Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 45 year old mother of five amazing daughters and wife to a caring, sensitive AND sexy husband. I adore my family. I’m dedicated to my faith. I enjoy a good laugh. I'm nostalgic and love to reminisce. "Remember" is my favorite word in the English language. I love life! I’m passionate about music, food and travel. I’m fascinated with anything European. {PARIS! Hello!} I love celebrating anything and everything! I love to read, especially a good biography, mystery, Regency Era or Historical fiction novel. I love thoughtful gift giving. To me the gift wrap is almost as important as the gift itself. I love being creative…bolts of ribbon, coordinating scrapbook papers, producing a tablescape, or dΓ©cor for a themed party etc. puts a smile on my face. I love the details! I’m a freak for anything theme oriented. I enjoy event planning, but oddly enough do not like to host or entertain. I enjoy fashion, but have to be really in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky jewelry. I’d rather wear wedges or heels any day than flats. I enjoy decorating and searching for the perfect decorative pillow or picture. However, you’ll never see me frequent high-end stores. I'm more of a Ross, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning kind of gal. My favorite decor style is an old world rustic chateau look with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} My #1 cookie-Molasses! Autumn is my favorite season. I’d go through childbirth a million times. I enjoy biking with my man, Pilates, and jogging. BUT you’ll never find me in a gym working out. I love movies, whether watching them in the theatre or cuddled up on the couch with my family. I enjoy a good chick flick or real life drama! I'm a sucker for movies on the Hallmark Channel. I love the elderly. I love Disneyland. I love being in the canyon on a summer or fall evening at dusk. I love my friends. While I have some extroverted characteristics. I’m a self proclaimed introvert. I’m generally quiet, calm, reserved and pretty darn private. Why in the heck do I blog? It’s a creative way to record family history. I enjoy photography. I really don’t like to write, although I write in my journal almost every day. I love the beach. I enjoy WWII history. I love a clean, orderly house, but ours looks lived in. ;) PBS Masterpiece is my friend. I adore Jane Austen films. They transport me to another time and place. If I had to choose another time period in which to live, early 19th Century England would be my pick. "Sense and Sensibility" is my all time favorite movie. My favorite TV series is the 1950's Spanish Drama "Velvet." My biggest pet peeve is people who blow their noses in public. So gross! {Take it to the bathroom people.} I’d go on a wine tasting vacation if it wasn’t against my religion. I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby from a foreign country. I’m an avid BYU football fan. I tutor elementary kids in phonics, reading, writing, comprehension and math. I love our campfires at Scofield Lake. I have a 'thing' for fairy gardens and Gallic French roosters. I love summer rainstorms and warm baths. I'm a Rush Limbaugh and Hannity Talk Radio Show listener. Also a fan of several Fox News shows. I hate when my kids have homework. I'd rather clean 20 toilets than give a talk or prayer in church. I collect quotes, Madame Alexander Dolls, children's books and Disney pins. I always prefer sitting in a back row versus the front. {I'm sort of a seat snob..yikes} I also have high expectations for my lemonade, salsa, and french fries too. HA! I work well behind the scenes. I love a good Dateline Mystery and the genealogy TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I’m an Anglophile… love anything English! I would like to serve a church mission to England with Jaren someday. I'm queen of paper towel, used kitchen hand towels and dishrags make me squirm. You’ll rarely find me out of the house not ready for the day, except when driving the kids to school on the days I don't work. I feel naked without lip gloss. Pairing up white socks, chipped fingernail polish, chapped lips and brownie crumbs on the floor drive me nuts! I like to organize and BE organized..but not saying I always am. ;) I enjoy hiking to waterfalls, ATV’ing with my family and snowshoeing with the hubs. Although I enjoy collecting recipes and occasionally watch cooking shows... (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Paula Deen, and the Pioneer Woman are my favorites) I’d rather not cook. Eating out is so much more fun. I live to eat! LOL Trying new foods and restaurants is a favorite pasttime. I love the joy of anticipation and the celebration of holidays. Family traditions are important to me. I'm a memory preserver. I'm a pathological picture taker ;) and I love happy lists!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

Disneyland Tips

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What's On My Happy List?


Celebrating!
Boy, did we have a week of it!!!
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Usually on Valentines week
we have enough going on
with just Valentines and Emma's b-day.  

