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 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 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!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

Lots of Happy's!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

  The family put on quite a spread for the Super Bowl. Lots of yummy football food...ribs, wings, smokies, shrimp, dips, salad, vege's, fruit and even football shaped oreos. All I had to make was the mint ice-cream pie. And I did it football style! Funny thing is, the majority of us don't even watch the game we just celebrate the occasion by eating the food. Strangely, for as much as I enjoy  football I really could care less about the NFL. It's all about college for me. 

 Happy 10 yr. anniversary of the Olympic Games in SLC!
  Utah is celebrating the 10th anniversary this month. My goodness. Where does the time go? In 2002, Kyleigh was a Kindergartner and had just turned 6. Gulp! I remember she participated in a special Olympic program at school called "Light The Fire Within." I gave each of the girls a special Olympic Edition Kelly Doll. I swear it looks like Kyleigh and Emma are wearing white garbage sacks. haha! I actually think they are. If my memory serves me right I believe they were trying to make Greek togas in honor of the first Olympians.  

We bundled up and watched the Olympic torch come right by grandma's neighborhood. I remember feeling so proud after watching the opening ceremonies that our State pulled off such a spectacular event.   
                                             Happy Groundhogs Day!  
This was our version of Punxsutawney Phil who saw his shadow last Thursday. He's peeking up from an after school treat...a slice of homemade banana split ice-cream pie. Love the concept but trying a different recipe next time. Not overly impressed.


Happy 100 Days of School! 
Brie got to celebrate the 100th Day of School this week. Emma and Hannah had the same first grade teacher and her 100 day celebration always turned into some major project for us...like here with Emma seven years ago. I drew a Dalmatian Dog which had 100 spots, thanks to some mini oreos. For Hannah's we made a Mickey Head Mural from 100 small Disney character pictures. {actually there were a few more than 100 to make it work..I think her teacher thought we couldn't count} Why I  have no picture of that crazy "what was I thinking?" project still baffles me. It was pretty cool look'in.

It was quite a relief when Brie's teacher sent this bag home and all Brie had to do was fill it with 100 things. She had to think of something that the kids wouldn't easily guess. She put in a variety of 100 dry beans. And no one guessed it! You go girl!
We have a Happy Birthday Girl this week too!

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