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 d├ęcor 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!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

What's on our Happy List? January/February


#1 LeapYear Baby

My cute nephew and niece are the proud parents of
a precious baby boy, little Cohen. This babe makes
me a GREAT AUNT for the fifth time.

#2 School Programs
ShakespeareHere is Kyleigh and three of her friends after performing in the Shakespeare plays at school this week.Their class performed Hamlet, A Mid Summer's Night Dream, Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew. The Shakespeare unit s a huge deal to these sixth graders and they look forward to this all year with much anticipation. They've been practicing for weeks!!!! Kyleigh had parts in all four plays as she played the part of William Shakespeare. I'm amazed at her ability to memorize all that she had to in playing this particular part. She was amazing and well as all the other kids. They were so fun to watch, especially decked out in their Shakespearean costumes.


Hannah also had a big day this week. Here she is with Brie after her Second Grade Patriotic Program, part of President's Day festivities.

#3 American Idol

WE LOVE DAVID ARCHULETA!!!!









Okay, I admit it. I'm an American Idol junkie. I've been a huge fan since season two began back in 2003. Every year since has been fun to watch but we have extra reason to be excited about this year's show. Two of the top 24 contestants are LDS. But the best part is that the boy, David Archuleta, is from Murray, Utah!!! He is in our Stake, lives two blocks from us in a neighboring ward. He is the sweetest and cutest kid and HE CAN SING! I've had the privilege of hearing him sing a couple of times before, once at my brother's father in law's funeral about three years ago and just recently in our ward sacrament meeting. We love this kid and wish him the best of luck. We will be rout'in for him all the way to the finale. I can just picture the Delta Center being full with his supportive fans on finale night in May. What a dream! I'll be there for sure, with my "Go David" and my "I Love Simon Cowell" posters. (For those of you who can't stand the man, I have to love him, HE is the mastermind behind the creation of my beloved Il Divo. )

#4 Kyleigh and Emmas's birthday celebrationsSeeing Riverdance at Kingsbury Hall with Kyleigh and going to Ballet West's production of "Cinderella" with Emma at the Capitol Theatre.
#5 Valentines Day 2008

My beautiful flowers from Jaren and our simple quiet dinner sharing a burrito at Chipolte.
I love Valentines Day. And I love playing cupid. For years now, on the Eve of Valentines I heart-attack the girls faces with heart stickers as they sleep. ( Doing that without trying to wake them up can produce a serious fit of giggles.) Cupid leaves a baggy of Valentine goodies with a small gift. The girls are so excited when they wake up Valentines morning! It's also tradition to always make heart shaped french toast for breakfast. Great with Strawberry milk! My camera broke on the Disney trip, so I've been without one for a good month and a half. It's killing me! Therefore, no pic's of Valentines day this year.
Both Emma and Kyleigh got asked to be some one's Valentine this year. HELLO! And how old are we? Fortunately, at this point I don't worry to much about it because it's all innocent at this age. It cracks me up actually. Sad that there are no pics of what we got their Valentines nor what they got from them but to make up for that I'll share a little gift idea that Emma did last year for a little boy in her class, that she has been friends with since First Grade. Get a strawberry bottle of Crush and on a Valentine card write, "I SODA HAVE A CRUSH ON YOU!" Easy and simple Valentine idea.


#6 My almost (keyword) trip to Venice, Italy.... courtesy of my brother-in-law.

#7 Attending President Gordon B. Hinckley's viewing. We waited 4 1/2 hours to have the privilege of walking past his casket. I wouldn't have traded that experience for anything. I love him and will miss him dearly!

#8Daddy's promotion at work to that of Director of all Rehab Services at LDS Hospital. Way to go Jaren!

3 comments:

  1. That was so fun to catch up...finally! Emme was asked to be someone's Valentine this year (I'd never heard of it) but then he was sick for that day and 3 school days afterward, so she gave up and ate the present we got for him! LOVE. I am so excited about David Archuleta, too. I can remember Taryn and Brandi were in love with him when we were up at camp a few years ago. I hope he goes all the way! Your family photo is gorgeous. It's fun to see Jaren's sister and her new husband...I have never seen him and they look so happy. Fun!

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  2. Yeah! My favorite, original blogger is back. It was fun to see your family and to be able to peek in on what's happening again! Look forward to more!

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  3. Ang! Im so glad your blog is back up! It's always fun seeing what you and your cute girls are up to!!! Isn't Cohen so CUTE! Ahh, it's so amazing to have a baby around again! I got really baby hungry last weekend! But feel free to use any of the pics! And I've got you added...that dang blog spam!

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