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, August 22, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

First Day of School!
What a momentous day for Kyleigh. She started High School! gulp. Can it really be so? High School is so different now...they have A and B days, where they have four classes a day, 1st lunch, 2nd lunch, plus two extended learning periods... so confusing...{for the mom anyway}

Here she is on registration day a week and a half ago where they got their schedules, books, yearbook pictures taken and lockers.  She is able to locker right by her best friend! We walked the halls looking for her classrooms so she wouldn't get lost on the first day...they have totally remodeled the High School since I was there so I was no help.  

A few days later we got to wander the halls for a second time after a team tennis meeting. Fun to get a glimpse of her new world and where she will be hanging every school day...

and btw, do you know how much it costs to have your kids go to high school these days? A little shocking to a first time parent of a high schooler. Unbelievable!
{Who knew public education cost so much?}
It was about $500 between the oldest two to get them registered for school. {the bulk of it in Kyleigh's court} And that doesn't include everyday school supplies or school clothes.  Kyleigh's yearbook alone cost $50 bucks! What the?  Found that kind of funny. sort of.
                                 
                                    Emma 8th Grade
Emma has one of her best friends in all 7 of her classes. They have the exact same schedule. She lucked out!

                                                                
                                                           Walking to the bus....
Love these bags that they are using instead of backpacks...grandma got them either really cheap or free at DSW and surprised them when they got back from camp this summer. I was even borrowing one for a time, as I'm still trying to find a purse I want to purchase to replace my purple one that is now gone bye bye.

                                       
Meeting up with neighbor girls...
                                                                        
                                                      Running for the bus....                                    
                                 I hear this scene happens quite a bit....cracks me up!

I in my p.j.s and my friend in her apron, made a scramble to the bus stop as well. My friend was in the process of making crepes for our traditional "first day of school" breakfast with the moms in the neighborhood. We usually go out but she cooked for the 12+ of us....so sweet!  
                      
        We are missing all the 7th graders in the neighborhood who will be joining the older girls on the bus tomorrow... 

                                      Hannah 6th grade


Brielle 1st Grade

Kate
                         who gets to stay at home with mommy all day

Hannah on the playground with her best friend...

so blazing hot out today...doesn't make for good pictures 

Brie with some classmates...
her best friend is in the other class...boo

I caught this candid pic of Brie biting her nails as she was waiting in line....for days she has been so nervous for school to start... Or in her words 'terrified'! Poor thing!...Daddy gave them all a father's blessing the night before school started. Its a tradition. I'm sure that helped but its still kind of scary making that transition of going to school all day.

When Hannah and Brie walked out the front door this morning they found that the magic school bus {ya know the one that Ms. Frizzle drives?} had dropped off a surprise....a special after school treat to open when they got home....something to look forward too. {my third ingredient for happiness}  
After school the girls ate their cookies and milk while telling me all about their day. Although Kyleigh's tell all was in the car on her way to tennis practice.. I loved LOVED hearing all about it. every detail.
One of my favorite quotes happens to say "Making the decision to have a child.....its momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." Elizabeth Stone

My heart is always in 5 different places but especially on milestone days like today.....I so wish I could be a bug on the wall..to be where they are...even if its just for a moment, to get a peek...

I so love being a mom! Its the best job. ever! 

RECAP: All survived. Some just barely. {that would be Emma} My girlfriend was here giving haircuts tonight and she stated that Jr. High is the armpit of your life. Emma would agree. Scratched eyeball, allergy problems, and stupid, scary  people don't help, on top of the orange construction style vests that have to be worn for hall passes. {She swears she's never getting a hall pass} and a math class where she is one of four girls amongst 26 boys. no kidd'in. Hannah enjoyed her day. She's always the one who is the most excited to go back. Brie managed well also {Yeah!}, until the end of the school day when there was confusion with how she was getting home which resulted in a meltdown...on our way home in the car..  Kyleigh's day was OKAY, although she's looking forward to tomorrow's classes even more than todays.  
Best part was when the girls came home. This melted my heart when Kate met Emma walking home from the bus....

1 comment:

  1. Look how cute your girls are! I can't believe how big they are getting. We're lucky to have so many fun kids in the neighborhood.

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