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!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What's On My Happy List?



La Caille
I had the privilege of going with Kyleigh on her French class field trip to La Caille, one of Utah's premier luxury restaurants.. A European looking chateau that serves authentic French food! Needless to say we were in heaven! Loved our meal..everything from the escargot to the banana foster dessert which was french vanilla ice cream flambed with banana and Bacardi silver rum sauce. Oh my! To die for. I'm afraid I've always been a little partial to anything rum flavored, ever since I accidentally had an alcoholic drink containing rum on our honeymoon in Puerta Vallarta. oops! It was so delicious..sorry to say! :0 Anyhow, good thing I'm not a drinker. After a most delicious lunch, we explored the chateau and walked the grounds taking in the beautiful scenery.




Kyleigh and one of her best friends pictured with Miss Trotter, their French teacher.

Kyleigh's face tells it all...she wasn't too sure about eating the snail! I've had them before on our cruise and loved them then so I was actually looking forward to the moment...
Had to get a picture of the carrot. We've always joked that the reason we've never eaten at La Caille is because it costs a $100 bucks just to eat a carrot!

the deadly dessert...wish you could see the flames! Very cool!

pics taken while exploring...i fell in love with the fireplaces..



I so enjoyed this experience together. We have dreams of traveling to France for her graduation present. Just four more years...Hoping the dream comes true! ;)

The Race



Last Saturday we participated in the SLC 5k in honor of my sister-in-law Shari, who passed away from cancer last year. The race proceeds go to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Here is a pic of Team Shari! 30 family members came out to support, walk or run. We had a great time together!





We had the matching shirts...



A lot sleep deprived but ready roll at 7:00 am



This one is for you Shari! My brother Brad, pictured here, said, "Shari is probably looking down on all of us right now. She would be proud." Geez we miss her. *sniff*sniff*

Kate's first Sunday dress

After a six week break I returned to church on Sunday. We managed to get thru Relief Society without much drama. Thank goodness. Little Kate had this stink'in cute dress on that her Aunt Melanie gave her along with this darling "church" blanket that her Aunt Karen made for her. It has "Teach Me To Walk In The Light" embroidered on it (one of my favorite primary songs) with pictures of the Temple, Book of Mormon, Baptism etc...so cute!

4 comments:

  1. Oh good heavens! That Ms. Trotter must be OLD. I remember going to that restaurant with her in MY Jr. High french class. Wait, maybe it's ME that's old.

    Good times. Did you go with me?

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  2. I'm tired just reading about all your "adventures". Such cute girls! Such fun things...but still I bet you are exhausted!

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  3. That restaurant looks amazing! I would take French just to get to go on that field trip! :) So cool that you all did the race to honor your sister in law too. The t-shirts looked great! And I love the adorable church dress - and the shoes are sooo cute too!!

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  4. France, France, France...and now RUM? I love learning those little tidbits! hee-hee I love that blanket...too cute! And she looks so adoreable in her matching dress and shoes..and little "phi" holder (we call a pacifier a fi!) very couture!

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