Oct 5, 2010


Christine here!!
Here's a mindless video that Tori sent to me that makes me quite happy because it's just so funny...

So last Friday I got to go down to Sydney for a YSA cruise in the Harbour. It was AMAZING! We were on a boat with almost 700 other YSA's and the whole bottom floor was a dance floor. We could also go along the side, or up on top. It was PACKED! The theme was crazy hair if you see any strange hair-do's. This first picture is of me on the boat (docked) in front of the Harbour bridge :) That's my "crazy" hair... all I did was make it like crimped and frizzy and wore a sparkly headband. You can't tell in the picture at all though.

Ashleigh and I and some other YSA's (I forget their names... oopsie) and the harbour bridge behind us! This was taken on the top level of the boat.

And THIS is the best part. The one in the white shirt, his name is Vitalii (from the Ukraine). He introduced himself, then stayed by my side for the rest of the cruise. I got to know him a bit, he seemed pretty nice but he was really touchy!! Weird for not knowing him. So I was supposed to go on a date with him last night, but I made an excuse not to go because he's not a member and was already super touchy so I didn't want him to try and put any moves on me haha. So I asked if we could go some other time (hopefully do something else in the daytime). I could be just paranoid but hey, better safe than sorry. Anyway, this is him... he's quite muscly...

On Saturday Ashleigh, Vanessa, Emily and I headed over to the Blue Mountains! The weather was not-so-great, but the mountains were beautiful! This picture here is of the Three Sisters. Funny, because we have Three Sisters in Oregon as well... they're a bit different though.

This one is called Orphan Rock. You used to be able to walk around it and stuff, but then they declared it to be unsafe in the 1970s or something. Bummer, it looks heaps cool! You can't tell from this angle, but there's also a hole right in the middle of the rock.

This is the waterfall Vanessa and I climbed up. We are excellent waterfall climbers!

Aparently this Indian man posed on this rock all contemplative, so we copied him. It does seem like a very good place to do some big thinking.

Ashleigh and I... epic poses again.


We rode the "railway" down to another part of the mountains. It was like as steep as a roller coaster, it was so awesome! This picture was before... I just took it from above the gate that kept us from falling out.

This was another waterfall we climbed that turned out to not be a real waterfall. They just had water running down from a pipe! Lame sauce!! posers.

I'm on a horse... HYA!!!

Ashleigh's very serene...

I'm riding this horse backwards... HYA!!

These tree branch things are like the ones Tarzan would swing from. They're really thick but very bendy like giant ropes. Pretty awesome!

You can't tell but it's pouring rain in this picture. Kinda like we're dancing in the rain with statues! haha. Also, my statue had a naked butt, that's why I'm posing like that... I accidentally covered it up! Dang it!

The face paint that I got when I went to Hunter Valley Gardens a week before the cruise. Pretty legit, I think.

The snake I got to hold at the Gardens! This is the first snake I've ever held!!

Here's just a taste of what the gardens were like. Pretty amazing :)

So also, for more recent news... Sister Julie B. Beck is coming to speak in Sydney October 17th and I'm going to see her!! As far as I know, there will be a YSA Fireside with her and Elder Callister at 5:30 and then a Relief Society Fireside at 7. So I think I'll get to listen to her twice in one night! That's almost as good as general conference! Speaking of Gen. Conference... I haven't watched any of it yet because we're 17 hours ahead of Provo, so we would have had to watch Conference on Sunday and Monday instead of Sat and Sun... so we all just gather at the stake center and will watch it next weekend. I could watch it online, but I figure I'll get more out of it if I actually go to watch. I am very excited about it... I heard lots of good things about it. Also... I got asked to give a talk in Sacrament on the 31st! I don't know my topic yet, but will soon I hope. I'm actually excited about it. It'll be good.
So my time here is almost halfway over! There's so much that I still want to do, but the weekends don't give me enough time to do it all!  It's crazy how fast it's going by! I do really really want to go home and see everybody, but I'm going to miss it here a lot. I'll mostly miss "my family"... that's what I call them at least... I'll miss the family I'm working for, and most of all the girls. Once I go, they're going to grow up so fast and I'm going to miss every single moment! So sad!
Um, another Aussie update: The Commonwealth games are going on right now, and it's something that I've never heard of before... I'm not really sure what the deal with it is... it seems like the olympics, but not all of the countries compete (like the US doesn't for example). Anyway, I'm not quite sure what all that is about, but I like the Olympics! So I'm okay with it.
Well I think that's everything. I love and miss all of you who may be reading!


  1. So glad you are having such a blast!

  2. "I'm on a Horse...HYA!!!!" I love it!!! I'm so jealous you get to see Sister Beck!