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, children's books 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 (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

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, June 09, 2010

What's On Our Happy List?

A whole bunch of randomness...
which includes these delectable Coldstone ice-cream cupcakes to celebrate Hannah's 10th birthday.
We celebrated with family and are planning an "Amazing Race" themed birthday party (based from our favorite TV show) for her and her friends.
Hannah's TOP TEN favorite things at ten yrs old...
1. chocolate anything...chocolate chip pancakes, nutella, snickers, pudding...
2. rollerblading
3. drawing
4. playing the Wii
5. Necco wafers
6. riding her bike
7. going to the park with friends
8. playing barbies
9. watching Disney's "Good Luck Charlie"
10. playing with sisters
Hannah is a sweetheart! I haven't had a chance yet to toot my horn about her end of year accomplishments.. I'm so proud of her because school work is not always the easiest thing for her but she still gets good grades and even more important she is calm, respectful and kind in the classroom. At the end of the school year she got awarded Honors in Citizenship and recognition for incredible writing workshop stories. Way to be Nanna Bella!

Here is "Miss Chubby" at three months old... We all just melt when she coos and smiles. Here she is a talk'in away...telling stories to her namesake Grandma Bell. I've never had a baby sleep like her in the night. She usually goes about a 6 hour stretch but one night this week she went down at 10:15 and didn't need to eat until almost 8 hours later. She drank 4 oz. and went back to sleep until almost 10:00 a.m. Love this kid!

Toast 'n Toes...breakfast out and pedi's with two of my girlfriends on a Saturday morning. Such fun! Here is proof that I still have swollen feet!!!!.... Ugh!

The cousin sleepover
There are 25 grand kids and almost 9 great grand kids on my side of the family. Even with me being the baby of the family, by quite a few years, there are still plenty cousins my kid's ages. It is such a blessing. My kids adore their cousins! They look forward to cousin get-togethers and sleepovers like nothing else. We hosted the latest one. I sent them off to complete a list of 8 different challenges to not only entertain them (knowing it was going to be a looonngg night) but also to earn their midnight ice cream sundae bar. Some of the tasks included teaming up to drink a Slurpee within 5 minutes, buying a different colored gumball for each person from the candy machine in the mall, soda cracker/whistle contest, singing a song to a store clerk, 1 person had to jump in a pool fully dressed (which they all ended up wanting to do) and so forth....
brain freeze
This is what they earned. If you ever want a sugar rush just make ice-cream sandwiches with pop tarts! They played rock band, indulged in ice cream madness close to midnight, and had their standard pickles and cheese at 3:00 a.m. The older kids ran around the yard about every hour on the hour, watched movies, laughed and talked until 6:00, some even made it to 7:00 AM!!! Pretty darn crazy if you ask me.
Love these guys...
A few weeks back some of the grand kids went exploring in Grandma and Grandpa's basement and found the access way to the dark, creepy crawl space that led to the furnace. For whatever reason the kids never knew, all these years, that this area of the house even existed. They had no idea what is was! One little nephew suggested they throw a rock into the darkness to see if there was a pool of water. haha... As if they'd come across some pirate cove or dark abyss! The night's adventure was a mystery for them that included hinges..hollow sounds behind walls and numbers to break the code! Apparently we have kids with wild imaginations and or they are reading way too much Harry Potter and Nancy Drew. lol. My older brother played into the younger kid's naivety telling of hearing monster noises in the night as he and another brother were growing up sleeping in the basement. LOL The little one's eyes were as big as saucers. They were freak'in and the adults were laughing...
And boy did we ever get a hoot when their snooping unearthed this "treasure". Waiting to see what the contents were in this forgotten suitcase produced quite the reaction. Especially seeing pieces of a mink shawl from a great great grandma. It looked like a dead animal. Needless to say we were ALL wigg'in!
Their reactions were priceless!
Because of their fascination with discovering these items from so long ago they decided it would be cool to make a time capsule of their own to hide, which they did, and placed in the crawl space a week later. Had to take a picture when ten of them braved their way and fit into this tight cobwebbed hide away.
and finally....
Glovables
you mise well be in style while you clean
there lovable, laughable and suppose to make you smile while you do housework....
Got them just in time for the kids summer chores! For some reason Kyleigh didn't find the situation as funny as I did though. LOL

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for making the sleepover so fun Angie. Kade had a blast and Happy,Happy Birthday to Hannah!!!

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  2. Happy Birthday to Hannah!! What a fun sleepover - I love the idea of the time capsule too! Do you think they make any of those cleaning gloves in manly styles? :)

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