Monday, December 29, 2008

Last Days of 2008

Wow!

It's hard to believe that the year 2008 is almost DONE! I remember growing up that time didn't pass that fast. Now it seems like 24 hours aren't enough in a day, that 7 days aren't enough in a week and so on...

I have been so caught up in school and other activities that I didn't see the time fly by... AMAZING! However, I am SO READY to start 2009! I believe it's going to be a great year for a lot of people, and that dreams will come true... :)

Here I am at work. Trying to find stuff to do hehe... Better go ask around ;)

Helga

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Before the Day is Over...

Day 25...

It's HERE! Christmas! I spent it with my friend Etinha. It was pretty good! We've been locked in the house the whole day because of the snow storm that came together with Santa... But it's better than being alone. I'm hoping to be able to go back home tomorrow. I'm afraid of driving so I'm really hoping the roads will be plowed, and the parking lot at my apartment complex as well.

I am so grateful for this year that has passed, and I hope that 2009 will be the best year EVER!

Merry Christmas! Before the day is over :)

~Helga

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's coming...



Day 23...

That's what I do on my new job... Design stuff.
That's my first baby :) What do you guys think?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Almost there...


Day 22...

Christmas is going to be here. In REXBURG. Today we had the worst snowstorm ever, and it's not going to get better for a very long time. In my five years living in the US, I have NEVER seen something like this. My car is beautifully parked and should remain like that, unless I REALLY need to go somewhere like the grocery store for example. I walked to work this morning and it was a real challenge. I had snow up to my thighs and that wasn't fun, even though it was NOTHING compared to what the Pioneers have gone through. How grateful I am to have heat, power, internet, and a TV to keep me distracted. I am also loving my job. Time flies by and I LOVE it!

I'm posting a picture of the snow on my legs when I got home...
In the meantime, please be SAFE...

"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, ther came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." (Matthew 2:1-2)

Enjoy the last days of waiting for the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Please keep Jenni and her family in your prayers. :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's sinking in...

So I kinda realized today that I really don't know how my Christmas is going to be... I'm trying to get used to the idea that I might spend it by myself, at home, watching tons of TV. I miss my family. I would love to be with them this Season, and feel the spirit that I know will be present at my house. I just have reasons to be grateful though. One of these days I was talking to my mom on Skype about how I am longing to be there in July (it's not official yet, but almost). She all of a sudden said that she wants me to go to the Temple with her. It was so smooth, but I was kinda caught off guard. I am so excited. There are a bunch of goals that I need to set for this coming year, and maybe, instead of waiting til New Years, I will start setting them right now. :)

As for Christmas, I really hope everyone enjoys being with their loved ones. This is probably not my case this year. I hope I will spend it with someone even more special: My Savior, present in my heart.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

And Keep Counting!

Days 17 and 18...

On my last post I mentioned that I got another job at the Bookstore as a Graphic Designer/Advertiser... Boy do I love it! It is pretty fast-paced but it's awesome to see the buyers' faces when I hand in the project they asked me to do way in advance. They get tickled!!!

The project that I'm working on today and tomorrow is the Bookstore's Calendar for January and February... And guess who is on the calendar??? ME, of course ;) I feel like a model hehehehe... It was so fun to use the magic of Photoshop to extract all the background from the picture, now in a more professional way. I'll have tons of fun playing around with it. I need some training anyways, so learning something new is always a plus.

I had to share the happenings of today. My brain is totally dead, but I feel it was well used :) Cool thinng is that being a Business Major, I use a lot of my left side of the brain... With this experience in Designing and Advertising, I'm giving some more use to my right side of the brain... :) I intend to use my brain as much as I can, and train it regularly :)

As the time approaches, I get more and more pensive... When I walk to work in the morning I try to think about my Savior and about the things I'm grateful for... Even though the snow can cause some hassle, it looks SO BEAUTIFUL on the ground... When I come back home at the end of the day, there is the Temple, imponent, with the sunset on the background, and the white snow surrounding it. It definetely looks celestial. It's if like Heavenly Father wanted to portray the Heavens during this time of the year. How I love my Father and my Savior and Redeemer...

"And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

(Luke 1:31-33)

ENJOY THE SEASON!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

And Counting, and counting...




Days 15 and 16...

So, these are some pictures that I've been wanting to post for sometime... They aren't in chronological order but I thought it would be fun to post them.

The one on the bottom was taken on my last visit to Salt Lake, about three weeks ago... It was a ton of fun. I went down with Anselmo and Cefas to help Cefas buy a car... He got a wicked Ford Escape Jeep... I want one of those :)

The middle picture was taken this Saturday, in the middle of a road, and in the middle of the snowstorm :) I was helping Anselmo move and we thought it would be cool to sit on the chair and take pics hahaha... Talk about lack of what to do...

The top and final one, was taken Saturday night. I went sledding at the Upper Play Fields on Campus :) The weather might not be good to drive, but to sled... Oh yeah! We've had about 2 feet of snow come down and Rexburg looks gorgeous... But VERY cold!

I got a job as a designer at the Bookstore. I am so excited! I get to do the Advertising for the Bookstore. I already started this afternoon and already had work to do. I am anxious to learn the wonders of Adobe Illustrator :) One more for my wonderful resume!

How merciful is my Lord... I've been pleading with Him for that job for a long time. The fact that I won't have to shovel snow at 4 am is a plus :) I'll miss Ben, my previous boss. He' such a good kid, but life goes on and I need something that relates to my major.

How grateful I am!!!

CHRISTMAS (Continued)

"And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came unto her, and said, Hail, thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women."

(Luke 1:26-28)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Days 13 and 14...

The Snow decided to come down on Rexburg this last Saturday... Oh, boy and it has been coming down like CRAZY!!! The roads are icy, the weather is bitter and all I want to do is stay home, eating and eating non-stop... Talk about getting fat!!!

My car doesn't help me very much when it comes to driving on the snow... On Saturday I got stuck and also did a 360... Looks like Utah will have to wait for me for a few more months... There's no way I'm going to drive under those conditions... My mom pleaded with me not to go down to Utah and I think I'm going to take her advice...

