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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} with a hint of bohemian, and baroque OR a vintage shabby chic country English cottage/farmhouse. My #1 cookie-Molasses! 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 tutor elementary kids in phonics, reading, writing, comprehension and math. 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'd rather clean 20 toilets than give a talk or prayer in church. 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 (22)

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

Disneyland Tips

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

We Bleed Blue! {Except for the Poppi}

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Monday, August 13, 2018

What's On My Happy List?


A peek into our week....

We've been working on this 
Disney Belle puzzle...
Brie had the honors of doing the
last piece since she 
single-handedly did most of it...
These puzzles take hours to do...
They are hard and take a lot of patience.

*****
Hannah tended the cousins at the
movie theatre...
πŸ˜‚
*****
Kyleigh has had some fun hangouts with friends....

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Kate had a achievement day pool party
 as well as a trip to the Orthodontist...
This summer she's enjoyed attending little 
day camps here and there...
the latest few being Candy Land themed, 
Nerf Gun Wars, and Science Camp.
*****
Bell cousin get-together to do s'mores
and watch a movie....
*****
It was sort of a sloooooww picture week.
But gosh darn it, 
we are relishing these last few days of 
summer break.
Altho I started back to work today so 
the par-tay 
is officially over for me..
😩

Monday, August 06, 2018

What's On My Happy List?



 A Peek Into Our Week....

Kyleigh and Hannah
went with a cousin and friends
to see Niall in concert!
They have loved him ever since
his One Direction days...
Cousin Allie was sitting way up front
πŸ‘Š
*****
Brie and Kate celebrated Harry Potter's b-day
with a mini Harry Potter Movie Marathon 
{www.fanpop.com}
That same day these three tried out 
a new cookie place....
called Dough Co.
They serve edible cookie dough AND pizookies
p.c. 
{dessertwithoutrules.com}
They brought home some 
Butter Beer flavor in honor of Harry's b-day.
They do have gluten free cookie dough too...
πŸ™Œ
 *****
The girls and I had our annual Zermatt get away with my sister and niece...
We tried this Mexican restaurant in Midway
for the first time...
 We loved it!
I had fish tacos which were delicious!
I also loved their Pina Mango Salsa!
It went on my favorite salsa list.
πŸ˜‰
Good times at the pool!
My sister and I have pool races... 
and hall races with Brie and Kate... 
as if we were 10 years old.
It's hilarious!
We had more yummy eats...
this time at Cafe Galleria 
p.c.
 {cafegalleriapizza.com}

They have live entertainment!
This guitarist and singer had the BEST voice.
yummy shakes at Granny's Drive-In....
A visit atop Memorial Hill...at sunset. 
It's a military monument in honor of all the 
Wasatch County 
men and women who have died in war...
You could see over all the Valley...
IT was beautiful!
We drove by the Blue Bear Inn where the Bachelorette
had dinner on one of her recent dates...
It's just down the street from Zermatt
where she stayed.
πŸ˜‚
 Late night hot tubbing and movie watch'in.
As if we haven't eaten enough...
wanna know one of our favorite snacks
of late?
piece of cheese and lunch meat wrapped around a pickle!
πŸ˜‹

Monday, July 30, 2018

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week....

Celebrating Pioneer Day!!!

We had a honey tasting contest in honor of our Beehive State!
G-ma had some honey from different
Utah cities...
Who knew that bee pollen was different
from city to city?
We tried honey from Salt Lake, Riverton
and Murray.
Of course I wanted Murray to be my fav,
but actually Riverton's honey was the
bee's knees...
πŸ˜‰

Kate couldn't even handle the taste test.
Honey makes her gag.
Some of us watched the Day's of '47 Parade 
from home.
This is Emmsie's friend representing our home town!
The hubs spent the holiday morning mtn biking...
he goes quite often with people in the ward...
I told him he should start a 
Biking with the Bishop Club!
πŸ˜‚

Kyleigh went boating...
We watched this movie in honor of the Pioneers.
{your typical LDS film... but quite cute} 
We ate Cafe Rio!

 That night the neighborhood had a firework party in the church parking lot.
There were a few that went a little bezerk..
freaked the heck out of us!
Happy Birthday to my cute neighbor who's 
b-day is on Pioneer Day.
SO was her husbands! He died just last month.
😒
My favorite though was THIS....
watching the Mormon Tabernacle Pioneer Concert..
It was soooooo good!
This guest artist, Matthew Morrison, NEEDS to come do 
this year's Christmas concert.
*****  
Also this week....
Kate and I celebrated Christmas in July!
Our tree...
πŸ˜‰
 She soaked in pretend snow...
 as in CAANNNNS of shaving cream...
while she was waiting for the pool to fill
she watered her garden.
She and the Poppi are growing 
herbs, carrots, radishes, green onion, 
strawberries, and a pumpkin!

We made melting snowman
 the base were these....
She opened up a few gifts to the
tune of Andy Williams
"The Most Wonderful Time of Year."
This is one of her favorite days in the summer 
cuz she loves getting gifts. 
πŸ’™ 
One of her love languages!
We watched this!

 and got a Frostie!
πŸ˜‹
 *****
Some other good eats this week:
Sushi out with the fam!
Cafe Seoul has my favorite sushi...
THE OH ROLL!
 Monthly Dinner Group... out for brunch at the Hub and Spoke Diner.

I got breakfast nachos.
I would have rather had the
stuffed french toast.
But I gain 10 pounds just looking at it.
{Just say'in}
 *****
In other family news....
Kyleigh went to St. George for a former mission companion's wedding!
and lunch out at Guru's in Provo 
with mission friends.....
This place is on my list to try
πŸ‘

*****
On Sunday Hannah and friends 
went mission farewell hopping...
{the guys are leaving like crazy}
and then to the canyons..
no big deal hiking in church clothes, right?
πŸ˜‚
 *****
If you need something fun to watch and you enjoy ballroom dance...
check out this Netflix Series...
I'm loving it.
It's British!