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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Sunday

"Easter time is indeed a forceful reminder that the human spirit cannot be confined. It does not deny the reality of death, but it offers us an assurance that God has preserved life beyond the grave."
~ Franklin D Richards

Although Easter Sunday was a bit hectic and we ended up having to go to two different buildings to make it to Sacrament meeting, it was still a special time for us. I have a testimony that God preserved life beyond the grave by sending His Only Begotten, perfect Son, to give His life for us, and rise again on the third day, as only the Son of God could do. I know that this selfless act - the Atonement - allows me to return to Him someday. I know that Jesus Christ came to this earth to show us how to love one another and to serve each other, and be kind to one another. In this manner, we are to become more like Him. I am grateful for the gospel that helps me always remember Him and keep His commandments which He has given me. I am grateful for the Spirit that testifies of Him and comforts me and brings all things to my remembrance. 

I know I do not fully comprehend the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for me, but I am grateful for that act of selfless love that teaches me how to be more like Him everyday, a little by little, line upon line. 

To understand the meaning of death, we must appreciate the purpose of life. The dim light of belief must yield to the noonday sun of revelation, by which we know that we lived before our birth into mortality. In our premortal state, we were doubtless among the sons and daughters of God who shouted for joy because of the opportunity to come to this challenging yet necessary mortal existence. 5 We knew that our purpose was to gain a physical body, to overcome trials, and to prove that we would keep the commandments of God. Our Father knew that because of the nature of mortality, we would be tempted, would sin, and would fall short. So that we might have every chance of success, He provided a Savior, who would suffer and die for us. Not only would He atone for our sins, but as a part of that Atonement, He would also overcome the physical death to which we would be subject because of the Fall of Adam.

~ Thomas S Monson

I know that Christ suffered for me on the cross, that He died, and on the third day, rose again and broke the bands of death. I know that He lives and that He loves me. I see His hand in my life and His guidance in all that I do. I am blessed to learn His teachings and strive to be a worthy follower of Christ. In my imperfect world, He is there to lead me to perfection.

I hope you all feel His love and have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Easter Sunday Dinner

Aaron and I spent Easter Sunday with our friends in Southern California - Peter & Fiona D'Souza and their adorable babies - Micah & Ella. We always have a fabulous time with them and this time was no exception. We laughed hard, played hard and slept like logs! Hey, we were on vacation. What do you expect? 

Sunday dinner was a sight to behold! Fiona is a great cook and made the best biriyani (Indian spiced rice) - a tradition for all special days in India. We had quite a spread - roast, brussell sprouts, mashed potatoes, garlic mushrooms, biriyani, and raita. The kids were so ready for dinner since we made them wait for so long. Peter and Fiona were the perfect hosts and have a beautiful home! We were so blessed to share it with our 'family' and enjoyed every minute of it.

Here are some pics of the delicious spread!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Santa Monica, CA

One of my favorite places in southern California is Santa Monica. I have such wonderful memories of this place - the beach, the dancing, the performances, the friends, the laughter, the food, and the list goes on. I knew I had to take Aaron to Santa Monica and show him the fun it can be. Santa Monica it did not disappoint! It was everything I remembered it to be, and Third Street Promenade was abuzz with life, and the lights were twinkling away happily.

We spent a few hours on the beach and Fiona and the kids had a blast! Ella was precious and loved the water so much that she practically ran into the ocean. Aaron loved her! She was fearless and daring and did not want to get out of the water although it was freezing, well too cold for California. Micah was the opposite and was content to play in the sand. He was a bit wary of the ocean waves and probably a bit put off by all the attention Ella was getting :) We played Frisbee, walked along the beach with the wind blowing our hair about, and then made our way back to the car to dispose of all the stuff we had carried, before we strolled along the Promenade.

After getting something to eat, we took in a few performances, and watched the sun set amongst the palm trees. It was beautiful, exhausting, fun-filled day!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Sunny California

It was a great vacation! What made it more fun was having the chance to show Aaron the different parts of Los Angeles for the first time. Although it was not really as sunny as I would have liked it to be, it was much more pleasant than the weather our friends on the East Coast were experiencing. Aaron and I spent an entire day exploring and were quite exhausted at the end of it!

We started out our exploration on Hollywood Blvd, walking the length and breadth of it.  We took in all the stars on the Walk of Fame, got some delicious tacos at Calle Taco, posed in front of the Mann's Chinese Theatre, walked past the Hard Rock Cafe, and rounded out the day by taking a Celebrity Homes tour. Tip: To get the best deal, take the very last tour - they discount it quite a bit and you get to see much more since they don't have to be back for another tour.  I do have to admit that after the first few homes, the names and houses began to swim around in my brain that had turned to soup. But I did manage to take some pictures of the homes as we whizzed past on the tour mobile.

Warning: Picture Overload!

Richard Simmons' house

Steven Segal's house

Jennifer Aniston's house

Leo di Caprio's house

50 Cent's house and a reflection of our tour mobile

One side of 50's house and the house in the bottom right hand corner is Paris Hilton's house. Didn't know they were neighbors! 

Justin Bieber's apartment somewhere up there

Rodeo Drive

Oprah Winfrey just bought an apartment suite in here.

Michael Jackson's house where he died