Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 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 dΓ©cor 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 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 and 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 love celebrating 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, May 01, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week...

We had our last week working with the kiddos at school.
We work for six'ish months then have close to six months off.
It's a pretty sweet gig.
Our boss put on a spread for us to thank us for a great year......
I so enjoy all the people I work with.
 
The kids were so cute on the last day of SBI. 
We got showered with cards and hugs AND the cutest poem that one of the teachers wrote personalizing it for each para that worked in her classroom. 
SO thoughtful! 
One 6th grade boy that I work with wrote this...
Love how he spelled my name wrong... 
πŸ˜‰  
cuz ya know spelling is one thing, amongst many, that we work on.... 
 *****
Emmsie and I helped put some hygiene kits together for this awesome International organization for girls...
The 1D fabric was my fav!
πŸ˜‰
*****
Cousin Allie slept over and the older three were out hanging with her so the rest of us went out to one of our favorite Mexi dives...
*****
This past weekend the hubs and I were able to escape to St. George for a couple of days.
{Kudos to Emmsie who held down the fort us.
She's the second mama around here.
Bless her!}
It was so nice to see blue sky and palm trees as it has been cold, rainy and even snowing this past week.
Jeesh! I love the snow, but I don't want to see it STILL at the end of April.
We were just in Zion's over Spring Break, but we weren't able to go hiking at all, so we headed back there to hike!
Hiking to waterfalls is one of my favorite things to do!
It was gorgeous there at the Upper Emerald Pool...despite the lack of pool water.
There is the cutest little town, Springdale, just right outside Zions.
We found a yummy Mexican restaurant to try out.
Their Pico De Gallo!
Holy Moly!
{It made it onto my running list of favorite salsas.}
THEN.... Saturday night we headed to the Tuacahn {the reason for our trip} to see one of my favorite singers of all time!!!!
Peter Cetera! 
You guys I die! 
First of all, who knew he even toured anymore... He's like 72! 
Which leads me to wonder how come three of my favorite singers are all in their 70's?
Barry Manilow, Barry Gibb from the Bee Gee's, and Cetera. 
{I'm thinking I may have been born in the wrong generation music wise. haha} 
Man, I've been await'in for this night! 
I got these tickets as a gift at Christmas. 
With bath bombs included.  
I love me a warm bath!
 And guess who provides my bath music 
every time????? 
Peter Cetera! 
{not kidding}
πŸ˜‚ 
Music is such a huge part of my life. 
I have certain music to cook with. That would be Frank! {Sinatra}
To do dishes. Westlife! 
to jog with, {that's a honk'in list}
and etc... etc... 

the hubs is not even a concert goer, but he was such a good sport and enjoyed himself. 
We couldn't have our camera's out until the 
encore 
so I didn't get any of the songs I wanted to on video. 
Dang it! 
But all I can say is that this man was blessed with one clear voice, 
and I love him for it! 
This medley he did with David Foster a few years back has been played many many 
times around here..
My B. Olivia is a fan of 80's music and she loves Peter Cetera too!!!
If he ever comes again in concert, she's gotta come with! πŸ˜‰ 

Before heading home we were able to drive through Kolob Canyon.
Absolutely gorgeous!!
*****
In other random family news...
Kyleigh had her 4th annual Butterfly Box Girls party with her besties.
It's kind of like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants thing they got going on, 
but they pass around "the box" instead of pants... πŸ˜‚

she got a scalp treatment and facial with friends and cousin.
She finished up her Institute class which she really enjoyed...
and tried one of those acai bowls for the first time!

*****
Hannah got asked to Centennial Ball!
We were all checking out the security camera's...where the drop off was caught on tape! 
hilarious!


Hannie is always hanging with a bunch of boys...

they were all goofing off playing Star Wars in their Jedi robes the other night..
um...k??? πŸ˜‚
I guess getting geared up for Star Wars Day coming up this next week??? haha
I seriously have a child planning a Star Wars Marathon on May 4th...
all 18'ish hours worth, starting at 5:30 in the morn.
For reals.
{I will not be participating.}
😝

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