Sunday, January 22, 2012

Yay one week! Holla at your sista

Hey everybody!
I am doing my laundry right now, it's soooo confusing. and weird doing it in front of the Elder's. Today is my p-day and we got to go to the temple! It was amazing. We woke up extra early(waking up is hard and going to sleep at 1030 is hard too) to go to the cafe and eat(because I HATE the mtc food and I had NO idea there was a cafe in the temple-so seriously I couldn't sleep last night because I was so excited to eat real food) BUT it was closed SO SAD! But then we just went to the session and then after we got an amazing brunch. K the Temple is so great. I was so emotionally through out the whole time. I just sat there realizing that I am going to bring people not only to the Gospel and Heavenly Father, but to this amazing Temple. I sat in the Celestial room just so proud to be a missionary. After, I went to go put on my badge and it was seriously the first time since being here that i was so excited to put my badge on. I felt so good about what I was doing.

Anyways, remember when I said I am not coming home til I am fluent in tagalog? I am NEVER coming home. Taglog is so crazy hard and seriously I think "what the heck I am not smart enough." Haha but its okay. it will come. People are so nice here. Everyone walks by and says hello in the language their learning or thank you or other sayings..of course tagalog is the COOLEST. So I say, "kumasta po kayo" or salaamat! so awesome. Too bad that's all i can say!! So remember the story of our fake/real investigator? he turned out to be our awkward! We taught him like 4 more times, but apparently now you teach way more in the mtc so we will be teaching a lot more fake investigators that actually seem real. One of the districts in our zone got their flight plans, i got so depressed. That will never be me i feel like.  I am meeting so many cool people here! Everyone is from all over the world and its crazy. I wouldn't meet them in highland for sureeeee. My knowledge in the Gospel is totally transforming. its awesome! I love learning more.
I am the most spoiled here by far. Thank you for all the letters and packages!! K mom, so I have lost about 8 pounds here, my stomach looks tiny. i like it but its cause all i eat is salad. like literally. I HAVE CAFEPHOBIA! Fear of cafeteria food. its a real phobia. PLEASE send me food. One night I cried cause I was so hungry. Dramatic enough?? Yeah I am good on popcorn, SO YUMMY but parker sent me soooooo much so no more popcorn for a while. maybe like real food? umm DAD! Loved your letter. this is what I thought about it "hahahahahahaha" the RHOBH part was THE best thing ever. but no more cause it makes me miss my dramatic reality TV and sitting on the couch making you and mom watch it with me. and congrats on the town home!! woo!
congrats on parker becoming district leader! I actually know what that is. Yay Parker! you rock. EVeryone loves Parker here. The girls call him "beautiful" especially my soamons:) and the elders think he is hot. they drool over him. one of the soamons carries his picture in her scriptures, i told her that she could have his pic til she leaves which is next week. haha the mtc is making everyone crazy! including me. haha  Anyways, I loved hearing from ABBY. OH WAIT!
write me woman.

oh mom guess what???? Good news...My anxiety is gone!! Its amazing not having it. I don't have any more homesickness either. the prayers are working. now just pray that the tithing rate goes up to go towards the mtc food. seriously. i have been spoiled with amazing food my whole life so i blame my family for my cafephobia. mom send me food PLEASE. ha i think i have asked that like a million timess

brett-happy birthday sorry i forgot! i was a little busy.
how was targhee??
mom put all my emails on my blog and send them to everyone people keep writing me telling me they want to read them!!
abby will you send me my setting apart blessing??

I have loved my time here so far its been so great! I learn something new everyday. Whenever i speak, i always think about the tagalog word first isnt that cool?? I will speak tagalog one day!!

i love my pamilya so mabuti!! :) i love you all so much and i miss you. send me pics through email and videos. this elder showed me all his home vids his family sent me.

oh really fast..ahh 3 mins left. i have a stalker. his name is elder manwill. he talks to me constantly, high fives me, flirts and its so inappropriate. so my district leader told him to stop, then he wouldn't so now my teacher is going to get involved. ah so sad and scary! oh and EVERYONE asks me why i am on a mission? don't i look like a the typical sister missionary type?? I think i do :) hahahahaha yaaaa right, shelby needs to leave and more sister curtis needs to come in. but its hard. k i am done guys!!

got to get going. sorry for the late email. write me lots guys!
mom remember i am in leopard. love you babycakes.

sister curtis!

Sister Curtis's First Email from the MTC!


How is everyone? I am doing fine! The first day was great, until the end. I cried to my companion when I showed her all my pics of my good looking fam and my stud missionary. Food here=NASTY! Seriously so gross. So I don't eat it but then every morning and night I feel SO sick. Oh well. I'll be fine. My companion is sis aoina (a-ween-a) and she is somaon from NEW ZEALAND. She is great. I really like her. She loves me. She asked me to give her a make up class so I took VERY advantage of it. Took out all my make up and spoke like I worked at mac. Ha ha shelby is still here. AND She even asked me to straighten her hair..hahahah so i did. THEN she is wearing the same outfit as me. Okay love it.  Umm what else. I only have 25 mins left. Think shelby. So i got this massive package from the cutest elder brevard. Uhh thank you so much!!!! best thing ever. i loved all my letters. Kallie and Mom? K totally cried so hard when I read them, in my class, for the elders to see. how embarrassing. Thanks ranelle for the sweet package too! the somoans in my room loved the cookies so did I. okay so my district has only 5 people in it. me and my comp, then a trio companionship of elders. from austrailia (he couldn't be more annoying) canada, and arizone. They are kinda nerds ya know?? But i love it cause I never have been inadequate. I live in a room with 5 girls. two somans, one's mom jsut died so sad :( and a girl from Colorado she is CRAZY. and a Phlippino! Yay she tells us all the crazy things abourt the philippines like huge rats in your room and bugs and cockroaches. So ya i don't sleep very well. My comp snores, mom you know how I am about snoring, so i don't sleep. or eat. haha i am a mess. my anxiety is so bad in the mornings and nights i hope it goes away.

