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, 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, January 07, 2015

What's On Our Happy List?


HELLO 2015! 
Wow! Where does the time go? Jeesh! 
Even though I've never been a fan of New Years. {Like ever} I wouldn't pass up an opportunity to celebrate, especially a holiday. ;)

And if I'm gonna have a par-tay there are no other people I'd rather celebrate with than my fam!  We rang in the new year with some of my siblings and their spouses, even though some died off before midnight... haha. 
We did our ringing in the new year photo shoot early, about 10:30. 
{My cute, almost, 83 yr old mama stayed up with the rest of us and made it well past midnight.}


We played some of our favorite games and had some good laughs!



Other than card games, I'm not a huge game play'in person. Like my three favorite board games are still the oldies but goodies like Clue, Stratego, and Chinese Checkers. {but because I have a four yr old, I get to add Guess Who, Go Color -our made up version of Go Fish, Disney Yahtzee, and Candyland to my list. Ha!}

We've sure been on a game kick of late though, so I'm gonna share some of our game favorites....

Love, love me some Rummikub! Even the Mr. will play this one. 

Golf! Best card game. Ever! We learned the game years ago with face cards, and then we forgot how to play it. I bought the actual card set just recently...so we've been playing this ALOT!


and this!

along with our two other new favorites!


Gotta squeeze this one in...it's a favorite of mine and Kates!


Anywho- games aside- we had yummy New Year's Eve food. I found some fun food finds at the World Market. French Soda and different French Pate's to sample. Prosciutto and Brie cheese on a baguette..it's one of our favorite appetizers. I think Grandma's caramel popcorn balls were the all around favorite though. She makes the best! 


Our neighbors gave us a New Year's goodie bag filled with poppers, horns, and silly string etc...

Little ones went nutso with it....


New Years Day! 
found us Frozen. Literally. We've had some strange weather of late around here. It felt like 60 degrees the week before Christmas then it dropped to single digits the week after. {Kinda crazy, but I don't mind a bit!}

We spent most of New Years Day painting and organizing...

added a late night pizza run....



Other winter break memories....

Emma finishing up an art project...

Had lunch with girlfriends at Citrus Grill...

Date Night!
Saw "Unbroken" with the hubs and neighbor friends...AMAZING movie. Incredible person that Louie Zamperini! 



K so this pic... One of my favorite memories of the whole break! Like I said, we were on a date... The Mr. and I, and another couple were getting into the car after the movie and these five girls pop up from the back of the Blazer. 
SURPRISED. THE. HECK. OUT. OF. US!  
Gave us a good laugh too!! 
They'd been hiding out for a half hour waiting for the movie to end just to surprise us. 
{They must have been pretty bored at home} 
Heard it was pretty miserable all cramped up in that tight space waiting, but overall the spy mission was a success. 


Outing to Cabella's with daddy!

Our Downton Abbey celebration! 
Can't believe its Downton time again and that we've been watching this every January for the past 4 years!!! Thank goodness for a little Downton Abbey to cure the post holiday blues. 
{I have to say Mr. Mosley and his hair issues were some of my favorite moments of the night.}
                                                                         online Downton pics from spyhollywood.com & www.telegraph.co.uk


Emma gave this English butler nutcracker to grandma for Christmas. His name is Alfred. haha. But  he looks a tad bit like Carson to us ;)


Found Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to try {100% grape juice style} 


Awe ;)


So.... the consensus around here is that the day back to school after the Christmas Break could quite possibly be the worst day of the year. haha. It's the pits! It rivals the first day of school for sure! So to try and make everyone feel better we had a Pit Party for FHE. ;)



 Must leave you with this New Years quote that I love.... 
Just what us non-January fans need to hear ;) 

THE BEST IS YET TO BE
Some of you may wonder: Is there any future for me? What does a new year or a new sememster, a new major or a new romance, a new job or a new home hold for me? Will I be safe? Will life be sound? Can I trust in the Lord and in the future? Or would it be better to look back, to go back, to stay in the past?
To all such of every generation, I call out, 
"Remember Lot's wife." Faith is for the future. Faith builds on the past but never longs to stay there. Faith trusts that God has great things in store for each of us and that Christ truly is the "high preist of good things to come." (Hebrews 9:11)
Keep your eyes on your dreams, however distant and far away. Live to see the miracles of repentance and forgiveness, of trust and divine love that will transform your life today, tomorrow, and forever. That is a New Year's resolution I ask you to keep.

Elder Holland, The Best is Yet to Be, January 2010

Happy New Year!

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