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!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

My Tree!
sorta love it. makes my heart smile. alot!

                                       
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
                                        

Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
                                        
How often has the Christmas tree
                                         

Afforded me the greatest glee!


          Have you heard of the German Christmas Pickle Ornament tradition?.... Well, at our house which ever child is the first to find the ornament of Santa holding the Eiffel Tower...they get the prize!

Speaking of Trees...We went to the Festival of Trees to see Kyleigh perform with her Irish dance group. If you ever want to see a mass of humanity... go to the festival on a Friday night. My goodness. Traffic and parking.  Sorta of a nightmare. Once inside. Not much better. Hoards of people. {So not our thing.} 
Dad had to stand in line twice to pay for tickets. Jeesh!  Emma didn't feel well and was cantankerous, and it was clear Kate didn't want to be there either. So by the time Kyleigh finished dancing we just wanted to get out of there! We did not even stay to see what you go there to see in the first place.  But we were not about to be smashed like sardines inching our way past a gazillion trees and gingerbread houses, {no matter how lovely}, with a uncooperative one yr. who wouldn't stay in her stroller, or who wants to stay fully dressed for any length of time AND who also lost her shoe, not to be recovered. 
{Thus our outing became the most expensive kid recital we've been to.} 

And...don't even get me started on these dresses. They aren't even finished yet, but they had to dance in them anyway. lovely. BUT at least they are an improvement from last years.  :) We've had a few chuckles over these dresses.

My favorite part of the evening was when two of Kyleigh's guy friends surprised her by showing up to watch her dance. They were smack front row. on purpose. She sorta died. Her first number I COULD NOT stop laughing because I knew {I could tell} she was dying of embarrassment. I didn't blame her. Who seriously wants to be seen, by cute guys your age, prancing around in a dork costume like that?  Here she is giving them a piece of her mind for pulling one over on  her.
Crown Burger across the street saved the evening. We went there twice! Before for dinner and after for shakes with Kyleigh's friends.

Here is Kate snarfing down mom and dad's shake not one but two spoonfuls at a time.

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