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One busy Sunday.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Such a loooooooooooooooong day.

1. Something weird happened to the coding system of the church, so I couldn’t unlock the library last night to photocopy the program. So Laura and I went with my dad super early this morning just to do it. We were at church around 7:30am. Ayaaa. Thankfully, I got to nap for a pretty long time before people started trickling in.

2. There was a ward correlation meeting so Tita Imee let us babysit Ezra while she was inside. She’s soooo cuteeeeeeee!! Honestly, I can’t wait till I have my own kids! 



3. It was Ward Conference today, so my dad was supposed to give a talk. The stake’s theme is “For the Strength of YOU” so he was talking about stuff from the Strength for Youth pamphlet. He put quite a lot of emphasis on dating and how sometimes the teens are too young to date and whatever. What does this have to do with me? I’ll tell you. During the intermediate hymn is the best time to go for a washroom break. By the time I finish up in the washroom, the congregation is already sitting down. I’m there thinking, “woa, did I take that long?” , but what I didn’t realize is that since we were short on time, they only sung one verse. Anyway, as I sat down, President Burns had already started his talk. When I sat down, Jezreel was like “did you hear what he said?”. I’m like “no...I was in the washroom”. So APPARENTLY, when Pres. Burns stood up to talk he was:

The Bishop has two beautiful daughters. And I have two sons. I think I need to tell them to stay away from the girls until they turn 25.
There are two things SOOOOO wrong with this statement.

-          JUST BECAUSE my dad said he thinks 16 is too young to start dating doesn’t mean I can’t date until I’m 25. WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?!

-          Pres. Burns’ sons, Jesse and Jason, are like mine and Laura’s brothers. We don’t date each other!

Jezreel said the whole congregation was laughing. Oh my. You don’t even understand, we didn’t hear the end of it after sacrament meeting. People were coming up to us and making such a big deal about it. My old primary Sunday school teach, Sis. Dalgleish, warned me jokingly that if Laura or I were ever to date she’d put us into big trouble. Pres. Burns came up to me afterwards and was reminding me I wasn’t allowed to date. Elder Anderson came up and made fun of me too going, “well there goes my chances”. WHAAAAAT?! 

4. I finally got to meet Shanelle’s grandmother!! She attended church today!! I totally love her! Now I know where Shanelle gets her socializing skills from! Her grandma is so cool. And she told Shanelle afterwards that she loved me. Aw, I feel special.

5. After church I didn’t get to stay for the ward social because I had to go play the piano at a funeral. Cairine Caughill’s grandmother had passed away the previous week and she had asked me to play for her. I didn’t know the family too well, but of course I was willing to do it. 

6.  Her grandmother wasn’t LDS, so the funeral service was different from what I’ve seen before, but I enjoyed it. I really liked Cairine’s mother’s speech. Attending the funeral made me wish I had met Cairine’s grandmother. Cairine was telling me all about how amazing she was on the way to the funeral and she sounded like such a spunky lady! I know I would have totally loved her if I met her when she was alive.

7. After the funeral, Cairine was showing me her grandmother’s teacup set. She had said that her and her sisters were sharing what her grandmother had left behind. She then asked me which teacup I liked the best. Her grandmother was from England, so tea was a big thing. I pointed to which one I liked and she said that was the one I would get to take home. As dramatic as this sounds, I felt completely honoured. I’ve never met this woman in my life yet I thought she was amazing and I got to take one of her teacups on display home. Wow. This is it: 



Ain't it a beaut?


8. Cairine wasn’t able to take me home because she wanted to stick around with her family. But one of her friends offered to drive me home. I thought she was pretty cool...and she happens to be the sister of someone from my own ward! Cool beans! 

9.  I got home with roses, the teacup, and a bunch of dessert goodies. I don’t usually like coconut in my desserts, but those cookies at the funeral were so good. Cairine let me wrap a whole bunch to bring to my family. After a while of eating, we headed out for the first choir practice of the year for March’s Stake Conference.

Busy day? Yes yes. But I loved it. 