Too bad. I think this is going to be an awful Christmas, but I'll try to take the best out of it. After all, it's the Savior's Birthday. He gave His life on our behalf.

Happy Monday!

P.S. I'm posting from the school's library... Internet hasn't worked the whole weekend...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Day 12...

Fall Semester is OVER!!! It has been crazy, but at the same time it went by SO FAST it's not even funny... I guess I had a good semester... I'm waiting for some of my grades to be posted. At least one of them is an A :) How cool is that? Given all the challenges I had to face, it was a great semester!

I had to clean my house today because tomorrow there's white glove cleaning check... Oh well... Also, I get to stay here over the break. I'm hoping to go to Salt Lake for Christmas, but this, just the snow will tell...

I also prepared a package to send to my parents through my friend Anselmo... I really hope they like it. I wish I was on my way to Brazil... But the world is not perfect... At least not yet.

"Of all things of heaven and earth of which we bear testimony, none is so important as our witness that Jesus, the Christmas child, condescended to come to earth from the realms of His Eternal Father, here to work among men as healer and teacher, our Great Exemplar. And further, and most important, He suffered on Calvary’s cross as an atoning sacrifice for all mankind.

At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life."

(Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Son of God,” Ensign, Dec 1992, 2)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Day 11... Christmas TAG for KIKA!!!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both, but I have to be in the mood to wrap!

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial... Saves the real trees :)

3. When do you put up the tree? First day of December... My roommate put it up this year though

4. Do you like eggnog? With Sprite... Reed's Dairy here in Idaho has CHOCOLATE nog... I'll have to try it.

5. Favorite gift received as a child? A big XUXA doll...

6. Hardest person to buy for? Everyone else... I like buying stuff for myself hehehe.

7. Easiest person to buy for? ME!

8. Do you have a nativity scene? I want a Blossom Bucket one.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Do not recall.

11. Favorite Christmas Movie? A Charlie Brown Christmas

12. When do you start shopping? Don't know

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope.

14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chester da Perdigao, mom marinates it in Beer. It's yummy! (Don't worry the alcohol goes away when you bake it - FYI Mormons)

15. Lights on the tree? I like the white ones

16. Favorite Christmas song? Michael Buble singing "I'll be Home for Christmas".

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home? I want to travel HOME...

18. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? no...

19. Angel on the tree top or a star? Tree is not mine.

20. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas Eve.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? Materialism... When it should be all about Jesus
22. Favorite ornament theme or color? It changes every year but I saw some gorgeous Teal ones this year... I wish

23. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Food in general.

24. What do you want for Christmas this year? I want to go home but that ain't happening... So I'm sucking it up...

I tag:

Meg Cannon
Camila Wilson
Reni Vee
Marion Dyer
Barbara Pretel
Anna Baer

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Day 9...

Hey Megs, thanks for the message by the way!

So, day was still full of stress today, but at least I didn't feel like vanishing from the Earth. Somethings went well. I get to stay in my apartment during the break, which makes me really happy :)

Project are pretty much ALL done and I just have a couple finals... Can't wait for Friday!!!

"Faith is the principle of action in all intelligent beings." (Joseph Smith Jr.)

Let us be FAITHFUL... Thanks to our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, we are here :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

... And not really wanting to count... Day 8.

Today was one of those days when all you want to do is VANISH from the Face of the Earth. First of all, I woke up to a "wonderful" winter weather! ALL was covered in snow. We had about 3 inches on the ground, maybe 4. Procrastination of my group led us to have not a very good grade on our presentation today. I did my best and yet apparently it wasn't good enough. I don't take criticism over e-mail. That ticks me off!

Another project was the Advertising Project... They printed out the final book, that cost $25, and yet they did not proof read it!!! Are you kidding me? Well, first thing teacher asked today: "Did you guys proofread it?" - So tomorrow, since no one wants to spend $25, it's on me. I'm printing it. But it WILL have to be PERFECT! I don't care, I want an "A" in that project. All those things kinda took me away from the Spirit of Christmas. Car already slipped on the ice... how literally COOL is that!

To complete the 8th day of the Advent... I am missing home so freaking bad! I was listening to that song "I'll be home for Christmas" and in my case... yeah... "If only in my dreams."

Hopefully spirits will go up tomorrow. I think i deserve a little happiness.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Days 6 & 7.

Instead of quoting the prophets, today I want to do something different...

These two couple of days were very interesting for me. Yesterday when I came home, there was a note on my bedroom door that said:" #207 Helga (Calling, Tithing Settlement) with the Bishop 12/7/2008 at 4:10." That note left me puzzled. Not because of the Tithing Settlement, but because of the calling thing. "Don't I already have a calling?" - I thought. And off to bed I went.

Woke up this morning, tried to do some homework because it's finals week and even though I didn't procrastinate in many of the things I still have a ton to do, and got ready to go to Church. It was great! When I first got there I wasn't very excited to be honest, but as time passed I was able to feel a strong spirit by the time the Relief Society lesson was done.

All of a sudden Jason (the ward executive secretary) came over to me and asked me if I wanted to meet with the Bishop earlier... I liked the idea and there I went...

After Tithing Settlement, bishop started telling me that they were rearranging the Relief Society... I bursted out laughing! He looked at me a little puzzled and I replied: "I knew it!" I actually had a gut feeling the last night... So anyways here I am, the new Relief Society first counselor. I told the Bishop I was scared but I'd take the challenge. He went on to say: "Your enthusiasm and spirit will make up for the language barrier that you say you have." Isn't he sweet?

I love my ward and the chance it gives me to feel the spirit every Sunday. The Spirit of Christmas this month, but most of all, The Spirit of CHRIST all year long!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Day 5...

Some thoughts from our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

"At this season of the year, the airways are filled with the music of Christmas. My heart often turns to home and to Christmases past as I listen to some of my favorite Christmas songs, such as this one:

Oh, there’s no place like home
For the holidays, ’cause no matter
How far away you roam
If you want to be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can’t beat
Home, sweet home.

One writer said: “Again Christmas, abiding point of return. Set apart by its mystery, mood and magic, the season seems, in a way to stand outside time. All that is dear, that is lasting, renews its hold on us: we are home again.”

