Busier than ever!

The last month and a half (or so) has been the busiest of our lives! (Hence the lack of posts since November) Between school, church stuff, work and other miscellaneous things, I feel as though the holiday season has been swept from underneath my feet. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday of the year, and I don’t even think I’ve spent much time thinking about it this year…very sad. However, the good news is that this will be the last year of spending the holiday season trying to juggle a million different things. Well, I don't know if that last statement is entirely true, but future juggling will involve entirely different things. What a relief!


DG Bid Day 2001

Over Thanksgiving weekend I was going through a bunch of stuff at my grandma's house. I came across this picture of our Delta Gamma pledge class. I just had to post it in honor of all the good ol' Delta Gammas...pledge class 2000! Love and ITB!


GoldenSpoon Frozen Yogurt

When I lived in sugarhouse (SLC), there was a GoldenSpoon shop located right on the corner of our neighborhood. I started going to GoldenSpoon as soon as I could walk. Then a very sad thing happened and all of the GoldenSpoon shops in UT shut down. Much to my excitement, they are currently sprouting up all over AZ, and I am SO excited!! ( I won't mention that I really wanted to open a GoldenSpoon in AZ like 4 years ago, and then of course someone else did it...oh well) FYI...GoldenSpoon has a variety of delicious frozen yogurt flavors, and the best part of it is that they are all fat free and lo-cal. You can find a GoldenSpoon location here.


I've Been Tagged

Jobs (in no particular order):
1. Paralegal
2. Personal Banker
3. Sales Associate
4. Aerobics instructor

Jobs I'd Like:
1. Teacher
2. Owner of a “La Caille” type wedding reception place in AZ
3. Adolescent Counselor
4. Aerobics instructor

Movies on PeteandRepeat:
1. The Goonies
2. French Kiss
3. Dirty Dancing
4. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
5. The Holiday
6. Pursuit of Happyness

1. The Poisonwood Bible
2. Gift from the Sea
3. How to be Lovely
4. The Lost Choice

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things To Do:
1. Anything with my hubby
2. Play with Molly
3. Entertaining
4. Read
5. Shop
6. Go to Broadway shows
7. Travel

I've Lived:
1. Salt Lake City, Utah
2. Sandy, Utah
3. Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Foods:
1. Fruit
2. Chicken marsala
3. Ribs from Houston’s
4. Anything Mexican
5. Sushi
6. Strawberry shortcake or trifle

Places I'd Rather Be:
1. Vacationing in Hawaii or somewhere else
2. In Utah with my family and friends
3. Walking on the beach
4. New York City or San Francisco
5. At a cabin in the mountains
6. At the spa (great idea Laura!)

Words I Quite Like:
1. Ambiance
2. Divine
3. Coalesce
4. Transpire
5. Decadent

Tag! You're It:
1. Katie
2. Erin
3. Emily
4. Jessie
5. Sarah
6. Anyone else who wants to do this!



The Real Simple Spice System

If you are like us, and have little kitchen space to store things like spices, then you will definitley appreciate this little discovery courtesy of Real Simple. Instead of having all of your spices crowded in the cupbaord where you can hardly see them all, this system helps you to easily orgainze them in labeled tins that you can store wherever. I'm sure there are a plethora of other things you can do with these little tins as well. Check the Real Simple article out here .


The Mwaipopo Twins

This is Mory and Dahari Mwaipopo. Their father, Zebron Mwaipopo, was one of Bill's mission companions, and has since been like a brother to Bill. Both Zebron and his wife, Hope are originally from Tanzania, and met in the US while attending school. (They both came to the US to attend BYU...Zebron actually graduated in civil engineering!) They now live in Southern California with hopes of moving back to Tanzania as soon as possible.



The Suns officially kicked off their 2007-2008 season on Friday night against the Lakers. Unfortunately, we got off to a bad start and lost (119-98). Our friends invited us to the game, and we had amazing seats so it was really fun even though we got our butts kicked! There is something to be said about men's basketball, and especially going to men's basketball games. It's SO fun and SO entertaining!! You can check out the Pheonix Sun's here.


