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 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 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 (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!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

What's On My Happy List?

A MASQUERADE!
Goodness,  I meant to post this sooner..seeing as it was two weekends ago!...hard to believe another school dance has come and gone. {Sigh of relief people.} There is always a bit of the usual hoopla/drama at our place come dance time.... Especially girl's choice dances, and particularly this time around with two girls needing ball gowns. Dance time is always fun and exciting, but we are always kinda glad to have them behind us too. Because this was a M.A.G sponsored dance, both Kyleigh and Emma helped to plan it, and decorate, and basically involved in pulling off the event with their fellow officers.

The dress shop "Dreams of Enchantment" {up in Layton}.... we've frequented numerous times now. We have the best luck there in finding gowns to rent.
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Not sure if Kyleigh was more excited about the dress, or that it was a masquerade, and that the administration actually allowed masks!

The group! 
They came here for pics before they left for dinner, and then came back after the dance for the "after party"...fondue and a movie...





 Kyleigh and some of the girls did their "day date" the night before. {much preferred} They took the boys to a Grizzly's hockey game. They had a really good time. 

Kyleigh with 5 of her close girlfriends. Funny they all ended up in black, white and silver.... 


How she asked:
She used this poster with added Baby Ruth Candy bars and Big League Bubblegum to ask her date who is a baseball player...


He answered back with a pumpkin theme...

a lighted trail of pumpkins on the front lawn...led to the answer.

Emmsie isn't 16 yet and able to date.... but she still had to go to represent MAG. {Sort of an awkward situation.}


The officer's parent's get to chaperon the dance, so Emmsie basically hung with her mom and dad at her first high school dance! Now that's a memory for ya.

Loved her mask!


Dad made sure she had a corsage.


They had several lighted chandeliers dangling from the rafters....

Emma had all the cookies at our house...

Kyleigh was in charge of ordering the balloons....

This was the dance floor before all the craziness....the calm before the storm....

Ya just gotta love High School dances... the "implied" instructions given to us chaperone's was hilarious...as in...make sure people keep their clothes on... no making out...no one is hanging from the trees....etc. etc.. Oh gosh funny stuff! Then you see two girls on the dance floor making out, and then it's not so humorous anymore. Boy, times have changed! 

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