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!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Here's whats happening in our neck of the woods. Its been cold, cold and windy windy windy... like I'm going to blow you over kind of wind...  Just ask me and Kate who were out earlier today trying to run errands before the snow fell. I'm surprised we came out of it still vertical. We've been urged all day to prepare for blizzard like conditions for late afternoon. The approaching snow storm has even caused some schools to postpone classes and activities... They even cancelled forty five season opener high school basketball games in the valley tonight.  We didn't have dance.  People were warned to leave work early to get home before the storm hit. The forecaster from the National Weather Service warned us to hunker down and wait it out because its going to be that significant.  There was a forty car pile up in Logan. The temp dropped 12 degrees in 20 min. at the SLC Airport. So there have been signs of it but were not seeing it here in our stomping grounds.
 I just took this pic out our front a few minutes ago and I'm thinking, "Did we wait all day for this?" This is noth'in! So far, Sunday morning's storm was worse. But maybe we haven't seen the brunt of it yet. We'll see what the middle of the night brings. I  hope the hype wasn't all for naught as I do love me a good storm. I cooked a pot of chicken and rice soup for dinner and we are hunkering down regardless. Call in the hot chocolate.

If we do get snowed in, I know we will have plenty of apples to eat as we have apples coming out of our ears.  Even the store clerk at Harmons couldn't help comment on our apple purchase. We had an apple tasting contest for Family Night the other night. Why, I don't know other than it seemed like a Fall'ish activity to do.  
We had eight different kinds to taste and then we had to rate them, all in an effort to find our favorite kind of apple. It was tasty.
                             The kids enjoyed it...even if an apple sticker was partially consumed...

 My three favorite side kicks with sliced apples...caramel, peanut butter and my new favorite... hummus...love that stuff!
 The baby even goes down on it....
 I make a mean apple peanut butter flower. Brie thinks they are delightful and requests them often for lunch. 
The results from our taste testing....OUR FAVORITE APPLE
Dad: FUJI
Mom: Cripps Pink, other wise known as Pink Lady..seriously the best, but knew that before all this.
Kyleigh: Pink Lady
Emma: Honey Crisp
Hannah: Honey Crisp
B. Olivia: Gala
Kate: any kind she can get her hands on to suck the juice out of.

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