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!

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!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

Valentine Sweet Shoppe
Finally getting around to posting my Valentine goodies..its been less than pleasant circumstances around here. Grandpa passed away late Valentine's night. My poor Emma had to wake up on Tuesday to that devasting news. And it was her 13th birthday! darn it. There is nothing like holding a sobbing child, let alone on her birthday. I don't recommend that folks.
We are SAD, emotionally drained, half functioning, sleep deprived, you name it.  Just trying to come to terms with it all and what our new normal will be now.

On to some welcomed happy stuff...
I put together a miniature sweet shoppe for the girls {and for dad too} to celebrate the holiday. 
We've had a little old cupboard kicking around, a family heirloom actually. My grandpa made it for my two oldest sisters in the late 50's. Cutest little thing but a tad beat up. It was brown and had vintage stickers on it, like Little Bo Peep. Too bad I didn't take a pic of it before Brie and I gave it a fresh coat of paint. My Hannah couldn't believe I'd go to so much trouble painting it for this one time purpose, {as its going right back to storage}, but I had a vision of it in all its Valentine glory and just had to use it. I had so much fun playing "cupid" and putting this together for the family I adore. 
 

These little tiny Valentine buckets I found for $1. They kill me. There are little tiny hooks to hang teacups on the second shelf so I was able to half hang them from there.
Added little embellishments to the candy jars..
Melted peppermint candies in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes and then added melted white chocolate to make these heart candies.  

My niece made these heart succors from peppermint sticks and white chocolate...how creative!

I spray painted a gold charger "pink". Added some pink dollies, a vintage picture and glitter glue. I didn't have time to add the Envirotex which makes it have a glossy look. Hopefully I'll find the time to do that finishing touch.

And one of my favorite things...I got an old jewelry box, covered it with vintage paper, ribbon and added some foo foo with cupcake wrappers, glitter glue and sparkles.
Look what is inside? Little miniature candy bars that I covered with vintage Valentine paper {free download}! How stink'in cute are they?
Do you see that little arm on the left going in for the steal? die
We had heart shaped french toast for dinner{made with a touch of rum flavoring in the batter} Add a little pink strawberry milk and I'm good to go. Yummo! 
  We ate by candlelight. Too fun.
For FHE we heart attacked each other. We wrote down something nice about each member of the family.
And we watched a little Hart to Hart. 
I'm amazed I was able to pull this off amid the dire situation going on with grandpa and daddy back and forth to and from the hospital. It was a little highlight in a day otherwise filled with worry and grief.

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