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!

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Kyleigh Dawn (21)

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Emma Abigail (19)

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Hannah Isabelle (17)

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Brielle Olivia (12)

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Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Period Drama (not the once a month girl kind) ;)


Call me a period piece fanatic, Anglophile or Jane'ite'...no question about it...I love period drama! I just love movies period but these movies I'm border line obsessed with...they are my ALL TIME FAVORITES. Not totally sure what it is about them but they just take me to my "happy place". I've enjoyed re watching several this summer. I recently discovered BBC's adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's 1850's novel North and South. OH MY GOODNESS....am in love with that show! Story line intriguing, acting is superb, gorgeous music...AND Richard Armitage as the Northern mill owner Mr. Thornton, pictured below, HELLO! His brooding good looks, deep voice, devotion to his mother & livelihood, love for Margaret Hale and overall character I believe has, in my opinion, placed him in the number one "period drama" leading man spot! With "Persuasion's" Captain Wentworth and P&P's Mr. Darcy in a close running for 2nd. ;)

I definitely have a top five but could easily go with a top 7 or 8. haha! I'm curious, Who is your favourite "Period Drama" Leading Man? Go ahead and vote, and then tell me who you voted for, I'm dy'in to know.
Wish I could have fit all the possibilities and more pictures on the survey... I'd be amiss not to mention Hugh Grant as the original Mr. Ferris and Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility (sigh) nor
the quirky Mr. Bingley, below from the 2005 Kierra Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen Pride & Prejudice..which btw is in the running for favorite ALL TIME movie ever! I keep a collection of favorite movie moments and this movie alone has three. Believe it or not, I prefer this version so much more than the 6 hr one with Collin Firth. (gasp!) I'm sure its the opposite for most P & P lovers. I love Collin Firth as an actor, he's one of my favorites, but I'm torn as to who plays the role of Mr. Darcy the best, he or Macfadyen. The latter seems to display a tich more emotion and passion, which is greatly appreciated. Overall, there is just something about the latest P & P that tugs at my heart. Mrs. Bennett in both is hysterical.... in more ways than one. I love her character and wonder if I will end up with poor nerves raising 5 girls like her. Ha!
Jonny Lee Miller in the latest version of BBC "Emma" pictured way up on top is my favorite Mr. Knightley out of the three adaptations of Emma that I've seen, but overall I prefer the Gweneth Paltrow version the best. AND....even Mr. Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey has cracked my top 8.
I could go on and on about this topic....favorite "period piece" couple, leading lady, bad guy etc. but I'll stop myself.... other than just one more quick survey...What is your favourite "Period Piece" Movie? Do share and

then watch this clever Period Drama Montage. Love it! Quote of the week:
"Hallelujah! What is it about a guy in a top coat and hat? Yum!" by my ever so funny friend Brenda. Love that girl!

5 comments:

  1. I can't seem to vote but for leading man, that's a tight race between Cpt. Wentworth (ever since we watched "Persuasion" with the Jane Austen club I am obsessed with it!) and of course, Mr. Darcy. Yum.

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  2. Ah! I was so hoping that period was going to be all about the girl drama that you are surrounded with. Like when Jaren says to hang up a flag to warn him. Ha, Ha.

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  3. I loved "Sense & Sensibility", but it's been a long time since I've seen it. I think I'm going to have to rent some of these to watch while the kids are in school next week & come back to vote for the leading man! :)

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  4. It's so hard for the characters I created in my own mind when I read them, to compete with the actors who then play them. How can Hollywood keep up with your own visions?

    But this is coming from the girl who spread out wingtips on the lawn for lunch with ficticious heros back in "our" day.

    Maybe I'm a nut. Maybe?

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  5. Alan Rickman, baby. Alan Rickman. Which reminds me - Ed's getting Truly Madly Deeply from the library for us - we need to watch it!
    That video seriously gave me goosebumps. I need to get a life.

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