President David O. McKay (1873–1970) declared: “True happiness comes only by making others happy—the practical application of the Savior’s doctrine of losing one’s life to gain it. In short, the Christmas spirit is the Christ spirit, that makes our hearts glow in brotherly love and friendship and prompts us to kind deeds of service.

“It is the spirit of the gospel of Jesus Christ, obedience to which will bring ‘peace on earth,’ because it means—good will toward all men.”

Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the “spirit of Christmas,” we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the “Spirit of Christ.”

(Thomas S. Monson, "The Best Christmas Ever", Liahona, December 2008)

Friday, December 5, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Days 2, 3, and 4

Continuing the article...

"And so at this Christmas season, we sing His praises and speak our words of faith and gratitude and love. It is His influence in our lives that stirs within us more kindness, more respect, more love, more concern. It is because of Him and His teachings that we reach out to those in trouble, distress, and need wherever they may be.

What a glorious season is this time of Christmas. Hearts are softened. Voices are raised in worship. Kindness and mercy are reenthroned as elements in our lives. There is an accelerated reaching out to those in distress. There is an aura of peace that comes into our homes. There is a measure of love that is not felt to the same extent at any other time of the year.

Said Jesus: “Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” (Matthew 7:12.)

May I remind us at this Christmas season that if only each of us would reflect occasionally on that Christ-given mandate and make an effort to observe it, this would be a different world. There would be greater happiness in our homes; there would be kinder feelings among our associates; there would be much less of litigation and a greater effort to compose differences. There would be a new measure of love and appreciation and respect.

There would be more generous hearts, more thoughtful consideration and concern, and a greater desire to spread the gospel of peace and to advance the work of salvation among the children of men."

(Gordon B. Hinckley, "A Glorious Season", New Era)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Counting the Days for Christmas...

Day One:

"In each of us there is at Christmastime something of our childhood. We all revel in the fun of Christmas—of giving and receiving tinseled presents, of singing favorite carols, of feasting on goodies we never miss at other seasons, of gathering together as family and friends, all having a wonderful time. But there is something else, something better, and that is to sit together as families and read again the fascinating story of the birth of Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem of Judea.

It is proper during this season when we commemorate His birth that we remember the Lord Jesus Christ in reverence and with love. He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. He has brought meaning to our mortal existence. He has given us the gift of eternal life.

When all is said and done, when all the legions of the ages have passed in review, when man’s terrible inhumanity to man has been chronicled, when God’s great love for His children has been measured, then above all stands the lone figure of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world, the Savior of mankind, the living Son of the living God, the Prince of Peace, the Holy One.

Isaiah spoke of Him centuries before His coming: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Nephi, long before the Master’s birth, was given a vision of His coming. He saw in that vision the mother of Christ, “a virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins” (1 Nephi 11:15).

Of her He was born in Bethlehem of Judea, and the angel said unto Nephi, “Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!” (1 Nephi 11:21).

And Nephi “beheld that he went forth ministering unto the people, in power and great glory; and the multitudes were gathered together to hear him; and … they cast him out from among them.” And He “was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world” (1 Nephi 11:28, 33).

All of these ancient visions were fulfilled. He came to earth. He walked the dusty roads of Palestine, teaching the people, healing the sick, causing the blind to see, raising the dead, giving His life on Calvary’s cross, and rising on the third day to “become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

He had been the Creator of this earth, under His Father’s direction, for as John records, “without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). He was the great Jehovah who spoke with the prophets of old.

He was the lowly babe who came to earth in the meridian of time and brought to us the gift of Christmas. He was the Resurrection and the Life, who brought to us the wonder of Easter.3

There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection.

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal, Living God. None so great has ever walked the earth. None other has made a comparable sacrifice or granted a comparable blessing. He is the Savior and the Redeemer of the world. I believe in Him. I declare His divinity without equivocation or compromise. I love Him. I speak His name in reverence and wonder. I worship Him as I worship His Father, in spirit and in truth. I thank Him and kneel before His Beloved Son who reached out long ago and said to each of us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”

(Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Glorious Season,” NewEra, Dec 2007, 2–5)

I'll post the second part of the article tomorrow.

Merry Christmas! Yeah! Already! 'Tis the season!

I'M GRATEFUL FOR... (Plus other stuff)

So I never posted my last day of gratitude...

I'm grateful for knowing that my Redeemer lives, and that I will meet with Him again, if I choose the right :) He's the greatest gift the world was given :)

And coming back to the regular posts: A little about Thanksgiving Day. I went to Burley (South Central Idaho) to the Handy residence. They are the COOLEST family in the world!!! They are all dancers and are always involved in performances, etc. But dancing apart, I had the coolest Thanksgiving with them! We had a fun day, and there were 29 people for dinner. How cool is that! I didn't take any pictures, and maybe I should have... But oh, well.

Tomorrow I go back to classes... Two more weeks and I am done with Fall Semester. Time really flew by...

As of news, I am putting together a Photo Album to send to my parents for Christmas... I am designing it and I am having a ton of fun! (But it's hard work as well...)

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'M GRATEFUL FOR...

I haven't been able to post for a while, so there is goes... I better catch up :)

Roadtrips - There's nothing better than take the road with friends, or even by myself, and reflect on life.

The Scriptures - They are a source of inspiration and answers for me.

My work - My bosses are so nice and understanding. Plus I get to work outdoors.

TLC - I could watch that channel all day!

Carmex lip balm - For the dry and cold weather of Rexburg, there's nothing better!

Laughter - really, there's no better medicine!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I'M GRATEFUL FOR...

Having the opportunity to get an education...

... And for accomplishing so many things in such little time!

Hard work pays off. I had to put together a Business Ethics Seminar today at school. I wasn't expecting but it was a TREMENDOUS success! We had about 45 students come and participate, and it was a great opportunity! It's all about announcing in the classrooms and talking to teachers that you know as well. Now I have to prepare the report, measure the success of the event, and hopefully, go to SIFE Regionals!!! Yay for me!!! ;) Happy Thursday

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'M GRATEFUL FOR...

Microlending Organizations - Even though I don't benefit from them directly, I can see the difference that they make in other people's lives. 

See the difference for yourself, and maybe help those people with some hope:

www.grameenfoundation.org

www.kiva.org

Happy Tuesday!

