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!} 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 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 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 (21)

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Emma Abigail (19)

Emma Abigail (19)

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!

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Monday, December 04, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week....

Some of my girls and I had the opportunity to volunteer at the 
Living Nativity 
in Alpine with some friends....
We worked at the hot cocoa station...
we served thousands and thousands...
it was crazy! 
but fun!

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Kyleigh celebrated her one year mark of 
being home from her mission...
{CAN U EVEN BELIEVE THAT?}
by eating her favorite Korean dessert 
BING SU
She and Hannah at this week's
Murray hockey game... 

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celebrating December 1st!!!!
 with Advent Calendars...
my kids love those things!
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Ward Christmas Party

Made a yummy cream cheese and cracker appetizer 
with this yummy stuff!
{Costco find}
I even crock potted chicken with it this week.
That night the older girls had their much anticipated cousin sleepover
down at the Y apartment...
Too much fun for this crew!!!!!
*****
Good times for Brie at the dentist...
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14 more weeks and she gets her braces off. 
She can't wait!!!
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Celebrating my bestie's b-day
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helping grandma Bell decorate her 
Christmas tree!
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Attended the BYU International Folk Dance Concert
"Christmas Around the World"
SO SO GOOD!
Mexican food at Su Casa 
with the fam after wards!
πŸ˜‹
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Hannie had a date to see the lights on
Temple Square!
*****
Kyleigh was a good friend and attended 
her buddy Blake's 
Ward Christmas Party with him...
Kyleigh and friends at a new place close to campus called
"The Wash"!
It was such a hit she introduced some of the roomies to the place 
a couple nights later...
I'm hearing rave reviews about the pizookie...
 *****
The poppi took us out for a FHE treat!
fun fact: Did you know ice cream and fries are one of my favorite food combinations?
This little Leatherby shop is in
downtown Midvale...
I like it so much better than the main Leatherby's in Taylorsville
This place is quaint, quiet and cleaner!
An awesome neighbors house!

Monday, November 27, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week...

Before Thanksgiving Break I got
to go on a field trip
with Kate's class to the Murray Museum.
The history of Murray City is awesome!
We πŸ’—  where we live!
Thanksgiving Treat for Kate's teacher.
{printable from marcicoombs.com}
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More mid-week hockey watch'in!!!!
Hockey is so fun to watch, but boy do
ice centers REEK!
I feel like I need to take a
can of Fabreze with me.
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Our Thanksgiving Celebration!
 Thanksgiving Breakfast table....
"The Poppi" was the head Pilgrim.
πŸ˜‰
We went around and said 5 things we 
are thankful for. 
I wish I had time to post what everybody said. 
I got a kick out of it. 
{free name card printables from swankypress.com}
It's tradish to read some type of
Thanksgiving Story
before we eat breakfast.
Kate got this cute story last year at school.
Thanksgiving with the hubs family
that afternoon!
So So dang tasty!
 Then off to my sisters for pie!

Kate's do for the holiday!
Emmsie is so good at doing Kate's hair!
Love this family of mine!
😌
Kyleigh missed two Thanksgivings with the fam!
So happy to have her back this year!
My brother in law made 17 pies!!!!
{yah you read that right}
He even made a pie especially for me!
Coconut Creme.
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We saw this movie on Thanksgiving night with some extended family!
Story of how Charles Dickens came to write the "Christmas Carol."
Quite touching...it will put you in the Christmas spirit.
{added bonus...Matthew from Downton Abby is in it. πŸ˜‰ }
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We got our tree up!

Friday night we went to Christmas in Color!
A 15 min drive through Christmas lights synchronized to Christmas music.
It's awesome! 
 Hanging from the windows and sunroof.
Iceberg shakes after!
Rocky Road, Peppermint, and Grasshopper are some of our fav's!
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On Saturday Kyleigh attended the baptism of an old friend.
We are so happy for Isaiah!!
Back in the day with him..
their Jr. Year of High School.
Kenzi is Skyped in from New York for the group pic...
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Bento Boxes and Sushi with the fam 
on Saturday night!
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Brie, Kate and I did some random painting over the break...
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And best for last...
Guess who got engaged this weekend? 
My niece! 
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She is one of the cousins that rooms with Kyleigh and Emma down at the Y.
These girls got to help Wyatt pull off the proposal...
πŸ‘
Ya know the movie "Father of the Bride"???
and the wedding planner Fronk???
These girls are now Fronk, Honk, Bonk and Cronk.
πŸ˜‚
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Man, was it hard to see the long holiday weekend come to an end!
Staying up late and sleeping in was glorious.
Enjoyed all the movie watching...Besides my continued O.D.'ing on Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel...we watched some of our fav Christmas movies like Christmas with the Kranks, and Home Alone, AND most importantly we got caught up on- and finished season 3 of Poldark. Goodness me!
Who out there is dying at the ending like me????

Gosh darn it Monday morn was not a
welcome sight...
Everyone is back to the grind of
work and school!
😬
However... we were super excited about this Monday morning news!
Especially my Emmsie!
We are already planning for a royal wedding tea party in the Spring and sleepover with 
middle of the night 
wedding watching like we did with 
William and Kate. 
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