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!

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Kyleigh Dawn (21)

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Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

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Friday, December 17, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Friday December 17, 2010

courtesy of Deseret News
Oh my goodness! I'm one happy camper today. Last night was the first of four Mo Tab Christmas Concerts with special guest...David Archuleta. Yes, our very own David! squeal. Seriously, next to IL DIVO and Andrea Bocelli, a dream come true to hear David with the choir. The only problem was, I nor anyone in my whole entire extended family who registered for tickets got any. In all the previous years usually someone does. But this year, nada. I guess not totally surprising when tickets are given out by a random selection process and there were 1.5 million requests for tickets this year.
Yes, you read right.That's one m-i-l-l-i-o-n! Unbelievable.
Not to be deterred, Emma, my friend Heather and I went down to the Conference Center to wait in the stand-by line to see if by chance we could score some tickets. Upon arriving in the 6 o'clock hour and seeing the length of the stand-by line already, I'm not sure what we were thinking... People had been waiting since 2:30 in the afternoon for the 8:00 p.m. concert! The line was stretching half of the length of the Temple Square grounds.The guide came by a couple of times to our section of the line to tell us our chances were slim of getting in. We kept waiting anyway, all the while scheming our plan of action to get tix for the following nights and Sunday morning concerts. We were pretty determined not to have to watch the concert by satellite with the overflow crowd in the Tabernacle. Although nice, it just would not be the same for me.


Anyhow over the course of waiting we chit chatted a bit with the woman in front of us.
Unbeknownst to us, she had a daughter with a "need tickets" sign over on the Conference Center grounds. Surprisingly, this woman got a call from her daughter saying she had accumulated some tickets AND she was willing to hand over some to us. I DIED. Halle-freak'in-lujah, the church is true! So we followed this nice woman, my new best friend, to meet up with her daughter {by the life saving sign}where we were handed an additional two golden tickets from another complete stranger. {Jeesh. Forget the stand by line, I'm leaving my pride behind and bringing a sign next time.} Emma and I booked it back over to Temple Square with the three extra tickets, found the couple behind us who were here from Iowa and gave them two tickets. It was a delightful moment I tell ya. They were pleasantly surprised to say the least. I felt like Santa Claus bearing gifts.The lone ticket went to a gentleman, also behind us, who was here from India visiting Utah for the first time. Not even a member. I escorted him to his portal and wished him a Merry Christmas! I have a hunch he was supposed to be in that building last night. I hope the performance made an impression on him and it will change the course of his life.



Nothing brings me more pleasure than beautiful music. I was in heaven last night. After being seated and the music started playing, I couldn't help shed a few tears of gratitude for how things had played out. I was in awe that I was even sitting in the place for one, then topped by David's out of this world performance. Gah! It gave me the chills. Last night made my Christmas... no my year! Good stuff.


This picture does not do the line justice, but heres just a glimpse of our plight last night. crazy people! Did I mention it was bitter cold? We came prepared with toe and hand warmers which helped a little, but it was freezing! I even wore ear muffs LOL. I don't think I've ever worn ear muffs in my life. A night never to be forgotten on so many levels.


2 comments:

  1. That is AWESOME! You must be living right! :) What a night for you guys. Luckies!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. It's been so fun catching up with your blog - I had missed so many posts! (maybe I'll get back to mine for a New Year's resolution!!) Looks like you guys have been having lots of fun (as usual!) I can't believe Kate is walking now - wow! Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!!

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