Drum roll please -- We went to this little place to have pizza after the Elders bought their whips. To my delight -- Gilmore Girls was on the TV. It was hilarious because I had seen it so many times I could translate what they were saying. The Elders thought it was hysterical. Of course they aren't suppose to watch TV, but they watched a little to see if I really knew what it was about. They have no idea how many episodes of Gilmore Girls I've watched. And the other good news - it must have been a Gilmore Girls Marathon because as soon as one show was over another one came on. So fun to see Gilmore Girls in Hungarian.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
There's a man in Hortabagy who sells whips. The missionaries are his best customers. It's about a 2 hour drive from Buda. We went there today so Elder Smith, Wanlass, Johnson and Jackson could buy whips. They all already have one but they all bought more. They cost about $100. The guy is super nice and gives them a great deal. It's pretty fun to watch. They take them out in an open space and try them out before they buy them. I think it's pretty hard to get them to make the cracking sound, but all the missionaries were able to do it. Of course the guy was pretty excited because he sold several whips to them.
I tried to get a picture of a typical Hungarian Home. The front of the house is really nice. But it gradually gets more and more run down. In the rear of the home is almost like a barn. Usually that's where the animals live. I hope you can see it. This is one of the best examples I've seen. I love them.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
One P-day we went to lunch. On the way home Elder Conklin and Davis were jumping poles. Then Elder Conklin was trying to do a handstand on one of them but of course it was too hard. I told him my daughter Rachelle has great core muscles and she could probably do it. It was so funny because he didn't know for sure if I was teasing him or not. I have a picture of Rachelle doing a handstand. Too bad I don't know how to photo shop her onto two poles and then send the picture to Elder Conklin. That would be so funny.
Elder Davis is one of the AP's. Elder Smith ( white shirt) helped me pick out a tie for his birthday. It's in the bag with the purple tissue paper. I thought it was the perfect bag for a tie - tall and skinny. We got the tie from a giant bag of ties other missionaries didn't want. But it's not how much you spend, it's the thought that counts. :) It was a pretty ugly tie too, but he loved it. He even wore it one day.
We invited the missionaries over for dinner. We started making the fruit salad and realized the grapes had seeds in them. So I had them sit down for a few minutes and take the seeds out of the grapes for me. I told them they were such a "grape bunch of missionaries" Yes, the fun never ends. Always free entertainment when you are at our apartment.
This is a wonderful family. They were inactive for a while and just recently started coming back to church. So after a few months the parents agreed to have their children baptized and the father was able to do it. Many people came to support them. They also have a baby who is not in the picture. As you can see many people also brougth dessert to have afterwards. It was way fun to have everything turn out so nice.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Sister Christensen's birthday was on November 1st. It just happened to be our Super P-day so we had a breakfast with our District for her. She told me her mom always made cinnamon rolls for her birthday so I told her I would make her some. I was worried they wouldn't be as nice as her mom's. Elder Johnson told me " don't worry about it". He was right. She walked in when I was making them and almost started crying. She said " you're making homemade cinnamon rolls. My mom always makes frozen ones." So it was nice she was happy about it. We had a fun time. The missionaries were pretty excited about the breakfast. They didn't realize I had lots of experience making seminary breakfasts.
We had a Super P-day on November 1st. The AP's and Elder Conklin asked me if I would make them a Hacky Sack. It seemed like an easy project but it turned out to be harder than I thought. We filled it with rice and when they started kicking it, the rice kept coming out. It was fun to see the creative ways they tried to fill it with rice, but in the end it didn't work so well, but it was fun trying.
This was such a funny story. Elder Johnson needed a haircut. He asked me if I could cut his hair. I told him I wasn't an expert but I had cut my sons hair before and none of them complained. So he and Elder Conklin came over to get his hair cut. So I start cutting it. Elder Conklin keeps making comments - " be sure you do this, don't do that etc" So finally I say " would you like to cut it yourself?" I was afraid I would cut it too short. Then Elder Conklin says " well if I'm going to cut it, we didn't need to come over here." Really - no kidding. So funny - Of course if they had stayed home it wouldn't have been near as much fun.
Here's a picture of Elder Bouck and Elder Johnson. They're known as the "Mission Twins". I had a hard time telling them apart when I first got here. We just had transfers last week and now they will be serving together. It's amazing how much they look alike. Really nice young men, but very different personalities. I think they'll have fun together.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
David was our DJ for the evening. He did a great job. He even played quiet dinner music during dinner. Everyone was concerned about what kind of music he might play but it was all good. The other picture is of Barbye. She is a recent convert. She is super nice and so much fun. She doesn't speak great English but somehow we are still able to communicate.
This is Peter and Csaba's baptism. It was a great experience to see them get baptized. Both are great men. We don't have alot of men get baptized here. Peter's girlfriend ( top picture) is already a member. They met at one of his programs. The Elders thought they would be good friends. But they ended up more than just good friends - They are now engaged to be married. They are a darling couple. It's fun to see families come into the church.
One day of the Senior Missionary Conference we had a tour of the Parliament Building. It's pretty amazing inside. The first is where the Parliament meets to vote on new laws, next one of the ceilings and last a carpet that took 9 months to make- I don't remember for sure but it seems like she said 1400 people worked on it. What I didn't understand is " if it was so much work, why were they letting people walk on it??"
David made soup for us one night. It didn't turn out very well, but it sure was nice of him to go to all the effort. He didn't realize how long the beans needed to cook so they were a little hard. About an hour after he put the beans in, he told me he usually uses canned beans -- big difference. Last night I made minnestrone soup with the same kind of beans. He didn't even want to try the soup - so funny. Super nice young man. He's one of the guys teaching me how to play Foosball.