The End of Things

Sorry, ya'll. I am ditching this blog and starting a new one. Feel free to follow.

Our Story

As I'm sure most of you have already seen from my Facebook page, I am engaged!!! So, here's our story:

I met Nathan on Friday, November 1, 2013. We are in the same choir together and this particular day, I decided to come a little bit early. He was sitting outside the classroom and I took a seat next to him. Nathan, myself, and another member of the choir then engaged in a conversation about TimTams. Most Americans are severely missing out because they do not know what a TimTam is, so the other guy in this conversation and I felt it was our duty to inform everyone around us of how wonderful TimTams were.
Then, that next Monday, Nathan and I were made folder partners in our choir. (That just means that we sat next to each other and shared music.) Through this, we were able to get to know each other and become friends. He liked me from the very beginning. He asked me out and our first day was on November 26, 2013. We cut up snowflakes and ate peanut M&Ms and talked. Within a few days, he asked me out again. This time, the date wasn't for three weeks and he didn't tell me what we were doing. After much anticipation and patience, he drove all the way to Hale Center Theatre (which is an hour and half drive) where we saw "A Christmas Carol". We started to hang out and spend time together more and more. He was also very sweet during this time. He anonymously sent me flowers to my work when I had a bad day. He randomly showed up to class with my favorite dessert that he himself made.
We decided that neither of us really wanted to date anyone else, nor did we want the other to be going out with anyone else. Therefore, just after midnight on Christmas day, we decided to become exclusive. Santa granted my wish and I got a boyfriend for Christmas.
Since then, we have fallen head over heels in love with each other. And after much consideration, thought, and praying, we decided that our lives would be incomplete without each other. I don't want to spend another day without him being a part of it. And he feels the same for me. Therefore, we came to the conclusion that we should get married and spend the rest of eternity together.

The Proposal
In the beginning of February, Nathan and I went ring shopping. We only needed to go to one place before we found exactly what we were looking for. Nathan had me choose a handful of rings that I really liked. He then would pick from the bunch which one to give me. After choosing rings, he then told me to keep March 1 open because that was when he wanted to propose. But he was not going to give me any indication as to how.
Then one day, he told me not to make plans on February 22. He said that he wanted to plan the day for us. Since surprises were never an uncommon thing with him, I didn't think too much of it. He told me the night before to be ready to go to the temple at 6:30am the next morning. When we completed our work at the temple, we then walked around the grounds for a bit. Afterwards, he dropped me off at my apartment and told me he'd pick me up in an hour or so so that I could get ready for the day. Once I was in his car, I was under the impression that we were picking up his sister, but I grew very suspicious when we past her street. We drove up Logan Canyon and ended up stopping at Second Dam. I discovered that he prepared my favorite breakfast, breakfast burritos. When we finished eating, we decided to walk around the lake for a bit. After maybe 15 mins of walking, we headed back to the car. On the way, we crossed a bridge where he stopped. He hugged me tight and then got down on his knee. I was honestly surprised and started jumping up and down and squealing like an idiot. He asked me to marry him and I accepted.
After some hugging and mushy stuff, we picked up his sister and drove down to Alpine to his parents' house. They threw us an engagement party! They had heart shaped pizza and heart shaped chocolate cake, balloons, the works. It was so great. To make things even better, my family showed up at his parents' house as well! It was awesome to have our families finally sit down and meet each other. It was a great visit and I loved every second of it.

So thats pretty much our story thus far. We are getting married on June 6 in the Draper temple. And I cannot wait to spend every day for the rest of eternity with his man. He is my everything and I love him more and more every day. I cannot wait to see where this journey with him leads to and what adventures lie ahead of us.

I Guess an Update

I guess its been a while since I've blogged. I guess I better write something interesting....

So lets see. Whats going on with Allie these days?

Well, after 3 years, I'm still working for the IT Service Desk. I work as both a switchboard operator and a front desk receptionist. I have a love/hate relationship with both positions. Somedays, its the best job ever and I could literally work there are all day. And other days, I feel like I have nothing but upset customers and I can't do anything right. But for the most part, I really like my job. I will be sad when I will have to quit in May.

I am FINALLY almost done with school. I will be graduating in May (which is why I won't be able to keep my on-campus student job). I will be getting my Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. I am about to start my internship capstone project. I will be working with the inmates in the Cache County prison to analyze how the prison is preparing them for being reintegrated back into society and how they feel about the programs that are currently being offered to them within the prison. I cannot wait to begin this project!!! I am so excited! It'll be a big project and I have limited time to complete it, but I can't wait to dive in and get this thing going!