I'M GRATEFUL FOR...



Animals.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I'M GRATEFUL FOR...


I'm grateful for wonderful sunsets that allow the most wonderful pictures EVER!!!

I'M GRATEFUL FOR...

14. Brazilian Hot Dog Parties... Boy are they good! And the fun is awesome as well!

15. Visiting and Home Teachers... Who always have a great message and care so much for us!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL

I decided to follow Kika's example and am going to express my gratitude for little things and big things that happened in my life. Since this is the 13th day of the month, I'm going to try and put down 13 of the things I am grateful for. There you go:

1. I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, and for His infinite Atonement, that makes it possible for me to go back to Heavenly Father's presence someday.

2. I am grateful for my parents, who are WONDERFUL and so good to me... "I, Helga, having been born of goodly parents, therefore I was taught somewhat in all the learning of my father (and mother); and having seen many afflictions in the course of my days, nevertheless, having been highly favored of the Lord in all my days." They are my rock and my life.

3. I am grateful for my friends. All of them who give me love and support, and all the ones who surprise me with the craziest text messages during the day, like Kika: Eh babalu? Eh big big? hehehehe... Love you Kikete!

4. I am grateful for attending a wonderful school, that really teaches me how to be a true and faithful disciple.

5. I am grateful for the knowledge I have on many subjects. I feel so smart!

6. I am grateful for my bishop. He is an amazing man, so loving and caring for the ward members!

7. I am grateful for the sun and the skies... There's nothing better than contemplating a beautiful clear sky with the sun shining...

8. I am grateful for my jobs, both at the Grounds and at the Career Services. They both give me an opportunity to serve and to grow somehow.

9. I am grateful for my roomates. They are so fun and drama-free! I love them!

10. I am grateful for people who contribute to the BYU-Idaho scholarship fund. Thanks to people like them, I have had the opportunity to relieve the financial burden on tuition and school-related costs.

11. I am thankful for my pets and for the joy that they bring me. Even though they are thousands of miles away in Brazil, they bring me joy. Suffering as well, but they fill my life with love and happiness.

12. I am thankful for Latin Dances. They are the cheapest and best Friday night activity!!! For only a dollar I get to dance my mind off, meet some nice people, and especially cute guys ;)

13. I am grateful for Dairy Queen's Banana Cream Pie Blizzard ;) There's no better anti-depressant.

Have a great Friday!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS, NAME THEM ONE BY ONE...

Sometimes the Lord catches me off guard... It's quite interesting! I guess I must report here. Maybe this will lift some people up, if not myself. And think that a couple weeks ago I was living in the middle of HELL. With the death of Billy and other issues that came along, I was feeling very desperate and hand-tied at the same time. You know when motivation doesn't come to you and you just want to give up? Give up on what? School, life, all sorts of things. And there was my mom to lift me up. Whoever knows her really well and for a long time, knows that for many years she has been inactive in the Church. Well, the picture changed about a year ago, when she decided to come back for good due to things that I was going through while I was living in Washington. I have been recovering from a hard heartbreak. Sometimes I still think about it, but more as a lesson than anything else. Anyways. coming back to mom, she came back to Church and has been active. Probably more than me. But she has taught me some valuable lessons.

During those hard days for my family, I took a lot of time to reflect on my life and to ask the Lord to give me some direction concerning my academic life, as well as in other aspects. I was still a little hesitant, but amazingly, in the course of two weeks things seem to be falling into place. I decided to go to school during the Winter Semester instead of going off-track. Being almost 27 and not done with my Bachelor's Degree is something that bothers my parents, especially my dad. So with his support, I am going to be able to complete Winter Semester and hopefully in December 2009, prepare yourselves because there is Graduation!!! Yay!!! 

Mom and Dad getting Willy was another blessing, They got him yesterday but are completely IN LOVE with the dog. Dad called me tonight and we were talking, and when I was about to ask him about Willy, he went off saying how he is SO CUTE and how he eats so much hehehe... The Dog is 70 days old and already weighs about 9 pounds... HOLY COW!!! He's a little big though, but I don't think he'll grow a whole lot more. He's the new king of the house. Of course, I was talking to Dad about Billy and asking him if they missed my little Billy and he said: "yes, we still miss him a lot, we compare him to Willy (in a good way), and it has been hard on us, but at the same time we are excited about Willy. He will be another distraction for us."

Also, whoever knows my Dad and has known him from the past, he was a very hard person to deal with. My mom said though that he changed completely. He is extremely serene and in my opinion he's getting faithful in the blessings that Heavenly Father has poured upon our family. One day he will be baptized, I am so sure!

I miss my family a ton. But at the same time, I know I have a purpose for being here. As Elder Bednar once said, all the students that are at BYU-Idaho HAVE a purpose for being here. We are not here by chance, and I can tell and testify: this is a disciple-builder institution. I am living proof of that. I have grown SO MUCH in these past seven months. I am privileged and honored.

If I am to count my blessings I will spend the whole night here. So, just to end, I just encourage everyone who reads this post to be grateful! Be grateful for the challenges that make you grow, for the pain and suffering that you go through, and for the blessings that come as a result of being obedient. I love this Gospel. I love my Savior, and I know I don't deserve many of the blessings that I have. But through His mercy, He makes everything possible.

Count your blessings, name them one by one... Count your many blessings, see what God has done! (Hymns #241)

Uma a uma, dize-as de uma vez... E veras, surpreso quanto Deus ja fez! (Hinos #57)

NAME CORRECTION

The name of the puppy is actually "Willy" and not Billy the Second as I mentioned on the last post. Mom and Dad changed the name because the vet told them that her mom named her pets the same as the previous one that had died, and they died fast... Supersticious :) But I LOVE THE NEW NAME! And I also LOVE Willy, even though I haven't seen him! Just based on what my mom and dad told me last night ;)

Have a good Wednesday!

Winter Semester here I come! IBC and some other classes... 

