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 décor 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!

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 (12)

Brielle Olivia (12)

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!

Monday, December 27, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Friday, December 24, 2010
Just enjoy'in the Christmas Eve festivities...
                                   baby Kate, in her Santa tu tu, found an Oreo and devoured it! That a girl!
Emma and grandma decorated for our traditional seafood feast....
After our bellies were full we played the crazy 7-11 dice game to open our gifts...
Grandma and Grandpa have the spoiling thing down pat. We always come away with our fair share of loot!
     Have you seen these Sing-A-Ma-Jigs? Depending on who you ask, they are either creepy or cute but they SING! alone and or together...in harmony. Kate loves them!  


Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Home For Christmas" has a whole new meaning for our family now. Who should come sneaking in the house Thursday night to surprise us all? Uncle Ryan! All the way from Bamako, Mali in Africa!  Shocked the heck out of us! My girls were thrilled.
  
He came bearing gifts ...African jewelry for us girls... 
After our party we had our own little family celebration...
we opened our p.j.'s and Christmas book...



daddy read The Night Before Christmas to the girls....

                                                  we sprinkled reindeer food on the lawn...
left a plate of fudge and peppermint Oreos for Santa {Oreos and milk are his favorite!... at our house anyway}

 Before the kiddos were nestled all snug in their beds with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads... we watched the Motion Picture movie..The Nativity Story...
This movie, which came out in '06, is so beautifully done. We love it!  It sets the perfect mood and gets our hearts centered on the true meaning of Christmas... 

The whole day was delightful. {despite a bit of drama in the morning hours between Kyleigh & Emma} Even got it on camera. But that's a whole other post for another time. LOL

I'd have to say one of the ultimate highlights of Christmas Eve day for me was reaching my goal of visiting all the widows in our ward. We have 25! plus the little lady in the rest home. It took me two days to get 'er done but I did it with the help of my four older girls who took turns going with me.  We lucked out with only six that we didn't catch at home. We took a little gift to them but I'm sure for some of these ladies it was the visiting that meant the most to them. Some of them get so lonely. {breaks my heart.} I love these ladies! Without a doubt, this is the single most important thing I have done this Christmas Season. period. What a sweet, sweet experience it was for me. 

And I couldn't have been prouder of Kyleigh who spent hours volunteering at the Food Bank on Thursday with Grandpa {pictured with neighbor boys}.  

Giving is truly Living...
Christmas Day post coming soon.....

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