Biltmore Ward Halloween Carnival

This last weekend was our ward's annual Halloween carnival. The Young Men/Young Women were in charge of the spook alley. Bill and I both have callings in the Young Men and Young Women, and so of course we had to go all out. I must say that the carnival was an overall success...it was really fun! However, should I be nervous that people were telling us how great our costumes were, and how we reminded them of their relatives? Anyways...here are a few highlights...Punk Rockers??

Bishop Menlove (dressed up as a missionary) and Bill
A couple of the Young Women
One of the Young Men in the spook alley
Our good friend Elizabeth Menlove, her daughter McKenna (left) and one of our other favorite little one's, Samantha (right)
More youth


Girl's Trip

My friends and I try to have an annual girl's trip. This last weekend we all met in Orange County. It was so good to see everyone, and get caught up on everyone's lives. We did a lot of shopping, ate at some really good restaurants (including my all time fave....El Torito), went on a really pretty walk on the beach, and spent a lot of time simply chatting. I am so grateful to have such wonderful friends!
(From left to right...Ashley, Kim, Rachel)
Love you guys!

CityScape Groundbreaking

Last night, we went to the groundbreaking ceremonies of RED Development's new CityScape project in central Phoenix. It was an amazing event, and the project is going to be incredible. CityScape is to Phoenix is what The Gateway was to Salt Lake City. From their website: "CityScape is an inspiring multi-use destination, providing a focal point for urban living and community activity, connecting the dynamic people, places and events of metropolitan Phoenix. The goal of this project is to create a thriving urban environment in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, creating one of the highest energy locations in the Valley, if not the state. It will be a hub of activity that blends residential space with urban living, work, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Combine a transit-friendly development with useful open spaces, and this dense urban living environment will be home for some and a destination for all."
Here is a picture of Bill and some of his MRED associates at the event. You can learn more about the Cityscape project here.


Happy Birthday Josh!

Today is my nephew, Josh's, birthday. He is turning five. He's such a cute little guy, and we miss him so much. We are so grateful that he was born! Love you Josh!

This is a picture of his little sister, Sarah. He also has an older brother, David, and an older sister, Alexis.


Go Ash!

Ok-so my friend, Ashley, might kill me for putting this photo up of her Halloween costume, but I think it is definitely blog worthy. Ash-you are absolutely hilarious. Remember when we dressed up for songfest practice in similar outfits? I am laughing out loud. Anyways-I love you!


Congrats to the Asay's!!

One of my long-time best friends, Emily Asay, had a little baby boy last night. They named him Robert Charles Asay, and plan on calling him "Bobby." He weighed in at 9lbs 10 oz. He is 21 inches long and has tons of hair. Mom and Dad are both doing well! Emily was my first friend at the Delta Gamma house, and we instantly bonded. I greatly treasure our friendship. Emily is such an amazing person, and there is no doubt that she will be an amazing mother. Emily and Ben-I'm so happy for you, and I can't wait to meet your new addition to the family!! He is darling!!


What a find!

So I think I have officially found the treasure of all treasures at my favorite local grocery store, Trader Joes. I found a reduced fat cilantro salad dressing that tastes just like the cilantro salad dressing at Cafe Rio. When I initially bought it, I thought it might be a semi-good alternative to the delicious Cafe Rio dressing. However, I was oh so wrong...it's just as good and half the fat and calories. Not that I actually know the nutrition facts of the Cafe Rio one, but I can only imagine. So if you're up for a healthy and delicious treat stop by your local Trader Joes.



I want to preface this post by saying that I absolutely love Phoenix, AZ. The summers can be dreadful, but for the rest of the year it is sunny and beautiful. HOWEVER, I can't deny that I really miss the seasons in SLC, UT. I read Muranda's Fall post, and I started to remember all of the little things that I love about the seasons...especially fall.



ULI Weekend in Tubac, AZ

We just returned from a quick trip down to southern Arizona with the Urban Land Institute ("ULI") for a tour of 3 developments near the town of Tubac. One of the greatest benefits of Bill's MRED program this year is that they provided him with a ULI student membership; which is a non-profit organization of professionals from the real estate and urban planning industries, whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide (I love Wikipedia!!!). The town of Tubac was established in 1752 and is one of the oldest European settlements in the United States.
We stayed at the Tubac Golf Resort, which was amazing (and ULI/MRED picked up the tab)! Here are some pictures of the resort.

