A wonderful day today! My stake offered a Book of Mormon challenge to complete it by April 10th. So jake and I started reading it everyday together, but it was a lot to read together and we got a bit behind, so we download the "bom" off of the LDS website so we can have audio to listen to. So today I got to sleep in, woke up and drove for about two hours and listened to some scriptures. It was great! I never realized how cool the church website is and all the great tools and resources they have on it. Really neat! Then went to FHE and to the rock gym. Ohhh how I love rock climbing! Jake got a pass now, I am really happy about that, so hopefully we can start going more often. Then Jake and I made staceypants a funny blue alien "avitar" movie. I think she is going to love it! Today I am grateful for people working hard to plan activities and going the extra mile.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I love, love, love Sundays! This morning I woke up to my phone ringing, and it was Jake and he told me I should come down stairs to my apartment to let him in. He had brought stuff to make my favorite breakfast! He made me choclate chip pancakes! It was such a fun Sunday morning breakfast. Then Jake went to his ward and I started working on a project for one of my classes. I looked outside and it was a beautiful snowy morning! The snow shall be so good snowboarding tomorrow! At the beginging of fall Semester President Thomas S. Monson came and spoke to us on campus. He talked about his gratitude of everyone of the prophets that had previous served in the church. He told a cute story of how he gained his testimony of each of them, what he remembers them eating in the church head quarters, their favorite hymn, and how they each helped significantly, and so differently for each to contribute to the church. I loved the talk because it hit right on to how I was feeling and how my mind set has been on the importance of legacies. It also made me really want to study more about each of the prophets of the church to learn from their examples and teachings. The talk was so fantastic and I couldn't figure out how to attach a link, so for future reference in case anyone or myself wants to look at this talk, go to http://speeches.byu.edu The talk is from Thomas S. Monson given Sept. 15, 2009, and the talk is titled "Principles from Prophets" and was a BYU devotional. This talk really inspired me and has been on my mind, so when I heard for one of my classes the requirements for what we had to do for a final project for our class, I knew I wanted to study about all the prophets, and make a book about them on Shutterfly. This morning I started to do a bit of research on the biographies of some of the phrophets lives and downloading pictures of them for hte book. When I was doing some things on President Hickley, I could not help but cry. I miss him. He truely was such an amazing man, and left a great legacy to follow. I feel like all day tender mercy after another keep heading my way. In church, all of my favorite hymns were sung today. "I know that my Reedemer Lives", "How Great Though Art" "Jesus once of Humble Birth." I was really overwhelmed with such great feelings of love for our Savior Jesus Christ. I am so greatful for music and the influence it can have. Its neat how music can really speak to us in a completely different way than words. During church I saw Jake when he got done with church, and mine was switching meetings. We both had written notes for each other without knowing each other wrote one for each other. We exchanged them. It was fun. I have the sweetest boyfriend. Later we ate left over Indian yummy food and talked to Jake's parents on scype. That was great! Went to a fireside tonightt by a pianist man named David Hatch. He was a neat character. Listening to piano made me really want to get back into playing violin again. Its been to long since I have played it regularly. Playing an instrument can be so calming and relieving at times. I love how the gospel just makes sense. It just proves to me over and over how true it is. For refreshments after the fireside there was a ton of fruit, cookies and meatballs! It was great! Then went to ward prayer and had more candy! Yes, I feel like even if food was not a big part of my life, it is always around me and in my face its not possible not to be. Sadly. haha. Since Joesph was not home on his birthday when Stacey and I were able to go over, we went and brought him his pink snuggie over. He loved it, and is so excited for the picture to get printed on it asap! We sang happy birthday to him in man voice, and sang him a hannucah song. He put the snuggie on right away and talked to us in for at least 30 minutes. Today was absoultley fantastic! I love life! Today I am grateful the little subtle blessings that come our way, and lots of yummy candy to eat on Sundays. Also, Hayley I am so happy you love that I love to blog now. Its so fun for me to know you know whats going on in life and having you be more of a part of it! I have the greatest family of all time!