Parents visit and some stitching

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Visiting our cemetery..aka our work place

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our little dungeon

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my friends at church plus a white-haired visitor.  

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FHE with the Bishops family and our wonderful Elders.   the yellow turkey game in the background is similar to Don’t eat Pete.   We called it No se Come a Pedro.   Young Daniel (age 5) loved it!!  We even used M & M’s

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eating out YUMMY

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more eating out. Empanadas.   A ghost arm with a green shirt.  

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our new friend at the airport

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a bit of stitching… Elder vs glass door.   How do you like the 2 different colored gloves.  

 

I like sharing these pictures.  These memories come and go so quickly.  It was really great to have the parents stay here with us for a week.  They brought us new sheets for our bed.  SUPER GREAT!!!    We can buy sheets here but… they get those yukky little balls on them pretty quickly and they’re expensive.  Thanks much for the gift.

I tried to find a picture of us actually working …. and well..   I guess I will need to hunt a little harder.  HA HA

Hugs to you all

SHERI

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Firework watching, golfing, hair cutting, visiting

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Fireworks at midnight for New years Eve….from the 19th floor at our building

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Amazing… they did fireworks all across the bay.

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Wulf Castle … our January sunshine

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a little golfing

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a little hair cutting…after the piano lesson

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some visiting with my brother David. He works in Chile a couple times a year

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visiting a clay pottery making town

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more visiting with some of David’s friends

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Siete Tazas waterfalls

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waterfalls

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a wonderful lunch served with a 99 year old cute grandma

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David’s work. All gowned up for this one

Our mission adventures continue.  It really is a new adventure every day.  It was fabulous to visit with my brother David.  We were able to see where he works and do some traveling with him.  It’s very different that what we are used to in Valparaiso.

Hugs to all

 

Feliz Navidad, Piano students, Hermanas

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Our Christmas party with 4 zones. The office elders doing a wonderful song… and dance.

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Time with the sisters. A family had a pet bunny. SO cute…

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I was under the the assumption that there were NO snakes in Chile… WELL… the Hermanas and I found one!! YUKK

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our district leader at our meeting. Showing off his art work.

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A great time with the missionaries in Achupallas. Doing a little artwork

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just having fun!!

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My favorite girl Kelly. When we first got here and started doing piano lessons with her twin brother, she hid in the bedroom. She wanted nothing to do with piano lessons. with the help of Brian translating I wanted to encourage her to let the music of the gospel be a part of her life. She struggles with depression. And now… every time she sees me she hugs me. That’s her grandma sitting next to her. The first time her grandma has been to church for years. During her time to perform her song, she asked me to sit next to her. AWWW

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My two twin students… being silly.

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Ignacio playing Joy to the World. He plays with his heart and loves the piano

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Love this family of Yolanda’s

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My other piano student. A young girl that’s going to be 12 next year. She memorizes songs so quickly. She played Noche de Luz.. (Silent Night) her uncle is learning the violin so he played the last 2 verses with her. It was fantastic.  Little brother in the back has a different opinion.

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Our wonderful young friends from Argentina. Their family moved her a few months ago. we love these kids

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Christmas pizza time!!

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Looks delicious doesn’t it

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Our Christmas gifts from Ignacio and Kelly. What a memorable Christmas this was for us.

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“Our Daddy.”.. he finished up in October. Came back for a visit and to help out with the Christmas concert.

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Christmas p-day time with our missionaries.  we all met at the mission office.  We had lots of outside games.  Lots of food, skits, laughter, and Christmas gift bags for everyone.  

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Brian and I in our skit. We were supposed to sit there and look old and goofy!! Nailed it!!

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Our skit… me playing with the selfie stick

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Our lovely friend Lorena. Walking her down to the bus stop so she wasn’t alone when it starts to get dark.

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The Hermanas p-day. They came to see where we work.  Cemetery 3 Playa Ancha

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The Hermanas p-day at the puerta. It’s a beautiful spot. Brian and I are going to have a boat ride

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Time with the Hermanas. Playing a little bit of Yahtzee. I gotta work on the chunky chin pictures.

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Our district!! We are getting ready for a skit.

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We are on stage for our skit looking out into the audience.

The Miracle of the Cookies

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The girls are super excited to help mix the cookie batter

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did I say SUPER excited!!!

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Brian and Jose watching with great anticipation

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Mama Natacha helping with the process

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ME…. just trying to get my head out of the way… One eyed Brian. ha ha

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While the cookies are baking the kids are teaching me how to play monopoly… on the smallest board ever

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I can barely see the board.

