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, 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, February 26, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

     My Post-Valentine Baby
My little sweetheart, Emma Abigail, became a teenager. {almost two weeks ago!} So I figured it was high time I blog about it.  I love good teenagers. And I just happen to adore this one! I must say her actual birthday day was a tad bit crappy.  Grandpa passed away late the night before on {once upon a time Emma's favorite holiday}... Valentines. She so deserved a day as wonderful as she is.. but we were all in a funk. I managed to make one of her favorite dishes for dinner and the YW brought her a red velvet birthday cake that night so I held off {for a few days} on the Valentiney waffle brownie creation I was going to make to celebrate. Luckily she had done some fun things leading up to her special day so it wasn't a complete bomb. But it was close. The week prior she and I went on a shopping spree for her requested birthday gift...clothes. She and a close friend went to see Gnomeo and Juliet. Daddy and I took her out to dinner at her restaurant of choice...Wingers. Where its all about the Asphalt Pie. Have you had that honk'in piece of goodness? Our favorite dessert. period. The next day we went with some of our extended family to the BYU vs. Utah b-ball game in Provo. The Marriott Center was rock'in. {Way too fun!} We had Sunday dinner with the fam in her honor and then we had the V-day sweet shoppe surprise. So all in all some happy moments. The pic above is the latest pic I have of her which was taken at Grandpa's viewing. Shes a bit teary eyed but I think it makes it even more priceless.

 Here are some pics of Grandpa's graveside service. This is my favorite pic of the day, if its possible to have a favorite pic under the grim circumstances.
 Our Scottish neighbor on the bagpipes playing the Hymn "How Great Thou Art"
 The funeral weather was bleak, cold and rainy...like you see in the movies, just minus all the black clothing. I believe the heavens were weeping with us.

We put together a display table at the viewing..that was completely HIM. He was a true horseman through and through. There was a steady stream of people for almost 4 hours that came to pay their respects. He was loved by so many.  

1 comment:

  1. Happy Birthday to Emma & Kyleigh!! They are both such beautiful girls!! Sorry to hear about their grandpa passing away. I love how you put together that display table, such a great way to pay tribute to him.

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