and show you a few on Monday. I got to get going. Adios!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Vida en Xela para mi

Esto ha sido mucho tiempo ya que he escrito en el blog. Estoy agradecido que he tenido la oportunidad de decir y aprender más español. Este después dos semanas Jessie y yo vamos a viajar un poco y divertirse. Viajamos a unos volcanes de algunos, primaveras calientes, ríos, y lagos que son famosos. El Lago Atitlan está uno de los sitios más famosos aquí. Leo aproximadamente cuatro libros diferentes en el español. Yo leì muchas escrituras. Ellos no son fáciles pero ellos seguro me ayudan con mi pronunciación. Jessie y yo realmente disfrutamos de la familia con la cual vivimos. Su hijo que vino a casa de su misión se mezcla en realmente bien. La única cosa mala sobre la vida aquí en Guatemala es que estoy ganando libras. Quise ejercer y entonar mi cuerpo un poco. Pero he fallado en esto. Comenzamos a saber la ciudad mucho mejor. Tengo que dar una lección en Principales de Evangelio para la iglesia la próxima semana. Enseño la expiación. He salido con los misioneros mucho. Asisto con Elderle Fullmer y Elderle Cueto quién es de Panamá. Tuve que dar la ley de castidad a uno de sus investigadores. Era interesante. Amo dar mi testimonio es el español y hablar a la gente en las calles. Es todavía difícil para mí entender el español cuando ellos hablan muy rápido. Es maravilloso ver que el evangelio es verdadero cada donde. La fe aquí es muy fuerte y muy activa. Gracias cada uno para conservarse en contacto con nosotros. Amamos todos y perdemos todos. Tener cuidado

Party Time!

Hello everyone. Last night Thelma, our mom here, told us about a little theater play that Orson, the youngest son, was going to be in the next day. So we decided to go. It started at 3:00. So, it was seriously like going to a middle school theater play thing. It was really bad...and VERY loud I think the people here are deaf. I have my ears covered the whole time. It was a good experience though. After that we were supposed to go over to Carlos´(the dad) fathers house to hear him talk about some of his books. The light was out so we scheduled it for today. I´m not really looking forward to it, that man can talk all day long! Anyways, since we couldn´t sit in the light at his house we decided to head home. it was about 7ish by this time and getting dark and scott noticed a beautiful Cathidral all lite up so the Ixcot´s took us there and we took a few picures. It was really a fun night.

So Carlos (the one in the middle of the picture) wants to take us to this hot spring pool that´s about an hour away tonight. So we are leaving tonight and he says it´s worth it to stay the night so we will see it there is any rooms available. Next week the family is also talking about a lot of different trips they want to take us to, so we will have to see what happens. We are excited for it and sad that we only have 1 more full week left.

We were also talking to Carlos and Thelma and we found a really cheep way to get to Guate on the 14th. The ward is having a Temple trip so they said we can hitch a ride. The only bad part is that they are leaving at 1 in the with all the traveling we will be doing that week it´s not the best start. So we don´t leave until the 16th so the 15th we will go to Antigua. It´s only 30-45 mins from Guate City. Quick trip and worth probably some good pictures. It is really getting close to leaving! I feel like a missionary that doens´t want to come home. haha It will be good for us tho.
Scott is doing a lot better. We are both not sick and ready to do somethings here. We are going to be going to Lake Atitlan this weekend. Fri and Sat. So...I will write on Mon and let you know how things went. I hope you are all still enjoying the summer! Adios
My cell phone number is 971-221-5685. Scott's number is 541-914-5123 if you wanted to get a hold of us.