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!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

What's On My Happy List?

My baby Kate is three!!! 
Can you believe that? We kept asking and re asking her what kind of party she wanted to have to celebrate her birthday. Scooby Scooby..{We were hoping she would eventually change her mind haha..only because I recently did a Scooby themed party for Brie here} But she was dead set on  Scooby Doo!! Which is all good....because we all love Scooby around here. Every little girl of mine has been obsessed with the Scooby cartoons and movies at one point or another. 


 So here's our throw back to the 70's and our mini Velma!!!

On the menu....
Because the Scooby Gang were often at the malt shop we made chocolate milkshakes......
 

and had the infamous hoagie sandwiches that Shaggy and Scooby were always scarfing down... 

 The decor was fun to put together and I mainly used stuff that I already had. To make the backboard I used an old Scooby Doo puzzle, wrapping paper I had kicking around, printed out little Scooby's and added pom poms that I purchased at the craft store.

 I found the dog bowl, orange polka dot glasses and cups at the dollar store... 
 

Emma wore this Velma costume when she was four back in '02... when we were the Scooby Doo gang for Halloween... 
 
 I spruced up a plain plastic table cloth with pom poms and free printables off the computer. Used old card game pieces for cupcake toppers.

The colored plates I got at Walmart and added a printable to the top of them..

The gifts!

 Four of Kate's favorite things...princesses, polly pockets, Caillou and Scooby..


                   Our very own haunted Scooby castle with booby traps included. FUN game!


This time of year we go from one birthday to the next! Daddy had a birthday a few days before Kate. For him we celebrated James Bond style, giving him the 50 year Bond Collection.

He saw a shirt for a little girl the other day that said "I'm a princess, Mom is the queen, and dad is around here somewhere!" haha. He got a kick out of that. {I think he feels that way X5 around here!} We love you Dad!! 

Kate and Daddy shared a birthday cake at the family dinner on Sunday!


 The three of us went out for a birthday lunch!

Kate's birthday dress!

 Evidence of a toddler in the house. The red lipstick missed her mouth apparently. Kyleigh wore this little dance leotard so it had been around forever... had to throw it in the trash. :(

Kate's three favorite things{still}.... her baby{blankie}, baa baa {sippie cup} and no clothes...we come home from somewhere, clothes are stripped off, hair rubbies and bows out!
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Some random fun facts about our Kate!
She just might be our first singer. She will randomly burst out singing song lyrics from various songs. It cracks us up. She also is my first left-handed kid. She has a habit of making this particular sound in her mouth when she thinks something is funny or when she gets embarrassed. She recites conversations to me that she's had with grandma. She loves huts made out of chairs and blankets, she enjoys making concoctions with water, soap, salt etc...and having the board games down just to play with the game pieces. She loves to look at the cards in the card section at the store, she has a fear of  elevators and escalators. {I have to hold her.} She loves milk, puffed Cheetos, strawberries, pistachio nuts, ketchup and fries, diced peaches, vanilla creme cones and york peppermint patties. She is getting better at it but she doesn't pronounce V's properly. It's so cute! Like drive is dribe, t.v....t.b. and love.. lub. And for whatever reason she pronounces fingers..negers.. And one of my recent personal favorites...We go through this ritual when I leave the house {as if I'm going away for two weeks or something..} I love you, I love you so much..repeated several times over and over from both of us.

LOVE THIS GIRL!

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