Hello family!!! Another fantastic week here in the D.C. South Mission. We didn't do a whole lot last p-day. We ended up playing 2 vs. 2 football since our zone didn't do anything. We talked to the zone leaders of my last zone about coming over and playing with them since we only live 5 miles down the road. We had been in contact most of the morning with them but it ended up not happening so we just played a small game. Yesterdays it was Elder Thomas's birthday. We went to Ghengis Grill for lunch to celebrate. It was fun. I haven't eaten there since i was serving in Centreville 8 months ago. It has been a very slow week. I am getting along with my companions, but we have really different personalities as well as working styles. I guess I'm going to have to tuff it our for another 4 1/2 weeks. Its not as bad as it sounds. I am doing great! We have a really busy week coming up so that's good. Keeps us focused and motivated for the next little while. So our missionary tree had its first official day today. I am going to post some pictures on Facebook about it so the word can continue to go out to all of the ward members. We think that it is going to increase the members desire and motivation to do missionary work...at least that is what it is intended to do. I had the opportunity to help with the sacrament today. I got to act as one of the priests and said the blessing on the water while my 2 companions passed with the deacons. I don't think i have done that in over 2 years. It was really awesome to do that. I didn't realize how much i liked doing that until i actually wasn't doing it anymore. Last night we were able to go over to a members home who had a non member family coming as well. So we had dinner and then we went to their basement and played ping pong, as well as foosball. its was cool to be able to just hang out for a little bit and show that we are just normal people. We ended up spending our whole night there surprisingly, but it was really good. Today i think we are going to hit up the air and space museum. I went when i was in Warrenton, but it felt really rushed so i hope today will be more fun. We are going to go with the Sterling Park elders so there will be 5 of us. Maybe i will get some sweet souvenirs. I'm still a little peeved at the mail people. They couldn't figure out that it was supposed to be square instead of court. I guess that we will see how it goes. I think that this Christmas is going to be good. We have a good member in the ward that is inviting us over. I still wish that i could give you more Christmas ideas. I could go for a nice hoodie. Have Chase or Dylan help you pick it out if you choose to do that :) For Dylan i think anything camo. I know that he does really like Dr. Pepper so there is an idea but i know that it isn't very good. Just go to Ace and walk through the sporting goods and say a prayer for guidance :) Today is going to be a very monumental day. I am going to dry clean one of my suits after 14 months of doing this. I know it sounds gross but i wear it once a week for a couple hours. They are still in pretty nice condition so I'm glad about that. Most of my clothing is holding up. 2 of my short sleeve shirts have stains on them that didn't come out so i have dubbed those as my sweater shirts. Hide the stains. I'm happy to hear about everything that is going on with you guys. Sounds like everything is going good and that if its not that it is getting better. If it makes you feel any better i am not going to win anything from my Christmas party either. Maybe a Christmas card or a small gift from the mission. Nothing else too exciting going on right now. I love you guys. Look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks!