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!

Monday, June 28, 2010

What's On Our Happy List?



Hannah's Amazing Race themed Birthday Party


Our family loves the AMAZING RACE...That reality show where eleven teams of two race around the world against each other following clues and instructions to reach different checkpoints in the world. Along the way they perform tasks that represent the culture of that country or city. The first place team who eventually makes their way back to the U.S. wins $1,000.000.
Just to tell ya how much I love this show... It's one of only two shows that I faithfully watch and I'd even be a contestant on it if I could! Its only on twice a year, on Sunday nights, for about three months at a time. We so look forward to watching it weekly when it is on. I'm certain we've watched every 16 episodes since it started back in September of 2001. Because of our love of the show we decided to base Hannah's friend birthday party around it. It took quite a bit of creativity and planning and use of our imaginations but it was a blast putting it together. Unfortunately, five of her friends couldn't make it (so much for summer birthdays and working around busy schedules. BLAH.) so it didn't turn out quite the way we had pictured due to lack of bodies but we still managed to have fun.
The invite that Emma drew to hand out...
For sake of time I'm leaving out a ton of details but here were the events of the night in a nutshell. We had two teams of five race to ten destinations, in different order, where they had to perform crazy challenges to get their next clue...
They collected country flags along the way....
In Hawaii...there was a hula hooping and bubble blowing challenge...
A stop in Italy for a pizza challenge at Caesars and guessing Hannah's favorite gelato at Bellissimo...
A stop in New York City to dress up and model walk in a fashion show....
The Windy City...to perform a Chicago Bulls challenge....

A flight to France to get French bread...
to feed the ducks in the French countryside...
and eat a French banana flambe (as in Gerber baby food style)
Moscow for a Russian gymnastic challenge...
The McDonald's challenge in China...
London Bridge challenge...
India... old mode of transportation challenge..
After 40,000 miles traveled to 7 countries in an hours time.. MY team (dead tired) crossed the finish line first...15 minutes before Dad's team! YES!...
and were winners of the million dollars...
Yummy prizes for both teams...
Opening gifts after the race....
Amazing night for sure with ton of memories!

5 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun party. Angie you are so clever!!! Happy Birthday to Hannah.

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  2. You are so creative! What a fun birthday. You've set the bar pretty high Ang, hopefully I can keep up with you! It sure will be fun trying. Can't wait for girls night on Thursday!!!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh! Iam copy/pasting this one to use for one of my girls! You have the BEST ideas! I love having you as a friend...PS. read my newest post! It was you inspiring me! :)

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  4. You should've mentioned the T-Hezzle appearance at McDonald's that Ky was so embarrassed about!! Hahaha!

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  5. That looks like the best party ever!! The Amazing Race is my all time favorite show!! Can't wait for the next one!!

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