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!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

               
                                       Snack Trays!
Brie loves this after school snack. Doesn't everything taste better cut up, stuck with a toothpick and served on a cute tray? She went and hunkered down in her hide out to eat!

                                             Talent Show! 
Our ward had a talent show this past weekend. {You always get a chuckle out of those.} Emma played the bagpipes with a neighbor and his two sons. Here she is at one of the practices. For whatever reason I did not get a picture of them the night of the performance. Shoot me. They were all decked out in their Scottish attire too, kilts included. They looked fabulous!


                                        Sleeping Toddler!
Kate fell asleep at the bottom of our bed a few nights ago. I got up to move her to her bed and she woke up and proceeded to have a melt down. Nothing like a tantrum after the midnight hour! {I think this kid has thrown more tantrums than my four older girls put together. She is so stubborn.}  I basically ignored what was happening and went back to bed. And I fell asleep. When Dad and I awoke the next morning we noticed Kate was not in her bed. And she wasn't in ours or her sisters or out on the couch. It was still fairly dark in the house at that hour so Dad had his flashlight out looking around for her. He came across this at the foot of our bed. Kate fast asleep buried inside a laundry hamper fully loaded with clean clothes. Not sure how long she had been sleeping in there or how she landed in that particular spot but we all thought it was pretty darn cute!

                                           Danc'in Girl!
 Kyleigh was introduced as a new member of the Drill Team at the End of Year Show. She is so excited to be a Spartonian! Although she is going to have a boot camp of a summer. Let me tell you!

She was also recently selected to be a State Finalist and compete in the National America Miss Utah Pageant this June. But with so much on her plate this summer we had to turn them down. {It's one of those Good, Better, Best, decisions}
  
Fine Dining! 
 Hannah was one of the few chosen in her class to be able to attend a Fine Dining Luncheon provided by the culinary classes at the High School.  She went through an etiquette course at the elementary the day before to prepare for it and received a certificate.  I was so glad she got this opportunity. I can totally see her wanting to take these culinary classes when she gets to High School. One of her dreams when she grows up is to work in a bakery and make cupcakes. 

Our playroom is often changing between a Barbie village or playing school, or restaurant etc. This week Hannah set up a vet clinic. So cute! She even made patient sign in forms to fill out asking if the animal needed a regular check up or had an injury or other, which would include a trim or a stitch up, thus the needle and thread.  Love my Hannie!
 


Daddy's work!
 Emma is going to volunteer at the hospital this summer along with Kyleigh, a cousin and a close friend. She had her interview this week and we were able to go up and see the new, completed hospital lobby, 8 months in the making. Dad helped to oversee the operational side of this project.  It's beautiful! We love to visit Dad at work because that usually means we get to eat there too. {Something must be really wrong with me because I love hospital food. This hospitals anyway.}




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