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, children's books 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 (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

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, March 02, 2014

What's On Our Happy List?

WE HAVE AN OFFICIAL COUGAR IN THE HOUSE! 
Kyleigh has been accepted to BYU! Me oh my, ya'll missed out on witnessing the THE happy dance of.the.century. Knowing we could be finding out any day we had been waiting for a letter to come in the mail. We found out that the status of her application was on-line late Tuesday night. We were both at the computer as she pulled it up.....I took her hand, my heart was pounding...we were nervous! It was the longest few seconds.....but the instant I saw the word "Congratulations" mamma freaked out! I flew out of my seat, took her in my arms- jumping up and down, bursted into the ugly good cry, and of course screaming my football scream! {Kyleigh swears she went deaf} It was a sight to behold people!..
Poor Ky was in shock! 
For months {she applied Dec 1} we've been preparing ourselves... just in case things didn't go our way.  She is smart and talented, {no doubt}, but we wondered if she had done enough to set herself apart from all the other talented and smart kids that want to go there. If she lived out of state yah, it was probably a given she'd get in, but in Utah...it's competitive. So we didn't get our hopes up. 

Because of the AP and the Salt Lake Community College concurrent enrollment classes that she's taken at the high school she is closer to getting her Associates Degree than she thought. So she basically had decided that whether she got accepted to BYU or not she would take that first year out of high school and finish up at SLCC, then transfer to the Y. So finding out she was accepted was a little anti-climatic for her {no worries I freaked out for the both of us}. 

In all honesty though, just getting accepted means the world to her. It validates YEARS of being focused on a dream. All the hard work and dedication she's put into her grades and in everything that she's been involved in. I swear everything she's done, extra curricular activities, leadership opportunities, volunteering...it's been so one day it will look good for BYU.  I was just so thrilled for her, and quite frankly for myself too. Getting news like this is a huge mommy pay back. Even the other night she said," my mom helped me get into BYU!" So sweet and so true! All those years of helping her work towards her dream...encouraging her, helping with late night school projects, the gazillion times I drove her back and forth to dance, or up to the hospital to volunteer, or to a tennis match... it makes me wanna cry.. because all my hard work payed off too. I'm telling you receiving this acceptance letter {whether she ends up down there or not} goes down as one of my proudest, happy mommy moments to date! WAY TO GO KYLEIGH!      


THE OLYMPICS AND DOWNTON! 
We needed some major "happy" pills and "happy" juice last Sunday night at our house. WE LOVE the Olympics!! {that's an understatement} When they are over, we {especially me, Kyleigh and Emma} have some coping issues... Like I seriously cry come closing ceremony time. Am I the only one who does that?  AND THEN when we realized the Downton season finale was the same night. Oh goodness...Double the withdrawals! 


Some of our favorite athletes from the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Sochi...

BYU sophomore and Luger, Kate Hansen's dance moves! Loved her positive spirit!
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Alpine Skiier, Ted Ligety who won a gold medal in the giant slalom. Loved his dad's reaction!
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Another Utahn, Noelle Pikus-Pace's silver medal in the skeleton! Serious mommy power!
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Loved this 15 yr old Russian Ice Skater, Julia Lipnitskaia!..She didn't make the podium, but what a beautiful, graceful, AND flexible skater!...Actually we loved everything to do with Ice skating, and the Ice Dancing. It's our favorite!  
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Snowboarder Sage Kotsenberg, from Park City, Utah! Won the first Olympic gold for the US in Sochi. What a happy guy! {The Canadian on his right, Mark McMorris, in his interviews, stole our heart too.}                                                                        edition.cnn.com

The most heartwarming Olympic story {for me anyway}, was Canada's gold medal mogul freestyle skiier, Alex Bilodeau! The inspiration he receives from his older brother, who has cerebral palsy, my gosh, makes you want to cry tears of joy for him!

Now to Downton. The last scene of the finale. My favorite. Everything else was just ho-hum. Nowhere near the emotion of last season.  Not that I wanted anyone else to die, of course, but I found it sorta lacking in UMPH! Lack of suspense, too many story lines either wrapped up or dragged on, too many new characters, and certainly not enough progress in the love department for Mary. Left me a little disappointed.

 IN OTHER NEWS! 
Took all 5 girls to the dentist. Kate cooperated so amazingly well it tickled me to death. She just acted so grown up. She passed with flying colors and no cavities...


Brie lost another tooth after we got home from the dentist! The tooth fairy came in all her glory...left quarters in a jar of glitter water!


A little outing to one of daddy's favorite places...Cabella's. 


 At a family funeral.....

Just because!

Brie's first trip to the eye doctor...

New glasses for both girls!

1 comment:

  1. I just love that I can follow your blog. I am SO happy for you...major mommy payday! I can almost hear your voice as I'm reading through all your fun adventures and can picture the "happy dance"...I often find myself smiling or laughing as I read your posts. Thanks for being you!!! You're the best!

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