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, December 02, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

High School Dances. Ya gotta love them.
Sorta behind on posting this doozy of an event. Fall Ball was two weekends ago. Same day as Brie's Baptism. Yep, there was A LOT going on around this place. Mentally prepped for weeks because I'm not sure we've had a weekend quite like this one in recent memory. It was gracefully crazy! {just to make things even more interesting... throw in a sliced finger, lost keys, one of the boys in the ER the day of night date, could he even come? and a dress emergency} When all was said and done I think we can say we pulled both events off quite well.

Kyleigh and her girls right before they went to pick up their dates... 
The dating scene:
 Not sure when they started all this day activity stuff but it was certainly after my time. Besides dinner, and the dance and the after activity, you are expected to do a day date too. {Just a little overkill and ridiculous if you ask me.} What if you don't even care for the person who asked you out? You are not only stuck with them in the evening, but the day too? That does not sound pleasant. 

The day of the dance, when they were supposed to go on their "day" date, was completely over scheduled for Kyleigh. It was out of our control. She had drill practice at 6:00 a.m. She would have been there for four hours if she had not needed to leave to go help set up for the dance. She barely got home in time to get ready for Brie's baptism where she had to give a talk. Another girl in the group had another commitment as well that morning so they switched to doing their day date to the night before... So the craziness got spread out even more and became a two day event. 

The theme of the dance was "Today Was A Fairy Tale". For their "night" activity I helped Kyleigh come up with clues for the four couples to play hide n seek {with a fairytale twist} in Downtown Salt Lake. Now does that not sound clever and fun? Two of the girls had asked their dates with a Snow White and a Alice theme so we just carried that idea through out. They each were a fairy tale couple and the guys had to find the girls {their lost princesses} in certain spots downtown relating to their character.  For instance, Belle was found reading in Deseret Book across from Sleeping Beauty's castle{the temple}. And Rapunzel was found locked in the tower {atop the Joseph Smith Memorial Building}. You get the idea. 

Afterwards they all took a "Cinderella" carriage ride around downtown, went for hot chocolate and came back here for a game.

After the baptism, luncheon and houseful of family and friends left it was boutonniere pick up, dress fixing and hairdressing time... My friend did Kyleigh and her best friend's hair despite her grandma having a stroke right before she came over. I'm telling you it was one thing after the other.
 
I wish I had a picture of my friend in the 11th hour working on Kyleigh's dress. She saved our bacon twice that day! Tickets for seating were passed out that morning for the upcoming dance recitals. Why everything falls on the same day I'm not sure, {didn't even attempt the wedding shower I was invited to} but I knew I didn't have time to fit waiting in line for who knows how long with hundreds of other parents to exchange our vouchers for tickets. My friend waited for almost two hours to get tickets for us. Bless her! 

Then there was the dress. 
The dress itself and how we came about finding it deserves a post in and of itself. It was a tender mercy. Although I think Kyleigh and I must have lost a few brain cells in our frantic search. Emma and I went to pick the dress up in a rental shop in Bountiful the afternoon before the dance. Kyleigh tries it on that night {with her heels} and gosh darn it... it is waaayyy too short in front! We swear it shrunk.
Well, dad did not approve and he's a pretty easy going guy.
And I was worried too. So here comes my friend, {to the rescue again}, with her sewing and alteration skills. She sent her boy, Kyleigh's date, with his little sister to Brie's baptism and she went home and worked on Kyleigh's dress. She was able to find fabric in her sewing room that was a perfect enough fit, material that she didn't even remember having. I tell you, in our efforts for her to be more modest..this was another tender mercy.

She looked like a fairy tale princess..

The whole corsage/boutonniere thing cracks me up. They are just not quite sure what they are doing and it is funny to watch. The lady that did my wedding flowers is a dear dear friend. She does the dance boutonnieres and the corsages for most of the kids in the neighborhood. Somehow we manage to make these events neighborhood affairs. 










 Kids parents came here for the photo shoot. Now that its dark earlier we couldn't take the pics outside. That was kind of a bummer.




Kate saw this picture and said "Where is Kyleigh's prince?" Ummm...that's such a good question Kate.

 Of course the parent entourage follows them all outside..All eight managed to load into one car
Kyleigh was the designated driver...quite the story there.

Heading to Asian Star {Fairytale Mulan style} for dinner and then to the dance...
 

Because Kyleigh is one of the MAG officers the Mr. and I got to help chaperon the dance. How funny is that? We spent most the time out in the hall taking money, tickets, stamping hands and looking for stamped hands as kids walked in and out of the dance. I loved seeing what everyone was wearing. Dad would have rather have been watching football. Towards the end we actually got to go IN to the dance. A little awkward but still quite enjoyable I must say. How could you not do a little spying? Kyleigh and her friends found us and we captured this blurry pic. Dad and I even danced the last slow song together. Awe...


The group came back to our place to change into comfy clothes, then they went off for ice-cream and then back here to eat it. I wasn't kidding when I said the day went on and on.
                                                 Overall she had a good time.  Truly.
But you know you are only getting about 1/3 of the whole story, right? {that's the case with all post dance reviews} I wish I could be as blunt and honest as I want to be but if I was, the Mr. wouldn't allow me to post it. haha! All I can say is we've joked about me starting up a Dating Service {ya know something like in the movie "Hitch"} and I would coach teenage boys on dating etiquette.. Ya know basic things like how to behave and treat a girl when they are on a date and just in general... How to be gentleman-like, mature, respectful, and attentive. The first ones to be enrolled would be the majority of Kyleigh's supposed close guy friends. Sorry, but they sort of need it.  When we thought all hope was lost in regards to the behavior of teenage boys it just so happens Kyleigh was asked out by two different guys this weekend and she was treated the way she ought to be.  Hope is not lost after all.

I do this because Kyleigh gets a kick out of it...and so do I!
How the guys match up post Fall Ball carried over from an earlier post pre-Homecoming..haha.. if you know which boy is which, you are too good! ;

Boy #1 Had the decency to step up and be a man and apologize. Commendable!
Boy #2 Kyleigh's most mature and loyal guy friend. Kyleigh is so thankful for him. {We are too.}
Boy #3 In the picture as of this past weekend. {it's about darn time}
Boy#4 He can go fly a kite! Wait, that is not nice...um...has great potential? but needs to grow up first... {Could you hurry and do that, please?!}
Boy#5 Newcomer on the dating scene...stay tuned!

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