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!

Friday, December 06, 2013

What's On My Happy List?



Thanksgiving!
my favorite holiday... 


We had our traditional Thanksgiving morning breakfast. We keep it simple. It's always store bought sweet rolls. This year we added huevos rancheros...just scrambled eggs and salsa..




We always read some version of the 5 kernels of corn story... Afterwards we take turns saying 5 things we are thankful for.... I love hearing what everyone has to say...the thankfuls ranged from family and church to simple things like new glasses and a tea kettle. Some of my favorites:

Dad-"For love in my life"
Mom-"mom and dad time"
Kyleigh-"sleep"
Emma-"traditions"
Hannah-"friends"
Brie-"Heavenly Father"
Kate- Kate was a no show...she sat at the table for a second then decided she would rather be back asleep, so back to bed she went.} 

Birds of a Feather Flock Together...Our little place setting turkeys I made from fall leaves and feathers!




We had a blessing, leaf theme going on I realized....

The turkey Kate made at preschool....

Kyleigh was given this little Thanksgiving'y gift from a girlfriend..cutest idea!...you open the can and it's filled with candy!...How did the candy get in there?... You open the bottom with a can opener..almost all the way..take contents of can out, wash/dry can, fill with candy, then tape bottom shut..




We ate Thanksgiving dinner with daddy's side. Emma set the table and did an awesome job...






Later that afternoon we went to my sisters to be with my family for more food AND PIE...They had a houseful!


My brother in law made all the pies! He is quite the pie maker... I was so impressed. His coconut creme was my favorite.

All turkey'd out! So cute!!

My sweet parents..
 celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary Thanksgiving week. 


About 18 of us went to see the new Disney movie "Frozen" that night. What a cute show!


Kyleigh is tad bit excited for the Hobbit...


I had to get a pic cuz it's very rare that ALL 7 of us are at the same movie at one time. Happens once a year, on Thanksgiving night. :)

My favorite book at the moment...Consider the Blessings...

I love holiday children's books!... "Over the River and Through the Wood" my mom used to sing to me as a kid, so of course this is my Thanksgiving favorite......

Kate, Taylor and I went and watched Brie run in the Turkey Trot at school...Brie is in the red and gray..go B go!
Had a delightful Thanksgiving week..one of my favorite weeks of the year!

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