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
27.o2.11

"Give me a young woman who..."

As I was at the social after Anita Coombes funeral, I sat by myself to go through the new Personal Progress book since we were discussing it yesterday at the leadership meeting. I didn’t really know anybody and I didn’t feel it was all that appropriate to socialize with them after their grandmother had just died, so I decided to keep to myself by the keyboard and read. I’ve had this quote inserted in my scriptures for Proverbs 31: 10-31 because I thought it was the most appropriate to put it there (I suggest you read the scripture after you read this quote). I received it in a Young Women’s class in 2005 and six years later I just happen to reread it in the new Personal Progress book and I started to tear. Do you know who great it would be to be known as a young woman like this?

“Give me a young woman who loves home and family, who read and ponders the scriptures daily, who has a burning testimony of the Book of Mormon. 
Give me a young woman who faithfully attends her church meetings, who is a seminary graduate, who has earned her Young Womanhood Recognition award and wears it with pride! 
Give me a young woman who is virtuous and who has maintained her personal purity, who will not settle less than a temple marriage. 
And I will give you a young woman who will perform miracles for the Lord now and throughout eternity.”  
– Ezra Taft Benson

The way I strive to live my life is to try to represent this. It gets hard, and I won’t lie, sometimes I forget (hence why I cried after rereading it). I praise any young woman who tries their best trying to be like this. 

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
27.o2.11

It's not bacon, it's ribs.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

After setting up for the ward conference social, Laura and I thought we'd say hi to the APs up in the office before we left. It's Elder Anderson and Elder Dewey, of course we would. Anyway, so we get up there and I was planning to surprise them. Usually they're on the computers, so their backs are to the door. But they weren't this time...they were standing at the desk near the door so they saw me :( They were at the door before I could even crouch down to peek through the window. BOOOO. But it was so funny cause Elder Dewey was so freaked! When he saw me pass by he didn't know who or what I was so he got scared (HAHAHAHAHA). So yea, Elder Dewey wanted a super awesome handshake with both me and my sister. Of course, him and my sister made theirs up first:




- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
26.o2.11

YW Leadership Training

Today was the Stake Young Womne’s Leadership training. I totally forgot that I was only the “forwarder” of these messages that I get, so when I received the invitation to come, I went! I thought I wanted to be called to Young Women’s before? Wow, after the meeting, my desire to be called in the Youth was even greater. I loved being a youth, sometimes I still feel like I’m part of the youth, I love the youth still, and I would LOVE to be a leader to help the youth out. Yes I love the youth that much! Anyway, in this meeting we discussed Personal Progress (yippee for me, I was one of the few that had completed mine). The other leaders in the stake were discussing how they encouraged their young women to be more enthusiastic about the program and shared their activity ideas with us. I LOVED them! They were so genius!!! Don Valley ward had made these Temple Time Capsules and inside the Young Women would but things like a letter to their future husband, a promise to be worthy to enter the temple, a picture of the temple they want to be married in, a picture of their dream modest wedding gown, how many kids they want, etc. THAT IS LIKE MY DREAM ACTVITY!!!! SO LEGIT!!!!

Here’s a little info-bit on myself: If you ever want to make me mad, tell me I’m never going to get married or have kids. Tell me that and I’ll bite you. I’ve wanted to get married in the temple since forever and it’s only been a couple years since I’ve really seen the significance of being sealed in the temple, which of course made me want it SO MUCH MORE!. So I’m super excited to do this activity!! And Derrice said I could help her out and participate, which is getting me even more excited for it!! WOOT!

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
26.o2.11

Let's talk photography.

So my friend Stefanie Chen and I were talking photography and she has introduced me to Amelia Lyon Photography, now officially one of my favourites along with Wendy G. She's amazing! Here are a few photos from Stefanie's favourite engagement shot:





And I did a little research within her photo blog and she uses this really cool program to edit her photos. It's called Get Totally Rad. Like Picnik, they have all these super cool effects for photos, but you have to download them to use them in your Photoshop. They provide sample pictures and you can try out what each effect looks like with each picture, which is pretty cool for advertisement purposes. This way I get a sense of what exactly it is I'm using before I buy it. Seriously, the possibilities for photography seem so endless and it just keeps getting me more and more excited to start going to school for it.

