Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Studying Spanish at Ben's and other excitement

We have a lot of pictures this time. There has been alot happening. We are still with Ben and Kirsten and Kate.

Kate is fun to be with and she really is as cute as she looks. She has her moments though and when she is tired she wants nothing to do with anyone except mommy.

She is a climber extrodinar. I really can't believe it. She has been climbing on the funiture and up into a shelf area for some time and she is very good at using their really tall chairs for a jungle gym. While we have been here she has learned how to move from the chair to the high chair and then out of the high chair and down to the floor. The first time she got out of the high chair and down we didn't see it happen but the second time Ben and I watched as she negociated her way down the leg of the high chair after she had transfered there from the chair.
This is right before church but it is my usual position. I am working with a tutor from the MTC. We have a 1 hour session 3 days a week and I have between 6 and 8 hours of homework between sessions. The church has very good language resources for senior missionaries. Yo hablo español un poco. Mi español está mejorando. (I speak spanish a little. My spanish is improving)

These are pictures of the stadium that the Pheonix Cardinals use. It was the site of the Superbowl this year. (Since I am a complete football neophyte that was news to me). It is quite the building. It is the only stadium in the world that has it's grass on a rolling tray that is taken outside to get light and be watered. Most of the time the grass is outside. It is rolled in under the redzone sign above and fills the whole floor. It is incredable how it works. We toured with a tour guide for about one and 1/2 hours. There was a miniuture radio controlled air plane compitition going on down on the floor and the NFL draft (on TV) party was going on on the second level. They use the building for a lot of different things.

Kirstin and Ben and Kate flew to San Francisco on Monday to sign the lease on their new appartment and then flew home the same day. It was Kate's first plane trip. She did great but she was wiped out the next day. This is the wild woman look that she sported as she caught up on her sleep on Tuesday.
It wasn't all that easy to sleep on Tuesday because the Satalite dish people were putting in new wiring for the apartment complex that Ben and Kirsten live in. This is a huge complex. Ben and Kirsten live in Building 18 one of about 20 12 plexes but wouldn't you know it, the work was going on right outside their 3rd floor appartment. They were pounding and drilling and it was really noisy. All of a sudden it got even noisier and Kirsten and I saw a one inch drill bit come through the wall at a 45 degree angle and go into the ceiling. The guys thought they knew where they were drilling but missed the target and hit Ben's wall. Not only did they put a hole in the wall, they also knicked the wiring in the wall and blew a circut breaker to all the lights and fans in the appartment. The rest of the day was spent in repair work. We had electricians in and dry wall guys in. The Satalite guys kind of disappeard for a while but they are back today with more pounding outside. So far no more holes though. Enough excitment for one day. Ben graduates on Friday. He is trying to study for a couple of finals he still has to take. Alot of these same pictures are up on Kirstin's blog. They have made their blog private because they got some postings by people they do not know so if you want to see their blog you need to email them and let them know you have a google account and want to be on their permitted list or email us if you know Ben and or Kirsten and we will give them your email and let them get in touch with you. Bye for now. Bogota is sounding more and more peaceful all the time.

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