Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving and a boat load of snow!




We had a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Estonia. We had a Thanksgiving lunch because I had class at night and Maris had class in the late afternoon. Maris made a fantastic cheesecake, we even found some Turkey at Stockmans! They really do not eat a lot of Turkey here. They eat a lot of pork. Everything is going great for us we are grateful for our families, our health, the gospel and the chance to be going to school here in Tallinn. Life is great. After Thanksgiving it started snowing and it hasn't stopped. We have about a foot right now and it is still snowing!! It is total madness. Winter is here and it won't be gone until April!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ode to Paul



The Utah Jazz went into Miami last night to play the Heat who had not lost at home all year. The Heat were the heavy favorites with Dwane Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh, not to mention solid veteran role players. But the odd makers forgot about one little thing called Paul Millsap! Millsap scored 46 points, and willed the Jazz to victory scoring 11 points in the last 28 seconds of the game going 3-3 from the three point line and also scoring a last second tip in to tie the game forcing overtime. Considering that Millsap had only made 2 three point attempts in his entire career and that he is a Power Forward this is impressive. It was nice to see this night because this did not come as a surprise to the Paul Millsap fans. Anyone who watched how he played backing up Carlos Boozer knew that there was no drop off, in fact many (including myself) thought that Millsap was even better, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Now Millsap is a starter, has a good contract, scored a career high and outplayed Dwayne Wade, Lebron James in the final minutes of the game and destroyed Heat power forward Chris Bosh. But let's take a trip down memory lane to his beginning.
Millsap was a great college basketball player, he lead the NCAA in rebounds for 3 years in a row, something no one else has ever done. But Millsap did not have ideal size for a power forward he is 6'8" 250lbs, Many PFs are 6'11" and even 7'0" Take Tim Duncan or Dirk Nowitzki for example. Short PFs were usually very stocky and had the bulk to outbox taller players (6'9" Boozer is 266lbs) Millsap had none of this. He also did not have the shooting range or speed to play small forward. So the scouts overlooked the most important thing, his heart. Scouts got caught up in the numbers and overlooked the fact that Paul Millsap is a beast, a monster among men. Karl Malone, who went to the same college as Millsap lobbied the Jazz to take a flyer on him. With the 47th pick in the draft the Jazz took him. He got a non-guaranteed contract and worked harder than anyone to develop into the beast that he is. Paul Millsap fans have been waiting for years for Boozer to leave the Jazz so that he could get the minutes he deserves. In the 2008-2009 season when he replaced Boozer in the lineup due to injury he had 19 double doubles in a row. 19 people!!! Now he is the reason for what people are calling the Miracle in Miami. But the Paul Millsap fans know better, it wasn't a miracle at all it was just the beginning.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tartu!

After Tallinn we went to Tartu and Tõrva! We had a great time. This was a great picture taken on the town hall.

In Tartu we met Liisi, Liina, and Katrin, they lived in our home during the summer while they were selling books, it was great to see them again!!


This was in St. John's church, I hadn't been inside before it was beautiful! It was fully restored in 2004 but is from the 1300s

Mom played "we thank thee oh God for a Prophet" and another Christmas hymn! I bet this was the oldest building Mom has played the Organ in


This is not St. John's church, but it is another awesome building in Tartu, half of it is restored and is a museum of history now, the other half has some towers that people can climb up. This was on my to do list before I moved away from Tartu, I went up in the towers in June. Maris' graduation was also here.


I don't have the pictures from our visit to Tõrva, they are on Mom and Dad's camera. We had a nice time seeing Maris' family and seeing where she grew up. Thanks Mom and Dad for the great visit!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tallinn with Mom and Dad!

This week was a great one, Mom and Dad came to visit! They are now in Belgium, it was sad to see them go. This was their third trip to Estonia, I was worried that there wouldn't be anything interesting for them to see but we found lots of fun things to do and see! This is the view from our apartment! This is also the hotel where Mom and Dad stayed at for the second part of their stay in Estonia.

This is one of my favorite restaurants, Lido. It is a Latvian restaurant and it has great food and an incredible selection. They had cute decorations all over.

We went to the song festival grounds where every five years they have the song festival, it was empty this time but it was still nice to go see it.
We checked out the botanical gardens, half of it was closed but the half that was open was nice.


This is the Pirita convent, I had the chance to go here as a missionary but I passed it up, since then I have always wanted to go. This place was pretty cool, we were the only ones there that day.

Of course old town never gets old. We found a lot of the good lookout platforms.

Out of all the cool things we did the best was just to spend time together. After Tallinn we took a trip to Southern Estonia which will be the next blog entry! Stay tuned.