Also, yesterday before the FERP dance started, this girl walks in with this pro camera and lens and I start drooling over it. Her name is Nicole and she's from the London stake. She was teaching me a thing or two about photography. She told me if I'm planning to go to school, I should apply to Sheriden. Of course, I still want to go to the New York Institute of Photography, but she said it's totally different when you're actually shown how to do things than when you're learning it yourself. SO my choice in school will be re-looked into.

Her camera is a huge Canon 5D. HUGE and HEAVY i'm telling you ($2000 for the body; $2000 for the lens; a few hundred for the flash...WOA). And she says it's her first ever SLR. I told her I was planning on getting a Rebel. She told me that if I was looking into becoming a professional photographer, I shouldn't buy one and that I should buy my pro camera right away. I agree with her, but the thing is I'm NOT in school for photography yet. I've, of course, thought about buying the huge pro Canon camera the last time I went to Future Shop, but I thought it over and came with the conclusion: what's the point in buying an expensive pro camera when I don't  know how to use it? I've experimented with Stacy Bell's and my Tito Henry's professional cameras..and honestly, I can't get anywhere when taking pictures because I simple don't know how to use its functions.



Anyway, I explained to her that I wasn't planning to go to school for photography until after my mission (and then she gave me a hi5 because she's going on her mission too!!!!), so it would be a smarter idea for me to start off with a Rebel to practice with and do my amateur photography with and then 5 years later when I'm actually in school for photography, THEN I'll spend a fortune on my professional camera. Sounds like a plan? Possibly...

But starting up this photography WILL be expensive: the camera, schooling, all the different lenses, the flashes, the laptop, the editing system and programs....all going to cost a fortune. But I'm SO serious about it. And I AM determined to become a professional photographer.



- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
26.o2.11

FERP.

I didn't have a date, but that didn't stop me from going!

I'm not going to lie though, I feel like I got all dressed up for nothing. I went there all dressed and I stuck out like a soar thumb. The theme was "A Night in Paris" so most people were wearing black and white. And I was wearing blue. It was the first time out of all the times I wore my Prom dress that I felt good about it...and the evening wasn't even a big whoop. What. A. Waste.

Anyway, here the photos:

Mmmm strawberries and ice cream puffs. Amy did an amazing job with the food!


Decorations...


Me and Dannykins


Me and ate Joyce


Sheenz & Shanelle


Beautiful ladies!


Haha I love Daniel's new glasses

LOVE this :)


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
25.o2.11

Jane is ENGAGED!

Friday, February 25, 2011

I'm just super excited about this. One of my friends, JANE SMITH, is engaged. This makes me super-duper happy. Check out their blog: Team J


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
25.o2.11

Youth Temple Trip

YES! Hallelujah for meeeee! Because I get out of school at 4:30pm on Thursdays, I never have enough time on my hands anymore to go to any youth activities, including the youth temple trips. But LUCKY DUCKY me, the youth temple trip happens to fall on my reading week!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! This makes me extremely happy!

So last night, I finally got a temple interview after the longest time. The last time I went to the temple was May 2010 for the Filipino Family Temple Day. I was still put on the youth list back then, but now that I'm 19 I get to keep my own recommend for a whole year.

You know what that means? Striving more to be worthy to enter the temple at any time.

We rode in the van with Stacy and Derrice (a couple of the coolest people on earth!) and Laura, Kim, Rouzine, and I talked the whole way there about many things. It made me miss girl talk.

We got to the temple and we were doing a session with the Peterborough Ward (apparently someone booked our sessions late, so now we got to share all our sessions with them this year). But it's ok, meeting new people is always fun!

