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, children's books 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 (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

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, August 14, 2012

What's On My Happy List?


Oh, Say Can You See!



We loved the Olympics!! The Summer Olympics are our FAVORITE. Being the British lov'in people that we are...having them in London made it extra awesome. We've been so caught up in watching the coverage these last two weeks we're not sure what we are going to do with ourselves now that they are over.  I get so darn sentimental when they come to a close.  {I always have} and Kyleigh takes after her mother.  I even shed a tear or two as the Olympic flame was extinguished {don't laugh} and Kyleigh declared herself dead and that she would be resurrected in Rio in four years. {hilarious}. However, I will say that our
1 D boys performing in the closing ceremonies {how cool is that?} helped our mood tremendously.

We had a TOP 5 athletes to watch list...seriously how could we not?

USA's Ryan Lochte. Um... Hello! Don't need to explain why he made our list. Other than maybe he flips tires as part of his training. {850 lb ones at that.}   His golden win in the 400 meter IM over Phelps, who didn't even medal in that race, was a highlight. Love his fashion sense, but I do not care much for that mouth grill of his. The AT &T commercial he starred in...was MY favorite commercial throughout the entire Olympics....

"luck doesn't get you to the Olympic games...
you cant wish your way onto the podium...
you can't buy it...
or hope for it...
it's not enough to dream about it...
luck didn't get me to London...
I swam here!"

Just so you know Ryan, we are so glad you did!


The British Diver Tom Daley...Another reason for my girls to move to GB. Boy did we fall in love with this kid! We were rooting for him big time. You can't help but love him when you here his life story...there is a BBC documentary I've watched about him and the special relationship he had with his dad, who died last year at the age of 40 from a brain tumor. If we could, we would go to the next Summer Olympics in Rio just to watch him dive!





















The US gymnast Sam Mikulak...when he took a disappointing 5th place in the men's vault in the individual event competition...he was such a good sport about it. Gracious in defeat and happy for his competitors who beat him.  We were impressed! He is a cutie patootie too. Could pass for Tom's twin, don't ya think?


South African Swimmer Chad Le Clos who beat his hero, Micheal Phelps, by a finger tip in the 200 meter butterfly. That was amazing and his reaction priceless. You couldn't help be happy for him!


Rounding out our top five was American swimmer Brenden Hansen.  His interview after taking third place "the shiniest bronze medal you've ever seen" was honestly our favorite interview of the entire Olympics. He was so proud of himself, yet so humble and down to earth.
Unlike Jamaica's Usain Bolt who's head would blow if he thought anymore of himself. He bugged!


Other highlights...
Ryan Seacrest :0 highlighting the story of friendship between training partners USA's Rupp and Britain's Mo Farah and how they took gold and silver in the 10, 000. Thrilling!


And then there is Missy Franklin! Gosh, what a genuine sweetheart she is.

There were other favorite "moments"for me... the men's British gymnastics team winning an unexpected medal, the fab 5 winning gold, as well as the infamous US beach volleyball duo.  I loved it all! I have to say though that some of my favorites were watching the synchronized swimming and the rhythmic gymnastics. I enjoyed them just as much as the prime time sports. I wish there could have been more of it. Rhythmic gymnastics, predominately an Eastern European sport, {so I obviously haven't seen much of it} blew my mind. Flipping amazing!

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