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, March 27, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

 Titanic Tea Party in honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic the girls and I had ourselves a little English Tea Party. We are so looking forward to the Titanic Mini Series airing in a few weeks directed by Julian Fellows! If it's anything near the quality of Downton we are in for a treat!
We had English tea cakes and cookies, cucumber and chive sandwiches, crackers with ham & cheese, strawberries & blueberries with cream, and meatballs. {the secret to the best meatballs is crock pot them with grape jelly and your favorite BBQ sauce} Yum! I was able to use the blue and white dishware that I was lucky enough to be given after a little old lady in our ward passed away.


Kyleigh and Emma were the only ones that wanted to get dressed up and photographed for the occasion. They take these tea parties seriously!!! If the life jackets weren't up at Scofield I so would have insisted on a photo with those on too. That was dad's idea. Cracks me up!

After we ate I read the Magic Tree House Titanic Research Guide to Hannah and Brie. It is such an interesting read, we finished it in one sitting in less than an hour. We continued on in the theme of things with playing the classic Titanic game and watching the movie...shed a few tears and sweet little Kate tried to wipe them away...


Other Random Happy Things....My Mom turned 80! She is the sweetest lady.. Oh how I love her! My siblings and I and our spouses all took her and Dad to dinner and then 40+ family members gathered at the house after for cake and ice cream....that place was bursting at the seams...


The Relief Society Birthday Celebration! Someone on the committee had old RS magazines of her mothers and grandmothers. The one on the cake is a replica of one from 1932.  

Spring Break!
Love this time of year.  
Just a few things we've been up to.... Another round of CHOPPED for Emma and Hannah. The whole idea is cooking with a crazy ingredient in each course and making it edible. The appetizer had to include Roka Blue Spread and radishes...The main meal... eggplant and Sweet and Sour Sauce, the Dessert...Chocolate Almond Soy milk and mandarin oranges...It's always so much fun to see what they come up with. I love that they enjoy spending time in the kitchen.

Emma and I along with my girlfriend and her daughter went to the midnight showing of Hunger Games. Kyleigh went with girlfriends. I think it was 3:30 before I crawled into bed.  CRAZY! Not sure I'd loose sleep again over that movie.  Strange. Strange. Not my kind of show, but my oldest two are loving the books. 

One Direction. Guess who is coming to North America on their very own tour? Those British Boys!!! {We've got some happy girls in this house.} And guess who scored tickets to their Vegas show in June? Me, two of my girlfriends and 9 tween/teenagers! We were in charge of getting all the tickets and I must say it was a frantic few moments for us on the computer not knowing how fast it would sell out, but we succeeded. Whoot!

Corner Bakery with girlfriends, Movie nights, ABCmouse.com, and Jump rope competition with the girls...   

sweet flowers left on the porch for a sick girl.
Emma's Rube Goldberg Science Project... Dad put it to video. He is the bomb!

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