Just a couple funny tid-bits from while we were in the waiting room
- Someone locked themselves in the washroom and there was a huge fuss trying to get the person out. It was Bro. Millora. Now you can imagine Laura, Rouzine, and I bursting into laughter (we were the only other Filipino people there, so we had every right to since we are all family friends!)

- Before we left the room I hear Miguel say "Elder Anderson". I saw that he was reading the New Era magazines and it just clicked in my mind that he probably saw that one article about Service on Wheels with Elder Anderson on it. So I go back and I'm like "what?" He just said, "oh nothing, but doesn't this look like an Elder from our ward?". I looked at it and I started laughing and said "that's cause it is!!" HAHAHA I specifically remember reading that article the first time. I remember reading over the guys'  names and stuff, but never did I ever think I would ever meet one of them. Ever since Elder Anderson told me that he was one of the guys in the article, I tried looking for my copy to get a closer look, but my parents had them down in the basement and there was no way I got it back. So I just found it funny that the young men had found the copy at the temple.

Baptism session was GREAT. It felt so good to be back inside!!

After the temple we went to Wendy's, as usual. Funny thing again, we happened to bump into Peterborough ward. We walk in and they were all already in line and looked at all weird. Hahahaha.

Yes, but tis was a fun night. I love the temple :)


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
24.o2.11

All the best-feeling tidbits in the world.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This is going to be a little smash-up of a whole bunch of topics in one. Sorry!

Yesterday was Hababo's 20th birthday so we decided "surprise party" once again. Christo and I met up and headed to Simmin's place to decorate her basement. Of course, I was in charge of baking the cake (who else...).

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Simmin, Christine, Amrah, and I did our girly thing and got ready, putting on little finishes to out outfits, before we went to meet up with Hababo. Simmin all of a sudden starts yelling at the top of her lungs, calling her sister saying, "APUUUUUUUUU!!!!! DO THE SMOKEY-EYE LOOK ON MEEEEEE". All I could do was shout and chase after her saying "I'll do it! I'll do it! I'll do it!" An opportunity to practice the smokey-eye look on somone other than myself? Yes Please! With not much surety in her voice, she allowed me to. I didn't have much to work with; she only had two colours, but I tried my best. I loved her make-up brushes: MAC. Reminder to self: get myself a few of them.



When I finished her make-up I suggested she put on mascara but she dully said she doesn't wear it. Then she looked into the mirror and got all excited because she loved it! I was so happy!! She then decided to take my suggestion and did put mascara on. Then she let me take a photo of her eyes so I could post it. You can't really see it in this photo though...



After doing Simmin's make-up I noticed Amrah was having a tiring time straightening her hair. So I offered to help her. When I was done she was so impressed..."wow! my hair has never been this straight before!". I know, surprise surprise, I actually did someone's hair (for once). But let's face it, it was something simple. But still.

While we were on the bus I got compliments from both girls once again,
Simmin: Ariana, you are so doing my make-up from now on.
Amrah: I should just keep Ariana at my place to do my hair. 
Awesome stuff! It made we so happy to hear all that.

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As I was putting on my coat to leave Simmin's place, Simmin's sister, Apu, says, "hey Ariana, I want to go to church with you one time." (ok i don't know what her real name is, but we all call her that. it's sorta like how everyone calls me "Ate"). Anyway, you can imagine my mouth dropped open when I heard this. Apu starts laughing at me because she said that's exactly how Simmin said I would react. I then put the biggest smile on my face and started squealing and doing like tip-toe jumps on the spot (yup, that's me for ya). She said that she's never been to a church meeting before and she's really like to attend one to just see how it is. And she said something about having some questions. PERFECT OPPORTUNITY OR WHAT?! I was so happy!!!!! I thought the best time to bring her to church would be this coming Sunday, it's ward conference and I'd be able to be with her the whole time plus we were going to have a potluck afterwards. Slight problem though, I'm being picked up right after church to play the piano at a funeral. But this is where Laura and Elder Anderson kick it, because I'll just get them to stay with her until I return. Sounds like a plan? I think so!