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NEW FAMILY MEMBER

About an hour ago my mom called me to inform me that she got another Billy. One of her best friends, knowing of my mom's suffering, went to the Kennel Club and got her a little Billy. It's a wiener dog, but instead of being black like Billy was, he's red. Mom is totally in love with him! My dad might be knowing at this moment, and I'm excited to know his reaction. According to mom, if dad doesn't want the dog, she will be kicked out with the dog as well. That's how much she already loves him. I'm happy because they need another puppy, and I'm so excited to see Billy, The Second. (That's how mom is going to call him hehehehe)

To end this post I just want to thank my Savior (and I should probably just pray) for the wonderful miracles that have been happening in my life lately.

Have a heck of a Tuesday! I'll post more later ;*

Sunday, November 2, 2008

BILLY

A lot of people didn't know him, but I did, and very well. Billy was my dog, a wiener dog, who passed away this last Wednesday, October 29.  I didn't know it until the night of the 30th, when my mom finally had the guts to let out the bad news. 

Those have been a very bad couple days. I've been about to melt down, and I don't know what to do. Not only because of the fact that I was really attached to that dog, but also because there is a whole bunch of other problems that are coming along, and not letting me sleep very well at night.

Sometimes I wonder why problems come all at once. Heavenly Father probably has a reason for that. Go figure... (my new favorite expression)

All I know is that, together with trials, come the blessings. I have also been blessed this weekend. I will just make sure tomorrow that the blessing really came. Again I don't think I deserve half of the blessings I'm given, but again... GO FIGURE Heavenly Father. His infinite mercy has played a big role in my life, especially lately.

Coming back to my dog, it has been a hard process of overcoming his death. My mom and my dad are trying to get used to the house without him, and mom told me it has been hard on both of them, and also on the other animals that we have: another dog named Suzy, and the two cats. They wonder around the house looking for Billy, they are quiet and not wanting to do anything... Animals have feelings and sensitivity as well. At least I am not there, and wasn't not there to witness what happened, otherwise I'm sure it would have been even harder on me.  I have kept for a long time three little doll dogs that look just like Billy, and a picture of him, as well as a sign that says "Our perfect companions never have fewer that four feet" in my room since I have moved to Rexburg. That's how important he was for me. 

People keep telling me "it's just a dog". Again, we are "just people", right? And still it hurts on us. Just who knew him would know what I am talking about.

Now it's about overcoming everything. This week has potential to be great, and I hope it will be. I'm departing to San Jose, California this Wednesday, in search of an internship. Maybe I'll have some success there.  I better organize my stuff and start packing, so I don't stress over all the crap I have to get ready before the trip.

Hope you all have a great week. I'll be posting Halloween pictures soon.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A CHANCE TO HELP

Today I had a very interesting experience on campus. I decided to join the Student Safety Council at BYU-Idaho sometime ago. The Student Safety Council is responsible for promoting safety among the students on campus, and this semester we are promoting the Walk Wise Week. We are trying to make students conscious that THEY NEED TO USE THE CROSSWALKS when they cross the street!!! And also that they look to both sides before crossing, etc. That sounds SO RETARDED but unfortunately people are not very aware of the cross walks here on campus and around town... Do they think that those lines drawn on the streets are works of art? Go figure.

But anyway, this morning I was able to serve FREE... I said FREE hot chocolate on campus and pass arounf flyers :) It was a TON of fun!!! Also yesterday, we did the funniest coreography at the country dance on campus to promote the event as well... Some people felt extremely embarrassed... But I didn't!!! Those people at the country dance (most of them) are so weird anyways!!! :P

Felt good to help people somehow though ;)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

PIECE OF CRAP

My Creative Writing class can turn out to be VERY interesting sometimes. We were given a mid-term last Tuesday that was due on Wednesday. We had some guidelines to follow, and when it comes to writing, especially Poetry, that can be a problem for me. After many hours trying to come up with something that would fit at least some of the requirements I was SO frustrated, that I was about to give up... I took a small break so I could get my so desired Coke... Whoever knows me well knows I LOVE Coke! I came back to the computer after a little while, and decided that I was going to write WHATEVER!!! Here's what I got on the paper:

PIECE OF CRAP POEM

Turn the table to the top

Taking time to tackle talk

Trick or treating as they walk

Candy, caramel and pop

 

Day demands a dragging clock

Tic and tac and start and stop

Day is light and night is dark

Just as plain as black and white

 

Leaves that lie along the line

Of the gray straight narrow path

Fill the street with color warm

Orange, red, and brown and tan

 

Night can fall at any time

Starring stars with greatest shine

Brightening the sea of seals

Standing shiny on the rocks

 

Better be a banal write

Before best becomes so far

 

Don't ask me what it means, because I have no idea. It was supposed to be a non-sense poem anyway. When I arrived in class today, the teacher asked each of us to recite our poems and I almost refused to do it, because I thought it was a piece of crap... When he said "well but that's it's what's supposed to be" I had to recite it...

People in my class might have been high... They all said it was THE BEST poem of the class! 

Go figure...

 

Saturday, October 18, 2008

PORTFOLIO

I am putting together a Portfolio for my Introduction to Advertising class. I love that class but it is a lot of work! Can't wait to get done with the project. It's due this Monday. I'm excited about it though :)

Better go work on it. Friday was FUN! Ana and Hans are so AWESOME! I had a blast!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

CREATIVE WRITING

I am taking a Creative Writing Class at school. It is one of the General Education requirements that I still have to complete here at BYU-Idaho. We get to express ourselves through writing, and since I am really fond of Poetry, I have been able to write a few pieces. They are not very good, but I am going to post them here anyways. If anyone could give me some constructive criticism, that would be appreciated.

I am sitting in class right now, and we are discussing some other writings that were submitted by the students.

Here is my most recent poem:

WEATHER

 

The day awakes with blue skies

The sun reflects most gorgeous lights

The angel, gold, magnificent

On top of His house stands.

 

The winds decide to wake up too

And be a part of the scene

Blowing slowly they start

Strongly lifting the dust high.

 

Not so happy with that all

Gray, dark clouds want to impose

Their sounding thunders roar

The rain that is about to pour

 

Sun has been covered with them

His rays wanting to shine

In desperate need to brighten the day

He asks the winds: Please blow them away!

 

Full of mercy, full of love

The winds decide to help their friend

Blowing and blowing slowly they

Ask the clouds to go on their way.

