Saturday, December 4, 2010

your llama likes to go to college!

carollama 2010 made it's way here this year as reliable as an alpaca climbing the mountains of peru, aaaaaand thanks with a capital T-H-X to our friend (descended from the house of israel) connecticut dan, for hosting a pre-carollama latke fest. feast. feast-fest. anyways:

attendance was high as people flocked to find a jewish paradise in conservative, predominantly LDS provo, utah.

did you know the latke-making process is actually kind of long and intense?? 

sour cream + applesauce = thank you house of israel!

as you can see, there were lotsa latkes.

and what is a party without DANCING? i ask you again, what is a party without HAVA NAGILA?

i ask you a third time, what is a party without DANCING to HAVA NAGILA while USING A CHAIR?

buuuuut this latke loving was only half the fun.

carollama was a hit!

we (well not me, i was kind of scared of them) led the llamas door-to-door, sang christmas songs, and then asked the surprised-to-see two-llamas-on-their-front-lawn and-probably-hoping-said-llamas-wouldn't poop-on-their-hydrangeas people for any donations to the food bank!

 jim craig from "man from snowy river"?
is that you??

one of the few times i was able to pull the llama whisperer away for a picture! ben LOVED those llamas! 

our two llamas, dalai llama and llama queen, were so skittish all night long! but they would make really cute little noises, it almost sounded like they were clearing their throats. i just asked ben, "how would you describe the noise the llamas made tonight?" and he said: "groans of malcontent at being forced to walk with 20 BYU students who didn't know how to sing."

moral of the story: llamas don't smell very good, but they're pretty cute, and their ears are big, move all over the place, and overall are just great. 2nd moral of the story: if you want to have a really successful service project, bring along a few llamas and give them great names like barack o-llama, hoochie llama, or just have really nice rhymes like llama trauma, llama comma, llama drama, etc. 

you learn to love the big animal! and NO, i'm NOT talking about the llama. :)


  1. Shayla, Ben's sister Naomi here. THANK YOU for posting more pictures of Ben than I've seen in, oh, maybe forever. Now there are pictures to go along with his family letters! I've thoroughly enjoyed reading back to the beginning of your blog, and you'll soon be officially bookmarked for future perusal :).



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