MY p-days will be every friday. I see a lot of people i know here. OKAY COOL STORY! Last night we had to teach  A FAKE/REAL investigator a lesson in TAGALOG!!! not english. Tagalog. So scared. I was shaking.
Remember I have only been here for 2 and a half dayssssss. Our lesson went SO GOOD! I SPOKE IN TAGALOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He ASKED US IF HE COULD MEET WITH US AGAIN. well, I think thats what he said ;) jk. it is. we were so happy. I wanted to give him a kiss haha we said yes and went out side and I CRIED! okay i'm such a baby, no wonder sister missionaries are freakkkkssss. after the lesson my comp said he was looking at me the whole time, i didn't notice cause i was looking at her the whole time cause she was doing most of the talking. oh well. if my looks get people to come to church who cares :)

K please keep writing me it seriously is so great hearing from everyone. Pray for me, really I need all the prayers I could get. My body is acting weird I want it to go away. Mom my jaw hurts still every day. UGH. Oh, I love my zone. AND my teachers. They are great. We have gym time every day my comp hates it haha but I make her play sports with me...cause I AM SO GOOD! jk. all the philippions missionarys play volleyball we rule. Its so fun. and I am pretty sure I am sore. So anyways, I do feel like I am in prison, We have these cards that let us into the rooms and they sound like jail cells opening. so scary. Kaitlyn brunsdale is RIGHT NEXT door. YAY! we love eachother. she comes and snuggles with me every night and we talk about how our days went. its great! The first night, I was crying in my room and she said she had a feeling to come in so she did and she made me feel better. She cried too. Ha we are freaks. I think I have learned more in the past three days than my whole life. my brain is going to die i think. Everyone says the middle weeks go by fast, i am seriously praying for that!

Dad, I love you!!! I hope you are doing okay with out your favorite child. I am safe for nine more weeks just remember that!! I miss snuggling with you and Mom remember when we did that the last night I was home? haha
Mom, LOVE your letters and emails. You seriously are the best mother ever.  I think of you all day. Everything that happens to me I want to text you or call you about!!! I just love you. thanks for sending the package to p-money. I hope he gets it soon! i miss that kid.
Bryce-freaking write me or i will be mad.
you too abby and brett and livy and owen :)

what else....i don't know ah! 13 minutes. who knew i was such a horrible typer. k that is probably all for now! I love my pamilia soooooo much!!! I miss you guys and I will be honest, i am so homesick. my own bathroom sounds so nice right now because i have to share with 697979797 other girls. yesterday i forgot to bring towells i have never had to bring so much to shower in my life its annoying. and girls are nasty gross. oh well its great. at least i have a shower riiiighhhttt??

love you guys!!!!
i'll write more next friday! sorry about all my typos, mom fix them before people see this ha!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Beautiful Blonde in a Sea of Missionaries!

As we dropped Shelby off at the curb, we were so nervous that they would not allow her siblings and niece and nephew to get out and say goodbye one last time. We had heard that they didn't allow it and that it was so rushed and insensitive. Our experience was the exact opposite. We were ALL able to pile in our big excursion, get out and help her with her luggage, and give last kisses and hugs and wipe away last minute tears as we sent her off. As she walked away, I could just see this beautiful blonde head inter mixed with all these dark suits and sweet missionaries. I knew she was joining a powerful army and I was finally ok with letting her go! She turned and gave one more farewell wave and off she went. She was ready! She was strong! She was AMAZING! We love you Shelbell!

Goodbye Sweet Sister Curtis!

It's so unbelievable that she is leaving the house for 18 months!

In the car on the way to the MTC and in front of the temple grounds right before we dropped Sister Curtis off on the curb. We might all be smiling but we were sure having mixed emotions about her leaving us all!
We love our Sister Curtis!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Shelby's Email & Address...

Here is Shelby's missionary email and address..

address:  Sister Shelby Lynne Curtis
                   MTC Mailbox # 111
                   PHI-QUE 0315
                   2005 N 900 E
                   Provo, UT 84604-1793

She would love to hear from everyone! 

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas & my Farewell...

Christmas was so good! Kinda depressing because I won't be here for next years, so my presents were a little boring but I got more excited to buy for my family.  
We now draw names and buy for one because our family is expanding, but this year I decided to get everyone a gift.  It's for next year too. 
We didn't take a lot of pictures of opening presents but here are a few of the day. 

gingerbread house competition boys vs. girls 
{boys won-we let them win}
 {the babies love Papa}

My farewell turned into such a good day.  I got so many compliments on my talk. All of my amazing friends and family members came to support me.  I just loved seeing everyone.  My mom and some of her lovely friends made tons of yummy soups, salads, rolls & desserts.  My whole family worked hard to make it such a wonderful day.  I am so blessed! 

{my cute pajamas Parker got me}
& the best part of the whole day? Skyping with Elder Brevard. He looks sooooooooo good! Love that kid. 
love that face!