 

Convinced, the clouds agree with them

They gather their thunders

They gather the gray.

And head to the North,

Where thirsty plants wait

The sun is ready to make our day.


This poem basically describes one of the days we had here in Rexburg. I tried to depict it as poetically as possible. Don't know if I was able to.

~Helga

Thursday, October 9, 2008

After a Little While...

Since classes begun, I haven't had a lot of time to post on my blog. There are tons of things going on in my life but they are all for good :)

A little update:
- I'm taking Ballet lessons at BYU-Idaho. I love the class! It is a little hard but it works as my therapy for the daily stress of homeworks and assignments that have no end.
- I'm back to working at the Grounds Crew - I take care of the gardens of the school and it is a lot of fun. I have a new boss though: Ben. He's very nice and we all have a lot of fun at work! But we work hard as well!
- I'm also teaching the Church's Career Workshop twice/three times a week on-campus. It is an amazing experience and I love it!
- I'm taking a creative writing class. Meaning I get to write poems and fiction in English :) Gotta love that!
- I'm going to San Jose, California in a month with the school.
- I'm a Relief Society Teacher - Teachings for Our Day. The best class ever!!!

Even though I am going through some hard times in my life right now, I have reasons only to be GRATEFUL to my Heavenly Father for all that He provides me. I never feel lonely. He's always there for me :)

I'll be posting some pictures too. At least I go Latin Dancing every Friday for only a buck :) Cheap but FUN!!!

Be back soon.

~Helga~

Monday, September 8, 2008

BREAKING NEWS FROM THE RICKS BUILDING - BYU IDAHO

EXTRA! EXTRA!

I'm back in school... Oh boy!!! Something like 30 pages to read today, plus a couple quizzes... This was just for the first class. What the HECK! I'm so excited!!! I love school, and getting stressed as well... No kidding!

Wonderful Monday Y'All!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Brazilian Party in Rexburg




Yesterday some Brazilians decided to throw a party to celebrate the Brazilian Independence Day here in Rexburg. It was fun to get to see old friends and meet new ones as well. Plus, the Feijoada was incredible!!! Gotta love it!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Utah Brazilian Festival






On Friday I found people to share the ride with me, since gas prices are skyrocket, and decided to come to Utah. Went to Videoke on Friday night, and then yesterday I went to the Utah Brazilian Festival, at the Gateway Mall. It was a lot of fun! I saw a ton of people that I hadn't seen forever, and had some good food as well. I took my friend Todd with me. He served his mission in Argentina but he fell in love with the Brazilians. He told me after the Festival, that he hated to compare Argentina to Brazil, but that the Brazilians are so much more friendly and FUN than the Argentinians ;) How cool is that!!!

Here are some pics. Enjoy!


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tag

Kika!!!

There you go:

1. I love driking Coke at any time of the day. That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snacks, etc... What a bad habit!

2. I tend to make my car a total mess. Sometimes I'll clean it, but most of the time, it's not neat at all. All my friends complain! Oh well, GET ANOTHER RIDE THEN!

3. I tend not to reply phone calls. Usually because I'm lazy and I'm past the phase of spending hours on the phone. The Cell Phone gets too hot on my ear, I don't like it!

4. I ignore people when I want.

5. I collect clutter. Every once in a while I have to go through all the crap and sort what goes in the garbage.

6. I complain because I'm single. I shouldn't but I do!

I'd tag some people but guess what: They'll never do it!

P.S. Going down to UT tomorrow :)
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Jack Johnson



So, here is our group. We decided we would be "Better Together" so we all sat on the lawn. It was THE BEST concert I've ever been to. In this picture, left to right: Rachel and Benton, Trevor and Kika, Stacey and Emma, Todd and me, and Mari is sitting in front of all of us.

And Jack, in the other picture, of course :) He is truly AMAZING!

I had the BEST time of my life! I want that night to repeat itself. The full moon came behind the mountains when Jack started singing. That was MAGICAL ;)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Some Landon Pigg for the Soul

I really love this song.

-Helga.

"Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop"
(Landon Pigg)

I think that possibly
Maybe I'm falling for you
Yes
There's a chance that I've fallen quite hard over you

I've seen the paths that your eyes wander down
I want to come too

I think that possibly
Maybe I'm falling for you

No one understands me quite like you do
Through all of the shadowy corners of me

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop I love so much
All of the while I never knew

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop I love so much
All of the while I never knew

I think that possibly
Maybe I'm falling for you
Yes
There's a chance that I've fallen quite hard over you

I've seen the waters that make your eyes shine
Now I'm shining too

Because
Oh
Because I've fallen quite hard over you

If I didn't know you I'd rather not know
If I couldn't have you I'd rather be alone

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop I love so much
All of the while I never knew

I never knew just what it was about this old coffee shop I love so much
All of the while I never knew

All of the while
All of the while it was you

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Weekend Went By SO FAST!

Weekend!

Too bad it just lasted a bit... Kika and Trevor came up to Idaho Falls to a friend's wedding and ended up spending the night in rexburg with me! It was so much fun! We watched the Olympics and were lazy and most of all, WE WERE THINKING ARBY'S!!! Kika it was SO GOOD to have you here!

Sunday... Cuzcuz! I tried again, this time it turned out better. I had a couple friends come and enjoy it with me, and ended the day with some good conversation and quality time with some nice dude ;) It was awesome!

Today I hurt my back at work... Oh well, I'm a hard worker. Literally.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

O QUE ME FAZ SEGUIR EM FRENTE

Minha mae teve um sonho noite passada, e ao acordar, descreveu o sonho neste poema. Quando ela leu pra mim, senti o espirito tao forte, pelo fato do testemunho que esse sonho representa, e tambem das aspiracoes que ela tem: De um dia voltar a presenca do Senhor, quando Ele aliviara o fardo de todos nos, depois de tao longa e dura jornada. Espero que gostem.

Com amor,

Helga

O QUE ME FAZ SEGUIR EM FRENTE

Vislumbro ao longe
Portico branco
Da casa do meu Senhor!
Do lado esquerdo deste portico
Ha um enorme e frondoso Salgueiro Chorao
E a direita ha uma fonte
Cujas aguas sao translucidas, frescas, e marulham serenamente
Bema o pe desta fonte tem uma pedra, semelhante a um tronco caido,
Toda contornada de relva
Que parece me convidar a sentar.

