Yay!!! I'm moving into our apartment tomorrow so I won't be able to post for a little while. (gotta unpack and get the Internet up first ;) )
But I wanted to leave you with my current playlist.
Now keep in mind that I am a huge Broadway and Disney person, with a little miscellaneous sprinkled in. So don't judge hahahaha
"Some Things are Meant to be" - Little Women the Musical
"When Will My Life Begin" - Tangled
"So Small" - Carrie Underwood
"Can't Take it In" - Imogen Heap
"Fantasmic!" - Bruce Headley (Disneyland Show)
"The Only Exception" - Glee Version
"Defying Gravity" - Wicked
"Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" - Phantom of the Opera
"He Lives in You" - Lebo M
"Bleeding Love" -Leona Lewis
"Party in the U.S.A." - Miley Cyrus
"Last Name" - Carrie Underwood
"Our Song" - Taylor Swift
"Can I Have This Dance" - High School Musical 3 (hahahaha yeah....)
"Citizen of the Planet" - Alanis Morissette
"Madness" - Alanis Morissette
"Come to My Garden/Lift Me Up" - Secret Garden the Musical
"I See the Light" - Tangled
"Almost There" - Princess and the Frog
"Remember...Dreams Come True" - Disneyland 50th Fireworks Show
Just to name a few. ;)
What's on your list??
My List of Thankfulness
I have so much to be grateful for.
First off, my soon-to-be husband.
In 3 short weeks, we'll be sealed for time and all eternity! Can I just say YIPEE!! Andrew just lights up my day and makes everything feel better. I'm so grateful for a man that listens to me, comforts me, indulges me, loves me, and shows me that love everyday.
Second, my parents.
They are my rock. My examples, and I want to be them when I grow up. My mom is pretty much my best friend, and I know I can talk to my dad about anything and he'll know just what to say. They help keep me grounded and remind me of what's really important.
Third, my crazy brothers.
Oh brothers. Both of them hahahahaha I'm so proud of Nick and that he's serving a mission in Pennsylvania. He's an amazing missionary and I'm happy for the blessings that we as a family get from his service. And Trev, crazy silly goofy Trev. I'm grateful for him and his never-ending fountain of energy. He's very talented and he'll make a big name for himself on the stage (hopefully he'll remember his broke sister with all his millions hahahaha)
Fourth, my grandparents.
They are such an inspiration to me. My examples of a happy marriage, eternal love, and strength through trials. Surviving cancer (twice), and 4 surgeries in 7 months takes lots of strength and they are amazing and living proof that prayers and blessings work through the Priesthood!
Here's my list. What's on yours?
So this past Saturday I had my bridal shower. Ya know, the one where ward people come and such? Yeah, it was super fun!
Look at how cute the food table was!
And a candy bar!! (Do you notice the cuteness on the shelf above?? Andrew and I are adorable if I do say so myself hahahaha) Look at that adorable apron I now own!! I am simply in love with it!
I wore it the rest of the time cuz it was so awesome! One of the lovely ladies that threw the shower needed someone to hold the baby, I gladly volunteered cuz he's stinkin cute! And super mild ;) I know it's kinda blurry sorry, but that's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas DVD and it also came with mugs, hot chocolate, and a cookie jar All Mickey and Minnie ;) Super amazing! Thank you Ences!! I'm in love with these canisters. Anyone else?? I'm definitely putting candy in these and doing some sort
of cute arrangement in my kitchen with them. Any suggestions??? This was after I showed him all our loot and this is also a typical Andrew picture. Eyes slightly drunk and cheesy half-smile hahahahaha It was such a fun shower and I got so many amazing things!
I couldn't be happier that my second mom and "older sister" were able to throw it for me! Thanks Kristen and Stephanie!
So this week my mom and I focused on cake and reception decorations. Mainly speaking, the centerpieces for said reception.
And they turned out so super cute!!
I mean HELLO!! Cuteness in a jar ;)
And you wanna know how super easy it was?? SUPER easy! I'm sure a lot of you know how to do this already but I'm gonna tell y'all anyways cuz I'm excited about it! My first DIY project hahahaha (well my first successful DIY project)
1. So you take your basic canning jar cuz they're super cheap, wash them on the outside (and inside if you so desire).
2. While they're drying look on the computer for designs you like and then print them out on label/sticker paper. (You can also use just regular stickers but we didn't find any cute big letter stickers for our particular project)
3. After the jars are dry, apply the sticker to wherever on the jar you wish and make sure it's on firmly.
4. With a can of frosted glass treatment (buy it at Micheal's for 4 bucks) spray about 10-12 inches away from you and continuously around the jar. Now do this part in a well-ventilated place mmk? We did it in the "dining room" area in our house and I think I'm still high from the fumes hahahahaha The jars won't look frosted after you spray them. It takes about 10 minutes before the effect happens but don't panic it's ok!