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We met up with Hababo downtown and headed towards a little restaurant called Ali Baba. I was wondering why we were there and what we were eating. They described it to me to be like Subway. And it was! One of the best tasting things ever! It was like Subway, but with an Eastern twist on it. Instead of bread they used pita and stuffed it with chicken, lettuce, spices, tomatoes, ranch dressing, and hot sauce. Oh my goodness, I love wraps in general, but that Shawamara made my taste-buds tingle. I am definitely going back there to eat it again sometime. 

My Chicken Shawamara

Simmin snapping an unattractive picture of me eating...


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After eating we headed back to Eaton's. On the way there I happened to see a familiar figure! It was Sayeed! He was like best friend in the 7th and 10th grade and I haven't seen him since my debut party. So I went to talk to him while the rest of my friends ditched (let's just say my friends aren't all that "OK" with him, especially Christine...). We just did a little catching up and ended up talking about photography. I told him how I wanted the Canon Rebel t1i  and he told me to go for it. Apparently that was the SLR he used when he road-tripped it to British Columbia..(which his pictures were AMAZING bytheway). So I guess that finalizes it, eh? Canon Rebel t1i, here I come!


I did some research later on that night and found some Rebel t1i kits on Amazon for a REALLY good price. I guess I'll aim for those. It won't be much of a problem once I start working in the summer :)

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After talking with Sayeed I found out that my friends were spying on my from inside H&M. We decided to head there because Hababo's mom told her to go buy something for herself. I've always thought H&M clothes were pretty nice, but I could never find anything that would look good on me. I have finally found something I wanted, and trust me, I was sooooooo tempted to buy it. But I didn't cause, well, let's just say I have a habit of shopping non-stop...so I had to control myself. It was so hard to watch everyone else go buy stuff while I just looked. But anyway, I found this really cute (and MODEST!) outfit. It was cute little vintage dress (which is immodest by itself, but of course I would wear tights or jeans underneath) which sorta looked like this:

Cute, vintage, flowery dress....yes, I like VERY much.


And on top with a belt, a long dark blue cardigan that sorta looks like this:


So yeah, try to picture this blue cardigan on top of the flower dress. Cute, right?

Well, they were about $30 each, so I didn't get them just cuz I can't afford to spend my money on that at the moment. Boo. I can't wait to start working again.


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So I had to ditch my friends early because I needed to get home to do things. Jezreel ended up texting me and came over because she needed help with her Compare & Contrast essay. Yipee. Not all that thrilled to do work, but if I were to write an essay, Compare & Contrast or Narrative would be my choices to do. Wow, i'm a NERD. Anyway, Jezreel and I worked pretty well for not having much information about what I was helping her with. And I once again got praised for my work, yay :)

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When my dad got home, we went to visit Manong (my uncle Romeo) in the Emergency Room. He's been pretty sick and the doctors can't find anything wrong with him. The day before my parents went to the hospital with him and my mom said he saw her the first question he asked was "where are the kids", which totally broke my heart. So I decided to come visit today. We brought my grandpa along because my dad wanted to give him a Priesthood blessing. Of course, my uncle is of a different religion so we had to get his consent. When my dad explained it to him, my uncle said "i'm OK", so I thought he was rejecting the offer. I tried smiling at him (but I was wearing a mask, so you couldn't really see my expression -.-"), trying to encourage him to let my dad give him a blessing. When my dad asked him again, he said of course I want one. I was so happy!!!!!! I mean, it's nothing big, but I'm super glad my uncle let my dad perform a blessing on him. I have faith it'll help make him better. 

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And yea, that was pretty much my whole day! I was so pooped out by the end of it, I don't even know why. But life is grand, that's all I'm going to say with a big, fat smile on my face :D.

- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
22.o2.11



Do You Have What It Takes to Be Happy?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesterday was family day and my Ate Tess was asking me to help her out with her presentation with this essay. Before I could help her I said I'd have to read it over...I did and I'm like WOW. I LOVE this. So I thought I'd share :) I agree completely with what she says, especially the part about replacing negative with positive thoughts and embracing our challenges instead of fearing them. That's the way to live!

