Family! Man, check out Baby Claire! Thats gotta be the cutest, and least alien-looking newborn baby I have ever seen. I'll be honest, I never really thought babys were supposed to be cute for the first couple of months, but Baby Claire just disproved that. Or maybe I just grew up and like babys a little more, who knows. So who is up next then, Kevin and Rach right? When is their baby due? Nobody tells me these things. I just keep getting random emails telling me that I have another nephew or neice. It's great! Welcome to the Family Baby Claire, I will be her favorite uncle by the year 2014. Congratulations Marv and Heather Abbo, this family is exploding and it's so awesome. I will have at least 10 kids. Just kidding, but I definitely plan on having some.
So it's been a pretty alright week in Independencia I guess. Still haven't really found anybody cool to teach, but at least we're narrowing down the people that don't want to listen to us. Gotta look on the bright side as a Missionary. Speaking of brightside, our Ward Christmas activity was pretty good times. Sure there was only like 15 people there, but man did we eat a ton. Before the Mission I have never even been offered a tomale, and now I am eating them pretty much everyday. So good! You guys probably already knew this, but it's a tradition here in Mexico to have some piñata action for Christmas, but probably what you don't know is how dangerous it is. Relax, nobody got hurt, but man were there many close calls. They blindfold the kids and adults, and they just destroy the piñata with this huge stick. The second candy comes out, the kids come running to get some while the other guy is still taking swings at the piñata like Manny Ramirez. Truly was a miracle that no little kids were smacked so hard in the face. Speaking of miracles, have I mentioned how many Scorpions we have found in our house? Everyone tells us to be super careful, because within 30 minutes after one stings you, you are dead. I don't know if I believe them, but I'm not taking my chances either. My companion found one in his shoe the other day, and I found one right next to my head while I was sleeping. Nothing like a Scorpion filled Christmas in Mexico. Next year should be a little more chill, I have definitely never seen a scorpion in Yorba Linda.
So this week, we have been trying to focus more in the less-active members because we're really not finding anything productive knocking doors. So far we have found some very interesting people, including a crazy lady that thought the old Missionaries drugged her and baptized her without her knowing about it. She literally screamed of terror when she say us...some of these people are so weird. Glad to say that that was the strangest experience so far, hopefully it doesn't get any worse than that. Half of the members went to the Temple in Mexico City this week, so looks like we might be on our own for a lot of our meals. Wah, wah, waah. But still makes me grateful to have a Temple so close back at home. I can't imagine how great it will be to visit the Newport Beach Temple again. Anywho, today has been a pretty solid P-Day. As you can see by the pictures, we continued the Abbott tradition of putting clothes on a dog during Christmas time. That Black dog follows us everywhere, and he is super nice and obedient. He apprently likes wearing the tie as well, because he tried to bite me when I took it off.
So needless to say I miss all of you, but that will just make next Christmas all the more magical. The way I sees it, is that this is my last Christmas in the Mission, so I'm just going to make the best of it. Sure nothing beats a Christmas back at home with everyone you love, but I'm sure my Mexican Christmas will be very...interesting. I'm excited about it. So this Sunday I will be making the call. I'll call Mom and Dad first in NC, and then when we finish, Dad can call Brett or Greg and give my number so we can do a Brothers conference call. But just so everybody knows, the number of the house from which I am calling is 618-812-7866. And the number of my cell phone here in Mish just in case is: 618-189-0170. I'm super pumped to talk to all of you guys. There is some serious NBA talks we gotta do. So CP3 is officially on the Clippers, and I am officially jumping on the band-wagon. Okay, so Lakers are still and always will be number one for me, but the Clips are still a home-town team and I'm a CP3 fan, so I'll root for the Clips over anyone else except for the Lakes. But I've still, Mark convinced me to have hope this year, we've got a quality bench in my opinion. I had to idea we picked up Kapono, and Troy Murphy, and that other PF, sounds pretty cool to me. Enjoy the first game of this season this Christmas, lets hope the Lakers finally win this year.
Alright guys, I better get going, but man do I love all of you guys. I have so many awesome memories of Christmas back at home. There really is nothing like Christmas at home, but just so everyone knows I'm doing well and trying to do my best out here. It's definitely a blessing to be part of Christ's church when we're celebrating his birth. I know he lives, and I could never explain how grateful I am for what he did for us. We can't really wrap our minds around it, but the Atonement really was the moment where all of his we're saved and given immortality, and a chance at Eternal Life. So make sure to remember what Christmas is about, and enjoy Muppets Christmas Carol and Mannheim Steamroller. You guys are the best!