Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

December is always crammed full of events, traditions, and traveling, so it's no wonder that we didn't send out Christmas cards. But, we did put a digital one together for all of our friends and family. 
2014 was an amazing year 
From backpacking through Central America, receiving my Master's degree, moving from Mexico to Guatemala, and from Guatemala to San Diego, making earrings, job hunting, church callings and more. We are so grateful to have amazing friends and family that love us and support us in all our aspirations. We cannot wait to celebrate 2015 with as much zeal and enthusiasm that we saw in 2014, and we look forward to sharing everything 2015 brings with all of you!

Happy Christmas to everyone! And have a ridiculously fun New Year!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Month of November and Early December

Just in case you haven't talked to us in the past month, we have kept busy and enjoyed life, as usual. I figured maybe I would update the world as to what we have been doing with our lives. 

In November we volunteered at the Hands Across Borders Gala with PCI Global, where I'm currently interning. It was a fun gala filled with wealthy people who want to make a difference in the world. It was cool to see so many people wanting to reach out to the global community and impact lives. Caitlin and I worked the silent auction. We were sad because we didn't get to dress up (the event was black tie), but instead had to wear volunteer shirts. One day we will be invited somewhere instead of having to volunteer, but for now, we will gladly volunteer to help others.
 
Speaking of internships, I also accepted a job in November! It is only a temporary position, but it is great experience and both Caitlin and I are very excited. I will be leading a set of development projects for Help International in Uganda. They are a small NGO based out of Provo, Utah. So come January, I will be heading out to Uganda, and Caitlin will be joining me in February. If any of you are Facebook friends with us, you have seen that we have been trying to fundraise for her trip. 
During her time in Uganda, she will have the opportunity to work in public health interventions among some of the poorest people in the world. In Uganda, over 75% of the population live below the poverty line, and without necessary resources they will never be able to overcome the obstacles they face. If you are interested in donating to these projects, you can donate online here, or you can buy a pair of earrings that Caitlin makes here. All the money will be used toward these projects, and we have a goal of fundraising $3,000 by February. A lofty goal, but hopefully we can make it.

Also in November we went to see Wicked. I had never seen the musical, tried to read the book (not for me), and hadn't even listened to the soundtrack until I graduated from BYU-Idaho. Well, it was definitely worth the wait. It was hilarious. And hilarious isn't even an exaggeration. We were seriously laughing the entire night.  
It was a much needed date and break from the mundane. We would highly recommend everyone go to see this play. Even if you don't like plays or you don't like musicals, this one would make you happy.
After our time at the musical, we went to a restaurant to have a pazookie, and realized that it has been a really long time since we have stayed out past 10:00. Like embarrassingly long. We got to the restaurant around 11:00 and thought it would probably be closed. Well, it was a Friday night, and the restaurant was full. Little did we know, people still stay out past 10:00. We figured since we've become a couple of old ladies, everyone else did too. Maybe we'll have to stay out late again in the near future. It was a lot of fun.

Thanksgiving fell late in November this year, and we celebrated with the entire Hendrickson family. All of Caitlin's siblings came into town, and even her grandparents joined us for the week.

Caitlin had the idea to plan a turkey trot/family 5k for Thanksgiving, and everyone was really excited about it, so we made shirts and mapped out a course that wasn't filled with hills and we raced. During the entire race, my goal was to keep up with Caitlin (sometimes if I keep up with her, I can pass her at the end), and make sure that Lindsey didn't pass me. It was a miracle, but I stayed close to Caitlin the whole time (she beat me in the end), and Lindsey couldn't catch up! Yes!! Also, I got a new personal record for my timed 5k. I felt pretty good about that. 
Everyone seemed to enjoy the race. And the grandparents did a Granny Gobble, where they walked around the mile loop of the neighborhood with the grandkids. We put up pictures of turkeys all throughout the neighborhood that they had to find while they walked around. I think they enjoyed it as well, and everyone was completely exhausted before 9:00 a.m.
After running, we all went inside to get ready for dinner. We were all assigned a different dish to prepare, so it was a busy time in the kitchen. Caitlin and I cooked the stuffing and the sweet potatoes. I will admit, those are probably my two favorite Thanksgiving dishes, so I didn't mind cooking them. Actually, I looked forward to making them just how I love them. :)
After dinner we all sat around enjoying the 80 degree San Diego weather, and the grandkids enjoyed the dirt filled backyard. Kids are so simple. Give them dirt, empty boxes, and bubble wrap and they will be forever content. Our kids are going to seem so deprived when on Christmas they get a pile of rocks. :)
And of course, you can't end a Thanksgiving weekend without a sock sliding contest on the hardwood floors. Again, my goal was to beat Lindsey (which I did), but Justin was the overall winner.
The first weekend in December our branch was invited to attend a campout with a ward in our stake. The theme was shooting, so we camped and shot guns. It was more of a campout for the leaders of the other ward, since there were almost as many of them as there were youth. But it was a lot of fun and I'm glad that a few of our youth were able to attend. 
While I was shooting the pistols, I was aiming for a small, purple Christmas ornament dangling on a wire in the middle of the range. I thought I would for sure be able to hit it. After a few shots, however, it had not blown up. In my frustration, I unloaded a round and a half on that poor little Christmas ball. Still, nothing happened except it swayed in place. I was so frustrated that I decided to aim for a blue one. Same thing happened. I figured I had completely forgotten how to aim (had it really been that long?) and I stopped after 3 rounds at the two ornaments. Well, when I went to go clean up after shooting, the purple ornament was filled with more than a dozen bullet holes. They were a cheap plastic  rather than glass, so they could take more than one shot to them. Turns out I'm not as terrible of a shot as I thought I was. 
That same weekend, one of the young men from our Branch stayed at our house while his mom had surgery. It was fun to have him with us, although I think we might have tortured him a little bit. I forget what it is like to be 15 sometimes. We took him to a thing called December Nights at Balboa park, which is a bunch of Christmas booths, music, lights, and food. We watched a concert where the pianist didn't show up so some guy from the audience jumped up and played for them (and he was amazing), and we ate Korean BBQ. It was a pretty good night.
And it was a cold night in San Diego (we're having those more frequently now) so we bundled up before we left. We love doing Christmas things, so this was the perfect thing to do while Diego was visiting. 
Well, I think that is all that I have to share for now. I know that a lot more has happened since I last wrote, but these are the only things I have pictures of.