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 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 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!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What's On My Happy List?


My Christmas Princess!



This was the marvelous scene on my way to the Mo Tab Christmas Concert at the Conference Center last Thursday night. I was thrilled to death that I had scored a ticket. squeal. I thought I'd be holding up one of my desperate "need ticket signs" somewhere on a downtown corner, in the frigid cold.

{Everyone by now has got to know how much this concert means to me. It would not be Christmas for me if I didn't see it.} Brie had told me a few days before that she had said a prayer that I would get a ticket. Her little prayer was answered bless her heart. I seriously hung up the phone from the unexpected ticket giver and cried happy tears..

It was an extra doozy night calendar wise for me to just drop everything and go to a concert, but I did thanks to my hubs who did some master juggling... running around taking and picking up the girls. We usually divide and conquer together. Since he was flying solo I wrote the poor guy a schedule, so ya know...he wouldn't leave a kid anywhere. This particular night we had them every which way..music lesson, choir concert, dance rehearsal, team party...

A Dancing Weekend!
We were up to our eyeballs with dance on Saturday. It was such a fun day, yet exhausting at the same time. Kyleigh had an all day drill competition at UVU, and Hannah & Brie had their dance recitals. Go figure! Everything falls on the same day around here. It was one of those days where I was wishing I could be in two places at once. Dad spent the day with Kyleigh while I helped the other girls. By a small miracle I was able to rush down and catch at least one of Kyleigh's routines. I think by the day's end Dad had sat through over a hundred dance routines. He's a super drill daddy!!

So my favorite moment getting the girls ready for their recitals was when Brie told me that one time a girl from dance was complaining to her about her itchy costume...Brie said to her..."Beauty hurts, get used to it."
{Love my Brie!}
Also a huge shout out to Emmsie on dance day...she was a major help to me..tending and doing hair etc...


Hannah is in the second to highest dance group so she danced in all 6 shows! At 9:30. 11:30. 1:30. 3:30. 5:30 and 7:30...{I managed to attend 3 of them} Hannah danced two numbers in each show, three if you count the finale each time. That would be dancing 18 times throughout the day with 12 costume changes as she has three costumes.  How I only got her photographed in her Jazz costume baffles me, and of course she refused to put the other costumes on for a photo shoot once we got home. But after the day she had I don't blame her.  {I think she slept til noon the next day.} On top of dance we had the ward Christmas Party that night too, and Emma had a friend's ice skating birthday party to be to.. I'm telling ya we were every which way on this day too...It was nuts!


Little Brie did fabulous in her two shows....


Two of my nieces had their little girls in the recital too...{that makes me feel old} but we couldn't track down little Sophia after to get her in the pic...

It was pretty darn neat for my parents to see not only granddaughters dance but great grand daughters too.
  

So the drill girls got some amazing results from all their hard work..In 4A Murray took first place in hip hop, second in military, and fourth in dance...The team was stoked!!

K, so... Kyleigh had a special visitor at the competition. You remember this guy Kyleigh was wigging out that she got a picture with back in September during Homecoming Week?


Well all I got to say is if you ever question whether dreams really do come true... Just come talk to my daughter.
                                                             
Them together is about the cutest thing ever!

hiking to the "Y"


My best Christmas present yet..... We got more mo tab choir concert tickets for Sunday. {die}.
I enjoyed the concert even more on this day. Glorious experience, I'm telling you.

The weekend just kept going on and on with more festivities...Sunday night the neighbors gathered for chili and then went caroling together. I think Kate was the most excited about the caroling part, but after a few houses she called it a night. 

Quote of the week for sure..."KEEP CALM AND GET YOUR HO HO HO ON"



On Monday, Hannah went on a Junior High Choir tour. Kate and I went and watched her sing at one of their stops with other mommy friends and then joined them for lunch...very fun!

Hannah and Brie have decorated their room all Christmas-y with their little trees and dangling lights...I pass by their room and it makes my heart smile!

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