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 {dreams of} traveling. 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 really be in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky costume jewelry. Especially big rings! 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, fluency and comprehension. 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 "Long Lost Family." I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I love to budget our finances! I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I'm not a huge fan of social media. I don't snap, pin or tweet. 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 past-time. 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 (23)

Kyleigh Dawn (23)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Brielle Olivia (14)

Brielle Olivia (14)

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!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What's On My Happy List?



You know A LOT of snow has fallen
when they call a SNOW DAY in Utah.
Happened to be on Kyleigh's 23rd b-day!
She was lov'in it!

All the kiddos and I hunkered down indoors.
Poor Jar still had to work cuz
hospitals don't close.
This was his view.....
Snow days are quite rare here.
1985 was the last one I recall.. as in
34 yrs ago when I was in the 8th grade!
So yeah this doesn't happen very often.
I love the snow,
but shoveling and digging out the cars..
not so much!
😩
"Looks like your car has a cold!"
by Kate
Back to Kyleigh's b-day...
This girl loves shoes...she's been
wanting white boots for awhile now
and new tap shoes
so she got her birthday wish...
along with her current favorite book series...
We were wanting to try an Italian restaurant
called Siragusa's that we'd 
never been to before  
but it was closed due to the bad weather
so she chose Winger's instead...
mostly for the free asphalt birthday pie!
πŸ˜‰
 *****
This fam still eats ice cream, even when
its 15 degrees outside!
The hubs and I took Kate on a
surprise run to Leatherby's...
There is this little tiney {non crowded} 
Leatherby's Ice Cream Shop 
in Midvale that
sells authentic Mexican food...
{like who would expect?}
They serve yummy chicken and pork tacos 
and tamales...
We taste tested a pineapple and 
a cream cheese & jalapeno tamale
The πŸ’£!
They even serve strawberry tamales????
*****
Hannah and friends attended the 
BYU hockey game...

Another one of Hannie's friends
got his mission call...
*****
Ky and friends went to BYU basketball game!
They got there super early so they could get a pic with Cosmo!
Mora's for ice cream after!
*****
Kyleigh and I attended a
 BYU International Folk Dance
concert together....
The top team performed.
They are fabulous!
****
Emmsie, Brie and Kate got to see 
Wicked!
πŸ™Œ
Little Kate was soooo excited!
{I gave her my ticket since I'd seen it before}
I painted her nails green and white sparkly
to represent both witches!
 They loved it!
******
school lunch break!
*****
The cousins had a get together to retrieve
their time capsule
from g-ma and g-pa's furnace crawl space
that they hid 9 years ago...

Here they are the day they "buried" it!
See back story HERE 
Cousin Braden was the brave one to go fetch it!

 Fun to see what they had put in the time capsule!
Cousins Forever!
They are good friends too
and love spending time together!
*****
I tried a new Sandwich Shop with my Bestie!
I'll be going back!
😊

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

What's On My Happy List?


Celebrating Chinese New Year!
It the year of the Pig
so ham fried rice was a must!
πŸ˜‰
 *****
Emmsie is currently taking a semester
off at the Y.
She and Hannah started
Dental Assisting School this week.
They could be working in the
dental field by summertime.
πŸ˜€
*****
Kyleigh is dancing her little heart out 
at BYU!
On school days she is dancing a 
good 4 plus hours.
Folk dance, clogging, tap etc...
She belongs to Tap Club and 'Rhythm Nation',
an adult Tap Dance performing group... 
She auditioned for the lead girl part
of her folk dance team's
Bollywood Indian number
...and got it!
πŸ™Œ
Next to Irish Dance...Indian is our favorite...
so she was pretty stoked
AND we were super excited for her!
{p.c. to BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble}
 *****
Weekend Sushi with the fam!

*****
Super Bowl Sunday Nacho's!
It's all about the FOOD.
The girls and I didn't watch a
lick of the game.
We are not Pro Football fans!
*****
Sweet Kate serving dinner
to g-ma and g-pa Bell!
😌