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be Happy?
By Stacey Colino

If you add up money, beauty, fame, and admiration, you’ve got the formula for a lifetime of bliss, right? Wrong. The truth is, your financial status, external circumstances, and life events account for no more than 15 percent of your happiness quotient, studies show. What elements do make a difference? Surprisingly simple internal factors such as having healthy self-esteem, a sense of optimism and hope, gratifying relationships, and meaning and purpose in your life have the most influence, according to recent studies on what researchers call “subjective well-being”.


If that sounds like a tall order, here’s the good news: Even if they don’t come naturally, many of the attitudes and thought patterns that influence happiness can be cultivated, which means you can boost your capacity for happiness today—and in the future. “Studies with twins reveal that happiness is somewhat like a person’s cholesterol level—it’s genetically influenced, but it’s also influenced by some factors that are under our control”, explains David Myers, Ph.D., a social psychologist at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and author of The Pursuit of Happiness (Harper Collins, 1993). In other words, while your genetically determined temperament has a fairly strong influence on your happiness quotient, you can nudge it upward with the attitudes and approaches you bring to your life. To develop a sunnier disposition, use the simple strategies outlined in this essay, and you’ll be on your way to a richer, more satisfying life, starting now!


Develop an upbeat attitude. No, you don’t want to become a Pollyanna who overlooks problems and thinks everything is peachy even when it isn’t. But you do want to consciously focus on what’s positive in your life because this can engender a sense of optimism and hope. And research has found that happy people are brimming with these key ingredients. In one study at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, happy subjects were more hopeful about their wishes than their less sanguine peers. It’s not that their wishes came true more often, but the happy people expected them to come true. How? They do it by expecting to have a joyful summer every day, not just when they’re on vacation, by indentifying negative thoughts and countering them with positive or neutral ones, and by embracing challenges (such as parasailing or public speaking) instead of fearing them. Such people realize that challenges will help them grow.


Hang out with your favourite people. It’s as simple as this: Carving out as much time as you can to spend with people you value gives you a sense of connection, as well as a support system for when your luck heads south. Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that people who are consistently very happy have stronger romantic and social relationships than unhappy people. “We’re social creatures by nature,” says Louis H. Janda, an associate professor of psychology at Old Dominion a sense of belonging and lets you engage in mutually enjoyable activities, all of which can buffer you from stress.”


Infuse your life with a sense of purpose. If you want to be happy, it is important to give your life meaning: Research at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro found that having a sense of purpose is a significant predictor of happiness and life satisfaction. To create a vision of what’s meaningful to you, ask yourself, “What activities make me feel excited or enthusiastic? What do I want to be remembered for? What matters most to me?” If you can articulate these desires to yourself, you can set specific goals to help you fulfill them. If you realize that your strongest desire is to become an influential teacher and role model, for example, you might set a goal of volunteering to help disadvantaged kids or of going back to school to get your teacher degree.


Count your blessings, not your burdens. When people keep a gratitude journal, in which they jot down a daily list of what they appreciate in their lives, they experience a heightened sense of well-being, according to research at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Miami in Florida. “There’s a natural tendency to take things for granted, but if you stop and think of all the ways you are blessed, it doesn’t take long for the mind to use that as the new baseline for perceiving how happy you are,” explains study co-author Michael E. McCullough, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology and religious studies at the University of Miami.


Recharge your energy and your spirits. Sure, exercise can work wonders in keeping your mood buoyant, but so can getting some simple R&R. “Happy people lead active, vigorous lives yet reserve time for restorative sleep and solitude,” Myers says. Short-change yourself of the shut-eye you need, and it’s hard to enjoy much of anything when you’re exhausted. In a recent study involving more than nine hundred women, researchers assessed how happy women were based on their daily activities and found that sleep quality had a substantial influence over how much the women enjoyed life, even when they engaged in plenty of pleasurable activities like sex and socializing.