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Well, my blog has been becoming my new source of journal writing. I usually write in my journal each night, but instead have been blogging. Its kind of fun to do this though because you have the option of putting pictures with your writing as well. neat! This morning I had to take a test for college. It was great being able to take it online at home, because I was able to have lots of furry friends help support me while I toke the test. After taking my test, went rock climbing with MJ. Ahhh how I love rock climbing. Today while climbing I felt on top of the world. I feel rock climbing is a great hobbie for any age, any skill level. Jake decided today he is going to get a pass to the rock gym! I am so happy about that because that means I can start going more and he can join! And we can also start attending Yoga classes together. Wahoo! This is fantastic news! Then I got to go to the temple. My roommate Stacey was going, so I got to go join her as well! While waiting, I was reading the Book of Mormon, in 3Nephi 18:15. It reads, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always, lest ye be tempetd by the devil, and ye be led away captive by him." I thought this was a great reminder that the little things count in life, and it will help us stay on track. After the temple, Jake and I drove to meet up with his brother, wife, and baby at the "Bombay House, Indian Cuisine" for a birthday dinner for Jake. Jake had brought a treat for the drive, of an amazing creation called a Pecan Roll. Jake's parents make them every Christmas holiday and it had the chewiest, softest caramel, neugut and pecans. YUM! Jake's parents have a super cute tradition for the kids that are out of the house, to send them gift cards to a restaurant of their choice for a birthday dinner on them since they cant physically be there. I thought that was a great idea! and I got to join, so thank you Sue for a fantastic dinner! This was my second time having Indian food, but it was fantastic! I loved it! We got mango and rose petal tasting drinks, yummy rice and sauce meals, and pigged out. The best part about it is, there is left overs for dinner tomorrow to! It was fun to play with some of Jake's family as well! I love playing with other peoples families. Jake had a fever by the time we got back home so he went home and went to bed. So, I had some time to catch up on some laundry and make some crafts. I worked on finishing up some fabric flowers and putting them on clips and head bands. Today I am grateful for great examples in my life, and how those people make you want to suceed and do better in life. Quote of the day "I love making up nicknames for people, especially myself- Staceypants)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Woke up this morning at ten and stacey and I got ready to go snowboarding. We went to are all time favorite "great harvest" to start the day off right and get energized with pumpkin and chocolate for the mountain. We found a trick though that if you buy something then you don't have to pay for a slice of bread, so its cheaper to get a treat than buy to slices of bread. So, they had snickerdoole cookies today, which they have never had so we got one. It was super soft and chewy which was perfect, but it had sugar crystals on top, so that was not my favorite. But it was an ok cookie. "Paradise bakery" and "sweet cakes" in Arizona I would say have awesome sugar cookies. Snowboarding was awesome today! It has been way to long since I have been. I need to stop being a snowbum slacker and not going. Stacey has gotten so amazing! I feel her riding is flowing absolutely amazing! She a blast to ride with! Fridays are our date night on the mountain together. Its the greatest! Then went to a yoga store to pick up some things for stacey and came home. I really want to start doing yoga. Its sounds so amazing! And peaceful. At the rock gym and the regular gym I go to they have classes. I need to go to them. Then stacey and I went to club "walmart" to get our friend joesph a snuggie for his birthday tomorrow. We are screen printing a picture with all of us on it doing the "live long and prosper" sign. A favorite greeting of all of us. The snuggie is hot pink. I think he will love it. We are going to kidnap him at midnight and take him to "krispy kreme donuts" because stacey and I always dumpster dive in that dumpster and drop of donuts to Joesphs front door. Since its his birthday, I guess he deserves fresh donuts? Stacey and I went to "jamba juice." I got the berry fufilling with granola on top, truly the yummiest combo possible. Well, Joesph ended up not being home and was on a date so we dumpster dived and got bags of donuts and put them on his front door. Then we all went to walmart again to look for plastic eyes for Jake and my piggy banks and the game "jenga."
Next we went to "farrs" icecream to give it another shot. Jake and decided we still like "yozone" better despite everyones obsession with "farrs." At walmart, we saw this awesome Chia pet! I wanted to get it, but then I remember hearing about this super cool one that is President Obama, and his hair grows. I need to look online for that prize possession. Today I am grateful for beautiful snowy days, and warm jackets!