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 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 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!

Monday, July 25, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

Zoobies for an afternoon!
I must admit the zoo is about a 3 on my fun scale. Luckily most my kids agree. I can make a visit and then be good for 5+ years before I go again..and that goes for about every flipp'in museum in the valley, whether it be the Children's, Natural History, This Is The Place, or Dinosaur. I'm terrible.
{really not a fun mom when it comes to that kind of stuff}
I cannot comprehend the yearly passes to those places. I'm quite certain that would be the last thing on earth I'd purchase. 

The kids have been to the zoo more recently than I have so its not like they are deprived or anything. haha. But it had been a while for me! Field trip with Hannah in preschool or Kindergarten? yep, long time. I decided it was high time to be brave {really brave, especially in this darn heat} and take Kate on her first ever Zoo trip. 

We survived. {barely} Kate is in that terrible toddler stage where she is so dang difficult to take anywhere. Sucks the fun right out of it.    
                                                   The carousel was a hit though!

                                                      Riding the train...

A reprieve from the heat thanks to squirting elephants and dinosaurs...


Hannah's absolute favorite. The giraffes! Worth the trip right there.

In honor of Hannah's favorite animal....Kate's giraffe leggings...

Bye Bye Zoo..see ya in another 5 years!!!!

Before the older sisters got home I had a little last hurrah with the Hannah, B. Olivia and Kate...sent them on another scavenger hunt.{we love those things}.

It was a Winnie the Pooh themed one...looking for Eeyore's lost tail! I sent them to different places in the house and outside where he may have left it.
One clue they found Owl..in the apple tree of the Hundred Acre Wood {of course} saying Christopher Robin was in trouble, and they must find Pooh and the gang to help... who were last seen ....
                                          swimming in hundred acre wood's pond...

I froze figurines of Pooh and friends. I got that idea here but put my own spin on it. Girls had to crack open the block of ice with a hammer {good idea to have goggles} to get the last clue, which said we'd go see the new Pooh movie that afternoon where we would discover if Eeyore finds his tail and if Christopher Robin was really in trouble, or was Owl just dreaming up an imaginary culprit?

Girls came home Friday morning!


They had a blast at camp! They so love their YW leaders. We have such a great ward. I enjoyed hearing all about their week....  

They stayed home and watched Kate {nice to have my babysitters back} while we escaped to see Pooh that afternoon!

Obviously we 'do' movies. I managed to fit in another two before weeks end! Watching "Charades", the old Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn classic with dad and older girls Friday night {along with a game of charades with B. Olivia and Hannah} And a Saturday date night movie and dinner with the hubby.  I am now a fan of Captain America.  

The younger girls are glad to have their entertainer back! I found them doing this on Saturday. Facials, pedicures and manicures...

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