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YEAH…. Monopoly is awesome

Here’s the reason I call it the miracle cookies…  Brian and I brought the brown sugar and chocolate chips with us (they don’t have the brown sugar and chocolate chips that we are used to)   Natache said she had all the other ingredients.  WELL…. when we got there we found out that wasn’t exactly the story.  She was hoping we could use lard instead of butter….  She also thought using baking powder instead of baking soda would work.    AND they didn’t have vanilla.  No biggy on that one.  We used cinnamon instead.

So, Brian and the kids walked to the little shop next door and bought butter and baking soda.  The butter was super cold.  We had mama put it in the micro to just help soften it a bit.  She accidentally had it in there for too long and it was completely melted.   I have never had luck with cookies when the butter is totally melted.  BUT… what can you do now.   We put it in there with the sugars and started blending it up.   Kids hands were helping taste test everything.  Especially the brown sugar, chocolate chips and oats.  I didn’t think these cookies would work out at all.   The oven had 3 temperatures.  Lo, Med, Hi.    We picked medium and to my shock they turned out fabulous.

I didn’t take a picture because we were eating them so fast.

What a fun family.   The oldest girl has her song memorized for Christmas.  She is one of my piano students.  She is playing Silent Night.  A family friend is learning the violin and he came that night to show us how they are practicing together.  It sounded awesome.

We have a little keyboard for her to practice on.  She loves playing and likes to memorize songs.  I will get a picture of them performing later on.   They loved my headband.  Apparently it glows in the dark.  We showed a little video and turned the lights off and they were all pointing at my head.

We had a great evening with games, treats, music and good company.

HUGS to you ALL

Holidays

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November 1st is a holiday in Chile. It’s similar to our Memorial Day. They had a huge program (mass) at the cemetery and TONS of people everywhere. They were all cleaning and decorating their family members grave sites.

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Flowers were everywhere. It’s a pretty location with the ocean right there.

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The father had many words to say to the gathering. He spoke about not coming to the cemetery and being SAD forever. He talked about those that have died are not sad they are with Jesus and they are happy. They sang lots of songs that were really beautiful to hear. We really liked the ceremony.

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This… on the other hand was not so exciting….. Our day at the Registration office (DMV experience) We tried to figure out the system. Our little paper said E 62. And… on the BIG BOARD…. all we saw was A80. WHAT??? Then it would flash a C40 or so… Yeah?? Luckily we were only there for 1.5 hours. We figured out the system and made it through. The lady that was helping us was…. at the end of her shift…. She didn’t want Brian to answer any of the questions she asked me. HHHMMM   Yep that went well.   Her eyes rolled more times that I could count.  

Hugs to you all

The ALLENS

Waffles

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I said…. You can’t make waffles on a grill that is for sandwiches. (George Forman type grill)

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Oh yes I can!! And He did it. These were tasty little waffles made on that grill. Never underestimate a man when it comes to grilling!!!

Hugs

SHERI

Dogs, Saying good-byes and Hellos

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we are missing our friends… The Gould’s … They left Oct. 6th. Back to their life and family in Utah. They were FANTASTIC senior missionaries. They left behind their dear friend Lorena. She loves them so much.

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A little road trip with the Goulds before they left. This place had a fantastic coast line. The area behind us was an old Whale processing establishment..

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A Crazy Crab

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Crazy dog loved packing around this crab. He would throw the crab then run and grab it. I KNOW…. I KNOW…. It’s kinda gross but… hey we were at the beach cleaning up and that was a bit of entertainment. Funny thing was… we were the only ones there to clean because we didn’t get the memo that the event was cancelled. OH WELL..

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Dog toy

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Brian found a giant cockroach. NICE…. luckily we have not seen any more than this dead one.

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Lorena…. trying to be happy even with her best friend Hermana Gould gone.

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Our new sister missionary. She works in the office with her hubby. They took over for the Gould’s.

A few more pictures on their way…

HUGS TO ALL

SHERI

Fires, Sand Dunes, Houses built upon a Rock.

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A big fat house fire…. We were laying there sleeping at midnight thirty… suddenly dogs are barking… nothing new there… sirens going off…. nothing new there either. But these sirens got louder and closer. Come to find out there’s a fire right out our back window. About 100 yards away. we are on the 10th floor. Kept us up for more than an hour taking pictures. No one was hurt. A few days later they tore off the burnt top and the structure below built from cement is still being lived in. Pretty great evening adventure…

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Fun time visiting Concon. Loved the beach and the dunes. The sun was super bright. What a fantastic coast line.

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We took a nice hike to the top of the dunes. We chose to leave our shoes on because we were worried about broken glass that was scattered around.

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These next few pictures were of an AMAZING house built upon the rocks…. Seriously a house built upon the rock…. It was fabulous looking. Look at the great pool and rock garden area. we were hoping for a guided tour in there. But… apparently people actually live there. And don’t want people parading around in their house all day long. They have it fenced off for quite a ways down the coast line. It made me think of the song… The Wise Man built his house upon the Rock. I might call it… The Rich man built his house upon the Rock. HA HA..

