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!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

What's On My Happy List?


Ordinary randomness...
Emma helped throw a surprise birthday party for one of her best friends. Of course it had a British flare to it since they are all a little obsessed right now with all things GB. Emma made the invites and the cake.





In other party news....
I recently headed up our annual neighborhood/ward party. We had a great turn out. I think we fed close to 300! That can be a major production to pull off.  Thankfully, I've had a lot of experience doing these type of gatherings from being in charge of them a few years back. When they put the RS in charge of it this year I didn't really sweat it much. We had oodles of help from many people. I'm telling you my ward is tremendous! We had our usual slip and slide along with the firemen coming to spray the kids.....




My best friend was doing some redecorating in her home and enlisted my help in searching for decor. When I was out and about with her I came across this awesome print of Couture magazine covers from the 50's and 60's. Love it! I knew instantly that it would go perfect in Kyleigh and Emma's classic Hollywood themed room. And a while back I found a few more cheap Audrey Hepburn prints to add to their so called "movie star wall". {We are finally done in there. I think.} ;)



  Seeing little things set up like this in the playroom. Makes my heart smile....


 Brie has had a fascination with Legos lately.  It's pretty tedious work and it takes patience to put these creations together, but she enjoys it. She is so stink'in good at following the booklet of directions...she's put together a treehouse.. twice, a camper, and a dog show stage.

Hannah trying to dye a strip of her hair with Kool-Aid. It worked!

Poor Hannie had to get her 7th grade shots recently. Do you know how long she has been dreading this? FOR EVER! She has an undeniable fear of the needle. Poor kid. I had to have Dad meet us there at the doctor's office for moral and physical support, not knowing if she would be trying to crawl up the wall to escape. She started crying before we even walked into the building. We managed okay, but it was still tough. Afterwards, as a reward for her bravery I took her,  her best friend, and Brie to see the new Diary of the Wimpy Kid movie.  Cute show!


Dad took Kyleigh and her good friends, Kenzie, Allysan, Camille, Schyler and Austin up to Scofield for an overnighter. Emma went to be the cook. lol  They had a great time hanging out and riding on the ATV's...


Kyleigh recently went on her first official "date"... It was with her good friend Schyler.  lol They actually hang out all the time with their friend group and they've sorta hung out just the two of them before, like he's come over to watch a movie with her, sometimes they'll just talk outside until curfew, or the time he went with Kyleigh this summer to see the Joseph musical {but I and two sisters tagged along.} Ya know nothing big.  They are good friends, but this was an actual "date" "date" where he called her up on the phone and officially asked her out...just the two of them...

Cracks me up that it finally happened. {there is kinda a story there} Anyhow, I so wanted to hide in the bushes and take pics, as I was not allowed to take any pictures when he came to the door! But Hannah, who was spying in the front room- took a pic on her phone, through the shutters, of them walking out to his car. {She accidentally erased it though...darn it... so I have nothing to show.} 

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