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 celebrating 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, May 03, 2009

What's On My Happy List?

Dancing Girls-
The girls had their Spring Dance Recital
this weekend. They performed songs
that were hits on American Bandstand.
Barry Manilow's 1969 "Bandstand Boogie",
Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti", Oingo Boingo's
1987 hit "We Close Our Eyes", the Rivieras'
"California Sun", the 1976 hit "Turn the Beat Around",
Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" and Kenny
Loggins' "Footloose". It was great fun!

Flowers from Daddy...the prettiest roses
I've EVER seen.

Kyleigh's congratulatory flower and rose from
her Young Women leaders and her special
admirer.

Emma on Monday night with a
gift from her boy (who is just a )
friend.

Warning...Journal Entry for this
weekend gone public. lol
Whoa, what a whirlwind weekend! It was filled with
Dance, Dance and everything else in between. Here's
just a glimpse of my weekend starting Friday morning
...finished packing Brie to go with Daddy on a fishing
overnighter up to Scofield. Got a haircut, ran three
errands. Tutored at the center. Ran another errand.
Kids home from school. Took Kyleigh to her 4 1/2 hour
dance rehearsal at 4:00. Came back home, took Hannah
to her rehearsal 45 mintues later. Stayed to watch.
Brought her home and then took Emma to her 2 hr.
rehearsal. Ran one more errand plus went grocery
shopping with Hannah. Picked up Kyleigh and Emma.
Dinner. (thanks to Wendy's) Some TLC TV. Bed at
Midnight. Up at 6:00. Took Kyleigh to another dance
rehearsal at 6:15 AM. Came home and crawled back in
bed. Picked Kyleigh up at 8:15 from rehearsal. Came
home. Got ready. Took Hannah to another rehearsal
at 9:15. Had to nix her soccer game. Kyleigh leaves to
attend a dance workshop where she received instruction
from a Masterclass who is in Wicked. Ran to Costco.
Picked up Hannah 45 minutes later. Came home.
Decorated for our Cinco De Mayo celebration this weekend
all while baking taco bowl shells and helping Emma bake a
cake. Took Emma to her final dance rehearsal at 1:45. Stayed
to watch. Came home. Got six dance teacher thank you gifts
ready. The next two hours were spent getting Kyleigh and
Hannah performance ready for their dance recital Sat. night.
Major production...
let's just say we keep the beauty supply industry in business.
Dozens of bobby pins, two different hair gels, hair gloss, hair
piece, and ribbon = One perfect ballet bun and pig tail do.
Now on to the makeup routine (my favorite)...foundation,
bronzer, blush, sparkles, red lipstick and all the eye essentials
which includes gluing 7 starlette stars around Kyleigh's eyes.
Jaren gets home from Scofield with Brie. He takes Kyleigh and
Hannah for curtain call. Recital time. After three and a half
hours I've watched two shows, each with 24 dance numbers.
We celebrate a job well done by going out to dinner with four
other dancing families. During our meal I got a kick out of
watching Kyleigh having to sit by the boy who has the hots for
her. We come home happy but exhausted.


Hannah danced twice, Kyleigh, a total of 10 times with 8 costume
changes. I figured in just two days I had driven to the school 10
times AND that does not include the 10 ten times I've been there
Mon-Thurs. of this week for routine dance lessons. It's crazy but
I love it! And good thing I do, because I get to do it all over again
for Monday night's recital. This time it's Emma's night to shine
along side with Kyleigh.

Favorite Quote of the weekend...As I'm doing Kyleigh's hair for
the show she says..."Just think Mom, you could be doing this for
the next 10 years!" And I hope I do. Heck, I've been doing dance
up do's for the past 8 yrs. what's another 10?
(Brie starts dance this fall, so if she follows in her sister's dancing
footsteps, her statement will be so very true.)

I didn't even get to our Sunday events...my friend's baby
blessing, the "pink party" gift I made (I think I may have found
a new hobby) and our Cinco de Mayo celebration. More on all
that.... later.

2 comments:

  1. Wow - just reading your post makes me tired! And, glad that I have only one girl in dance! I'm not even good at doing my own hair & make-up!

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  2. I want to know what your new hobby is and what it looks like? Who danced to Boingo? I LOVE OINGO BOINGO! But sadly, recently I put it in my car and had to turn it off---totally inappropriateness for children! What was my mom thinking letting me listen to that stuff? Although that albumn with close our eyes is the most tame of them all! Your girls are BEAUTIFUL!

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