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!

Monday, November 13, 2017

What's On My Happy List?


A Peek Into Our Week...

{kind of a slow picture week this weekπŸ˜‰ }

We supported the Murray Hockey Team up in Bountiful at a LATE night 
hockey game...
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Fall Ball dress shopping with Hannah...
Which one will she choose?
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Yummy eats at Cafe Seoul!
The Oh Roll is my favorite!
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 Kate devours their little dessert cakes!
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Another one of my little friends got baptized!
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I have 11 in my class.
He is the 9th to be baptized!
This little boy loves football. 
His hero is Ty Detmer. 
😍
I gave him this book about Ty that I've had for 25 years. 
I would only give it to someone that loved Ty as much as I do. 
Flashback to my BYU days...
TY won the 1990 Heisman Trophy my Freshman Yr.
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Apartment cleaning checks for the 
college kiddos!
They were up pretty darn late cleaning! 
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 Apparently it paid off....
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In other college news.....
A little unknown fact about Kyleigh. 
She is fascinated with archeology.
 {When she was a kid she wanted 
to be an Egyptologist} 
She is considering minoring in Anthropology/Archeology. 
This is the spot where she went on her first archeology dig on Saturday morn. 
She and about a 100 other BYU students
 were looking for Native American artifacts.
Pretty Cool!

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Guys! Have you seen this movie????
It's Superb!
Sally Hawkins does some of the best acting I've ever seen.
{She also plays Anne Elliot in Jane Austen's Persuasion}
If you like movies based on a true story, this is a must watch.
The movie is about the life of Maude Lewis a Canadian Folk Artist.
Fabulous Film!
{warning: you may need some tissues 😒 }

Monday, November 06, 2017

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week....

Halloween!

Kate and her cousins did a Camelot theme.
She was Queen Guinevere
Taylor was King Arthur and the twins were Medieval knights...
and Brie dressed as Merlin...just for the pictures πŸ˜‚
Although she refused to wear the top part
of the wizard wig...
{so you don't get the full effect
but you get the idea...}
Brie's best friend and Kate's came trick or treating with us. 
pic with the Bell cousins ...
Our Halloween-y porch...

Loved my spider-y theme...but gosh nothing topped the White House!
How cool is this?
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 Halloween school lunch for Kate...
Meat and "monster" cheese quesadilla

Halloween school parade....
Kate had a cheering section..
the best costume award goes to a friend's family...
she has seven kids dwarfs
How stink'in cute is this????
Emmsie did her hair so pretty!
I got to help with Kate's classroom party
at the apple nacho bar!
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Our Family Halloween Dinner...
Pumpkin relish tray...
and pizza mummies
{both ideas I saw online}
cutest Visiting Teaching Message this month 
by the talented Marci Coombs HERE
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Young Women's In Excellence was also this week!
A Hawaiian Moana Theme...
Hannah got to conduct the meeting- 
She also talked about her 10 hour 
Choice and Accountability Project.
She used her hours working at her job for her project...
Brie talked about her Individual Worth Project and the
importance of developing your talents...
This girl loves to draw
and spends hours doing it...
She has an undying love for anything Disney so she draws mostly Disney characters.
Her sketch book is chuck full of them...
She would like to be a Disney animator one day!
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Took the kiddos to Sweeto Burrito to celebrate good report cards!

I flipped over their s'more burrito...
so dang good!
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Night out with neighbor friends....
We tried Alamexo Cantina for the first time.
It's been rated the #1 Mexican restaurant in SLC.
Their fresh guacamole was a win win...πŸ‘Œ
everything was just SO SO delicious!
This restaurant has quite the
Day of the Dead ambience.
I loved it!
And so fitting we went this week
since Mexico just celebrated that holiday!
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And in other random.....

Here are my little Primary friends presenting the Bishop with a thank-u gift!
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Kyleigh's social life...
cracks me up.
I love her stories!
This was a blind date.
hanging with one of her best-est buds.
She went and sat with Hannie and friends at the late night 
Murray Hockey away game in Provo.

on campus impromptu mission gathering.... 
Girls Night with her besties!

Lunch with a Korean family and mission friends.... 
Halloween Night!
She missed out on our Star Wars 
Halloween Theme last year. 
She's such a Star Wars fan so she
 dressed up as Rey.....
dance down in Provo...

Hang'in with her Korean friends...
and at the Korean K-pop dance!
Along with an almost all nighter Netflix's Stranger Things 
party at her apartment.
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Two video funnies!
From a current BYU student on the
University Snapchat page.
We got the giggles over it. 
Cuz my college girls feel this way too! 
And THIS!
Oh gosh toooooo funny!
The majority of our family
{other than the hubs and Kyleigh}
HATES to answer the doorbell...
99% of the time we just don't do it-
unless we are expecting someone..
so we find this SO hilarious and true!!!!}