Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 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 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 and 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 love celebrating 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!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

What's On My Happy List?


Celebrating Dr. Seuss Day!

In Honor of Dr. Seuss day...Our Dr. Seuss hats and fishies in a pond!

Got the cute ideas 

here.....



 This lasted all of about 2 seconds....haha!

The YW's recently had New Beginnings and guess what theme was going on?  Dr. Seuss! It tied in with the mutual theme for the year...STAND YE IN HOLY PLACES...so cute!



The elementary school celebrates Dr. Seuss Day with early morning donuts and Dr. Seuss book time with parents. B and I read AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT ON MULBERRY STREET...a change from GREEN EGGS AND HAM...B's Dr. Seuss favorite.

 Look how cute the school secretary looked!!!

This was my favorite Dr. Seuss book growing up..My mom must have read it a gajillion times to me. It's worn, ripped, and taped and lovingly placed in my hope chest of treasures. {more on that later}


This has put me in the mood to share some of my very very favorite Children's books. Children's books are a little bit of an obsession of mine. We've got quite a collection. Besides Fancy Nancy and Junie B. these are a few of my very favorites....



This book...Spring Sprung is a MUST READ if you have all girls.  Each girl represents a month in Spring {March, April, May}. These girls fight over who their Mother {Mother Earth} loves best. Mother explains how her heart is big enough to love them all. I got this book when I just had my three oldest girls...the last part of the book beckons for Summer to come out to play...that's my B Olivia. LOVE THIS BOOK!


When I Was A Girl . . . I Dreamed


 This is my copy of Amelia Bedelia that I had has a child...also one of my childhood favorites....


 My Mother Goose book that I got for Christmas in 1974 from my sister Karen, she would have been 16 at the time,  I was two.  Kills me. My mom read these nursery rhymes over and over to me....

 These books are tucked away in my hope chest...love these little things! Beth's Happy Day was one of my very favorites....


Seeing Little Golden Books just make my heart smile. They have to be some of the best books ever made... don't you think? This See My Toys book my grandma gave to me when I was one yrs old!!!  How precious is that? I'm so glad my mom saved these for me.
And look at this cloth one that I also had as a baby...{melt}


I have fond memories of my mom reading to me. Funny thing is I don't remember liking to read much on my own, as a child or teenager. {Other than Nancy Drew or Jack Weyland books.} Good thing is I love to read now!!  Here's proof from one of my and Emma's recent trips to the library. {they are mostly hers.}


Luckily my hubs loves to read too. I've got two girls that love books and reading, but two that don't and one on the fence. {That would be the Dyslexia.} One day I'm going to have to do a post on that very subject, but first things first...I have to share some of my most enjoyable reads of late....
 
 THIS Regency England novel goes on my all time favorite book list. I was sad to see it end. Julie Klassen's Silent Governess is also very good, but I liked this one even more.
Lady of Milkweed Manor

 I had a hard time putting this one down. Excellent!
To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again Audio CD  -     
        By: Mary C. Neal

Just started these two...
The Kitchen House


Cover


If you are not a book lover but happen to love watching period piece dramas {and experiencing Downton withdrawals}...here our some British Drama series that we've enjoyed in the past and recommend to you for your viewing pleasure...
1. BBC's Larkrise to Candleford
2. BBC's Land Girls
3. BBC's Call the Midwife
4. A & E's Victoria and Albert
5. BBC's Tess of the d'Urbervilles

1 comment:

  1. Children's books are one of my very favorite things too! And Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox is one of my my girls very favorites!
    I love that you still have YOUR childhood books. They are treasures!

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