July 22, 2014

Hello America

Well, I'm back.
The cliche about it's easier to leave your family, than to come back to your family, is true. Your family you know you will see again, Argentina and the life as a full time missionary you are leaving forever. 
It's like you live 21 years to get ready to be a missionary...and then just like that you are back in the house that you left. It's weird. It's like Argentina was just a dream.
But it wasn't. I really was a missionary, a representative of Jesus Christ.Taking off the nametag made it a reality.

Now I could be classified as an awkward returned missionary.
Well, it's been a whole 5 days. (I think?)
As for awkward....I did go to the homecoming of my mission president sunday, and kinda forgot that I can hug ex-elders. One went to hug me and I stuck out my hand. Oops.
I went to walmart by myself. I drove. I have turned on the radio. I have been alone without my companion. I have taken long, hot showers. I slept in (one day only) until 9. I have stayed up past 10:30. Wow, what a wild life. The truth is, you feel a little guilty for doing all that...like you should be out knocking doors and studying and all. But then you remember that the 24/7 calling changes just a little....

I have eaten Kneaders, cafe rio, slurpees, chocolate chip cookies. (Not to mention an alfajor, dulce de leche, mate cocido). I have ventured on to facebook (because almost any form of friend I have nowdays lives there). I have put on jeans. I went to a wedding shower.

The craziest part was first walking in my house. I walked in my room and was speechless. I forgot all I had, and couldn't believe I actually owned it. Like, there was even carpet. It felt magical to wash and dry all my clothes in a matter of hours. I just stood in awe, looking around my house. It has it all...a dishwasher, automatic garage door, cleanliness. The fridge was full, the cupboards had more than rice and oil and pasta. You would never understand all that until you have lived in a different world. The truth is, everything has seemed superficial here.

People say I talk in english funny. Sometimes the phrases don't come out quite right. And the accent is different. Oh please, I never want to lose the spanish. 

I would love to eat a churripan and a big bowl of hermana carlson's fideos. We did go to the argentina panaderia in orem...and it is closed Mondays. Dang it. My next project will be to relive the mission through looking at and organizing all the pictures. And tomando mate. I guess if I can't go to Argentina, it will have to come to me.  (I may even start sweeping the porch every morning)

flag of Argentina

January 15, 2013


For the next 18 months, any updates will be posted at marisanicoleargentina.blogspot.com

Too bad suits and ties are not acceptable...

As a girl who has spent looots of time looking for clothes. (And been to what feels like every store in Utah). I thought it would have been helpful to know where to go, brands to look for, etc. There are about a million girls going on missions now that could benefit from this. Of course, I have not walked around hundreds of miles in my shoes yet, or walked the scorching hot streets or survived a freezing winter. The after review will have to wait 18 months. I did try to avoid anything overly frumpy or that may be mistaken for polygamist clothing. I know, I know...comfort should come first. (The pictures below only show a small sample) But here it goes.

- Born (Dillards)
Born Womens Jerrica
- Hush Puppies (Macys)

- Nurture (Dillards) ....I got them in blue

- Boots (Shoe Carnival)

- Downeast
- My mamma's sewing skills
- Urban Wear
- Forever 21
Polka dot skirtDress Barn

- These are from everywhere (Forever21, H&M, Kohls, Sister Missionary Mall, Bohme)
-Modbe Clothing - TopsDouble Ruffle Top "Short Sleeve"

- Cardigans in every color ( I already had a few, but got some from H&M, Platos Closet, Kohls, Rue21)
- 2 Peacoats (Yellow one from Gordmans and black one I already had)

Other stuff:
- Scarves (I already had quite a few, from random stores)
- Tights (Target, Walmart )
- Bag (JCPenney)

January 6, 2013

Vacation woohoo!

What a drive. Good thing we are hilarious, and country music never gets old.
A few (boxes) oreos and Nicholas Sparks audio books never hurt a long drive...

