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 d├ęcor 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!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

Camp Out!
Last week I had my three oldest away for a few days at YW's girl's camp..They love camp and were so excited to go.
It was Hannah's first year!  She wanted to have a painted camp chair of her own, so she created this below... Love the inspiration from her favorite animal. It glittered!
 
Kyleigh's aunt taught her how to make a dutch oven dessert so she could make it up at camp for everyone as part of her certification.

 Emma made the cutest posters for the cabin that they stayed in. Their theme this year was "How The West Was Won."
I put together a little TLC treat bag from home for them to take with...and a blunt reminder to be helpful and respectful and to not complain. ;) 
 Dad sent them each the sweetest text before they left.

 We got a pic sent to us while Kyleigh and Emma were on their 5 mile hike...On the return home there was some hilarious commentary from Emma about that little adventure.

While the older girls were away...I had some quality time with the younger two...I made up an activity bag inspired by the happy home fairy website. Seriously who needs Pinterest when you have her as a resource? You know I've actually never been on Pinterest. I do have a basic understanding of what it is because my sister showed me last Thanksgiving, but I've never felt compelled to use it. I'm sure its a wonderful place for ideas but I find that kind of stuff a bit overwhelming.  I'm kind of a anti social network kind of gal in the first place, not a huge blog reader or facebook fan so it's no surprise to me I've never used it. I'm just kinda happy do'in my own thing. ;)

Back to the bag...It was filled with simple little activities to do...
  

   Crashing them down was a hit!


 How to....Put three marbles in paint colors of your choice. Place in can lined with white paper. Place saran wrap over top of can with rubber band and then shake the heck out of it... 

We each got wrapped up in streamers...and then tried to break out...

We made a volcano from play-doh
 Kate's face tells it all...
 


I threw the popcorn and Brie tried to catch it in her cup. This was a funny one to me. Kate didn't quite think so...

 To make a nature bracelet....wrap a piece of masking tape around your wrist {sticky side out} and go for a little nature hunt, collecting leaves, rocks, little flowers, bugs, whatever you'd like...We also found a snail and a ant hole...


 This little activity was a great lead in to our very own Scooby Doo camp out in the family room! Brie had been waiting for this for a looong time.




































 {Does anyone want to ask what kind of sleep I got?}


What's a camp out with out beef jerky and s'mores? Seriously two of our favorite things about Scofield. Brie said our camp-out was better than Scofield! :)  I left a beef jerky stick on Brie's pillow and we also had s'mores, microwave style {which is Hannah's specialty} They are yummy!
 We watched some of Scooby Doo Camp Scare....
 and played hide n seek in the dark with a flashlights. We pretended we were hiding from the huntsman in the Scooby Doo movie. I found these two in their hiding spot with their big blue eyes staring out at me. Gah! One of the cutest little mommy moments which I wish I could bottle it up and keep forever. Impossible to re capture that moment on camera.
Brie and I had a couple of games of chinese checkers. She about beat me and no one does that with this game around here. {Even the Mr. can't beat me!}
 I have a picture of me playing checkers with my mom!










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