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We sure love all you guys… We are loving our time here. We are super happy that Spring and Summer are on their way…. Hooray. We need to get the sunscreen out that’s for sure.

 

Halloween is going to be here soon.  Not sure how that works here.

Also… Thanksgiving … we will attempt to do a fun “traditional” dinner with some of our awesome Elders.

Hugs    Elder and Hermana Allen

Fiesta Day, Hermana time, and gifts

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This was the womens sack race… I am in there too.  Try to find me…     Also the lady in the orange jacket wore that all day.  I don’t know how.  It was so warm.  But she did it!!

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The men lining up for the sack race.  The 2 young men on Brian’s right come to our English class.  They just moved here a few months ago from Argentina.  They are awesome.

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Trying to show their kite wars. They really work at keeping these kites up. They don’t just stand there and watch the kite fly in the air.

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Patricia getting her kite ready

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This is their national dance. I tried to learn it. These 2 from our ward were very good at dancing.  They have a darling little boy who just turned one.  They sit in front of us at church and the little guys keeps us entertained.  

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My wonderful time with the sisters… Love these girls

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Every time I gotta have carmel popcorn… and chocolate too.  Late night snacks.  Missing the sweet hermana Camargo in the center….   She is now back in Peru with her family.    The sister on the other end is from Argentina.  Can you believe she turned 30 a few months back?  She is here until January.   I get to visit her again in 2 weeks.  YEAH!!

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Yeah…. Gifts from the USA. Brown Sugar & chocolate chips equals…. cookies.   Thanks again wonderful Hansen family.

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AWWw a cute doggie card. I still miss my doggie

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My favorite picture… my favorite Brazilian elders ever!! I still miss these 2.  Seriously  BEST ever.  I just can’t say enough good about these 2 young men.  They will be such a blessing to their future families.  

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we LOVE letters and pictures from the grandkids.  Thanks Kunz family for sending these letters to us.  It makes great artwork for us to hang on the wall.  

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I have my hat and my little hankie…. I am ready to dance

Random fun pictures to look at.

HUGS

Fiestas, Blue Skies, Sea Lions

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A little service project at this camp site called Cumorah.  It is in the city called Casa Blanca.  We dug around the bottom of the trees. Afterwards we picked oranges and lemons. We filled up a wheelbarrow full to take to our group and share.  There was more than just Brian and I doing the service project.  The rest were running back to the group too fast that they missed the photo shoot.   I did snag a few paltas. 

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sweet friends. They offered to drive us to the campsite. Reinaldo y Patricia.  A great big covered area with cement floor, nice kitchen area, bathrooms.   Music and dancing   and GOOD FOOD!!  Families just bring all their gear and stay for the day.  

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Some of our hills. This is on our journey home from the campsite,

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Meeting some grouchy sea lions. They next time we went to visit these sea lions were being fed off the dock. 

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I love these guys. This is my favorite lady. She sits and chats with me and laughs a lot. Most of the time I don’t know what she is saying but I laugh with her anyway.

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Super delicious empanada filled with raspberry and white chocolate then deep fried…. then powdered sugar. Hermana Gould is headed home Oct. 6. SAD…. Lorena lives in Chile and will be helping with Family Search. YEAH

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The Hills… just finishing up their mission in Peru. Came to visit Chile before heading home. As a young man he served in Vina so he wanted to visit some of his old stomping grounds.  He was teaching us the beauty of using a selfie stick.  we will be getting one now cuz look how awesome we look!!  we had quite the adventure trying to get them from Valparaiso to Vina.  Less then 5 miles.  But we stayed and chatted so late that no buses were coming by our apt any more.  we took a crazy taxi down to the Central Bus station.  Even there the buses were slowing down.  Our last resort was the bus stop by the main road.  They were troopers walking with us.  Got to meet a homeless guy who was very friendly… too friendly… shaking hands and hugging and trying to show us ID to see it was his birthday.  we were all happy when the right bus came by.    Brian and I took the crazy taxi service back up to our apt.  By then there we no more buses headed up the big hills.  Life is different without a car. 

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Elder Allen in a sack race. What a great fiesta this was. Plenty of food and friends. AND fantastic weather.  They also did tug of war game, soccer, kite wars. 

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enjoying the day with the Elders.  from Wyoming, Washington, Arizona, Chile and Oregon

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A great photo bomb. A new member that was having a great time.

September 18th…. is their patriotic holiday.  There are no buses running us around to places so it is a day to catch up on letters,  picture downloads, laundry.  naps…

business as usual tomorrow.

we love it here.  Our time is going by so quickly it’s hard to keep up with ALL the adventures.  It is true that every day is an adventure.

Hugs to you all.

The ALLENS