Monday, December 30, 2013

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS!

Thanks for the shopping spree

TJ and I Christmas Eve

Magne, Suzanne, and Jonna starting Christmas off

From now on, I will have a candle lit for my name in this silver bowl.

Jonna and I on Christmas Eve

Shopping spree

And Shopping some more!

Fire alarm going off! It went off 4 times. Merry Christmas!

Table set up for christmas Eve

It's been a hard days night

Hilty and I back together at the Christmas Conference!

Nielson!!! We were together in Trondheim. He was Jonesy's greenie, and I LOVE HIM! He is the best!

Me at a beach by my house

 Gusty, Roe, TJ, and Me! 

CHRISTMAS WEEK

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
             Well Christmas has come and gone! I can't believe that it is already going to be a new year. It really is perfect timing though because it isn't just the new year, but also our half way mark. To say that it's time for new goals and some kick in the butt work outs, is an understatement. I have created a list of the things that I want to do in the next 9 months. Oh, side note, the rumor is that most of us are going home in August, which makes me sick, but I will make sure to find out so you guys can start planning. Anywho, they aren't huge things, just stuff that I want to accomplish before I go home. I am excited to get started on them. First things first, start running again.... yikes...
                 So last week was kinda a blur. With not being in our normal routine it was a really weird week. Last night when we were setting goals I felt like I was a greenie all over again! I was like can we really do all of this? It will be good to get busy again. I have had a lot on my mind, and way too much time to think about everything. And we all know that when we have more to do its easier to be productive, so I am looking forward to the week getting started. 
            Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and the parties will be going. We are going to a member's house and hanging out there together. We are allowed to stay up until 12, but I don't think Sister Thurgood and I can make it that long. We have been dead tired lately.
              I really feel like I have hit a wall. That's why I am so glad that Christmas is over. I am just exhausted and dead. I really need to start going again! Probably just feeling like this because of the after Christmas blues. You spend so much time getting ready for it and then BAM! its a new year and your back to normal life. Crazy!
              Talking to you guys was way cool. I guess it was kinda weird because I didn't feel weird. Does that make sense? I felt like I had just seen you guys like half a second ago. I think that was a little hard for me. I know that it should be a good thing, but it was almost like nothing had changed, like I hadn't changed. That freaks me out. I felt like I was just the same old Hailey again. I hate that. I don't want to be who I was when I left. I have worked WAY too hard to go back. I think it was just a little bit of a time wrap. I loved that everything just flowed with you guys and it was normal, but I also felt like I had lost a huge part of me, like I lost the Norwegian part of me. Does that make sense? I guess it was like I was just right there with you guys, and it was like my mission was over and I was looking back. It freaked me out! I am not ready to go home yet. I wish all of you were here in the Norway, but I am not ready to go back. Yikes, guys! What am I going to do?! It's really good though that I'm feeling like this, because I hear that a lot of missionaries get really homesick. I think I'm the opposite of home sick. When I heard that I might be going home in August I about died! That's 2 months early! Dang! I can't leave that early. 18  months really does fly.... I love it here. These people drive me crazy sometimes, but I love it. It's the best. All you have to do is worry about other people. All you have to do is figure out what is going to make the gospel real to them. Life is so much simpler. 
                     All of you commented on how mature I am. Honestly, I am highly offended. I have probably never been so immature in my whole life. Trust me, I still throw fits. It is a little embarrassing because TJ just has to watch this 21 year old girl freak out. And then I think to myself "Wow, I was almost supposed to be a married woman. I can't act like this!" and then I remember I'm not married and then its like adding fuel to the fire and I just decide I don't care anymore and go back to my fit. This is the life of a sister missionary! Haha, no its good. I'm glad you guys said that I seemed a little different. Hopefully different in all the right ways. You guys are still so cool. Really just sitting there talking to you all and you guys all being yourselves, it was cool. It always amazes me that love really has no limits. It doesn't matter about time or distance, when you love someone everything just falls into place. I am really grateful for that. I'm grateful for family and the bonds that hold us together. You guys are so much a part of me. I find things everyday that I do that is from one of you. Anywho, sorry for this long tangent about this, but my point was that I loved how normal it was. No worries mom, I'm not sad. If anything it made me want to work harder so that I see a difference in myself when we are all back together again. 
      Really though, can I just say, Lori you are dang cute. Man! You are cute! I wish I was there to touch your adorable belly! Ek! I am so stoked for you guys! 
              So Christmas week was a crazy! We spent a lot of time with Magne and Suzanne. They are the house I was at when I was skyping. They are really cool. Our Christmas Eve was really neat. I loved how they lit a candle for every person that had been here with them for a Christmas. It is really cool to think that next year I will have one lit for me and every year after that. I loved that there were so many different activities throughout the day, and they were all spiritual. We read the Christmas story, and we wrote on red hearts something we could give to the Savior this year and put it in a box and placed it by His "crib". It was cool. I haven't had a Christmas Eve like that, and it was really neat being apart of someone else's Holiday, and them wanting you there. They see us as family, which is something that is super special. It doesn't happen too often. They are great. We went to the Isaksen's house too. That was Heaven. I love their house! Robin and Anders were both there and we played games with them. We also just talked with the whole family and Jennie taught me how to sow. It was super great. That same day we went shopping with Elder Gusty and Vause for new suits. They got European ones! They look so nice! Most Elders switch their suits in the first year because the European ones look so much better. It was really fun! Gusty and I talked about going shopping together in the MTC, so it's crazy actually doing everything 8 months later. They are the best! 
           We had our Christmas Conf. on Saturday in Oslo. That was really fun to see Elder Nielson and Sister Hilton. I miss them both. Hilty will always be my trainer. I get around her I just start telling her everything I'm thinking and feeling just like when I began. Man, she is so great. The Conf. was great. We talked about goals and our two stake presidents spoke to us. We have a goal of 157 baptisms for next year. That is a HUGE goal, but things are really changing with the members, and all of our success is going to come through them. It will be a good year. 
                 Things are kinda crazy here today. Magne had a stroke on Sunday and so we have been spending a lot here with the kids and with Suzanne. They have all of their girls in town so the house is packed. They have 3 deaf daughters from a previous marriage, and one other daughter who can hear. One of their daughters friends came too. She is also deaf. We have all been learning sign language. Its way cool! They really are the coolest girls. Things are crazy though. We are holding the fort down while Suz is going in between the hospital and home. Keep us all in your prayers. Last night we went to the hospital with Suz and we were sitting there and Suz looked at us and said "It was supposed to be the 6 of us. I know it was." It just makes sense. It was supposed to be Mag and Suz and us four missionaries. Things are crazy right now, but they are going to get better. We are doing all we can to support them. 
               Other than that things aren't too exciting. We have a few more Holiday things to do this week, but mostly we need to make lots of Christmas cards. I hope that you guys are all enjoying the rest of your break. I love you all! It was so good to see you! 
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Love,
Kat 

