Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 46 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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} with a hint of bohemian, and baroque OR a vintage shabby chic country English cottage/farmhouse. 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 (18)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

Disneyland Tips

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

We Bleed Blue! {Except for the Poppi}

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Monday, October 08, 2018

What's On My Happy List?



Kate attended the Jr. Spartonian Drill Camp
They got to perform at halftime 
at Murray's home football game 
on Friday night
Her cheering squad!
 Mr. Spartan Man paid us a visit!
We went out for some yummy Mexican after!
Kyleigh was at the Y game...
Not quite sure what is going on with our team right now
{blah!}
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BUT 
THIS dance
 ended up being the only highlight 
of the game!
*****
In other family news.....
Kyleigh had parade practice for BYU's upcoming
Homecoming festivities...

*****
Hannah and friends went to a Haunted House!
*****
The hubs enjoyed his weekend mtn bike ride 
with his buddies...
*****
We enjoyed Conference Weekend...
and the BIG announcement!
Can we just say YAHOOO for two hour church!!!!
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BEST NEWS EVER for us homebodies at heart!
This is what Kate made 
while listening to Conference...
a bedroom out of paper, tissue and tape.
*****
We have a new addition to our fairy garden...
to make it a little more fall'ish!
Mr. Pumpkin head!
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If you are in the mood to
taste Fall
like we were this week
YOU NEED a Snickerdoodle cookie
with pumpkin cream cheese frosting
from SODALICIOUS

OR
this cookie from GOODLY COOKIE...called
Apple of my Eye {I believe}

GUYS!!!!
THIS was totally worth risking
feeling icky after...
One of the BEST cookies
I've ever had!
{Still kinda thinking about it.}
It's even better than their gluten free chocolate chip cookie....
which is REALLY good!!!!
OR
whip yourself up some
carrot, oatmeal spice cookies
{Kate and the hubs dug up 40 + carrots from their garden this weekend!}
*****
Two things that made me 
SMILE BIG 
this week....

THIS happening... 
and getting out the Halloween decor, 
dolls and books!
Happy October!!!!

Monday, October 01, 2018

What's On My Happy List?


More teeth pulling for Kate!
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HOPING THIS WAS THE LAST TIME
is the only reason it made the happy list...
***fingers crossed***

Her mouth is so small she has NO room
for some of her permanent teeth to come in.
She's had 11 teeth pulled so far!!
Poor kid!
 We celebrated being brave!
 
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The Primary had a party after the 
Primary Program
on Sunday! 
 The hubs got to play pie face with the Bishopric.
 Kate got to play it in her class too!
I got a new calling in the YW's so 
this was my last Sunday teaching in Primary.
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I've been teaching these kiddos for almost 
5 years.
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My sister-in-law threw a cute
b-day Pirate Party
for the twins....
We all had creative Pirate names...
She made the pirate map table covering...
she's super artistic!

*****
Uncle Ryan was in town for just a few days. 
The bro's got to go mountain biking together. 
*****
Kyleigh had some fun friend outings this week...
Dinner and golfing for a mission friend's birthday
Swing Dancing....
Corn Maze and bull riding at Cornbelly's...
Ice cream with her buddy...
and breakfast at midnight
for a girlfriend's birthday...
She needs to give me some of her energy!
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