It was a great week spent in the ABC islands, with Julianne, Garrett, Paityn and Kamden. We began on Bonaire with church business the first two days. Dad interviewed for an upcoming branch presidency change and then we attended district meeting and took the elders to lunch. Dad interviewed and I walked the 2 block long main street enjoying the last of the cruise ship crowd in town that day. I may have stopped by a little gelato shop to see the newest flavors and been tempted to have a scoop.
Then we flew to Aruba to meet Julianne and her family. We got there about an hour before they did which allowed us time to check in to the condo, unload our luggage and then go back for them. We enjoyed sun, sand, and lots of hugs and kisses with the girls. Dad had never seen Kamden, but they became fast friends.
We went to an animal park and also to the butterfly farm. One of our favorite places to eat in Aruba is the Dutch Pancake House. Julianne chose the strawberry Nutella with whipping cream. Paityn and Kamden enjoyed the poffertje with butter and powdered sugar. YUM!!!
Our condo walked right out to the pool area, which was very convenient and the girls quickly learned that the ringing of the bell, meant happy hour with ice cold pina coladas please. Although Dad and I had some mission business to conduct, we were able to spend some quality time with family, which was a much needed shot in the arm.
It was a difficult goodbye, as we had to be to the airport by 6:15 am and they didn't need to be there until 11 am. We are sitting in the airport now, waiting for our flight to Port of Spain and the return to the mission agenda. We have Leadership Council and Zone Conference in Trinidad this week as well as the chance to welcome of 2 Spanish speaking missionaries that have been waiting in temporary assignments in the states.
A proposed relocation for the mission is sitting somewhere on a desk in Salt Lake City awaiting approval. No news yet about a change. So for the meantime, we are still in Trinidad as home base for the mission home, with the office temporarily in Aruba. This mission is "CONSISTENTLY....INCONSISTENT!" No chance of getting bored at least.
Hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, along with the realization that we have been out almost 2 years.