Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 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 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 and 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 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!

Friday, December 12, 2008

What's On My Happy List?

Dance Recitals...teddy bears, roses and a 5 lb.
Hershey's Candy Bar.....



Kyleigh pre-costume...



After dancing 10 times in four concerts Kyleigh received this
well deserved rose from her special admirer. I'm not allowed
to say his name (LOL) but he is the sweetest boy! And good
too. He is the son of some friends and lives in a neighboring ward.
This admiration has been going on since the fifth grade yet they
can barely say 'boo' to each other in person (too shy..LOL ).
However, the last few months they have been able to break
the ice by emailing each other a couple of times a
week. :)
Little Emma always has the support at her recitals from
her good friend Shea. He is a sweetheart too! He told her
that he loves to pick out things for her (What 10 yr. old
boy says that?)...whether its flowers or another thoughtful
gift. This time it was a teddy bear. So cute! The saga continues
between these two as yesterday after school Emma
finds him on the corner, (he usually rides the bus) waiting
for her with her Christmas present. He gives her a 5 lb
Hershey Candy Bar and then asks if she would like him to
walk her home so he can carry it for her. What a little
gentleman! His mom followed them in the car as they
walked home trying to make conversation.
How funny is that?


Braden & Angie's Wedding


At the wedding luncheon...

The candy buffet we provided at the luncheon for the 30+

guests was a hit!

Forget the traditional rice. What a better way to be sent off

on your honeymoon than by birdseed being chucked at you

from your four little nieces?

Run Braden Run....LOL




"Buddy Evergreen" the Elf- Santa dropped this little
elf off on our doorstep on a Family Home Evening night this
month. He's here to stay until Christmas... watching over the
kids (and mom and dad too), making sure we are behaving so
Santa will bring us presents. Every night after bedtime, he
heads back to the North Pole to report to Santa if we should
be on the naughty or nice list. When the younger girls get up in
the morning they can't wait to find him as he hides every morning
upon returning from the North Pole. In honor of our all-time
favorite elf we named him "Buddy" Evergreen. I have a feeling
he may be spending many more Christmases with us.


We finished off the evening by watching one of our
favorite Christmas movies....Elf! and having Keebler
Elf cookies.

My favorite line from the movie...cracks me up!
"First we'll make snow angels for a two hours,
then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole
roll of Tollhouse Cookiedough as fast as we can,
and then we'll snuggle. "-Buddy from 'ELF'

2 comments:

  1. Your girls are so pretty! LOVE the candy buffet too - every luncheon should have one! Your posts always make me smile & smiling is my favorite!

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  2. Katrina said you should write a book...and I agree! Get on that please...a book about meaningful family traditions to start! The elf? Such a cute idea! Can you just email me prior to every holiday and tell me what your tradition will be, so I can start on time implementing them? LOL :) That 5 lb. choclate bar...hilarious! Love it!

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