Put on a happy face! If you act as if you’re on cloud nine—by smiling with your mouth and eyes, speaking in a cheerful voice and walking confidently—going through the motions can trigger the actual emotion. There’s even science to prove it: A study at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, found that when people forced themselves to smile or laugh, they experienced a substantial boost in mood afterward.


So start off by acting as if you’re walking on the sunny side of the street—even if it’s cloudy. Changes are, you’ll begin to feel a little happier after just a few steps!

Arielle's Baptism!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

WOOT WOOT my little sister got baptized today!!! It’s been 11 years since I’ve been baptized and 9 years since Laura has. It’s been quite a while. And now my baby sister is finally 8 and able to have the opportunity to get baptized. My dad was the one performing the baptism. When he came down dressed in white it felt so odd! I remember when I got baptized I’d be looking up at my dad thinking he was so big. But when he stood there with my sister they looked so cute and small! I couldn’t help giggle to myself. It was a very busy and memorable day. I mean, I see a baptism almost every Sunday with the missionaries’ investigators and all, but it’s not so often that you see someone related to you get baptized.


Presiding: Bishop Rodrigo Limas
Conducting: Bro. Ryan Johnson
Pianist: Sis. Ariana Limas
Chorister: Sis. Laura Limas

Opening Hymn: I Am a Child of God
Invocation: Elder Tyson Anderson

Talk on Baptism: Sis. Cairine Caughill
Talk on Holy Ghost: Sis. Marie Ann Afu

Musical Number: Daughter of a King – Laura Limas accompanied by Ariana Limas

Musical Number: Baptism – Don Mills Ward Primary

Baptism of Arielle Limas
To be performed by Bishop Limas

Musical Number: When I am Baptized – Arielle Limas

Confirmation by Bishop Limas

Welcome to the Ward by Bishopric and Primary Leader

Closing Hymn: The Holy Ghost
Benediction: Elder Steven Dewey


It was great! I have to admit, I did get very tired from playing the piano at the end of it...BUT, nonetheless, it was awesome. There was a great turn-out and my family and neighbours were all able to make it. I even heard that some of my family is planning to meet with Elder Anderson and Elder Dewey..AWESOME STUFF! It made me very, very happy to hear that.


Made to Perfection

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Arielle’s 8th birthday and baptism is tomorrow and I was assigned to make McCall’s Cooking School’s Perfect Chocolate Cake. I first made this cake for Elder Anderson’s birthday and Arielle liked it so much that she requested me to make it for her birthday as well. My mom wanted me to make two just so there’s enough for everybody.

When I first made it for Elder Anderson’s birthday I thought it turned out pretty good. So for the first set I made for Arielle, I made a few minor adjustments:
  • using the same pan so the layers will be the same size
  • using a new spread spatula to frost the cake
  • putting a lot more cream filling inside
  • and decorating the outside with cake candies.
  • My mom had bought a box set to place the cake it so it would look pro (it seriously looked like we ordered it).




Now the second set....holy smokes, I have no idea what happened to it. Everything that could’ve gone wrong, went wrong.
  • I burned the frosting (yea, that might sound impossible, but once you see the recipe, you’ll understand).
  • I broke the pan I used, so the layers were different layers from each other, which meant...
  • The cream filling I put inside spewed out and got wasted.
  • And because it spewed out it mixed with my frosting, so it didn't look all that attractive.
  • The decorations (the sprinkles) my mom got for it were a lot more...simple?...than the fancy candies she bought for the other one, so all together it looked worse and less professional.




Anyway here’s the recipe for McCall’s Cooking School’s Perfect Chocolate Cake if you want to try it. It’s REALLY good if you get the recipe right.

