Friday, January 29, 2010

Fun on a budget

So, my roommates and I have been doing this experiment. It's called the "Let's not spend money for a while" experiment. Kaitlin and Brooke even went so far as to give me their credit cards and have me hide them. Yes...we're serious about it.These are a few of the awesome activities I have done 'on a budget'.

Kylie teaches dance at a nearby
elementary school, Northridge.
I went to their concert and it was
so cute to see her with all her kids~

Cost: $1.00

Then we got invited by some guy friends
to go to Park City. The girls were hungry... we stopped at this RANDOM
cheep little burger joint "Dairy Keen" that
was apparently dedicated to trains.

Me and Meg
We found out that the snowboarder,
Shaun White, who is preparing for the Olympics
(think red hair) was boarding that night so
we went and watched him for a bit.
There were SO many people there, and you
had to climb up this hill and I was the
only one in my group with boots with
any sort of traction, so they all held onto me.

We rounded off the night with
dollar hot cocoa
from 7-11.
Total cost: $4.00

Then...I have been so inspired by all the fun
decorations on the shirts and I thought...
"I can totally do that!"

This is my first attempt, but I have bins and bins
of material and I plan on experimenting more.
It was fun to play with the texture and the idea!
Cost: $0.00

Finally...Some nights we have struggled
a little when it comes to what to eat.
Somehow, Kaitlin and Brooke ended up
here one night at a complete loss
as to what to make.

Pretty sure the discussion turned away
from food near the middle and towards
life in general. You just never know when
or where you're ganna figure it all out huh?

Me and Kaitlin ended up in the kitchen
at the same time and, laughing,
realized we had made the exact same thing,
both with our aprons so the
sauce wouldn't splatter us!

Fun can very much be had on a budget

Monday, January 18, 2010

Three's a crowd?

The old roommates at Tori's wedding

Kaitlin, I and Megan at the opening
night of Cocoa Bean

(delicious cupcakes)

After hitting up the Park City outlets

Then we got in such a shopping mood
we bought the entire grocery store.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pocket Pigs

Well friends, I got some bad news delivered to me today courtesy of papa bear. For some time now I have got it in my head that some day I would own a little pig. And I was under the impression that the little pocket pigs I found on line were, in fact, little for life. Oh no. Apparently dad talked to one of his patient's parents who works with animals and she said that these little pigs, sadly, do not stay little.

This little piggy went to market,
this little piggy stayed home,
this little piggy ate roast beef,
and this little piggy weighs 200 lbs!!!

Come can you
NOT love this face!

Alas, I have come to the conclusion that I am now only left with one option. I gotta find me an Idaho boy. And fast!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Our ward had a pizza and bowling night on campus tonight. The roommates and I had so much fun dancing and cheering each other on.
~I love these girls~

And I didn't realize till AFTER
the game that my ball said
"For children only"
(cus it was only 6 lbs.)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Luke 17: 12-19

And as he entered into a certain village,
there met him ten men that were lepers,
which stood afar off:

And they lifted up their voices,
and said, Jesus, Master,
have mercy on us...

I have recently been accepted to go to India this summer to serve and teach through a humanitarian organization called Rising Star Outreach. I will be working in the Leper colonies; bathing the feet and bodies of those afflicted, cleaning and painting homes, bringing water to the villages, and most important, loving the people. I will also be teaching and tutoring children in English one-on-one.

For those unfamiliar with Leprosy, it is a skin bacterium that affects more than 1 million people in India. The word leprosy comes from the Latin word Lepros and means defilement. These people are shunned from their communities because of their disease and are forced to live out their lives together in colonies with no access to treatment. The disease cripples the body by loss of feeling, digits, paralysis of the feet (why artistic renditions of the ten lepers are seen with bandages and crutches), and other skin pigmentation and ulcers. In the area I will be, colonies have come to be made up of families, with members who are not infected but are shunned by association.

I truly feel a deep pull in my heart that one of my purposes here on this earth is to meet Heavenly Father's children around the world and see them for who they are, eternal spirit sons and daughters of God. I have been so blessed with opportunities to fulfill this role I feel drawn to. I am excited beyond words to meet my brothers and sisters in India. Like with Africa, I have felt, for no obvious reason, a pull to go to India since I can remember. I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to go to Africa and now India while still so young. My experience in Ghana was life changing and I am forever grateful for those I met and loved. I pray that my time in India will be a humbling and amazing experience as well.

And one of them, when he saw
that he was healed, turned back,
and with a loud voice glorified God

And fell down on his face at his feet,
giving him thanks...