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, 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 (12)

Brielle Olivia (12)

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, October 16, 2017

What's On My Happy List?


 A Peek Into Our Week.....

 Brie had her first 7th grade choir concert!
 *****
Murray Hockey!
We are becoming quite the fans!!!
They are fun to watch.
And they are good!
Currently the reigning State Champs...
Hannah has great friends on the team
so we go to support them.
{Even Kyleigh and Emma came up from Provo for the game.}
Hannah and girlfriends made t-shirts with the #'s on the back
of their favorite players!

In other Hannah news...
she got answered back for the upcoming 
girl's choice Fall Ball

She's had a memorable week....
having a great time with friends and
tackling things on her Senior Bucket List.
πŸ˜‰
*****
In Kyleigh news....
she is SUPER HAPPY to have Louie back.
He was in the repair shop two days shy of a month.
Joke around here that he's a $3000 prayer.
Quite the story behind that.
πŸ˜‚
 She was able to come to dinner with the hubs, Kate and I at India House...
 Indian food is the bomb!
She's had a great time hanging with friends
this past weekend...
football game, painting pumpkins, bowling,
trip to the canyon, talking till all hours of the night.

{I'm telling ya hearing about Kyleigh and Hannah's adventures is our
entertainment around here.}
πŸ˜‚
Running into best friends on campus!!!!
Made her day.
*****
In other random news......
My nephew, 
the one Kyleigh's age, 
is getting married!
Attended a shower for my new niece to be...
Attended the baptism for another one of my Primary kiddos on Saturday.
I love my little friends....

*****
Sunday was the Primary Program!
Go Kate!
πŸ™Œ
My old OB-GYN, Dr. Bryner, has a son and young family that live in our ward. 
He was visiting our sacrament meeting on Sunday
 to see his grand kids perform in the 
Primary Program. 
I LOVE THIS MAN!
He delivered four of my babies.
My mother in law was his nurse for years! 
He retired shortly after Brie was born.
{I like to think he waited just until I had had her before he retired..πŸ˜‰
although in actuality he had been called on a mission...he served as a
Mission President in Mongolia.}  
*****
Dinner Group for the month!
Cantina for Mexican
πŸ‘
 *****
College kiddos had FHE up the canyon tonight to a camp site to roast marsh mellows...

until the cops got called on them.
Even a fire truck was en route.
What the heck?
😳
Some paranoid homeowner made the call.
I guess with all the fires in Cali you can't blame them,
but there was no out of control fire
and there was no fire restrictions in this particular spot.
Needless to say it brought a little excitement to the evening...
*****
My new favorite snack!!!!
I'm afraid I could eat the whole bag!
😬 πŸ˜‹
 Til next week!

Monday, October 09, 2017

What's On My Happy List?


A Peek Into Our Week....

My new favorite place to eat...
My first visit was this week with Emma and Kate.
I'm already a huge fan.
Actually went back the very next day for seconds.... πŸ˜‚ 
{Emmsie has been 3x in 4 days haha...as she introduced the cousins to the one in Provo.}
Love the ambience...the decor and music...
So far the Breakneck Burrito is my fav....
Kate had a day off of school on Friday 
because of Teacher Comp Day...
We had a little outing to the Farmer's Market,
ate at Sweeto for lunch, and a trip to Micheal's....her favorite store!

Arts and crafts have her heart!
*****
Kyleigh was up during the week twice for wedding receptions of high school friends...
she also attended a fraternity party at the U...
..for like a half hour..
not her scene.
πŸ˜‚
 *****
On Saturday the fam, minus Hannah at work,
took a little trip up the canyon to see the Fall leaves...
BEAUTIFUL!!!!
Kyleigh had an outing with friends to the corn maze that night...

Good times except for more car drama ensued.......
She has been driving Emma's car since her car is in the shop...still!
It's been 3 weeks!!!
{Some major repair going on with Louie.}
😬
In the parking lot of the corn maze some 15 year old kid, with only a learners permit, was driving alone in his dad's new truck and hit Emma's car!!!!
He took off without exchanging insurance information.
😑
Luckily, Kyleigh's friend got a pic of his license plate and the police took care of the rest..
{Would hate to be that kid!}
So we'll get Louie back, hopefully this week, and then Steele will have to go in for repairs...
😏
*****
Not fun when Sunday night comes and the college kiddos have to leave to go back to school...
πŸ˜•
School is flipp'in hard and overwhelming...sooooo much homework!!!!
I miss them around even though
THEY ARE HOME A LOT. πŸ‘  
Emmsie is my biggest helper and she'll put   
 Sunday dinners together like this for the extended fam while we are still at church...
*****
Pumpkin Pie season I love!
{side note: I love my plate just as much.}
πŸ˜‰

The girls gave me some new dishes for my b-day
from the Pioneer Woman Collection.
So So cute!
 *****
My favorite movie of late....
If you love the elderly and love sweet romance you gotta watch this.