That would be our hotel, the only one right on the beach.
Santa Barbara
Cutest little fatties ever. Sea otters are adorable.
Babe. Single and mormon.
Yes, we went on a sunset sailboat ride. Dream come true.
Biking along the beach and all over Ventura. Not to mention, the breaks were broken. And tandems are risky. It was a hoot.
Kite flying on the beach!
California with the best friend....Hotel on the beach in Ventura, biking, beaches, 65 degree weather (with everyone still in scarves and boots), fooood, Six Flags, more food, Santa Barbara, sailboats, more beaches, cute streets, prettiest outside mall ever, long rides, more food, sleeping, swimming, more warm weather, and a drive home in -6 degree weather.   
12 hour drives, 2 hour traffic jams in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada, LA freeways, ridiculous gas prices, and stale food at Taco Time doesn't stop us. 
Pretty much if she was a boy and I was a girl, we would be the cutest couple with the best adventures ever.

Happy December

Temple square trip #1 in December
Snowboarding #2
21 baby!

Argentinine (??) empanadas. Mmm.

Zoo lights. Our dream to finally go to the zoo came true. Even in 28 degree weather.

Snowboarding, 2nd time that week. I felt like a grandma.

Merry Christmas 2012

 Merry Christmas 2012

The little elves cutting cheese.

Christmas tree #3

Traditional Jesus dinner on Christmas Eve. Fish, pita bread, grapes, olives, cheese, hummus, fig newtons, grape juice, couscous.  

Christmas was a success. I wasn't even woken up at 4am this year to open presents. Christmas dinner was pizza. It was a prime day for sleeping. The elves made the delivery for left over gifts on New Years eve. Until next year...

December 9, 2012

"Give a Little Love"

This is the greatest. I love this video - because it's believable, not cheesy, and real life stuff.
But seriously....What if every person in your school was represented in this? Your city? In the US? In the world?

It can be tiring reading/seeing/hearing the cliches about "changing the world"....they can seem oversimplified or far-fetched. The idea to "give a little love" is not. This gives a little more hope in humanity.

This is the month of December. There seems to be a sudden serge of people willing to give a little extra, to be more aware, and to live in a more idealistic society. (Why do we not have food drives in July and SilverRush in September??) But...we should take advantage of the Christmas spirit and try give a little more, because it does make a difference, whether people choose to recognize it or not. Society often overlooks simple opportunities to give time/money/attention or underestimates the impact of 1 person.

I simply have a list of a few things/ways to help another person this month, and others which will be spontaneous. I don't want to look back and realize how many opportunities I overlooked to do good. We could all give a little love.
  1. Write an anonymous note to someone.
  2. Scrape another persons snowy car.
  3. Go through a drivethrough and pay for the person behind me.
  4. Give sincere compliments.
  5. Be aware of those around me and make effort to smile.
  6. Let someone in front of me in line at Walmart.
  7. Open the door for people.
  8. Be extra patient to angry providers at work.
  9.  Resist making a rude comment, even when it feels absolutely necessary:)
  10. .........

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” [Aesop]
True that.

Festival of Trees

Yes, my 16 year old brother made this - the video and the house. Cool kid.

Our family makes trees/gingerbread houses for the Festival of Trees. We have done this the past several(?) years, so this must qualify as a tradition. Back in the day, the parentals even made and donated a gingerbread house as newlyweds.
Once upon a time my brother had to go to Primary Childrens Hospital for some belly button infection. Turns out, he ended up spending a quite a bit more time there throughout his young life. Well, more time than the average 8 year old is in the hospital. The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting Primary Childrens. The Festival of Trees is like an explosion of Christmas - trees, gingerbread houses, cinnamon rolls....pretty much everything except the reindeer.
These are the houses/trees, beginning with this year, and going back to our first tree:)
bikini bottom christmas
Minecraft christmas...(computer game, for all you people living without 11 year old boys)

Provo Tabernacle


Family pic, 2007 baby! The missionary tree - complete with a tie tree skirt, map of every mission in the world, and little gingerbread elders (and sisters.)