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 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 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, 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 (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!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

Kid wrap up part II

Brie

My love-note leaving, not afraid to kill spiders, barbie lov'in girl. This is her growing Barbie DVD collection. {Thanks to Grandma!} Boy does she love those movies.

We've had a little flashback to the 80's lately as Grandma has officially turned over her Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bear collection to us girls as part of our inheritance. hahaha! They are adorable! Brings back little girl memories for me. The best part is opening the box and still smelling that yummy, unmistakable strawberry shortcake smell. 
  
Brie is slowly but surely adapting to going to school all day, although she would still rather be at home in the playroom playing pretend school with Hannah and Emma. She is coming along in her reading which is very encouraging. Dick & Jane and Junie B. are her preferred choices. She read her Primary talk last Sunday {all by herself}. She practically had it memorized she had gone over it so many times. Made us proud!  
Another dance year has begun. Here she is with her dancing friends that we carpool with . Each mom takes one Monday a month where we both do take AND pick up duty. {Brilliant I say!} That way we only have to be in charge of driving once in a month, instead of keeping track weekly of who's turn it is to take or pick up.  I'm not a huge lover of carpools but this one is a lifesaver for me. I technically need to be in three places at once at 5:30 on Monday afternoons  {which of course is impossible}, but with the help of good friends with dancing daughters, my kids get where they need to be. 
                                                     Brie is a sweetie!
She was practicing writing sentences for homework the other night and she came up with this...I see a mom that love(s) me. {If that doesn't melt your heart.}

                                                 Kate

Oh Kate! She's my tag along buddy. She likes to mess up her sisters miniature Polly Pocket village. {Another one of grandma's collectibles for us girls} She loves lip gloss {a ruined dress to prove it}, has a thing for hand sanitizer and Lysol wipes {I hope that's a sign that she's going to be cleaner}, she enjoys doing puzzles, looking at books, taking morning walks with mom, and
making animal sounds...she's quite proficient in piggy, kitty cat, horsey, elephant, lion and hyena. Add Popcorn Popping {her showoff song} and she has quite a repertoire. It's pretty darn cute! She is a completely enamoured by Barney. And frankly I don't know what we would do without that purple fellow on DVD and On Demand. 

I'm doing a mom wrap up too....only because I need to share that I do have moments of insanity and despite what people might think, I can't and don't do it all! 
We've had a several doozy days in a row {maybe even weeks, quite possibly since school started?} and I find my self fighting muddle mode. If you've ever wondered what a typical day in my life is I'm going to share, despite the fact that I realize you could care less. But I want my kids to be able to look back and know the reasons why {at times} there are gobs of dishes, piles of dirty laundry and no clean bath towels, {And that's why you resort to drying off with a clean, small hand towel! seriously.haha}, days {not day} old potato chip crumbs and shredded cheese scattered on the office floor and hall {thank you Kate}, general clutter about the household and cereal for dinner!  

Here's what my Wednesday of this week looked like ...Awakened around 7:10'ish, drove Kyleigh to school because she wasn't going to make the bus. Happy to do it, as it only happens occasionally, but it does throw my morning routine off a bit as I'm on one tight schedule. Just so happened Dad had to drive Emma to school that morning too but that was planned so that she could have a few more minutes of precious sleep. 
{Dad says the most memorable things in the mornings.}

The quote of the week around here is.." It's a small miracle on the mornings those girls make the bus!" {so true} I'm sure it's only funny to the four of us because we are the only ones that really know whats it's like getting those girls out the door in the mornings.

