Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall is here but it doesn't feel like it!

Right about now I would be going to apple orchards with friends, carving pumpkins and drinking caramel apple spice's from Starbucks. Here in AZ though, it's just another day but just a little cooler. I was able however to carve some pumpkins at FHE which was neat:




Mine is an owl! I like owls.. ;)

Moving out here has proven to be difficult, and it wasn't at all what I expected it to be, which happens sometimes. The upside is things are looking up! :) I attended some costume parties (and will probably attend even more this week) and the first one I went to I dressed up as a Hershey bar with my group of friends who were also dressed up as a marshmallow and a graham cracker. You guessed it! We were s'mores. :)



That's us roasting marshmallows as s'mores. Ironic right?? :) 

On a vintage sidenote, Sunday at church I was matching with my Bishop's wife, so naturally I had to take a picture! 






Happy Halloween!! :)


Nat

Happy Halloween!! Parties and Happy News and Missionary work :)

First of all, I'm going to start out by saying I am so happy!! Two of my new friends here in Arizona are getting baptized in the coming weeks. I am so happy for them and the decision that they have made. Last week, a woman in my singles ward got baptized and it was so amazing.

Alright so besides the fact that it's been a while since I have made a blog post, a lot has been happening. I haven't been able to find work here which STINKS, so I am going to be needing to make some decisions. On a happier note, our stake is participating in Invite-Out October, which is almost over, yes. But our ward and our stake has been doing great with missionary work and inviting others to participate in fun activities even if it isn't actually going to church. I hung out with a mutual friend who just moved here from MN, and Arianne introduced us. Since he didn't know anyone out here we went hiking and it was great. He had just been baptized a few years ago so I think it's good for him (like all new converts) to be surrounded by other members. So I invited him to softball last week and he loved it he said, and will probably come tomorrow as well.

It was hard for me to do. I normally don't like inviting people to church because I feel as if they will judge me or my beliefs. I tend to just not bother. But this was a little different because he was already a member. Even still, I don't know him and that's something I just don't do. 

Friday night though, I went to hastening the work seminar at the Institute where Elder Perkins of The Seventy was presiding and it was all about Missionary Work. We were talking about agency and one of the speakers there shared an amazing quote that I will remember forever "Don't be the person to take away someone's agency to make the choice to come to accept an invitation from you to go to a church sponsored activity."

That quote was a huge slap in the face for me. I know that that's something I need to be working on--humbling myself enough to stop being prideful and invite others to activities. It's so simple yet we make it so difficult. That was my humbling experience for the week! 

On an even happier note all of the many Halloween parties I went to this weekend. Here's pics from the first party I went to with some friends, sponsored by our stake. We went as s'mores: 


Ignore my face.. I'm just ridiculous.

The second party was a blast and I actually danced which I don't normally do. I went as a grease girl and Elizabeth went as a nurse: 


The second one wasn't church sponsored but these were the first dances I've been to since High School and it was super fun. Maybe because I totally let loose and went crazy with my friends (which I never do haha).

I will say this much about life in AZ: there's always something going on.. It's always a party!

Tonight for FHE we are pumpkin carving and I'm super excited for that, I'm ready to get my craft on! More pics to come. 

Also!!! I believe I have found a new blogger! This one is looking promising people. :) 

Laters,

Nat








Saturday, October 12, 2013

{Places}: Thrive Acaí Bowls! Weird but tasty..

So today in Tempe, I had a relaxing day that included having some Acaí bowls with Xazmin one of my AZ/MN friends. The day started out preeeeeety late. Why you may ask? Because Elizabeth and I had a solo karaoke night (as in just us...) during which we sang various 90's songs and danced like maniacs until about 1:45 AM. 

We literally sat on the couch singing/dancing from 11:00 till 1:45 am. It was EPIC. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, NSYNC, the backstreet boys and MANY MORE made appearances last night.... Ahh... It was hilarious. That's what happens when Marilyn is in Utah for the week. :) just kidding. We so do that every night!


Anyways. I went to be laaaaate so I got up lateeeee. Plus it was Saturday. So I got up all excited to see Xazmin. We made plans to meet at Thrive! Acaí bowls and smoothies. I had never heard of an Acaí bowl.

 It's weird because the people here for the most part are super overweight and obese. But then you get around ASU and there's a whole bunch of healthy stuff and people EVERYWHERE. I mean, I actually had a SALAD for dinner and liked it. And if you know me you know that's like... Not even.. Just no. People here are weird though indeed. 

