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, April 17, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

 A whole lot of randomness from this juncture. Here's a peek into our week. On Monday we celebrated our 19th Wedding Anniversary! {The Eiffel Tower painting was Emma's anniversary gift to us. Isn't beautiful? } Unfortunately, Mondays are not an easy day to escape to celebrate. I started making one of Jaren's favorite meals...stuffed peppers! but then had to leave for three hours of dance observation with Brie and Hannah. Dad was at a meeting with Kyleigh at the High School so while we were gone Emma finished making the stuffed peppers and surprised us by putting on a little spread including some bubbly and a wedding picture which she displayed from the scrapbook archives...{To be honest, I'm hoping that that will not see the light of day anytime soon} My wedding pictures make me cringe! Cannot stand them. {Truly} I look terrible! My flowers {which I adored} look better than I do.  There is only one picture that I absolutely love...and it has water damage. {Go figure!}

Anyhow, Emma's efforts were very thoughtful and sweet. There was a shooting in our neighborhood late that same afternoon. {There is nothing like a little murder in the neighborhood! Seriously how bizzare..} So that, on top of everything else, we ran out of time.... so the Hub and I finished off our celebrating by watching the War Horse together the following night.  
 Actually the celebrating started on the weekend. We went to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants.  It should be featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. The latter it is for sure, a true hole in the wall, but we love it! Little Kate got to come with as the other sisters, minus Emma sick on the couch, were having a party at the neighbors watching One Direction appear on Nickelodeon's iCarly.  I'm telling you those One Direction gatherings are neighborhood affairs. Even Dad and I watched later.

My brother's wedding....Happy Day! It's wonderful to see him and his new wife, Karine, so happy! They were married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and we had a lovely luncheon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building afterwards. 

                     Cute blended family which includes two new nieces and two new nephews...


Kate at Temple Square

 We celebrated my Dad's 80th Birthday!

 Kyleigh had her school's drill dance tryouts....if you knew the decision process for her to even get to that point..you'd be impressed although mentally exhausted... because I know I was.  After an intense four days she found out she made the team. Congrats Kyleigh! We celebrated by using left over Sweet Tooth Fairy gift cards from Christmas. Kyleigh is obsessed with their chocolate cookies. And I don't think that is an understatement. She will agree she walks over there with friends after school way too often. While there we were able to taste test the winning cupcakes from the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Sweet Potato and Cranberry Wine & Brie Cheesecake. Yum! I opted to try the cupcake shake for the first time.  Goodness me. And you see what cupcakes are being featured in May? Hold the diet folks.

The obsession with One Direction is still going strong, and I don't see it dying out anytime soon. Especially when they just announced ANOTHER North American Tour for the summer of 2013! Yes, that is 15 months away. Crazy! But out of the 20 something places they are going to, Salt Lake just happens to be one of them and tickets went on sale on Saturday..gulp.. Not the ideal situation for the budget especially when we just purchased Vegas tickets. Needless to say we are in the nosebleed section for the Utah concert but extremely happy to be in the building. And Brie gets to join us for this one!

{don't know who to give this picture credit to but this ought to make any One Direction Fan happy!}
 Hannah and her girlfriend made One D cupcakes for themselves, Kyleigh and her girlfriends who were having a little girls night at our place. Emma was at a girlfriend's birthday party and I was out with the ladies celebrating two girlfriends birthdays at the Blue Lemon. Too fun. It was an overall party night.  A great reprieve from a pretty crazy day and week which included all the above plus normal life as well as a baby shower, an open call appearance for National America Miss with Kyleigh, helping a friend pick out paint colors, early morning church cleaning, Kyleigh ACT test, parking drama, and dance pictures for three girls which included 7 costume changes. Gotta love that! Our minor mishap of the week was Brie being 5 minutes late for her class picture and missing it as they were ahead of schedule. That is the first time that has happened to us in all these years of dance pictures. Oh well, you win some and lose some! ;)

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