Also, I am dating an incredible guy. He is the glaze to my donut and I have never been happier. <3 p="">
Aaaaaaand I think that's pretty much it.

What Would I Say? FB app

There is a new app of Facebook called "What Would I Say". It compiles all your previous status and then creates future things you would say. You can do it for yourself here: I spend like 2 hours on it and just laughed and laughed.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • This isn't a trailer but it still works. 
  • And that monkey guy has been the BEST thing in obscure places.
  • There goes 11 inches of my JuJu...
  • Ending the *Make a Wish* facility and drinking apple cider! 
  • Its like a fabulously toned calf muscle. 
  • Remember when life cereal = a fibery bowl of my heart! 
  • They got my Jamba Juice, the Westboro Baptist Church have the sheet music!
  • Finally dusted off my large muscles!
  • Ugh. Never a dull moment when I sliced my finger open but I know who came because Ali loves sloths. 
  • Ever see me in a blizzard in the Gulf of Mexico!
  • You treat me like such a boob...
  • Wanna know the phrase Houston, we have free passes to Yellowstone.
  • And they didn't even give her a quilt!
  • You all know where chickens can dance...
  • Friends are better than cuddling with my Tues/Thurs classes. 
  • Village Inn after class and how it's gonna be like, I wonder...
  • Looks like a root canal. And I was like Holy happy Friday!
  • He's so rad!
  • Sending prayers for her nostrils....
  • Fear makes your behind melt
  • Braden strutting, Jordan creeping.....
  • Your invitations have been pretty jam packed with clothes. Today, I love girls.
  • What a great comfort! We discussed how busy police are hobo spiders!
  • Oh how I have my gosh!
  • He lives in great experiences!
  • Next time, hopefully I'll remember when someone got cankles today!
  • Breakfast Special K cereal + Cinnamon Life cereal = a car!!!
  • Man, what inspiration! I'm getting addicted...
  • I'm not married, but people will forget vava balls of awesomeness and the top of a pig squealing sounds immediately following. 

Just So the World Knows...

I'm not going to lie. The last few weeks have kind of been a bit rougher than normal. I won't go into details as to what's going on in my personal life. However, can I just share with you what I've been realizing and what I have learned?

Wait, why am I asking? This is my blog. I do what I want! Therefore, I AM going to share with you something that I think is pretty dang cool.

A little bit of background:
My whole life has been spent going back and forth between God and the world. I choose one and then I choose the other. I go back and forth. Its a ridiculous cycle, one that I am pretty confident has come to an end. There is more happiness with God. More love, understanding, comfort, and peace. God is on your side and you are on His. Alternatively, you can be on the world's side, but the world WILL NEVER BE ON YOUR SIDE. I have developed an amazing relationship with God that I've never had before (or anywhere near as brilliant.) For the first time in my life, I have felt that my relationship with Him is no longer one sided. I have turned my entire life over to Him and have given Him my heart. In turn, He has provided me with more peace than I imagined was possible to feel.

What I Have Come to Realize:
I would like to take a segment out of an email I sent earlier today to my two missionary siblings.
(In reference to one of the trial I am facing right now.....) "This decision has been hard to make but I know that this is the will of the Lord. Having that knowledge has been AMAZING!!! This should be one of the hardest experiences I've ever experienced but its not. Its SO much easier than I thought it would be because I know that I am doing what the Lord wants and, for the first time in my life, I finally feel like I am EXACTLY where He wants me to be. I wish I could elaborate more on this awesome feeling that I have but there simply are not words for it. All I can say is that the Lord is mindful of me and He is mindful of YOU! He's also mindful of those you come into contact with each and every day. If you are meant to touch their heart, you will. If He wants them to be open minded and listen with their hearts about what you are teaching, it will happen. EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Please remember that when you are doubting yourself and feeling down. EVERY DAY IS MEANINGFUL!!! Just because you can't see it doesn't mean you aren't helping better others. 

Just remember those few lines of "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go": 
It may not be on the battle's front my Lord will have need of me......By a still small voice He calls to paths I do not know.

If there is anything I have learned over the last few weeks, its this: Do not try to interpret what the Lord is trying to do or who He's trying to mold you into. Just accept His will and make the best of it. HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING!!!!" 

And so it is. By writing this post, I want the world to make NO mistake as to who I am and who's side I am on. I am not going to try to tell anyone how to live their life or try to preach to anyone. But this is my decision. This is how I have chosen to live my life. And for the first time, I will be steadfast and immovable. 

That One Time My Date Kicked Me In the Face....