However... two holidays we generally like to recognize, 
Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year, 
happened to fall on the same week as Valentines this year.
😏
You add our Olympic party we just had, 
as well as throwing a bridal shower for my niece... 
It was an over the top week of celebrating! 
Even for me who likes to celebrate
anything and everything. 
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Anywho, we had a little Mardi Gras celebration....
Kudos to Harmons,
 as I know I can always find a
Mardi Gras King Cake there.
We went Louisiana Style with our dinner...
 *****
Our Valentines!

We made a Princess Castle for Kate's class Valentine's Party.
We used already made pieces from her
birthday castle
from a couple of years ago.
I got these Princess Valentines
personalized from
Steel City Magnolia Paperie on Etsy.
Totally worth it. For only $6 I could
download and print off as many as I needed.
 We put together a little school supply Valentine for Kate's teacher..
{free print-ables from gluedtomycraftsblog.com}
 Made Nutella heart sandwiches for the
kiddos lunches.
 Cupid gift for Kate!
 I helped at the food table at her class party that afternoon.
They had cherry vanilla ice cream floats with licorice as a straw....

 Made cupid arrows out of pretzel sticks and gummy heart candies...
I put together a Valentine's dessert bar
for the fam!
I found these Valentine-y paper fans at TJ MAXX.
Paper fans are my favorite decorating tool...
you can reuse them over and over again.
We had pizza and salad by candlelight.
Sort of. haha
This new book BAGEL IN LOVE is sooooo adorable.
I'm a collector of children's books and this one is one of my favs.
I had bagels and cupcakes to go along with it.
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 Sweet Valentine delivered to Hannah at work from some of her guy friends.
*****
Thursday was my Emma's birthday! 
The big 2-0!
No longer a teenager...
😳
She had had a long day at school...
All she wanted to do was open up gifts and
eat Indian take out while watching one of our favorite India inspired
movies...The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
 We went to Howdy's Homemade Ice Cream Shop in Holladay for her birthday treat.
I had Dr. Pepper Chocolate Chip and
Hot Tamale Ice Cream.
The hot tamale was the bomb.
So so good!
Luv u so much Emmsie!!!
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Friday night we celebrated Chinese New Year! 
 Had most of this decor stuff kick'in around from years past.
It's year of the Dog!
 World Market had the cutest Chinese New Year display...
 We had Rice King takeout for dinner!
 My Chinese inspired boots!
The cousins got together that night.
They came back and we hung out at the house and watched the Olympics.
Fun Fun!
*****
Saturday I helped throw a shower for my niece who is getting married next month. 
We did a travel theme....
Traveling from Miss to Mrs. 
{Etsy invite}

Old 1930 vintage suitcases of my neighbors...
the hot air balloon Emmsie made...
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She is my party decor sidekick!
We had desserts representing different countries......
Baklava from Greece
Tim Tams from Australia etc.....
 We displayed things we had around the house, like the carved elephant, giraffe,
 dolls, and Eiffel Tower to represent different parts of the world.
This cute upward and onward world map box 
was a box Kyleigh already had...
The gift!
A date night idea.
Box was filled with a gift card to the French restaurant Mimi's.
Two of our fav movies filmed in Paris,
bubbly and goblets...
  Shower food is the best, is it not?
I got the paper decor 
{fans, garlands, lanterns}
 at Zurchers...
*****
In other news.....
 Kyleigh attended a Galentine Party with girlfriends...
and had a fun night out for dinner and bowling up in Park City. 
*****
The hubs and I had our monthly dinner group.
Went Korean in honor of the Olympics!
So So yummy!!!!

 I was looking so forward to the Bing Su.
It's a milk snowflake shaved ice dessert.
So flipp'in good. I love it, but sadly it or something I consumed didn't like me. haha
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Dear Me Do! Do you have the flu bug
at your house?
We all got flu shots, but Kate still got the cold, cough, fever crud
that's going around.
Poor kid. It kinda lingers.
To pass time I caught her designing a pretend cake with a bag full of shaving creme
instead of frosting.
Too much of Zumbo???? haha
We've binged watched episodes of this Australian Baking Show on Netflix.

It has elements that reminds me a tad bit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...
which I can not stand btw.
It gives me the creeps!
Yet I found this Zumbo Just Desserts fascinating.
I would never in a million years spend the kind of time
they do creating these desserts,
but they sure are incredible!
And I would LOVE to taste test them all!
It's a fun watch if you enjoy
baking competition shows.
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The celebrating continues this weekend as my older girls are hosting a bachelorette party for cousin Emily.
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