5. After they feel dry just peel off the sticker and there ya have it! Finis
5 easy steps and really it was super cheap and fun to do! Now I will also tell you that my mom and I bought like 4 cans of the frost thinking we'd need it. NEGATIVE! We did 36 jars on one can and still have some left over.
It was super fun and they are so stinkin cute! (And after the wedding I'll have 36 jars with "A"'s and "M"'s on them. Anyone want some?? hahahahaha) And we just added ribbon on the top to make it cute. The lights inside are those fake little tealights that are battery-operated. Got them at Cosco for like 30 bucks for 30 lights. (Differing sizes too)
Oh I'm so excited!! The wedding is only 4 1/2 weeks away!! AHHHH! Stressful and exciting all at the same time ;)
Almost that time of year!!
Well to me November is the start of everything Christmas and happiness ;) Also my favorite time of the year, bar none. November 1st is finally time for the Christmas smell. Yeah I have a smell for Christmas. ;)
This smell is by far my favorite thing in the whole world.It smells like sugar cookies and carmel. I mean HELLO! Amazing and delicious!
We also took our wedding pictures on Saturday (yeah I know a little early but I want some of them at the reception so HA!) Andrew looked so handsome ;) He walked up in his tux and I kinda melted a little. Ok maybe a lot hahahaha and no I'm not gonna post pictures yet cuz it's still 6 weeks away. But here's a preview of my hair to pacify ;)
Just imagine it without the little piece refusing to stay put (hair spray works wonders)
And then today I went to Deseret Book cuz I've been needing new scriptures,
my set from Seminary is starting to fall apart
(sad day...) Plus I thought "Hey now I can put my soon-to-be-married name on my scriptures! Woot!" And yes friends. I did ;)
I think it can now be official.The scriptures say so hahahaha ;) And yeah they're little. I like them little. MUCH easier to carry around church now.
And as we're starting to get closer to the holidays, I realize how lucky I am. I have loving parents that deal with me, brothers that are crazy and annoying but keep me entertained, grandparents that are such strong examples, two jobs that provide for my needs (and occasional wants), friends that help keep me grounded, a testimony that helps keep me strong when times are rough, a loving fiance that is soon-to-be my eternal best friend.
I'm so grateful for everything in my life. Trials included. I couldn't have become who I am if not for those experiences. I'm especially grateful for a Heavenly Father that cares for me, knows me by name and gave His only Son to help save me. I'm not perfect, far from it actually, but through Christ and the Father I can live with Them again. And that is something to be truly grateful for.
So last weekend Andrew and I took a trip up to Utah to visit his companions and for me to meet them ;) Super fun! And do I have any proof that I met them? NO! Cuz we are lame and forgot our camera to document hahahaha
But it was so much fun to meet all the Utah comps ;) Well most of them anyway. Staying with Chad and Anais was definitely the most fun I've had in a long time (check out their blog here).
Just a taste of what happened:
-introducing me to Argentine food
-driving all around Provo, Sandy, and Murray
-going to PPT for some crazy times
-meeting Andrew's MTC district
(yes, he was the only non-Utahan hahahaha)
-a quad ride up a mountain to see the city lights
-freezing in the rain and cold
And again, I apologize for the lameness that is us for forgetting our camera.
And then this past Friday was my birthday. And at 1 in the morning, I woke up.........throwing up......and it continued all day. Ugh Happy 22nd birthday to me right? BUT Andrew was super amazing and stayed with me all day. Helped me sleep and made me toast hahahahaha So the day of the birthday sucked but it would've been worse if not for him and my mom making me toast first thing when she got up that morning and giving me hugs (and all the birthday texts from my buddies).
Today it made up for the lameness though. When I walked into my classroom, the kids all yelled "Happy Birthday Miss Ali!" It's amazing how good 17 5-year olds can make you feel. A couple of them had presents for me (a pencil, leftover Halloween candy, etc) and they had all made a poster for me and cards too ;) Those kids just light up my life and I'm so happy I get to work with them everyday!
22....I feel so old! I know I know I'm supposedly super young but I feel old. My little brother is on a mission, my baby brother is 15 and involved in more activities just this year than I have been in my entire life! YIKES! Oh and I'm gaining a sister that's in college! Hahahahahaha crazy.....
I remember looking back on my 21st birthday and thinking I hadn't done much.
And now after my 22nd I've done a ton:
-worked at Disneyland
-work in kindergarten
-learning Spanish little by little
-have friends cross country
-now been officially been on a road trip
and I'm sure there's more ;)
I'm super happy with how my life is. I know I complain sometimes but overall, it pretty much rocks ;) Not gonna lie. Not to mention the fact that we get to take our bridal pictures on Saturday ;) I can't wait for Andrew to see my dress ;)
Here you will find love, magic, bookworm favorites, Disney tips, and a family on their journey to Happy Ever After!