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 23, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week....
I was able to go on a field trip to the Nature Center 
with Kate's 1st grade class. 
We learned about trees and went on a Tree Trek.
😊
*****
We were enjoying the spring-like weather...
then it snowed! 
Yep, on the 17th of May. 
????
*****
We welcomed home my cute niece from her mission! 
Had this welcome home treat to give to her. 
Riesen's are her fav! 
😌

The girls were bummed they couldn't be out at the airport that afternoon cuz of work...
they were excited to see her that night!
*****
Got to go to a special dinner with the hubs at the Cottonwood Country Club with his 
school board duties...
*****
Brie participated in the "Murray is our Home" dance festival celebrating Murray High's
Centennial. 
It was indoors instead of the football field cuz of temps in the 40's! 
Crazy! 
That same night, unbeknownst to us, a real live COUGAR 
was in our neighborhood. 
like what the @#&*?
Kyleigh had been jogging on that street just a few hours before... 
 hello!?!?!?!
😳 
He was tranquilized by animal control. 
A tad freaky, yet amazing. 
I'm telling you if I was my neighbor in this pic,
I would have thrown on my BYU gear
and been flying the "Y" freak flag.
πŸ˜‚  
*****
Some days Kyleigh and Emma are at the same hospital and get to work together. 
They have been working up a storm...saving for college. 
 {Evidence that they have about had it!}
Emma had two work weeks of 10 hour shifts a day.
It was brutal. 
For surviving, I treated her with one of her favorite eats...
an acai bowl.
πŸ˜‰
We tried the Protein Foundry's. 
{too pricey for me! and I thought Roxberry's were.}
She says Aubergine's is still the best tasting! 
 Snuck in some Subway with Kyleigh during one of her lunch breaks...
Ky went on a hike this week with a buddy...
went to a softball game to cheer on friends...
and did Korean face masks with Kate!
*****
We had Italian Village pizza benders on Friday night!
Doesn't get much better than this!
Emma's friend Rachel had never had a bender.
{We happily introduced her to one.}
*****
Saturday morning I attended the baptism of one of my little friends...
yard work with the fam...

and some hammock time!
AND car washing with Ky...
Kyleigh is now the proud owner of her own car,
Louie!,
 that she bought from us. 
πŸ™Œ 
*****
Saturday evening the fam went down South to Payson Canyon to hike the Grotto Trail.
One of my absolute favorite trails!

 After, we stopped in downtown Provo to eat at the India Palace.
Their Mango Chicken Korma. 
FANTASTIC!!!
 Someone did not like my mango mint lassi...
 Next door is this French bakery...known for their Kro-nuts..
I had no idea what a Kro-nut was,
but a friend informed me
that they would change my life.
😜
They were devoured in about 90 seconds 
by the crew.
{the few bites I did manage to get were absolutely delightful.}
 *****
On Sunday Kyleigh went up North to attend the homecoming
of an Elder from her MTC district..
 Then blitzed back for her cousin's homecoming!
Cousin Emily and Hannah were twinners!
{oops-a-daisy}
Later that day a "party in the kitchen" with my little people. 
*****
Do you feel like the month of May is swallowing you up? 
😩
Only six more days of school for us. 
All I can say is 
Halle-freak'in-lujah!

Sooo looking forward to 
no more homework or projects
school lunch fix'in
or getting up earlier than I wanna be! 
πŸ˜‚

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