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!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's On My Happy List?

Kate's 4th Birthday!!
We got to celebrate in Disneyland..

We took a trip to Cali to see Kyleigh perform at Nationals with the Drill team...

Our St. George pit stop!

We drove ALL day to get to Long Beach...took us about 10 hrs..the kids were such troopers. Uncle Ryan treated us to some yummy gourmet pizza the night we arrived... 

Kyleigh was still back at home with grandma. She didn't fly in with her team until a few days later. She missed two whole days at the parks with us. Boo.

Experiencing a Splash Mtn break down...


Club 33! Someday we shall enter.....



Riding the Mary Poppin's 50th Anniversary horse!....


I have no idea how many times Hannah as been on the Indiana Jones ride over the years but it's been A LOT. So you can imagine how confuzzled I was when she was saying she had only been on the ride once..
Me: what? You've only been on this ride once?
Hannah: No, multiple times, but only once with my eyes open... baahahaha




Oh Gosh! The parade...Just love it, love it, love it! Watching Kate's face {priceless} and all the characters that waved or winked at us....Gah ;)

Hannah laughing her head off!!

               Day 2! Love this picture!

The staff worker that said, "your favorite color must be blue!"...gave us a chuckle!



I DO NOT do tipping well, but I found myself on this ride. Don't ask me how..but I survived..












Day 3


Our last day in the park Kyleigh and Ashton were finally able to join us. {This kid had only been to Disneyland once, in the 4th grade, we were so happy he could join us so we could share our Disney love with him.} Kyleigh flew in with her team the night before, and Ashton flew in on a later flight after his baseball game. The car ride from the airport back to Ryan's, with all 9 of us in the car....omg hilarious!...One of my favorite memories of the whole trip.


Birthday present from daddy....




I went on the rocket ride with Brie..in the same rocket...a little too tight of a fit. I laughed my flipp'in head off! NEVER has that ride been so delightful.





Saturday we were at the drill competition...ALL DAY!



Some in our party were not too thrilled with that..

It was a super long day of dancing...

After about 6 hours Uncle Ryan became the designated sitter and took the kids back with him so they could go to the beach...



Dad, Ashton and I held out for another several hours til the competition ended. Murray did awesome. They danced 5 routines and took 2nd place overall!

Beach time!


Boogie Board'in time for Emmsie and Hannie!!!








Our jaunt to Downtown Disney to eat at ESPN zone...

More EATING and more BEACH time!


Uncle Ryan teaching B how to boogie board. She had a blast!  {poor Hannah got stung by a sting ray and had to head back to the beach house to soak her foot in hot water}

Another lesson in boogie boarding...for Ashton...Uncle Ry finally got his name right after deliberately calling him all sort of "A" names the first day and a half after he arrived ..Austin, Arlo, Acmed, Alex, and our personal favorite Alejandro. There was this Alejandro moment in the park our last night there that was about the darn funniest thing that happened the whole trip. Good times I tell ya!


 Emma made Kate into a mermaid....

The car ride home. Drove ALL DAY!... the kids just did so exceptionally well in the car driving for hours on end...it was amazing. They travel well, as long as some of them have their motion sickness medicine.. haha
Mom: If you feel whoozy let me know and I'll give you a pill.
Kate: "Mom... {I hear a little later}"I need a pill."

We headed home and Kyleigh got to spend another day and a half with her team. She got to eat breakfast at Ariel's Grotto and get pictures with some of the princesses. She LOVED doing that when she was little..still does!


 Emmsie and I picked up Ky at the airport. Emmsie got a pic with her girlfriends who are on the team..

Trip was a blast! Lots go'in on since our return..Hope to catch up here soon!

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