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 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 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!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek into Our Week....

A trip to our favorite dentist..

Kate's mouth is jacked up!
{as she likes to call it}.

Tooooo many teeth for her small mouth.
Compliments of her dad. πŸ˜‰
She needed some more baby teeth pulled to leave room for her permanent teeth coming in.

Last trip Kate had 6 teeth pulled.
This trip only 3.
Even so...
it was not a very pleasant experience.
Poor kid!
*****
We had a sudden hail storm one evening this past week.
{Like why is it hailing in May?}
It was incredible to watch, and a bit freaky.
In another part of the valley the sun was shining and Kyleigh was having a photo shoot with her cousin.
AND less than an hour after the isolated hail storm we were eating outside at the food trucks!
{Utah has weird weather.} 

I had a Spicy European Komrade "hoodoo"
a cross between a sandwich and gyro...YUM!
 *****
Was able to meet up with Kyleigh for a quick sushi lunch at the hospital one day this week..
*****
Dance recital weekend for Brie and Kate!

I was a parent in charge for Brie's class and Kyleigh, bless her heart, was an adult in charge for Kate's first show.
{She doesn't ever want to do that again. 
Too many little people problems..} 
πŸ˜‚
Some fun MCD dance memories over the years
for both Kyleigh and Hannah.
We figured we've had at least 56 shows since we started this 12 years ago!!!
B loved dancing multiple times with her jazz and ballet dance,
and in the finale. 
She even enjoyed all the costume changing....
{she takes after her oldest sister in that regard.} 
While on the other hand, Kate couldn't wait for it to be over.
πŸ˜‚
We got done with the recitals and then the hubs and I were off to celebrate Mother's Day.
We tried a newer Mexican restaurant downtown.
Chile-Tepin
What a fun place to try!
The service was impeccable.
I'd love to say that I loved the food, but sorry to say I was a tad bit disappointed.
First off their salsa and chips...a no go.
That's a kicker for me folks.
{I have high expectations for my chips and salsa.}
 πŸ˜‰
We did some shopp'in and when I got home the kids had a surprise waiting for me.
They had cleaned the house.
{I was a bit in awe of the place.}
My gifts were wrapped, a Mother's Day sign put up,
a candle lit, and the prettiest bouquet of flowers before my eyes ...
***I kinda cried.***

Emma was the mastermind behind it all.
{of course}
I love how each of my kids show their love in different ways..
😌
We took the kiddos on a little hike to a waterfall that evening.
{Rocky Mouth Falls..in Sandy}
It was beauteous! 
Kyleigh missed out on the hike as she was celebrating with mission buddies...
their two yr mark of when they entered the MTC together! 
It blows my mind that that was two years ago. 
Time just flies. 
She met up with us after for ice cream and "Amazing Race" watching.  
{btw Halo Top ice cream is my latest food obsession.}  
*****
Mother's Day Sunday!
Blessed to be the mother to these girls of mine.
It was a lovely day.
{Sprinkled with a little mortification. Thanks to my Hannie!}
Hannah is the family photographer/videographer.
She is always taking pics and videos, and snapchats of everything and everybody etc.
She loves to try and get me in on the mix even though I hate to be videotaped and having my pic taken is not my favorite either...
Well..for Mother's Day Hannah surprised me with a compiled video {11 minutes mind you} of clips
... of just me, and with her... through out this past year.
She entitled it "A Year of Mom!''
It was touching, hilarious, and embarrassing.. all mixed together!!!
I couldn't help laugh and cry.

{Hey, I'm being brave here...I'm actually sharing a couple of the vids... 😏 }


*****
My favorite quote about Mothers from M. Russell Ballard:

"There is no one perfect way to be a good mother...
Each situation is unique. Each mother has different challenges, different skills and abilities, and certainly different children. There are a million different ways to be a
good mom."
{I say amen!}
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