Quando eu chegar diante deste portico
Nao olharei mais para tras
Largarei ao pe do chorao
O meu alforge
E sentirei alivio em minhas maos
Porque nao precisarei segurar mais nada.

Despirei tambem
A minha capa
Para deixar ali todo po.
Sentarei naquela pedra
Descalcarei meus pes
Doloridos devido a caminhada,
Sentirei prazer em pisar
Na relva macia
E os meus pes pararao de doer.

Em seguida
Irei ate aquela fonte,
E com as maos em concha,
Beberei daquela agua,
E saciarei a minha sede.
Lavarei o meu rosto
Os meus bracos, e os meus pes.

Molharei tambem
A minha cabeca
E toda a aflicao fluira
Com a agua que corre
Ligeiro por entre os cascalhos,
Para nao mais voltar!

Agora de pe
Diante deste portico,
Aliviada de todo fardo
Retesarei a minha postura,
Porque nao ha
Mais motivo
Para estar cabisbaixa.

Alinharei os meus cabelos
E sorrindo,
Poderei finalmente transpor
Aquele portico todo branco
E, encaminhar-me-ei
Para a mesa do meu Senhor!

Enfim, poderei descansar
E nunca mais me sentirei so.

Por: Hosana Goncalves Pereira - 5 de Agosto de 2008.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Week on a Single Post v.I






I have to say... This past week was incredibly FUN!!!  I'll talk about the pics and will continue in other posts...

The picture on the top is of me, Zeb, and Tanner. Zeb is Anselmo's new roomate... (no comments about Zeb's hotness). Tanner is their neighbor. He's 18! I thought he was older... I call him Prince William heheheh... Sunday we went on a hike somewhere far away from rexburg :P

Following pic... Anselmo and I when we got to the top. Pay attention to the sunset. AMAZING!

On Tuesday I went and visited with the Clarks. I love them so much! I had a great time and had to record the moment. On the pic: me, Dean and Marion 

In the afternoon we had to indulge! Oh boy is the Cheesecake Factory good... One whole year without going, I HAD to visit the new Utah one ;) I had a Snicker's Cheesecake... I'll put the picture on later :)

The last picture of this post. All the tchongas that went to the CCF ;) From left to right: Fia (Lizzie), Katie, Jeane, Me, and Talytinha Rocha.

There's more to come but I need to do my laundry.... ;)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Vacationing in Utah

Wow what a cool week! I've been able to do SO MUCH stuff while down here in Utah... I took a bunch of pictures that I actually need to upload to my computer in order to post them here, but all is well! Except for the heat. It is unbearable, oh boy!!!

Maybe later tonight I'll come with the pics ;) I'm off to seize the day! Woo Hoo!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Move In, Move Out, Move In, Move Out...






Oh boy!!! I am SO EXHAUSTED!!! Yesterday I had to move all my stuff out... and back in again!!! I had to move in between apartments in my complex. Looks like they are going to do a bunch of stuff in it... Whatever... So I moved to building 2.

I was supposed to be working my shift at the Rexburg Temple yesterday, but there was NO WAY I could go, especially because I had no one to help me. My bro Anselmo helped me a little bit, but he as well had to move all his stuff out... Sometimes the ladies at the Temple can be a little not understanding... I had finals ALL WEEK, had to move out, and they still wanted me to find a sub... Boy last time I called the people who could possibly sub would always tell me NO. And they weren't too nice. Maybe it's time for me to find another shift at the Temple...

Up above are some pics of yesterday. We ended up at a park by the Idaho Falls Temple and had FREE Pizza Hut there :) We were all bored!!!

In the pictures: Marise (From Haiti, she's so AWESOME, you know what I'm saying?), Anselmo (the ONLY guy in the pic), Me (You know me!!!), and Camila (crazy Camila)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I am done... For 7 Weeks at least ;)

Finals are OVER.

Off to a good nap now ;)

~Helga

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Finals are ROLLING... Crazy day...

Yeah!

I killed one FINAL!!! The one of the hardest ones... Business Law. I'm going to know my score by Thursday hopefully...

Right now I am at the library, taking a break from the studies, but in 10 minutes I'm going to take another final that I forgot that I had: Entrepreneurship. I handed the Business Plan today ;) I'll also know about the score this Thursday...

Today something bad happened: A lot of people in the Library (including me), witnessed a gentleman have a heart attack. It was awful! I don't know if he survided but I saw him leaving the building trying to be revived. He looked dead though :( My prayers are with him and his family at this moment. I don't know if he is/was a school employee. I guess we are going to hear about it later...

Well, better go... Entrepreneurship is waiting for me at the Testing Center...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Striking a Pose...





Looks like this Finals Week is going to be a LOT of fun! I've been pretty involved in my projects and tests, but I had time to have some good fun today...

Anselmo and I LOVE to show off!!! So we decided to go to the BYU-Idaho Photography Studio and take some "professional" pictures for the cover of our projects... It was HILARIOUS!!! Here are some of them. ENJOY!!!

P.S. Afternoon was AWESOME! I had some quality time with "Six Pack" hehehehe... KIKA!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Saturday Night Fever...

Rexburg is such an interesting place... Sometimes you have so much to do that you don't know what to choose, and sometimes you have to clean the house so you can say you did something. Literally...

Yesterday I went with Anselmo and Marise (my partners in crime) to Rigby Lake, right after the last post hehehehe... Rigby Lake is like a "beach" (yeah, right!) 10 miles away from Rexburg. We took our school material so we could study while getting a little bit of a tan and enjoying the breeze. That didn't happen. The three of us fell asleep on the sand :) We didn't get burned however. We probably spent about a couple hours there, observing the people with their families have fun. It was good for me to be outside for a little while.

I have been very sick for the past few weeks, and even yesterday I was still feeling a little bit of the sickness to my stomach. When I got home I had to take some medicine and try to take a nap. But I was SO bored that I wanted to do something...

