The Dog Days of December

 We are thrilled that the weather has changed here and cooled down a few degrees.  The trade winds have come and it makes the heat a little more tolerable. 

It does make the palm trees sway and the rain a little more intense when it comes - but hey, winter weather here sure bea
ts winter at home.  Today, I went out to the car and found a stray dog in the middle of the road relaxing.  I think he had the right idea.  Perhaps I should try that for a while. 

We had our big closing social this past Thursday. We fed about 60 kids kalua pork, rice, chips, macaroni salad, and ice cream with toppings. It was a lot of work but so worth it.  Here is a shot with one of our favorite student couples, Cynthia and Jerry.  They were married in July and are expecting their first child in April.  They are both studying accounting. 

We were honored during our mission Close the Fast potluck last Sunday.  We were sung to (Aloha oe) and given tons of leis.  We will miss that monthly activity.  

The big news of this week is that we got a new car.  It is a brand new Ford Escape Hybrid.  It operates like a Toyota Prius and alternates between electric power and the gasoline engine.  We picked it up yesterday and on the trip back home from Pearl City, it got 51 miles per gallon. 

We used a few scraps of lumber, some brick wallpaper and some paint and came up with a fireplace for our apartment for Christmas.  We needed someplace to hang our stockings!  

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