Anyhow had to forgo my pilates and walk for a couple of reasons. Boo.
Got younger kids off to school.
Scriptures.
Scanned and emailed info to my brother for my dad.
Categorized receipt items in my budget planner. {Trying a new method which if I like I'll have to share.}
Paid medical bill.
Made phone call to friend to give a shout out to her son who has a newly released single on i-tunes.  {Check out Explode by The August Design. Awesome song!}. 
Got gas in my mother- in- law's car as I've been sucking the gas out of it driving  around the valley the last few days. My car is having issues. 
Took my car to the shop. Stalled on me on the way there. Joyous!
Took my mother in law to the grocery store. Did some shopping of my own while there.
Load of laundry in washer.
Did dishes.
 Congratulatory message off to a great friend in our Stake who won primary's and whos campaign posters I have had plastered to my car for the past 2 1/2 wks and will until voting day Nov. 8th. {my civic duty for the year..haha} 

 Started Emma's poster for YW in Excellence.
Checked in with sister who's husband had surgery that morning.
Took Kyleigh to tennis practice.
 Drove Emma to chanter lessons.
Was actually able to wait in the car this week and read a bit and text arrangements for harp, as Kate slept, instead of blitzing to the nearby Smiths for a 20 minute shopping trip like most weeks.
Picked up Brie and Hannah from my mom's as they walk there from school on Wednesdays.
Took Hannah to art lessons.
Picked up Kyleigh from tennis.
Drove her to High School for Driver's Ed Road Driving with teacher.
Got home to see harp off safely to church...

More wash.
 Brie started on homework...{luckily B and Hannah were able to do their homework mostly on their own this night}
Picked up Hannah from art.
Picked up Kyleigh from High School after she and three other students waited for 50 minutes for their teacher who was a no show. Bugs!
Delivered food items to R.S. counselors for Stake luncheon the next day.
 Finished up poster for Emma.
Girls off to the church.
Went to Young Womens in Excellence with hubby. 
{They had the cutest theme going on...The Treasure Within...}
 
Emma completed her ten hour knowledge value project doing 272 names for the church's Family Search Indexing Program...  
Kyleigh learned to play the harp for her Divine Nature project....she played the hymn "How Great Thou Art" for the closing song...She had it memorized...and she nailed it!
She stayed after to do French homework with a girlfriend and play Co-ed volleyball with the other YW and YM in the Stake. So after Emma and I helped clean up after the program, we got to carry the harp home. That was an adventure!

We made a second trip back to the church to retrieve chair and music stand...
this time we caught a ride home in the coolest red convertible {makes one giddy} of Emma's & Kyleigh's YW leader....with just a few things hanging overhead...including a head cold for Emma. 
Read to both Brie and Hannah separately.
Fit in family scriptures {minus Kyleigh who was scrambling to get an essay done}.
Filled out school picture order forms. 
Made an Amazon purchase right before midnight. 
Hit the sack. 
Somewhere in there I changed a few diapers...

Fortunately I'm never lacking in having something to do, which I'm grateful, but some days I honestly wish I had less. One of my favorite quotes by Leonardo Da Vinci is "SIMPLICITY is the ULTIMATE sophistication. I wish I could simplify my life more and be more sophisticated...haha, sometimes I really do try  and I do have success but this was just one of those crazy weeks where life takes over, especially in the church obligation department and things get a little, do I dare say, unbalanced? Yes, even in church things. 

 Since Friday night, if I was keeping track and clocking hours, {which I don't do other than when I'm trying to figure out why I'm living in a pig stye} I'm hitting close to a part time {church} job! Ward Day of Service prep and day of, Standards Night, Relief Society Downtown Tour, Ward Shower, YW in Excellence, our ward's turn to provide lunch for the Stake Sr. Singles Social, hunting down missing Relief Society tablecloths, ward council and church itself. EVERYTHING church related happened to fall in the same week!{ It's usually not that hectic} But luckily I believe in what I do. Or I wouldn't be doing it!

SO I guess all I'm say'in is I'm not doing anything more or less than any other busy mom out there {I know that, trust me!} but I'm thinking we need to give ourselves a break and realize no one out there is 'doing it all' and when life gets overwhelming, and you are in over your head...something has to give. {and it's okay} For me, it's the house!   I'm just thankful for my sweet mom, nearing 80, who came to help me clean today and rescue my home. She's the most thorough vacuumer you'll find around!

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