P.S. Sorry this email is so short and lame!! I will have more info next week, but things are a little bit crazy right now with everything that is going on with Mag and Suz! Love you guys! 

Shout outs!

Jade!! Happy birthday girl!!! I expect to see lots of pictures! She is so dang cute!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

SYLVIA from T-heim

This is Sylvia! She was baptized last Saturday in T-heim. I committed her to baptism the day before I left! She has a way cool story! We met her through another guy, named James. It was a two minute exchange, and he gave us his number. It took FOREVER to meet with him, but when we did he randomly had invited a friend over. I might have told this story? Well we met Sylvia, and she was just rocking. She is baptized now!! Love it!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas time with parties and family gatherings!

Package from home!

Our zone Christmas party that TJ and I planned. We drew names and we made stockings for everyone

TJ

Sister Burns!! She is from England and this was her FIRST ever Fruit Roll Up!! (sponsored by Hodgkiss family)

The Distrikt! Gusty, Elder Vause, Sister Mourik, Elder Collard, Elder Burt, and Sister Burns

We drew names and Elder Collard had me. He got me this cute brooch and a Norwegian Christmas CD

We did caroling and hot chocolate and Skien city square afterwards. We hand wrapped the Book of Mormons. It was so much fun!!! It just rained and rained, but I didn't care!

Love these guys! Gusty, TJ, and Vause

The Selfies continue. My hair does not do well in the rain...

Norsk Christmas tradition- Risgrøt. You put one almond in it and whoever finds the almond in their bowl wins. Weird texture. Love the tradition though!

Christmas tree decorating for Lisabeth (member)

Beautiful Beach by our house

Beach continues!

Baking with Emma (yes, bad picture... bad angle. But she is cute!)

Church yesterday! We did this instead of planning our song. I am still very good at procrastinating...

