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, 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, June 28, 2017

What's On My Happy List?


 Dumping the camera roll from our recent extended family road trip....
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 hike to Mesa Arch ;)
just a few steps and you'd go tumbling...
gave me the willies... 
😨
It was so dang hot and 
in case you didn't know
we are NOT heat lovers, 
this one especially ;) 
these squirt bottles were her salvation
Made a stop at Deadhorse Point
which I loved!
 Cute Mexican restaurant in Moab...
no bueno on my food tho...
😏
 A little night swimming...
 Day 2

Morning workout!

Stopped at a Fort in Bluff ...
Drove down by Monument Valley...
saw the Valley of the Gods....pretty epic!
{online pic}
 Visited Goosenecks!
It was a favorite!
We traveled to the windy Four Corners Monument..
{the only time I'll be in four places at once with a broken butt to boot!}
Seriously guys, this injury of mine is a pain in the booty.
😩
We then traveled to Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Dwellings in Colorado...
the Pueblo Ruins are fascinating!
{online pic}
Our stop at KFC in Cortez...made my belly smile..
I freak'in love KFC's coleslaw and baked beans!
Kyleigh had a meltdown while eating about how much she loves her dad.
She was in tears about it.
It was hilarious!
I think we'd been in the car too much.
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It was a loooooong day for driving...the KFC parking lot proved to be quite entertaining..

The trip back to the hotel thru the Colorado country at sunset....
WAS BEAUTIFUL!!
Back in Moab...Hannah's first time having a Maverick f'real shake. 
She loved.
 The last day we visited Arches!
 We hiked to the viewpoint of Delicate Arch...
{we gotta go back when it's cooler to actually hike right to it}
Spent most our time in the Devil's Garden hiking....
to Pinetree Arch
 and Landscape Arch!
Did I mention it was HOT?!?
the name "Devil's Garden" was fitting..
some of the kiddo's were dy'in from the heat
😬 
Balance Rock!
{Emma's fav!}
Before we headed home we ate an awesome 
pizza place 
in downtown Moab called Zax.
Their honey chicken pizza was my favorite!
So very good!
Got our ice cream fix here...
Bye Bye Moab!
Such a fun time with the fam!

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Other randomness...
Kate's featured book for the week with a pink cupcake bath bomb!
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Kate always has a blast when Great Aunt Jill brings her grand daughter to stay for a few days..
She is almost 4yrs older than Kate but they get along so well.
She was here a few days before our trip. 
The grandma's spoiled them. 
Shopping and lunch and treat outings. 
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Emma was taking 4 classes at SLCC this past winter along with a class at BYU.
She graduated with high honors in May from Salt Lake Community College with her Associates Degree.
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She didn't want to walk in the ceremony, just wanted the dang certificate.
Which finally came this week.
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