We'll put some of our own photos up shortly!


Dave Matthews Band in Phoenix

We went to the Dave Matthews concert last night with some of Bill's Law School/MRED friends. It was amazing! In my opinion, the Dave Matthews Band is the most musically talented popular group in the industry right now. It was an outdoor concernt, held at the Cricket Pavillion in West Phoenix, and Stephen Marley (one of Bob's sons) opened for them. Very fun!



Ok-so I have been a major slacker with the blogging scene. Bill and I have been so insanely busy with school and work, and I haven't had hardly any spare time. So, just so everyone knows, we are still alive and well. I will try to be better about posting.



Cruising was an interesting experience for us. We had a great time! But, it's a very different way to travel. While it was very convenient to always have a place to eat, not have to pack up and move from city to city, etc., we both felt like the consummate tourists. The port cities cater to the cruise ships; and the shops don't vary much from town to town. Bill's brother and sister-in-law (who cruise twice a year) say that the majority of the shops in Alaska were the same as in the Caribbean. A lot of gold and jewelry shops, as well as tourist traps selling "Alaska" souvenirs. Even though we spent 4 - 16 hours in each port, we didn't feel that we got a true taste of Alaska. I've heard it's the same on other cruises.

We departed from Seattle, Washington, and visited Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and Victoria (British Columbia). The weather was cool and mostly rainy, which was a pleasant change from the 110+ degree Phoenix summer.
We've been late in publishing these photos on the blog, as school and work started back up soon after we arrived home. Nevertheless, we had a fantastic time on our Alaska cruise with the Knowlton clan. The cruise was an anniversary celebration for Hooper & Shauna (Bill's parents), who have been married for 25 years. Hooper & Shauna are such an inspiration to us, and we appreciate all of their continued love and support.


Ode to QT

There are few things that make Arizona summer living easier, and QT just happens to be one of them. Not only do they offer the lowest gasoline prices in the valley, but they have fabulous refreshments. One of the best refreshments for a typical hot summer day is my new fave, called the orange creme freezoni at QT. It's much like a slurpee only a lot better.


I've Been Tagged

Tag…I’m It

My friend Erin tagged me!

1. Receptionist for Realty Executives
2. Personal Banker at Chase Bank
3. Compliance Analyst for Bank of America
4. Case Intake Coordinator at Littler Global

1. French Kiss
2. Dirty Dancing
3. The Notebook
4. Pretty Woman

1. Salt Lake City, UT
2. Sandy, UT
3. Gilbert, AZ
4. Phoenix, AZ

1. 24
2. America’s Next Top Model
3. American Idol
4. House

1. Ethiopian
2. Café Rio shredded pork burrito, enchilada style
3. My hubby’s spaghetti
4. Frozen Yogurt

1. gmail.com
2. foxnews.com
3. ASU.edu
4. Chase.com

1. Anywhere that it’s less than 100 degrees!
2. Sitting on the beach
3. Hanging out with Bill
4. Hanging out with friends that I never get to see
5. Driving on the “Road to Hana”
6. On safari in Kenya
WOW…I would rather be a lot of places right now, and this list could really go on forever!

1. Emily Asay
2. Katie Hadfield
3. Muranda Barker
4. Amanda James



More Old Family Photos

My great-grandma, or as we all called her "grandmommy," (bottom left is of she and I) and I spent a lot of time together when I was little. The pic in the bottom right hand corner is of my foxy grandma when she was younger...I can only hope that I inherited her aging genes...she's still just as beautiful as ever. My cute dad (age 6) is in the middle on the bottom and middle left...what a stud! The very middle pic is of me and one of our dogs when she was a pup. Middle right is grandmommy and my great grandpa or "poppy."
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Discover your temperament

So, I found this website that is very interesting. You can take this quiz that tells you your temperament. Your temperament can affect all of your relationships in life, and so I thought this was pretty helpful info. Here is my profile:

The Guardian
Guardians are the cornerstone of society, for they are the temperament given to serving and preserving our most important social institutions. Guardians have natural talent in managing goods and services--from supervision to maintenance and supply--and they use all their skills to keep things running smoothly in their families, communities, schools, churches, hospitals, and businesses.

