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!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

A bunch of randomness......
stuff I never got around to posting those last few weeks before school got out...
trips to the park...a real treat to even be hanging outside when all it practically did the month of May was rain!
This day we had the playground to ourselves. Soooo nice. It was still a tad overcast and nippy but NO RAIN.
We swung and slided, played tag in the field...
and got dirty in the sand...
The next day the sun was out and people were there in droves. We parked ourselves on the opposite side of all the people...{not a fan of crowded parks} and enjoyed a picnic lunch, just the
 three us.  
Kate's got the 'sipping from a straw' thing all figured out.

Brie has a green thumb...Brie has loved planting flowers with grandma in the backyard.           
She takes this gardening business quite seriously.
She uses her grocery cart to transport the flowers to the backyard.  Even little saucey was trying to help....
The girls have created a secret garden of sorts in the back. Will have to post more about this later...

Our trip to Scofield for Memorial Weekend.....
Oh man, this picture cracks me up. All this family togetherness in the vehicle dad said would count for the entire month of family home evening. haha! The desperate look on Hannah's face, of "how much longer" do I have to be stuck in this car?!?" {priceless} What normally takes us an hour and 50 minutes was more like a 3hr trip thanks to holiday traffic.  
All conked out!
The girls had fun on the lake...too cold still to swim....Emma on Dad's pontoon...
Kate out by the dock....

The girls had fun hanging with their cousins as my brother and his family joined us for the weekend...
Dad taking Brie and cousin Braden for a ride...
                                        
Dad took the girls on an excursion up the mountain Saturday evening.... I would dare say it ended up being THE most memorable ride of their lives....

Dad was leading the girls down the trail, very slowly... only about 5 miles an hour, but somehow my niece lost control of the ATV she was driving after hitting a protruding rock....
Luckily she was able to hop off before the ATV rolled 240 feet down the mountain into this horrifying heap! Totaled the ATV.   
So flipp'in scary! My niece walked away with only bruises but it could have been much, much worse..even fatal. Everybody was a bit wigged out after this. Frankly, I don't care if I ever get on one of these things again!

Royal Wedding memorabilia....my friend was recently in the UK for a month. She was over in Scotland when the Royal Wedding occurred. Look at all the goodies she brought home for me. *squeal* 


I forgot to take a pic of the teacher appreciation gifts I did for Hannah and Brie's teachers in May, but they looked sorta like this. Got this idea from domestically speaking blog here. Go there if you want to read the darling poem.

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