Sunday, August 30, 2015

Goodbyes, Family Home Evening, Costco (!), Concert

This is our missionary board.  The photos that are tilted are missionaries that are going home this coming week.  At the bottom, there are two rows of 17 each.  The first row is the group coming on September 1 and the second row arrives in October.  We're going to need a lot of trainers!

We started this week by telling Elder and Sister Taylor good bye as they completed their mission and returned home to Utah.  We wish them well!

That evening was Family Home Evening again.  The Nagamachi Sisters helped with the music.

The elders taught us a new game.  You do a charade and then act what you think you saw to pass on to someone else.  They were acting out snow boarding (I think).  I told them to be careful, because our daughter hurt her ankle pretending to pole vault in the living room!

A going home gift for Elder O.

A new Costco has opened (within our mission boundaries), so we went with the Smiths to check it out.

I think they liked it!  While we were eating, we all kept going "mmmm!"

No corn and no mayo!

I don't know what kind of leg this is.  One of the more unusual items we saw.

Three of these huge teddy bears were sold while we were there!

Taking the carts back to the parking lot on the roof.

Elder O asked Sister Smith to make tacos for his last dinner.  We were all thinking that was a great choice!  It was delicious!

Then it was time to say good bye again.

Well done Elder Omija!  We will miss you!

We were invited to a concert in Tagajo.  One of our ward members plays in the marimba group.  The younger kids played all kinds of percussion instruments (including trash cans and kitchen pans).  The big finale was Ravel's Bolero and they played the big Chinese gong.

For the encore, they opened the back of the stage which looks out to the ocean.  And they played "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid.

When we left the parking lot I said "Stop the car!!  There's the ocean!"  We hardly ever get to see it up close without a barrier wall.  There was even a little parking lot.

There were about 15 or 20 surfers out on the water.  It's been rainy and stormy all week, so I guess surf's up!

Congratulations to our niece Tina and her husband Kevin.  Their son, Lucas, just returned from his mission to Honduras.  

And our niece Ann's son has returned from Argentina.

Missionaries coming and going all over the place!

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