Ingredients:
-          1 cup unsifted unsweetened cocoa powder
-          2 cups boiling water
-          2 ¾ cups sifted all-purpose flour
-          2 teaspoons baking soda
-          ½ teaspoon baking powder
-          ½ teaspoon salt
-          1 cup butter or margarine, softened
-          2 ½ cups granulated sugar
-          4 large eggs
-          1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Frosting
-          1 pkg (6 oz) semisweet chocolate pieces
-          ½ cup light cream
-          1 cup butter or margarine
-          2 ½ cups unsifted confectioners’ sugar

Filling
-          1 cup heavy cream, chilled
-          ¼ cup unsifted confectioners’ sugar
-          1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.       In medium-sized bowl, combine cocoa with boiling water, mixing with wire whisk until smooth, Cool completely. Sift flour with baking soda, baking powder and salt. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease well and lightly flour tree 9” x 1½ layer cake pans.
2.       In large bowl of electric mixer, at high speed, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light (about 5 minutes), scraping bowl occasionally. At low speed, beat in flour mixture (in fourths) alternately with cocoa mixture (in thirds), beginning and ending with flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
3.       Divide batter evenly into prepared cake pans; smooth top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed with fingertip. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Carefully loosen sides with spatula; remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
4.       Frosting: In medium-sized saucepan, combine chocolate pieces, cream and butter; stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat. With whisk, blend in 2½ cups confectioners’ sugar. In bowl set over ice, beat until frosting holds its shape.
5.       Filling: Whip cream with confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; refrigerate. Assemble cake: On plate, place a layer top side down; spread with half of cream. Place second layer top side down; spread with rest of cream. Place third layer top side up.
6.       With spatula, frost sides first, covering whipped cream; frost top with remaining frosting, swirling decoratively. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. To cut, use a thin-edged sharp knife; slice with a sawing motion. Serves 12.




- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .
19.o2.11

13 Articles of Faith

This morning I went to church for a Stake Primary activity. I’m only the Primary pianist in our ward, but I thought I’d come to help out just to take the opportunity to do so. Turns out the activity was to help the primary kids learn about the 13 Articles of Faith.

There were 13 rooms, each one focused on one of the 13 Articles of Faith. Holly and I went around with 4 kids: Christian, Daniel, Summer, and Holly. Basically, in each room, we’d discuss the article of faith, do a little activity concerning it, then have the kids recite the article of faith, then give them a copy for the ring booklet we were making them.

My parents had my sister and I memorize the 13 Articles of Faith when we were still young and in primary, so it was pleasure to be helping out some of these Primary kids learn it as well. Of course, when I learned them, I was more focused on memorizing them and not really understanding what they meant. But as I grew older, I learned the significance of each, and it was my first time ever explaining them to somebody else and I definitely enjoyed it.

I think I’ve gained a new appreciation for the 13 Articles of Faith. I always knew they were important, but I’ve never expressed my gratitude for them. Joseph Smith made the 13 Articles of Faith to tell people what us, as Latter-day Saints, believe in. I find that they are very helpful in understanding the basis of what I believe.

Our young ones.


They're so cute. They were so interested in the snow that was falling.


7th Article of Faith: "Gift of Tongues" LOL


Holly teaching them about the 8th Article of Faith.


- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .

19.o2.11

Still Believe

Friday, February 18, 2011

I LOVE this song. Hermana Tillet and Hermana Wheeler sang this at a baptism a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it...because IT IS TRUE! Laura and I are currently trying to learn it so we can post it up and share the song with everyone (: But here are the lyrics:


Still Believe – Hilary Weeks

I haven’t seen His face, but I have seen His miracles.
I haven’t heard His voice, but His Spirit speaks to my heart.
I haven’t felt His hands, but I have felt His peace,
And blessed are those who haven’t seen and still believe
That He lives, and still believe that He walked upon the earth.
And though my faith is just a seed I still believe.

I didn’t walk with Him, but each day He’s here by my side.
I didn’t watch as He healed but His love has changed my life.
I didn’t see the cross but I know it was for me,
And blessed are those who haven’t seen and still believe
That He lives, and still believe that He walked upon the earth.
And though my faith is just a seed I still believe.

I haven’t seen His eyes, but someday He’ll look into mine
And if He bids me come I will worship at His feet
For blessed are those who haven’t seen and still believe.




- Ariana Rae Limas ♥
live well . laugh hard . love big .

18.o2.11
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