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 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 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!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What's On My Happy List?

Ordinary Days...

K I know Vampires are no where near ordinary but we are a tad bit obsessed with them right now. Just in time for Halloween. **wink** Had a girlfriend over with her four girls on a Friday night to have a Vampire marathon with Hannah and I. Still trying to get all caught up before Season 5 starts in October. Made chocolate cake waffles and loaded it with vanilla ice cream and whip cream and red strawberry topping for a Vampire treat!




IS this not the cutest vintage jewelry box? I wanted to keep it! Emmsie has a tradition of giving her friends Paris boxes for their birthdays. {We find them at a bargain.} One of her best friends had her 16th b-day recently...she was the lucky girl to get THIS!


Well hello up there!


Kate and I enjoyed a trip to the park on a overcast day. LOVE that the weather is cooling off...finally!


Emmsie is taking Driver's Ed this semester. That's her in the white car! I don't know what it is about Driver's Ed but the whole thing just makes me giggle.  She has a much harder teacher than Kyleigh ever had so its starting to lose its humor.... a little. She has all these driving exercises to check off weekly where where we have to grade her driving skills on a 1 to 10 scale.  That, on top of range driving AND road driving. The latter takes place at 5:15 in the morning. It's a killer! Are teenagers even alert and coherent enough at that time to be driving? I know mine aren't. Good thing the roads are clear at that time in the morning! Gosh, I laughed my head off when I heard about her first early morning experience driving with the teacher and two other students.


Annual carnival at the Elementary school.

Fairy glitter and face paint...


Kate's face!

Making crafts with mom!

Kate making messes...she's good at those! She said she was writing a story...

Emmsie was supposed to head a neighboring ward's annual parade playing her pipes, like she did last year, but a huge rainstorm got in the way. She was all suited up and no where to go. She played out on  the porch...the neighbors and who ever was at the park got a lovely impromptu recital and then she went to play for her grandma and grandpa.

This time of year is nutso at our house. Trying to keep up every one's schedules.... I feel like a logistics major!

We are in the middle of Homecoming Week at the high school... such a fun time for us...football, pep assembly, performances, THE DANCE. I'm going to have stories to tell real soon.  **wink**

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