Monday, December 27, 2010

Hot Showers

And so the training trip begins. It is only Monday and I can't lift my arms over my head. Too much swimming for one day. I am enjoying it here, though. A condo with two of my favorite freshies; Margot and Alicia, good times.

Today I swam, ate, slept, slept, slept, swam, ate, and took a wonderful hot shower. Mmmmm I love hot showers like I love naps. Part of me wants this week to go by quickly, but part of me doesn't because we just have to go back to school. Lame, but that's life. What can ya do?

What are you to do in tough situations? I don't really know, but I do know that I am in the toughest situation I have ever been in my life. It's okay though, I think I will be okay.

I miss my family, but I am so grateful for friends who make life so enjoyable.

Here's to friends.

Allie Pal

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finals Week!

This week has not been too bad! I am just as surprised as you are. To be honest, this week has been one of the least stressful weeks of this whole semester at BYU. I didn't have any homework other than to study, only 4 finals, no school at all, all day to study, and optional practices. I have really been enjoying this week.

Last night my sister spontaneously decided to come down and visit me. I love it when she comes down because we laugh, and talk about funny things, and I forget about all the homework or studying that I have to do. I lectured her on how she needs to do something with her life, and stop dating dudes and find a real man! Haha. I only do it because I love her so much and I want her to have all the happiness possible in her life.

I have two more finals tomorrow and then I will be homeward bound! I am soooo excited! The idea of going home for a whole week, and not worrying about ANYTHING will be the best feeling ever. I will be done with all of these classes FOREVER! Unbelievable. My heart just wants to sing.

This Christmas is going to be all about family. Not that it isn't that way already, but I am going to make an extra effort to always be with them, and to forget about all the material things during this holiday. I just want to bake cookies, sing Christmas songs, and sit by the fire and watch a good movie. I realize that not many things make me happier than sitting around the couch just talking or playing games with my family. I miss being home during the month of December, but I know that having been away will only make this next week even better.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dirty Bit

This weekend has already been grrrrrreat! The weekend started last night because we had no school today. We are given "reading days" in preparation for finals. How silly to devote a whole day to studying. I slept, per usual.

Last night was date night for the girls swim team! I had tons of fun with my date plus everyone else there! We built an epic gingerbread castle. It was a winner, really. Thanks to Nikki on the dive team for putting it all together. She is the BEST!

Today I went to practice, slept, and then went out for the night. I went to a Jazz game against the Magic with my favorite people! It was a lot of fun, and I got to see my beautiful sister whom I may not be seeing too often :(. I love her so much, and I am so excited to spend the holidays with her and the rest of my family!

The Jazz won which made the night even better. Then we drove back to Provo listening to Black Eyed Peas, Brad Paisley, and Christmas music. What good times and hopefully more to be had :))))))

Long live,


Sunday, December 5, 2010


What a wonderful past 24 hours I have had. Yesterday and today have been some of the best days of my life. Yesterday my roommate, teammate, and friend was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am so proud of her decision and it is amazing how much this experience has obviously blessed her life, but mine as well. Seeing her grow spiritually strengthened my testimony so much, and made me appreciate the gospel that we have on this earth today.

At both the baptism and confirmation the spirit was so strong, and I knew in my heart that what she was doing, and what most of us sitting in that room had done was the right thing. I felt so much happiness at that moment, and I am still so happy about everything that has taken place.

I am so grateful for missionary work, and for all the worthy priesthood members of the church. Seeing God work through men in the church is such a blessing, and I am thankful everyday for the power that men hold in the church. I hope to continue to grow and become a better person everyday. I am grateful for this week and all that I have learned because of it.

Have a loverly day,