Monday, March 30, 2015

Kowtown Festival Kissimmee--#becausehelives

Elder and Sister Bean manage the booth. March 28th we took it to the Kowtown Festival in Kissimmee--a bar-b-que cook off. These were the best ribs ever.

At the Festival the missionaries talked to hundreds of people and passed out scores of cards: #becausehelives a video on and Youtube. How has your life been blessed because He lives?

This girl was the festival mascot dressed as Jessie from Toy Story. Notice the picturesque view of Lake Toho that we enjoyed while sitting at our booth. The breeze got so intense it lifted up our tent and the air was a little chilly.

Left--Elders Lindsay/Radagon Center--Elder Chrisman, Hermana Rivera/Tamacori Right--Elder Hamp

Spring break 2015--Four of our eight children came to Florida

Our Spring Break Agenda: Saturday night arrive at the vacation home in Davenport, Florida.
Sunday: Church and a special Graduation dinner for Matthew
Monday: EPCOT and Animal Kingdom
Tuesday: Cocoa Beach
Wednesday: Universal and Magic Kingdom
Thursday: Clearwater Beach on the Gulf Coast. Elder Bean and I spent the day in the mission office.
Friday: Sea World or relax in the vacation home--evening Easter Egg Hunt.
Saturday: Leave vacation home, Sea World, or watch General Conference--evening flight home.

Matthew has completed his studies at the University of Texas at Houston Medical School and is moving his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico for his Radiology Residency beginning in June. He will not be attending his formal graduation exercises in May so we created a cap and gown that went along with a special graduation dinner to celebrate--Rib eye steak, Salmon, stir fry chicken all rubbed with Thyme and Seasons American Southwest Spice Blend. Yum!!

Poinciana Branch meets in Chestnut Elementary School: Suzanne, Darren, Sister Spencer, Elder Spencer, Matthias, Liz, Emma, Lauren, Sister Bean, Will, Elder Bean

Look who came to Grandma's. I love her curly hair. Matt's family will stay with us for 3 weeks. Love it!

Addie loves her blankie--here she is in EPCOT on Monday!

Brooks is completely relaxed next to Addie in the stroller..
Wades's family smiles for the camera by the beautiful flowers in EPCOT. Love Milly's face painting that she got earlier when we were at Animal Kingdom. This was our second day for vacation.

David and Jasmine pause for a moment in China--EPCOT

Grandpa and Grandma rode these dinosaurs with Mabel and Milly several times.

Matthias found a comfortable place to take a nap--Matt loves his little man.

Cousin time 

Suzanne: "Addie how come you don't play in the water?"
Addie: "I'm just not used to it".

Cool hat, Dude.

Look Grandpa I got the kite up.

Our frig was stocked with a variety of milk and juice--catering to different preferences--Vacation Home in Davenport

The pantry as well was stocked with a variety of drinks--Vacation Home in Davenport.

Darren and Wade watching Lauren, Charlotte, and Will on the boogy board--Cocoa Beach

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Thanksgiving and Making Chocolates

Bonnie and Carlos Torres invited us to come for Thanksgiving Dinner. I wasn't able to get a photo of them until now.

We went to a chocolate factory and were able to create our own chocolates. 

Elder Bean had a BP event while dipping chocolates

Anna and Katherine come to dinner

Anna and Katherine came to dinner at our house Sunday at 5pm--Katherine is Anna's daughter.

Elder Ogelesby and Elder Peiva taught and baptized the mother. Her daughter will be baptized in April. 

The mother and daughter are from Bogata Columbia..

Bluegrass Festival at Fort Christmas

Sister Weston and Sister Sparks talked to people at the festival. We enjoyed the music and talked to people.

Elder Clark and Elder Davis are both from Payson, Utah. They gave rides on the Mormon Pioneer Handcart.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Deseret Cattle and Citrus Ranch Rodeo

The Ranch Rodeo in the Deseret Cattle and Citrus Ranch in Central Florida is put on by the cowboys that work at the ranch. We attended the Rodeo with the rest of the seniors missionaries. They serve a delicious beef barbecue for dinner.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Florida Orlando Zone Conferences

Orlando Zon

Deland Zone

 Lake Mary Zone

Elder and Sister Hardgrave are the Area Mental Health Advisers They gave a presentation on Communicating with Love with your companion at our Zone Conferences.

Elder Bean saw a few missionaries and talked to them recovery

Sister Spencer did a talk to

Graceland, Inverness Ward, and Alabama Burmingham Temple

Monday, March 16, 2015

Baptisms in Kissimmee

Nadia Bermudez Calderon

Sister Rivera, Sister Hampton, Sister Bean Elder Bean--We said goodbye to Sister Hampton--going home on Monday.

Elder Bean, Elder Perez, Sister Bean--Elder Perez is the Zone Leader but is being transferred on Tuesday--we will miss him.