Last Saturday, I decided to switch things up a bit and take Brady out for a change. Of all 7 years of being friends, (except for the failure of a date known as the Sweethearts Dance in high school) I can't recall a time when I actually treated him to a night out and showed him my appreciation for his friendship.
So I went to his house to pick him up. (Because I was the one that asked, I got to be the one to pick him up, open his door, etc. cuz that's how I roll.) When I got there, he was in the middle of taking a quiz for school, so I joined his mom in the living room where she introduced me to the tv show, "Once Upon a Time". Unfortunately, Brady finished his quiz before I was able to complete a full episode. 
After showing me the new toys he bought earlier that day, we hit the road. At a certain intersection, we hit a red light. I looked over at the car next to us and noticed these cute little girls in the backseat. One was probably about 3 or 4 and the other was around 6 or 7. Both the girls were looking back at me. I made eye contact with the older girl (who was nearest to me) and then made a funny face at her. She then proceeded to stick her tongue out at me a giggle. I told Brady to start to make funny faces at them. So for the next few seconds we exchanged crossed-eyed, scrunchy, crazy faces. Brady pointed out that their mom noticed what we were doing and she was waving. Oh, and she was talking on the phone. We waved at her and then went back to making funny faces. Then, the older girl showed us her bare foot. Then Brady got the brilliant idea to show her his foot too! So, he lifted his foot and moved it towards my window so that she could get a good view. In the process, his foot collided with my face. And it was awesome. And it hurt so bad. But it was SO funny. We were both laughing SO hard! I looked over and noticed that the girls were laughing too, so they must have seen it AND the mom was laughing, so she must have seen it too! I can only imagine how funny it must have been to describe what just happened to whoever she was talking to on the phone. And then it kind of became a "thing" for the rest of the night with funny little comments like "remember when you kicked me in the face?" 
And that's my story about that one time my date kicked me in the face. 

Where Have I Been?!

Oh hey there, reader! I can't believe that its been so long since posted anything! Mybad...

Let me fill you in on what's been going on in my life these past few months:

In August, I was able to go to California to visit my sister Kelly for her baby shower with my mom, other sister Kristi and her kids. It was awesome. Because my nephew was only like 5 weeks old, we thought it'd be best to drive. He actually was surprisingly good on the drives! I was very impressed with him. Brenna (my two year old niece), on the other hand, was a little more uncomfortable and hungry. She sat in the back with me and would every so often ask me for a Pringles chip. "Chip, Aowie, chip!" She was super funny at times as well. She'd pick her nose and then tell me to take her booger. Lol. Aside from the drives, we had a good time in Cali. We went to the beach, which Brenna LOVED!!! It was so fun to be there with Brenna for her first ocean experience. It was a really fun couple of days. She had her baby about 3 weeks after we were there. That makes me an aunt now to 3 nephews and 1 niece.

Brady came to Logan to visit two times and then I went down to South Jordan to visit him! He's the coolest ever! We always have the funnest time! Lets see, we went to the Minnetoka caves in Idaho, we went to Lagoon, did a 5K Mud Run, went fishing, saw "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2", went to Nightmare on 13th Street, he kicked me in the face (that deserves a blogpost all on its own, so be ready for that one...), and laughed, like, alot.

I started (hopefully) my final year of college. I have applied for graduation and have been approved, so long that I pass all of my classes. Its SO crazy to think that in a year from now, I will hopefully be into my career! I have finally narrowed my career choice down to becoming a probation officer, but the question is whether to work with adults or with juveniles. Bahhh! Idk! I guess I still have time to decide, right? But yeah, so I will graduate with my bachelors in May in sociology and criminal justice and gee-whiz, am I excited!!!!

I also this year have been given the opportunity to be a member of Latter-Day Voices (LDV). What the public knows about it is that its the auditioned choir through the USU institute. What the public doesn't know is that it is SO much more than just a choir. I've only been a member of it for about 4 weeks and its already changed my life. Its a group that is taught how to teach and increase the Spirit of the Lord through music. Its probably wrong, but I relate this choir to the Highland Rugby team. Their moto was something to the effect of "I don't do anything to embarrass myself, my family, or my team." For me, LDV is the same. There's this unspoken expectation for every member of the choir that they live as examples and try to be a Christ-like people. I'm not too terribly great at expressing my emotion and feelings through words, but I love this group. I love being a part of it and I am SO grateful to get to know all the amazing people involved. I love my teacher and everything he stands for. My heart is definitely in a different condition than it was before I was a member of this choir. And my favorite part about it is that ITS NOT ABOUT THE SINGING.

So anyways, sorry about my absence for the past few months. I'll try harder to be on top of things. I'm just busy loving my life and stuff. 

Hope all is well with you and your's!