Guardians can have a lot of fun with their friends, but they are quite serious about their duties and responsibilities. Guardians take pride in being dependable and trustworthy; if there's a job to be done, they can be counted on to put their shoulder to the wheel. Guardians also believe in law and order, and sometimes worry that respect for authority, even a fundamental sense of right and wrong, is being lost. Perhaps this is why Guardians honor customs and traditions so strongly--they are familiar patterns that help bring stability to our modern, fast-paced world.

Practical and down-to-earth, Guardians believe in following the rules and cooperating with others. They are not very comfortable winging it or blazing new trails; working steadily within the system is the Guardian way, for in the long run loyalty, discipline, and teamwork get the job done right. Guardians are meticulous about schedules and have a sharp eye for proper procedures. They are cautious about change, even though they know that change can be healthy for an institution. Better to go slowly, they say, and look before you leap.

Guardians make up as much as 40 to 45 percent of the population.

Anyways, here is the link to the website if you're interested:


The Ahlstrom Family...
So I'm kind of into reminiscing about my past recently, and I came across this photo of my mom and dad, me and my two brothers, Jacob and Matthew(the baby). This is the very first time that I attempted to do my own hair, and you can definitely tell.


How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?

“You are the creatures of divinity. You are daughters of the Almighty. Limitless is your potential. Magnificent is your future, if you will take control of it. Do not let your lives drift in a fruitless and worthless manner.” Find purpose in your life. Choose the things you would like to do, and educate yourselves to be effective in their pursuit. Study your options. Pray to the Lord earnestly for direction. Then pursue your course with resolution. The sky is the limit! You control to a large degree your own destiny. Begin this very day! Spend your energies doing those things that will make a difference.

Bill's Birthday!

This last Saturday was Bill's birthday. His family flew in on Friday night, and so we got to hang out with them. They got a killer rate at the Biltmore hotel which was a treat in itself. On Saturday we hung out with family all day and then went to Houston's for dinner. Following dinner we had some friends meet us at the Biltmore hotel's swimming pool where we were able to snag a really neat gazebo. We preordered a chocolate cake (the biggest and richest cake I've ever seen) from the Cheesecake Factory. It was so fun! I love celebrations in general, but I especially love birthdays!


Kim's Moment of Fame

So Kim, one of my bestest friends that lives in LA, had the opportunity to go to the daytime Emmy's as Ellen DeGeneres' escort. She's the one in the background with long blonde hair. She might kill me for this putting this slideshow up, but I think it's fabulous!! I mean how often does somebody get this kind of experience?

Free BBQ Grill

Word on the street has it that you can get a free BBQ grill at the following Phoenix locations: Bashas, Frys, Albertsons, and Safeway. I especially like the one shown above.


Nelson Mandela

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. "


Fabulous Book

I just started reading this great book called "The Lost Choice." This quote is from the prologue..."Your character is your essence; it is what you are. Your character is determined by the choices you make when no one will ever know what you did...or didn't. You must build your character daily. And immediately. All blossoms of tomorrow, and all weeds as well, are in the seeds you are sowing today. Your influence, your wealth, and ultimately your legacy will be decided by this one thing. For ultimately, no person can ever rise beyond the restrictions of his or her own character."

I love this quote!!


I hate the heat!!

I can just imagine taking an early evening walk somewhere in the canyon, such as the picture above in Alta, UT. The weather is perfect, and you only need a hoodie. The air is fresh, and the sights are absolutely magnificent. Around this time of year in Phoenix, when the temperatures are high in the 100's, I really miss Utah's summers, especially summer nights. It still gets hot in SLC during the summer, but at least it cools down in the nighttime. My friend, Adam Barker, took the photo above. He is an amazing photographer.


Me Like Ethiopian!

I was initially introduced to Ethiopian food in Africa a while ago. However, I have since been unable to leave it to forget about it. I love it. We found a really good Ethiopian restaurant in Tempe called the Blue Nile. It's definitely an acquired taste, but oh so yummy!

Humor Corner


Doggy Swimming

In the summer, Molly's favorite thing to do is go swimming. She loves to play catch in the water, and she's actually gotten to the point where she can hold two tennis balls in her mouth while swimming at the same time. That's my talented baby girl!