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 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, 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 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 (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 13, 2013

What's On Our Happy List?

Kid rundown...
Kyleigh went to Florida for Nationals!  I happened to be at the school for Parent Teacher Conferences the night before she left so I was able to see the poster and their lockers decorated so cute! 



This is just the checklist for all their dance gear. Combine that with just regular stuff for a six day trip... somehow she managed to get it all in just two suitcases!
Drop off at the airport. So exciting!...

She was blowing bye bye kisses to Kate in the car...She was gone for dad's and Kate's birthdays :(


She was having a big par-tay of her own!...

It was fun to see the trip through her eyes by the pictures she took. {Although she didn't take a lot. She is not a picture-taker like me.} She got stuck going to Animal Kingdom first. Cracked me up because that is probably the last place she would have chosen to visit upon arriving at Disney World.


 They had one day of competition {they took 2nd place overall!} and three days at Disney World/ Universal...It took her half the trip and the day after competition before she really started to relax and enjoy herself. She got a bit homesick. A lot of the girls had their moms or family members with them so that part was not easy for Kyleigh. She said Disney is such a family thing that it was strange to be in Disney World and not have my family with me. Awe....

She's always been a huge Harry Potter fan so she loved loved the Harry Potter Theme Park at Universal. One of the highlights of the trip for her!



butter beer!

 Hollywood Studios...

It was interesting to hear the differences in some of the rides in Disney World compared to Disneyland. {I haven't been to Disney World since I was ten so I hardly remember anything about it.}  Tower of Terror was one of them. She loved this ride!

 Dr. Seuss Land! I didn't even know one existed!

Met up with Curious George!

This character find was her favorite tho by far!
She has always had a thing for Peter Pan. 
And in comparing the two parks...She said it was fun to experience Disney World... but for her, Disneyland is the happiest place on earth!

She brought home some cute souvenirs...for family and friends......a candied apple for me...One of my favorite treats...
She brought back bracelets with names and engraved butterflies for her girlfriends...{They are the Butterfly Box Girls.} Her friend Mercedes sent her off with the cutest care package the day she left on the trip. There was a letter for her to open up every day she was gone. How cute is that? I say everyone needs a thoughtful friend like Mercedes...

This sign, meant to be just a note on a paper plate, provided some embarrassment and a few giggles. I made it and placed it by the treats that grandma had left for Kyleigh on the table for when she arrived home from her trip. She wasn't getting in til late late. {We were all going to be in bed asleep by the time she got home} Dad was picking her up at the airport along with Boy #5.  Well... dad thought I'd made the sign for them to take to the airport to hold up as she was coming off the plane!! For reals??? Too funny.  I didn't say one word to him about taking it to the airport!  I only told him it was on the table for her with the treats.  He just assumed that I wanted it taken to the airport because it seemed like something I'd do. Yes, probably...but not to my 17 yr old! I don't intentionally do things to humiliate her. haha. Dad was too embarrassed to hold it up so he made Boy #5 do it. {he sheepishly did.} Kyleigh saw it and was like "what the heck"? Do I know you people? Embarrassing, but funny! 

She was so glad to be home, the trip was fun but not so fun when this week was total cram time...making up for all the school work missed while she was gone. Early mornings at the school and after school making up tests, essays...up in the night trying to get homework finished. It's been tough. Besides all that we are approaching end of term when things always get hairy for her. Yesterday I found her conked out by her favorite spot in the house, the fireplace, exhausted from it all.


What's even funnier is I go upstairs and find Emma  dead asleep on the floor in the front room!.. {Kids are dropping right and left.} The time change this week did not help us. Emmsie was exhausted from her day and fed up from the new wagon she was trying to assemble for Kate and cousin Taylor.

She cracks me up. I love hearing her stories from school. She was in geography class the other day and they were doing a worksheet where they had to find different countries. She could hear several classmates asking "where's Scotland"? "Where's Scotland"? {She's thinking to herself, "are you freaking kidding me? You don't know where Scotland is"?} And then one kid was saying something about the bagpipes and Ireland and how the guys that play them wear skirts {ummm...that would be a kilt buddy!...} It makes Emmsie's blood boil when people don't know stuff that you are supposed to know when you are 15!}


My Hannie was recently Student of the Week at the Junior High for 7th graders. She had all A's at Parent Teacher Conferences. So proud of her... can't even tell ya!

 

We got to visit dad and have lunch with him at work. Hannah had to interview him for a job shadow assignment for her CTE class at school.  
 

Hannah's Young Women's advisor gave a lesson recently on loved ones that have departed. She asked for a picture of Hannah and her Grandpa. I gave her a picture of the two of them taken at Disneyland in Jan 2006, in front of Grandpa's favorite place in the park..The Golden Horseshoe. Hannie was 5 1/2 yrs old. Her teacher gave her this keepsake...so sweet!
I love my Hannie. She is so good with Kate.  I recently found her trying to hand stitch Kate's blanket back together. That blanket is falling apart!

1 comment:

  1. I love reading about your family! You are the greatest mom and your girls are just awesome!

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