This is TJ not happy. A member called us 15 minutes before sacrament meeting started and asked us to print out her talk and read it because she wasn't going to be there! Hahahaah! Welcome to Tønsberg!!

Then we read the talk and realized that it was all scriptures and no words....

Presents from the ward

More Presents

And More Presents

And still more presents!

Today I asked TJ if we could move our beds closer to each other... she said yes :)

Our meal board. we change it every week. No cooking this week!:)

And of course the black mark on the table would be where TJ tried to burn the candles all the way down and then started a minny fire.... I saved us!

A tour of our huge apartment! entry!

Study area and desk

bathroom

Living room and study area.

Kitchen!

Kitchen table

stairs

Recliners and desks!

Laundry room!

Bedrooms!

Monday, December 23, 2013

FALL #2! THIS TIME ITS THE STAIRS!

Dear Weasley Family and Friends,
            Warning: When you fall down stairs it hurts. Bad. Just saying. So I would love to tell you that I fell down the stairs because it was super icy and wet and I was so busy baring my testimony to someone that I just didn't see....but.... lezzz be honest. I was at a members house, walked out of the bathroom and then fell down a nice long stair case. Did I cry more of embarrassment or pain? The jury is still out on that one. Its all good though. I have a nice 2 inch by 2 inch bruise on my right leg. I mean it builds character right? 
              Update on my hand though,... yeah... probs should have gotten stitches because it never really came back together, but I think that its dryer now so maybe it will just keep peeling off until its even? Its cool though. I mean not like I ever have to hold hands with anyone again....
               Winter weather has started while still not starting. I can't remember the last time I wore a jacket. My lips have started to crack open and bleed though. Today while we were shopping I just had my skirt, tights, and my button up jean shirt. Did my middle button keep coming undone in the mall? Absolutely. #sistermissionarylife 
             So things are pretty chill now. I don't know if you guys know, but Christmas time is, like no missionary work time. It's kinda crazy. Some missionaries just stay in the week of Christmas, but we are lucky. Members have been calling us to have us come over and spend the whole day. You kinda have to spend the whole day with them because Norwegians are pretty serious about their Christmases. This one member who is having us over on Sunday, every time she talks to us she makes to mention that its "ALL DAY LONG". Cracks me up. They are pretty cute about it. The love the missionaries coming over for Christmas. So tomorrow we are going to our MMK's house, and on the 25th. Then Thursday we are cooking and caroling. Friday we are going to a members house for brunch, and then to the Isaksens. Do you guys remember the Isaksens? They have 4 boys. Ben and Robin are our age? Killer? Yes. But I'm a missionary, so yeah. But anywho, its kinda awkward actually because they live in Skien, where both TJ and I started out. And Skien at this point has 4 missionaries. 2 Elders and 2 Sisters. Well usually they missionaries come over, but the year I don't think things are too happy down there between members and missionaries, so they weren't invited over. But then we got a call and were invited over.... and we live an 1 1/2 away.... awkward.... But we are pumped! They are so awesome! And we get to spend the whole day with them!! Yay!! Saturday we have a mission conference with the East zone and our zone. It will be good. I don't get to see everyone, but I get to see Hilton!!! So that will be good. All my best friends are in West or North right now, besides Gusty. But yeah... Good stuff! Sunday is another members house. Then next monday is another members house. And then we have new years eve parties, and then probably new years day parties, and then in a few weeks we have a Christmas Tree party. I really feel exhausted thinking about it already. So pretty much my point of telling you all this is that I am definitely over celebrating this Holiday. Is that sacrilegious? Probably. But I'm going to be having like 6 Christmases! It will be good though. The ward is so cute! They gave us TONS of food and then a card with 500 KR in it!!! That's like 100 US dollars!! Man, being a missionary in Norway is cool! :) 
                 I got the first package!!! Thank you!! My clothing that is not going to fit does not thank you, but I do!! You guys are awesome! I think with all the Christmas stuff coming in mail is a little behind, so hopefully I will get it when mail starts back up at the end of the week! 
