We will be returning to Renton Washington
May 19th 2011.

Our Homecoming Report in the Soos Creek Ward will be
June 12, 2011

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

We have recently been able to experience septic tank problems Uruguayan style. The water level here in La Paloma has risen above normal, so the septic system won't drain and 3 weeks in a row we have had to pump the tank. So our landlord is having an over flow tank put in. This man used a pick ax and a shovel to break the concrete and dig out the dirt for the new tank. For a little guy he is very strong.

In just 2 days time working only part of the day he had the hole all dug! Pretty amazing! See how high the water level is! Only about 3 feet down and you hit water.

Dan even got in on it and moved most of the pile of dirt to the street.

Where the man loaded the dirt into his 1 horse power truck and hauled it away. They really know what manual labor is around here. Our noses will be very grateful when this project is over!
Sorry I haven't figured out how to get my pictures in the right order yet! This is at the dinner we had at the end of our Rocha Tour. This is at our landlord Pedro's pizza restaurant. He opened his restaurant early at 5:00pm just for us so the temple missionaries could get back to Montevideo at an earlier time. Most of the restaurants around here don't open until at least 8:00 or 9:00pm for their dinner crowds. Then they stay open until 1:00 or 2:00am.

This is at one of the main stops that day. Yes this is one of the average rest stops along the highways around here. We were a little shocked at first but when mother nature calls! With a bus load of older couples it is really quite efficient! Just kidding! This is the latrine at the Fortaleza (fort) Santa Teresa we visited. It would have mad a cool picture, but it was bared off!

It was pretty cool to see all the canons and the different buildings in the fort! Don't look to close' a rain cloud came through and Dan's hair drooped something terrible!

I was quite amazed at how well they had preserved this fort.
This is our group that went on the tour together! They rented a micro bus for us and it was great. We had a great time together. It was a great day to just visit!

Monday, March 15, 2010

These are some friends of Hna. Orme. She taught them back in Minas. They surprised her and drove for 2 hours on their motos just to see her. They were in luck we were just getting started with an asado "BBQ". So we invited them to stay. It was such a nice surprise for her.

This is our asado area in our back patio. So they use wood for the coals and then BBQ on iron racks.

This is Pres. Augilar the asado master! He is 1st counselor in our district presidency! He did a great job. It takes about and hour to get the coals ready and then how ever long it takes to cook the meat. So it takes patience. It was a lot of fun.
The young couple in the middle are in our branch. Leticia, Leonardo and Franko, The woman is Pres. Augilars wife. On the table is only half of the food we had. There is always more food than people.
This is the whole group that was there. The little boy in the middle is Juaquin. He belongs to Leonardo and Leticia. We all had a great time and the weather was great!