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!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Saturday, September 18, 2010
This morning I had another epiphany or "moment" as I like to call them. Actually I've had this thought come to me quite a bit of late. I honestly believe I'm in the prime of my life! and the thought makes me smile and shed a happy tear. Most days here are hectic and I'm bogged down with the demands of life, just like it is for any mother with a family of young kids. But I'm grateful for my life, I love it, and I'm certain that it is mornings like today that I will look back on, in my elderly state, and remember with fondness. Just a typical Saturday..one daughter getting ready for dance practice, another needing to detach herself from the computer and get ready for a friend birthday party...one daughter's flute music along with Disney cartoons blaring in the background, dad teasing his girls, the baby crawling on the dirty kitchen floor and me in my G's at the stove making pancakes. Sidenote: Just another reason I'm thankful for a household of girls. I'm notorious for running around in those things until I need to get dressed to leave the house. haha! Not that you really needed to know that but anyhow, life is good! No place I'd rather be than here at home...well, maybe Paris! *wink*
Another thing I'll look back on with fondness...friend gatherings of teenage daughter. We had about 13 giddy, loud teenagers romping around upstairs after night games at the park last night. Living next to the park can either be a blessing or a curse. After providing popcorn and pop (the boys always go straight for the Mountain Dew..as its a novelty for some of them) and making a quick batch of brownies at 9:30p.m., we were able to sequester ourselves downstairs but poor grandma and grandpa! Even Emma this morning commented, "Is this going to go on every Friday night?" She's sensing a pattern here as a huge group of them were together the previous Friday night over at the park. The twenty of them downed the four pizzas I brought over in nothing flat. And for ten minutes I was the coolest mom around.
Last night they supposedly came to watch the Princess Bride but after looking at the pictures on the camera this morning..I'm not sure WHAT all went on last night...
One kid was apparently hiding from the camera....
After seeing this picture below...can you blame him? I don't think there will be a Young Men photo shoot coming up anytime soon, but darn it these three boys were sure trying! Makes me laugh.
Good times for Kyleigh!

On another random note...thanks to Martha Stewart tutorial...I finally learned how to make a tissue pom pom last night. Need to hone my skills on that for some upcoming events...

3 comments:

  1. I'm nervous and also excited as my twins approach their teenage years. I sure hope I am as lucky as you with my girls. Your teenagers are such good girls. I need to take notes on your teenage mothering skills.
    And I love the pom poms. I have done them for baby showers and birthday parties. Something fun about them is you can make them look totally different by cutting the edges in different shapes. (zig zag, square, half circle, etc.)

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  2. What's funny is that I'm sure in my "collection" I could unearth pictures EXACTLY like those night time antics, of you and me, and our entourage doing basically the same things. Only in worse outfits. And with bigger hair. Cannot believe the tables have turned on you so soon!

    Poor Jaren!

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  3. You are definitely in your prime!! Mason had a bunch of boys over for a late-nighter last Friday & it got pretty crazy! Thank goodness for the man-cave (his room!!) Also, you tissue flower turned out so cute - I made some of those for Brenlee's B-day 2years ago - gotta love Martha!! :)

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