              This last week was good. We tried to meet with as many people as we could, but everyone is heading out for the Holidays. Really we just did tons of service. Here in the Norway people clean like crazy for Jul. I don't know if you guys have ever experienced Norsk cleaning, but its intense. It's like Heather cleaning, but a notch above it. If that is even possible. Anywho, we have been helping clean and cook like crazy people. At one point I forgot the house that I was cooking and cleaning at wasn't mine. Does my OCD kick in and I start to get paranoid? Yes. Do people love their houses after I'm done with them? Absolutely. I wish I had my label maker. I think that could be the only thing to top it. But it has been so fun! On Saturday I baked with Emma, this adorable 9 year old, for like 4 hours. We made sugar cookies and cocoa kiss cookies. Thank goodness for my huge cook book!! It was so much fun! Lets be honest guys...I've gotten a little baby hungry on my mission. No worries. Real life will slap it back out of me, but right now I'm just like okay yes you are cute. Probs because I get to just say goodbye afterwards. But it has been fun!! We have done lots of singing too! 
               Speaking of singing we got stuck singing in Church yesterday. We planned to sing with this other 9 year old, Helene, but she dropped out last minute. Had TJ and I really practiced the song? NO!! And so we were like okay we can just get out of it, right? Wrong! They still wanted us to sing! So we decided a song to do and tried to arrange something 15 minutes before church. What did we sing? Oh Holy Night. Who practiced the song in the wrong key? Us. Who forgot how high that song is when its in the right key? Me. So TJ is just chilling over there in Alto land and I'm up in the sky trying to breathe and get those notes out. Oh.My. I wanted to die. Only thing that kept me going was Elder Burt lip singing accompanied by hand motions and facial expressions. Welcome to Tønsberg, my friends. 
                 You guys, I forgot my list of quotes from TJ. No worries though, I'll just add it on to next week! 
                  Funny story though.... TJ went to the bathroom at a members house and when she was done she saw this blue button and decided it would be a good idea push it. Here I am putting water in a Christmas tree and decorating this member's house when I hear blood curdling screams coming from the bathroom. The member jumps up and is like "PUSH THE BLUE BUTTON!!" And is trying to get in the bathroom, but TJ had locked it. I guess TJ unlocks it and the members goes running in. By the time I get there they are both socked and laughing. TJ looked terrified. The blue button was the button to activate the debut... yeah.... remember that SNL, Lins?... It was hilarious. She had no idea what it was. I had to tell her afterwards. And she just jumped against the wall screaming because the water went EVERYWHERE! Hahaaha. Guys... missionary life! 
                Other than that we are just enjoying the Christmas time. Not the ice though... We almost got in a wreck on Thursday. I know that angels exist and watch over us. That is for sure. We were coming down this tiny baby hill and I tried to stop and the breaks wouldn't work. All the sudden it came to my mind something that Elder Burt said to me randomly a few weeks ago. He said if your breaks won't catch then pump them over and over again, don't just slam on them. I did just that and I was freaking out because we were going into oncoming traffic. You guys. It was so scary! And we didn't think that we were going to stop, but all of the sudden we just stopped. It was like we hit a huge wall of angels. It was crazy. I know that we are watched over. And its okay, Mom, I can drive :) Just got to be more careful about the black ice!
                 Thursday and Friday were the longest nights of the year!! The sun has now turned and we will be gaining light for now on! It isn't bad down here in the south, but it will be nice to be moving back towards summer time! LOVE summer here! 
                Other than that, I don't think there is much going on. I had a dream in full Norwegian yesterday. I'm looking forward to talking to you guys, but I'm a little nervous. Will it be weird? I have to know. Will you guys still like me? Hopefully. Will you sound so ridiculously American to me? Absolutely. I think it will be weird to have a full conversation in English. I speak English a lot, but it always is like Norwegian-English-Norwegian. So that will be different. But I am excited. I just think its been so long that my nerves are getting to me! Seriously though... don't mention the obesity... Touchy subject!!!
                Welp! I am going to get going! We have to go and pick up so Christmas presents from some members! Love you all and see you in 2 days!!!
Keep it real. Keep it classy. And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Love,
Kat

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

fall #1 Eshj

Day of making cookies

my Norwegian CTR ring

Our member Kristine helped us bake cookies!

cookies are pretty in Norway!

Our investigators singing at the talent show

Could this picture be any worse?

So embarassed! Ran out of tissue paper!

plates of goodies we made for our members and investigators

So we drew names for our Christmas Party in the District that we are having this week. I drew Elder Vause's name and he is always complaining about how messy Gusty is and he always wants recipes that we have, so I made him this bucket of cleaning supplies, cooking essentials, and a cook book! Would you believe me that I did it all for under 10 dollars? Yep!! I am excited for him to get it!!