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!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week...


Hannah and Brie went with the Young Women
to do baptisms at the Draper Temple at 6:15 in the morn.
Brie's first time!
πŸ™Œ
*****
Had Classic 1950/60 day with some of the kiddos...
We watched an episode of Andy Griffith, 
I Love Lucy, and Gidget..
some of my fav's growing up...
We had lunch at In-n-Out...
Couldn't think of anywhere else more 50's classic to eat than that....
πŸ˜‰
This was our highlighted read for the week....
{such a cute book that tells about her life} 
We had cousin Allie over that night to watch this Audrey Hepburn classic!
 *****
 Brie had mishap with the brace wire..
 Swimming with the cousins...
Dinner group at Soho Food Park..
I tried Smoke-A-Billy BBQ & Grill for the first time.
Delicious!!!
Ky had some fun hangouts with missionary peeps!
One jaunt to Provo...
another to Salt Lake where a former comp cooked a Korean meal..
*****
On the weekend the hubs took Emma, Brie and Kate
to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and to a movie...
Kate loves Cantina's jicama salsa like me ;)
 The rest of us were in Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys.
{sorta die!}
😍 😎
On the way down South we took a jaunt to Kolob Canyon. 
With a little off-roading detour.
Goodness me... hilarious!
It's so beautiful there!

We had plans to eat at a highly recommended Mexican restaurant in Vegas.
But there ended up being an hour wait.
We had no time for that!
So we went across the street to In-n-Out.
Concert time!!!
Can't believe these guys have been around
20 + years 
I have a memory of jamming out to them in the late 90's in the kitchen 
of our Riverton home
holding little Emma...
{I wish she could have come!}
πŸ˜€
I LOVE SO MANY of their songs!!!!
Shape of My πŸ’— 
being one of my all time fav's!!!
They've aged well!
😜
and man can they still dance! 

They showed this 12 minute intro video of clips of their 
old songs/ music videos before the concert began..
We found it on YouTube!
LOVE IT!!!! 

 One of the best things about this concert was there were no guest singers!
 {I can't stand it when you have to wait an hour to hear who you came to hear sing}
After the intro video they came out and started the show....it was  FABULOUS!!!
Got the awesome opening on tape!
The girls were in heaven!

These guys know how to put on a show.
It was FANTASTIC! 
{We would go to another one of their concerts in a heartbeat.}
Even though I think Vegas is one of the ickiest places on Earth 
this adventure was sure a fun one.
Some sightseeing the next day before we headed home...
It was so fun to taste test all these international soda's at the Coke a Cola Factory
There were some yummy ones.
The Bon-Bon Anglais from Madagascar was my favorite!!
A little souvenir for Kate.
She collects shot glasses of all things...
πŸ˜‰

Loved this place!
800 Degrees Pizza on the Strip.
                                                                                                   On the homefront...
My fav meal of the week was G-ma's Sunday lunch for us.
Chicken Cordon Bleu, brussel sprouts etc...
Helped with family pics for my sister's family Sunday night at the farm.
The hubs, Brie, Kate and I slept out in the hammocks in the backyard that night...
That made for a most interesting night's sleep.
😳
I came in the house at 6:30 in the morn and went to bed..haha 
Hannah and B learning how to hang tarps for their upcoming Uintah over-nighter
 *****
Our 4th Celebration!
At the good 'ole town parade!
The funniest part was that the hubs had to be 
IN IT 
with his school board duties.
He's not really a fan of parades in general. 
He'd rather have a cavity than be in one....
πŸ˜‚
 
but he made the most of it...
AND he had his own personal cheering section.
Looks like he is having a grand time!
My nephew's family is here from Texas. 
His wife got up at 2:30 in the morn and parked her van and roped off a huge area for all of us!
It was great!
Caught Kyleigh's pretend boyfriend on camera
{she and one of Hannah's buddies have a longstanding inside joke}
Back at home...
we had our traditional KFC! πŸ’™
Kyleigh hung with some friends in the afternoon...
The girls and I made BBQ s'mores in the oven...
Brie made gluten free cookies...we used those instead of graham crackers.....
 Lit them up!
That evening we staked out our firework spot early...
We enjoyed the fireworks with my brother's fam, the hub's sister's fam, and some of Hannah's friends...
Fun night!
 which included some sparkler action...
Kate's featured book for the week!
{This book is darling!}

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