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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} My #1 cookie-Molasses! 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 tutor elementary kids in phonics, reading, writing, comprehension and math. 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'd rather clean 20 toilets than give a talk or prayer in church. 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 (22)

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

Disneyland Tips

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

We Bleed Blue! {Except for the Poppi}

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

What's On My Happy List?

Some of our favorite things!!

Easter Baskets!

Our annual Crack-off Tourney!

Brie had the winning egg!

Easter Sunday! 

Look how happy Kate is! ;)

Seriously people If YOU KNEW what it took to get everyone in the picture mode around here. It's a chore. {That's why we don't bother with it too often.}

goofing off, whining, pulling faces you name it.......

I did happen to capture a few good ones along the way...

Egg hunt with the cousins!

Little treat I gave my Primary class on Sunday. Printable from Happy Home Fairy...


K I sorta died a week or so ago. A good kind of death. "The Boys" were in town!

My sisters and I have been waiting MONTHS for this...

If you know me at all you know being at an IL DIVO concert is like pure heaven to me.. There are very few things I enjoy more. I seriously could have listened ALL night. And it just so happened that we had  REALLY good close enough for me to wave and yell out to SEBASTIEN. {my pretend boyfriend of 9 years..haha} Best part was that he actually heard ME.  My sister has it all on tape! Re watching it sorta makes me want to laugh and cry all at the same time..

Still vertical after the concert with our shirts still on *wink*

School Dance!

Another dance in the record books.....Senior Ball!

Her corsage was gorgeous with a bling bracelet. Never seen a prettier one. Her date's mom made it to match her peacock dress.. 

Just so happened that Kyleigh took Dallas to her very first high school dance her sophomore year, and then he ends up asking her to their last official school dance as Seniors. {Com'in full circle there.} They are both dating Jr.'s... but with it being SENIOR kinda go with Seniors... so it worked out well for them to go together....  

She enjoyed the group she was in...five of these girls she's danced with over the years and she's been to dances with 5 of the guys in the group so it made for a comfortable night! They went indoor surfing for their day activity. Way fun!

Mission Calls!

Kyleigh's good buddy Blake is going on a mission! Several of her classmates got their calls the same day. Also her cousin Andrew. So exciting!

She dashed from work to Blake's house to see him open his call amongst friends..

Paint Fights!

Dance Pics! 
These two have been dancing together since they were just little. Kills me. 

Lunch with daddy!

Water balloons and walks!
Can't tell you how many balloons I've tied lately, but it's been ALOT! I'm becoming an expert Kate says.

G-ma and G-pa love!

Celebrating my dad's 82 birthday!

Keeping it real!

What happens at our place when General Conference is on...

April Fools!
Emma played the best April Fools joke on us. Kyleigh and I were out dress shopping late afternoon on April Fools. We get a call from dad about a piece of mail that had come for Kyleigh that day.{daddy not happy.} Apparently she had failed to pay for a parking ticket {that she didn't even know she had gotten} from back in Oct!??!! It was way delinquent.. to the tune of $400. Dad thought she had been out galavanting with girlfriends {trying to check things off on their Sr. Bucket list, and hadn't been paying attention to where she had parked. etc} We really couldn't figure out any other scenario of how she would have gotten the ticket.

Kyleigh and I knew it was April 1st and thought someone must be playing a joke on her. But we got home and saw all this legit paperwork on the kitchen table, and thought otherwise. Oh snap! Someone's in trouble...haha. Emma had dad and Kyleigh all in an uproar. {Although by the time we got home, Emma had filled dad in that it was all a joke... only because he was about ready to call the number on the form. Even though he knew it was just a joke he still played along for our sake} I went and got my journal and looked up the day of the supposed violation to see what Kyleigh was doing that night..Thanks to my record keeping I new exactly what she had been doing, and she was nowhere near that area where the violation occurred.

Emma comes barreling in saying April Fools! ...Oh my gosh! Cracked us up! Emma made all the paperwork, {she could go into the counterfeit business} took her two days holed up in the upstairs office creating it with a form she found on line. She works on homework up there so we had no clue she was doing this. We thought it was an English assignment. Boy she had us fooled. Look close at the bottom line.. in between all those numbers she wrote APRIL FOOLS...HAHA...GOTYOU.

Just Because!

I just love this picture. How sweet is this? 

That is all my randomness for now. Up to my eyeballs with our ward's roadshow!

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