It was pretty good. What it is is Acaí sorbet blended with protein powder, nut butters, chocolate and/or fruit (so it's a little soupy) and then piled high with a WHOLE LOT of granola and the freshest fruit ever. Like guys I haven't eaten a banana in almost 15 years and I LOVED IT. The banana was so fresh it was white.



I got the chocolate walnut (blended with chocolate and pecan butter) Except I made them turn it into chocolate pecan because I'm difficult and I despise walnuts with a passion. Xazmin got the regular Acaí bowl, which had Acaí sorbet blended with fruit topped with granola and more fruit. She liked mine better and I liked hers better... Mine was too grainy and not fruity enough. 

They are definitely healthier than going and getting frozen yogurt. Even with fruit toppings. They are packed with protein and antioxidants and are super filling!

They run pretty cheap considering how much you get. I got a small and the bowl was HUGE. So big I couldn't finish it. The smalls run about $4.50-$5.25 but I mean they are huge so I would say that's cheap. I could have easily shared it. **CHEAP DATE ALERT!** ;)

Note: they also sell smoothies, I just haven't tried them. Based on how fresh the fruit was though, I would definitely order one up. Here's a menu, hopefully it's big enough that you can read it! If not, it's on their website.



Location: 

NW Corner of Southern and McClintock
1726 E. Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85228

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm

Saturday:9am-5pm

Sunday: CLOSED


NW Corner of Southern and McClintock
1726 E. Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85228

(480) 730-3557

Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Sundays

thrivecornerb1

NW Corner of Southern and McClintock
1726 E. Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85228

(480) 730-3557

Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed Sundays

thrivecornerb1
Price: $
Website with menu:
http://www.thriveacaibowls.com 
(just copy/paste the URL)

I will definitely be making another appearance there. It was quite tasty!

Have a good Sunday everyone!!



Nat

Look who I found!! AND good news!!

Well today was interesting!! We woke up to the door bell ringing at 10:30 AM. It was the neighbors letting us know that the puppy had gotten out of the yard and dug under the wooden fence. :0

So they had her and brought her back over. We felt so bad.. It isn't even ours! So we hung out for a little and I tried I contain my excitement because I knew that my dear, dear friend Xazmin was coming up from Tuscon to visit! 


We had fun, ate some acai bowls (?), and we caught up on life and all of it's many issues and joys. That's how I spent my Saturday and it was great :) I also just got a call from another family looking to hire me as a nanny. That makes three jobs now. :) I know that Heavenly Father knows what we need when we need it. I was worried but I knew that he would see me through! So that's my good news for the day :)


I've got a lot to testify of tomorrow during Fast and Testimony meeting :)


Goodnight!


Nat

PS! I will post more details about the Acaí bowls on my other blog: 

http://ramblingsofanorthernbelle.blogspot.com

Yeah, just go ahead and copy/paste that URL because you can't create links from blogger mobile sorry! :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

21 by 21

I came up with this post courtesy of baby making machine, and I thought it was excellent. It is a list that is comprised of the things that I want to accomplish by the time I am 21. Considering the fact that I am 19 right now, I have 2 years to git er' done. What is on your list? I'd say 2 years is a pretty good amount of time to accomplish a goal! Make your own and link up in the comments below! :)

-Go skinny dipping
-Hit 2,000 blog views (on both blogs)
-Travel to Temple Square, Nauvoo and other church history locations
-Go to a Temple Dedication (I think the Gilbert Temple is going to be dedicated soon!)
-Find a good gluten free bread recipe that actually works
-Get my drivers' license and buy a moped or a...car... :0
-Find the perfect vintage dress
-Get my LMT degree!
-Share my testimony with a stranger*
-Watch a live BYU Vocal Point Preformance
-Become fluent in Spanish and ASL. (and french, and German, and Portuguese and like every other language)
-Reach my goal size.
-Go Canyoneering :0
-Hike a Mountain in Arizona and Utah (not in the same day of course)
-Get a puppy
-See General Conference in the conference center in Salt Lake
-Run a 5k
-Become more like Christ
-Strengthen my relationship with my family
-Get out of the "friend zone" with guys. Not so cool at my age.
-Go backpacking for a week (or longer) and "rough it."

*Something that I do on a pretty regular basis but It's something I want to continue.