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!

Monday, December 19, 2016

What's On My Happy List?


6 days till the big man arrives
Does anyone else feel like their head is going to blow? 
haha 
I'm behind at this place....
hang on while I dump the camera roll...
;)
Kate had lunch with the principal 
The 6th Grade Greek Plays

Dinner Group
This month was the Tea Rose Diner for Thai food
It just so happened to be National Brownie Day 
My neighbor is brownie queen.

Kyleigh's eye appt.
Oh gosh...
We laughed and laughed trying to find a pair of glasses...
we almost gave up. 
Kyleigh meeting some of Hannah's friends for the first time!
hilarious!

Kyleigh was able to go to lunch with one of her favorite sister missionaries... 
She also lined Kyleigh up that night for a blind date...
oh boy! That's a story.
Emmsie and I got to go to the Mo Tab Christmas Concert. 
{Glorious!}
Here is Kyleigh seeing the lights on Temple Square x3....{in one week}
She loved her time with these guys! 
All of them good buddies.
Kyleigh's Homecoming!
We had over 90 family and friends in the house after sacrament meeting for brunch. 
It was a celebration!
 It was awesome to see everyone who came to support Kyleigh.
loved ones, old and new friends....warmed my heart!

The hubs put a slide show together of her mission pictures to display on both t.v.'s.
That was a fun added touch!
These are a few of the people she served with who live in the valley. 
I didn't get everyone photographed before they left. :(
Such a pleasure to meet them all in person. 
Even Hannah's friends came to support Kyleigh. 
Kyleigh loves Hannah's friends!
In other Hannah news...
Hannah bedazzling her costume.
um....this drill costume has caused some grief. Just say'in. 
 Decorated the drill lockers with my committee...
Drill had their winter showcase where they showed family and friends their upcoming competition routines.
Flowers compliments of her special someone. ;)
We are in the middle of doing the 12 Days of Christmas to answer him back to Prom...
Kyleigh went with a former companion to get her favorite Korean dessert
yep, she can read this!
I swear this kid is 1% Korean now haha
4th date to see the lights...
I think she could be one of the tour guides now :)
Oh man! If you knew the details of the dating scene for Kyleigh these last few weeks. 
Nothing short of comical. 
I'm her designated social secretary. haha
Hannah had competition in Delta on Saturday. 
She practically pulled a 20 hour day!  
So remember that Korean Drama I watched earlier this year and fell completely for? 
Well I introduced Kyleigh to it on Friday and she was instantly hooked. 
She was still up watching it when Hannah had to get up to get ready for her drill competition. 
The hubs and I were up too...he wrapping her messed up ankle and me helping with drill hair..
Whoever decided NOT to get the team a hotel room in Delta and go the night before should be put on the naughty list. Jeesh!
Getting a good luck hug in the wee hours of the morn...
Her friend picking her up at 3:40 am to catch the bus at the high school.
The team did really well ...wish I could have been there to see it!
But the younger two had their dance recitals that day too. 
I got to be a parent in charge for Kate's class. ;) 
We went to an Japanese restaurant after the recital to celebrate...
our waitress was Korean! She and Kyleigh had an instant connection. 
another Kyleigh hangout... 
Bell Family Christmas Party
getting the kiddos ready for the Nativity...
Bus field trip to the Clark Planetarium with the 6th graders...
The Imax Hubble 3-D movie....INCREDIBLE....
Wanna know what the moon smells like? 
The dates continue.....She's moved up to the zoo lights now...haha
Would you believe that right before this date tonight she got a call for a date Friday night to see...
give you one guess...
The zoo lights! 
{But someone else has already requested her presence for Friday.} 
Goodness friends, it's entertaining around here. 

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