Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Arielle's Gone AWOL

So...there I was, making all these grand promises that I was going to be better about blogging and then...nothing for over a month.  Sorry everyone.  I guess that's good preparation for three weeks from now when I won't be blogging anything for eighteen months!  :)  That's right, my MTC report date, June 20th, is fast approaching.  This is part of the reason why I haven't written in the past little while.  I have a million and one things to do every day and enough time to do about four of them.  But I'll give you a quick overview of what I've been up to besides the mission preparations.

At the end of April and beginning of May, I spent a glorious week in the company of my two awesome friends, Jill and Allie.  Jill and I rode together with her family to California, where we met up with Allie, who lives there. We had a fun day in Disneyland and then several awesome days hanging out at Allie's house and cabin: playing games, watching movies, eating ice cream, seeing the Avengers, spending a day at Yosemite National Park, chatting, singing along to our favorite music, and all-around having a glorious time!  What a wonderful graduation present!

On April 21st, I went to the Jordan River Temple and received my endowment.  I have been back to the Jordan River Temple several times and have even had the opportunity to do a session at the Salt Lake Temple. It has been a wonderful experience to see and learn all the incredible things that the endowment contains.  I'm looking forward to all the future visits I will make to the temple and the wonderful things I will be able to learn there.

In the meantime, I've been spending the majority of my time working for my grandmother (to serve the dual purpose of helping her and making a little extra money for my mission), shopping and completing all the other tasks necessary for my mission, and spending as much time as possible with my family.  I've got a couple of other interesting stories to tell, but this post is getting long enough.  :)  I'll post some more in a little while.  :)