I finally texted "Six Pack". Asked him what he was up to and if he wanted to go on an adventure with me, Anselmo and Marise. He agreed to it. There we go roaming around town to FIND the party hehehehe...

We found it! It was somewhere a little outside of Rexburg. I was a little scared at first because apparently, it was a high school party mingled with a lot of BYU-Idaho students, and it looked pretty crazy... I was afraid "Six Pack" wouldn't like the idea of going in there.

Little did I know... I think he had more fun than I did!!! It was SO CUTE seeing him making his moves and dancing!!! I would never expect that ;) He's usually a quiet guy, but one thing I have noticed about him is that he likes to spend time with me, even though I am the way I am... Meaning he accepts my craziness :D

One thing is for sure: We both had a lot of fun, and today, Porter Park is waiting for us... For a nice pic nic and some studying for Finals as well ;)

Where "Six Pack" and I are going to go I'm not sure. But I'm not worried either. We are having a heck of a good time and that's what really matters.

Cheers!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Been a While...

So,

Remember about the whole PodCast competition that I participated in a couple weeks ago? A MESS!!! Anywho, Anselmo and I trying to solve the situation as there were A LOT of misunderstandings and we were supposed to win but it didn't happen. We took the issue to the Bookstore (who happened to "organize" the contest) and we are waiting on results... I'll probably have the info this Monday... Or maybe never...

Here's the participating PodCast:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9sc6yh6SpQ

Oh by the way, that's me in the blonde wig hehehehe
Talk about getting out of your comfort zone ;)

Finals week is around. I presented my 2 biggest projects on Thursday. I hope I did good. I took a Business Law Test today and got an 80. Not too bad for someone who didn't study that much. The final for this class is this Tuesday, together with a 10-page business plan due for the Entrepreneurship class... I also have an online simulation that is due on Thursday and there are 4 rounds for it, as well as a final due on Friday for Business Discovery... ;) GOOD TIMES

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

C R A Z Y ! ! !

So, this week started pretty crazy for me, but I'm so excited!

First of all, today I recorded a PodCast, which will be on YouTube this Wednesday. It's for a school contest. I'll need help from you guys and hope that you will keep clicking there so I get a lot of views :) The Grad Finale is on Thursday, where we are going to watch all of the videos made, and where they will announce the winner... $200 sounds really good right now ;)

Thursday afternoon I have an Elevator Pitch contest to be held in the afternoon. If you want to know more about Elevator Pitch just Google it :) I'm so tired I can't explain right now.

Oh yeah! And today I auditioned to be in the Acoustic Guitar Program at BYU-I this Saturday. Patricia played for me and I hope we did pretty good. We'll get an email from them tomorrow leting us know if we made it :D

That's how exciting it has been so far... Boy this wek is sre full of promises :)

I'll be posting the link to the video tomorrow morning, as soon as I upload it :)

And, of course, I'll keep everyone updated! Boa Noite por hoje!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

There's No Combination Of Words I Can Put on The Back of a PostCard!



*NO COMMENTS*

Jack Johnson, WAIT FOR ME!!! Here I come!

Another Crazy Week Has Gone By...




Oh boy!

I was actually planning on posting here a ton of times... But guess what? Time que eh gudi, nois nao have!!! Week was N U T S ! ! !

Got a new job working at the BYU-I Grounds! So much fun! The only con is that I get to work under the sun for 8 hours a day! Thank goodness there is Sunblock and my skin doesn't get greasy at all here...

Had a couple tests this week, did pretty bad on both. I guess I need to study more and PRAY more...

Friday we had THE PARTY at John's house! It was a Sao Joao ARRETADO! We danced and ate and mingled... It was awesome! Kika, six pack went with me ;)

Saturday... hmmmm.... Idaho Falls! I saw Elder Terry again after 3 years! Holy Crap that was awesome! His fiancee is SO NICE :) They are getting married July 25th.

Today... Well John's house AGAIN! Churrasco e muuuuuuuita comida ;) It was FUN :)

Now I just finished kinda cleaning my room and here I am... Messing with PhotoBooth :)

Boa Semana to everyone! Whoever comes here hehehe...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

German Chocolate Cake Rolo Cookies


Ingredients:

1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix
2 Eggs
1/3 Cup Oil
I package of Rolos*

How To Prepare:

Beat everything together. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet, flatten slightly.

Bake 8-10 350 F. Place the Rolos on top of the cookies while they are still warm**. Enjoy them!

* I bet you can use other kinds of chocolate as well.

** You can also place the Rolos IN the cookie dough mix and bake them at once. What happens is that, when you bite the cookies, a caramel swirl will come out of them... How cool is that!

Minha Wonderful Pleilistchi


Sunday Afternoon in Rexburg...

So, here I am... Church ended at 12.30 and I came home... Interesting day... The girls in the ward assigned each other with another girl to spotlight, and this Sunday was our apartment's turn to be spotlighted (I wonder if that word exists). Chelsi had me. Cutest girl in the world! From California, she came over to my apartment on Friday to ask me a few questions so she could introduce me to the rest of the class. While I was working on my Business Project, she asked me some questions, including what was my favorite treat. :) On Thursday I had a date with "six pack" and that was when I had these wonderful cookies made out of German Chocolate cake batter and "Rolos". Oh my Gravy! Those were good!
So basically today, she comes to church with those wonderful cookies for me! She went out of her way to find the recipe, probably online or something... And took them to me. That was so sweet!
When I got home from church, I saw her running down the stairs crying and talking on the cell phone. I wanted to stop her and ask what was going on... Wonder if someone in her family was going through a hard time or something. She seemed to be in despair. But at the same time I didn't want to be nosy. Well, to summarize, I decided to leave a little note for her, thanking her again for the wonderful cookies, and leaving my phone number in case she needed to talk or something like that.
We are more than half way through the semester, but I hope I have an opportunity to become friends with her and the other girls in the ward. The spirit of Ricks is not a legend. It really is here. This place is blessed with wonderful people everywhere you go.
I'll try to find the cookies recipe and I'll post it here. Those are WORTH gaining the pounds for ;)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

U Blogui Da Helga is Finally Here!!!

So,
Here I am again... Fotolog is a thing of the past... It's good to select who comes here and who doesn't need to :)