On Monday we decorated our Christmas tree: that is, after we made our Christmas tree. Tim and I didn’t bring any Christmas decorations to Togiak with us, so instead I made a tree out of green butcher paper. I cut a star and ornaments out of construction paper and used some glitter from Tim’s classroom to decorate the ornaments. I also strung popcorn to put on the tree. I have never strung popcorn before. It is actually not very hard and once I figured out the best place to stick the needle through the popcorn, it went pretty fast. Of course we listened to Christmas music as well, but we have now exhausted our entire collection of Christmas music and I’m wishing for some variety.
Tim and I have become addicted to a television series called Gilmore Girls. When Tim was in Denver, I spent most evenings at Robin and Heather’s apartment and they introduced me to the show. It has become our escape from work after work, which has been really nice. We probably should slow down a bit. I won’t tell you how many times last week we watched 4 episodes in one night.
I’ve always liked dogs, but lately my opinion of them has been dropping. There are several dogs that like to bark when we’re trying to sleep and they are relentless. It seems as if they will never stop. Sometimes we’re woken up at 3 or 4 in the morning and can’t go back to sleep because the dogs never stop. Monday night we went into our room to go to bed and the dogs were barking, so I jokingly suggested we move our bed into the living room. We ended up sleeping in our living room for the entire week. It was amazing. We never heard a dog on that end of the house and we slept so well (other than the fact that we were so tempted to watch Gilmore Girls that we stayed up way too late).
Friday night we had a couple of friends over for a game night. We taught them how to play Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne. I love that there are people here that like to play games.
Tim taught the lesson in priesthood meeting today. He was called as the second counselor in the Elder’s quorum presidency a few weeks ago. I was sustained this week as the second counselor in the primary presidency. I’m a bit nervous, but it will be a lot different than being in the primary in a regular ward. Our main responsibility is to hold sharing time each Sunday. I have yet to attend my first sharing time, but we hold a 30-minute meeting over the phone on Sunday afternoons. I am interested to see how well sharing time works over the phone. Sunday school, relief society, and sacrament meeting have all seemed to work fine, but sharing time has always been a little bit more involved.
We are so excited for Christmas break and to be able to see family and friends. Pray for cooperative weather for us. We don’t want to take any of our precious days waiting on weather.