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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} 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 (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!

Friday, June 15, 2018

What's On My Happy List?



Kyleigh in Italy....

She stayed in Bergamo this past weekend and toured the old town 
with her host brother.
cleaning!
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She went to Fillipo's school and talked 
to his class about high school in America.
She was soooo in her element. 
See her smack in the middle of all his friends?

Apparently they still have beans 
at KFC's in Italy. 
They don't sell them anymore here.
{They were one of my favorite things about KFC.}
So disappointed.
 *****
In other family news....

Hannah graduated from 4 years of Seminary!
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There are very few Seniors in our Stake!
It's crazy...
like only 11!
8 were at graduation.
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Hannah and Brie left for ward girl's camp!
I've been sending kids to camp for 10 years now.
😳

They camped at Capitol Reef for two nights.
Lucky ducks!
It was Hannie's last time at YW's camp.
😒
Brie is sure going to miss her in Y.W.'s. 
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Back at home Kate was introduced to the game Stratego.
I'm more of a card, dice game girl, but I do love two board games...
Clue and Stratego.

She played too many times to count.
We stargazed late at night on the lawn.
We celebrated Emmsie getting a 100% on her 
BYU Statistics test. 
Holy Havana!
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She decided to take a class in the 
Spring/Summer semester cuz she 
got a scholarship and the class was free. 
Um...that's a $900 class at no cost to her. 
That is awesome sauce I say!
 *****
The hubs and I went mountain biking x3
this week!
Super fun!
{except the time I got sick and almost passed out πŸ˜›}
Each time we had more kiddos join us.

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 Welcomed home the camp girls!
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 Attended our Ward's Annual Ice Cream Social...
 The little kids love the candy cannon!
she's serious about her taffy...
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Hey, if you need a good show to watch on a lazy summer day
and don't mind reading subtitles....

I'm dying over this Spaniard 1920's Period Drama on Netflix called
MOROCCO...Love in Times of War.
I may be biased, but Spain produces some excellent TV series...
I'm telling you some of my all time favorite shows
come from there....
VELVET
THE GRAND HOTEL
THE TIME IN BETWEEN
😍
Read about Morocco on this website: 
The characters are fabulous!

Friday, June 08, 2018

What's On My Happy List?



Kyleigh in Italy....

Here are some pics from her weekend trip to
Amalfi Coast, Capri, Naples, and Pompeii.......
She said Positano, 
a famous town on the Amalfi Coast, 
was GORGEOUS! 
and felt like a backdrop for a Bond movie 
or one with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. 
😍 
Can you even? 


And more pizza....
I think she's having the time of her life!
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*****
Graduation Day!!!!
Go Hannie!
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She was awarded a Murray Medallion, an American Citizenship Award,
and a career cord for completing at least three units of credit above the
core requirements in the STEM field.
She received a $2,000 scholarship from LDS Hospital for her volunteer service,
and The Merit Scholarship from Dixie.
However, she will be attending SLCC instead, studying Pre-Health Science,
as she is interested in the Dental field.
Having Dyslexia and being overly studious doesn't always mix so well,
but this kid held her own over the years and we are super proud of her.
😘
The Poppi got to be up on the stand with his school board duties handing out diplomas.
He was able to give Hannah hers along with a
big hug and funky handshake!
😌
Some of her besties!
Good thing Hannie has older sisters who've graduated...
Her good friend Ashton was wearing
Kyleigh's gown...
and her friend Dillon was wearing Emma's!
{They forgot to order one!}
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Thor and Hannah have been going to school together since PRESCHOOL!
Hannah has such a great group of friends!!!!!
These triplets are some of Hannah's favorite people on the planet...
Their Senior Quotes were so clever....
These twins are also friends of Hannah's...
laugh out loud funny!!!!
Hannah's took the cake tho. 
{for us anyway}
"I may or may not have streaked the 
football field"....
#gowomenofsparta
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Fun Fact: Hannah is the only one in the fam who will graduate
 at 17 
like I did!
I was freaking 17 still when I went to college.

