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!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's On My Happy List?


Proud to be a Mormon!

We went opening night. 
It's a must see. 
So inspiring! 
{take some tissues}
 David Archuleta's new song from the movie. Love it!
His voice IS glorious! 

The Y Blues!
Guess who dressed in blue and joined me on a Friday night date to a "Y" game? 
Funniest thing ever....since he happens to be a little red blooded. 
{How he can cheer for both teams baffles me.....it has for years.} 
All I can say is he's a nicer person than I am. I could NOT do that for HIS team. 
Company was great, but the game was a freak'in nightmare. And every game since then. 
Shizz butt!


                                
                             Future Missionaries!
We've had 6 baby boys join our extended family just in the last few months. Amazing! Here's a shout out to... Nixon, Jett, Hunter, Rhett, and twins Nash and Davis.

Afternoon excursions! 
Kyleigh's school schedule allows her to come home for lunch in between classes...it's been so fun to have some time together, just the two of us. We often sneak off, as if no one will find out {ha!}, to get sushi or a deli sandwich or a pedicure. We also went to the temple recently together.  I don't know what I did to be blessed with such beautiful, awesome daughters, but this one is about as good as they come...{she's an example to ME, in more ways than one, but especially when it comes to going to the temple. She goes often.}  

She took one of her days off during Fall Break to do a temple trip. She was able to go to the newly rededicated Ogden Temple, and to Bountiful to do confirmations and baptisms.



Her and her girlfriends always have something up their sleeve. They are trying desperately to finish the last few items from their high school bucket lists. They are CRAZY HILARIOUS things that I would NEVER had dare do when I was her age. We got a good laugh about the one accomplished just this weekend.
{Don't ask! lol}

One of her girlfriends recently came across this old video of Ky and some of her buddies having a twerking contest. I knew she had some moves, but even I was in awe. {She does not take after her mother in this regard. Just say'in.} It's the guys and their moves that gave me a giggle.
And Shaney-bot thought he out twerked her. Um...don't think so!

Some serious artistic skillz going on around here!
Emmsie loves to do hair and make up. {If you've stopped by here before, you've probably seen the photo shoots she does with Kate.} She got to help her best friend get ready for the Homecoming dance. She loved every minute helping her do her hair, make-up, and nails. It's even Emma's dress and shoes she's wearing. Emmsie pretty much gave her the whole package deal!



She painted Kate's nails and toes-ies all Halloween-y!



Kate and I have a little thing for play doh. It's one of our favorite things to do together. Here's our artistic attempt at Halloween ghosts.


Did you know there is Play-doh ice-cream? As un-edible as it sounds..it's true. :) 
Kate enjoying some with a school friend over for a play date.    

                                
                            Fall yummy-ness. 
It's called Fall Break. Period.
Although this fall treat ranks right up there too. 
Enjoyed after seeing the new Disney movie.

Cute family film with a good message!


It's look'in a little like Halloween around here! 



Brie recently made these cute porch pumpkins at an Achievement Day activity. 
In other Brie news...She just found out she won 3rd place out of all the 3rd/4th graders for the Halloween poem she wrote. 
Way to go B Oliv-e-a!

She is one funny kid. It's Red Ribbon Week at the elementary and today they were supposed to dress up like someone they look up to. So she tried dressing up like ME. 
"All fashion-y," she said. LOL
 Love this recent pic of her with her four dancing buddies... tak'in my turn at carpool!  

Can't believe she's turning 10 soon! She gets to go to the happiest trick or treat party on the planet to celebrate. Lucky girl! 

So..I'm a quote lover.  I keep a book full of my favorites, and add to it often. So because I'm so fashion-y {Ha. I'm really not!} I can't resist posting a few quotes from the iconic fashion designer, Oscar de la Renta, in honor of his passing this week....

Gosh wasn't he handsome? AND so so classy.
{pictures from harpersbazzar & pinterest}  

 The qualities he admired most in women were confidence and kindness...{love that!}
                                                         
Walk with confidence ladies!!

"Luxury to me is not about buying luxurious things; it's about living in a way where you appreciate things." Oscar de la Renta  

I say AMEN!

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