Skyping with the family....
Photos Julie sent before they Skyped with us
The WOLD FAMILY white elephant gift exchange...
(They opened our packages from Swaziland on Christmas Eve.)
We had a fun time in Manzini yesterday with all of our elders here in Swaziland. We had a Swazi style braai (barbecue) and a great meal. It was all really good!
Then we had a white elephant gift exchange. I took pictures of all the elders and emailed them to their moms last night. We gave them each their Christmas box from us with lots of
homemade goodies in it. They also played soccer and board games for a few hours.
Some of the white elephant gifts...
including my cool hand carved wooden bowl (3rd steal)!!
Elder Chounlamany (Utah) unwrapped a million plastic bags to find 3 tennis balls.
Elder Schlager (from Utah) got a live chicken!!
And Elder Nogueira from Brazil got the WHITE ELEPHANT Bob bought!
(The limit was E50....)
They seemed to like their goodies....
(Elder Freestone's Rice Krispie tree went down in ONE bite!)
Elder Feliciana from Brazil came dressed
Elders Willey and Jordan
Everyone brought their own meat for the Christmas braai and the Manzini elders made pap (pronounced "pop" ~ white cornmeal mixed with water, the staple food here in Swaziland, that is eaten every meal). The Mbabane elders brought a fruit salad, Ezulwini and Nhlangano brought drinks and I made homemade rolls and Christmas Ribbon Jello (that totally melted in the 91 degree heat, as we sat in the car in front of the elders' flat, waiting to load the grill into the back of the truck...)
Our Ezulwini ZLs, Elders Pulley and Powell
enjoying their Christmas braai.
Elders Francis, Smith, Pace, Jordan, Passey, Chounlamany, and Freestone
playing RISK, while the others played soccer.... It was a VERY WARM day in