Emmsie made a "graduation" music playlist 
for Hannah 
with songs like Forever Young, 
The Time of My Life, 
With a Little Help From My Friends...etc.
Super cute and thoughtful! 
Our Spartan Ad in the yearbook for Hannah!
and her graduation announcement....
We went to Catina 
 after graduation to celebrate...

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THAT night.....
was the ALL NIGHT graduation party at the
 high school...
Me and another lady were in charge of decorating
 the casino area the day before. 
Brie helped us too! 
Emmsie would have, but she had to go take a 
Statistics test.
😝
This project took forever. 
Just say'in.  
{shout out to tape I've discovered called
Gaffer Tape, it saved our butts on this project
with all the hanging...
it's more of a heavy duty tape, like duct tape, 
but doesn't leave any residue...I ordered it on Amazon.}
I helped the hubs on security detail and chaperoning til 2:00 A.M.
Once the casino closed, we took down the decor
and blitzed home to bed.
😴

These are the centerpieces I made for the 
eating tables outside...
Found the gold jars at Zurchers. 
Also made this money lei! 
Which was overly time consuming. 
Wouldn't recommend it. 
😜
The Project Graduation Party goes from
10 PM to 5 AM...
with all sorts of stuff to do...
glow in the dark dodge ball, photo props,
karaoke, military obstacle course, caricature drawings,
hypnotist, prizes galore etc...
It's quite the ta do!
{One of Hannah's friends won 2 plane tickets!}
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Hannie in the cash cube!
They had awesome inspirational quotes
in the hallways... 
I love this one!
It was great running into Hannah during the night...
Luv this girl!
😘
*****
The fun continued for Hannah 
as she went on a Sr. Trip to Moab 
with her friends....
They rented an Airbnb

They had a blast!
How could you not???
She arrived home on the afternoon of her
18th birthday!
This was waiting for her.

Finally...her own car to drive...
she's been driven by friends or family her whole high school life.
Poor kid!
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 It's tradish to do a "this is your life" in pictures on your 18th birthday.
Looking through old photographs to do this....
not gonna lie, kinda had a meltdown.
Where does the time go?
😭
Hannah wanted to go to a new pizza place 
in Fort Union 
for her bday dinner...
It reminded me of Blaze Pizza.
{both places offer gluten free..so that's nice.}
You can make your own pizza...
Which Hannie loves, cuz she's a little picky...
Eventhough she had corn, broccoli and pineapple amongst other things on there...
😏 

We did a few s'mores in the backyard
later that night...
Hav'in the time of their life apparently.
😜
{This picture cracks me up!}
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KATE!
Kate's last day of 2nd grade!
She decided she'd rather go to
yearbook and field day
than sit at the boring graduation.
Can't blame her.
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Kate had a great year and sweet teacher!
End of year teacher gift...cactus plant.
A thank you to the cross guard lady...
gift card to Sodalicious!
Got these cute print-ables from Etsy..
Sodalicious btw has a good sugar cookie 
with cream cheese frosting...
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Used my extra tags to attach to Capri Suns 
for my kiddos in Primary.
 Little end of school year gifts for Kate and B.
Beach towels and summer-y things.
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We had a little ice cream party ourselves!

her favorite friend over.....
Dog sitting!
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BRIE!
 Survived the 7th grade. 
She got really good grades, made lots
of new friends.... 
Yet super happy it's summer!

I loved looking at her yearbook with her.
She went through all her classmates
and I'd hear tid bits of info like....

"Everytime this girl swore she owed me 5 cents.
She owes me like $5 dollars!"

"This girl comes to school in her p.j.'s."

"I've never seen that person before in my life."

"He complimented me on my hair color."

This is the girl that cried, "Oh, Jesus help me when we were sewing."

"He's the one that asked me if I needed a boyfriend."
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{funny stuff I tell ya!}

She is not a picture taker so I have NADA 
of her and friends at the end of school year activities...
But she just painted this picture this week so I'll show that instead.
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Other random....
Celebrated a friend's birthday with sushi!
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Phew! 
I think that's it for this week....
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