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!} 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 (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!

Friday, January 05, 2018

What's On My Happy List?



A Peek Into Our Week...

Leading into the New Year with a bang!
We went shooting with friends at the
TNT Range...
 They have an adjacent restaurant with yummy burgers and fries!
 *****
Kyleigh's outing to see Pitch Perfect 3
*****
Fun Times with the cousins...
shopping for Bachelorette party stuff,
 dinner at Olive Garden 
and sleepover here at the house!
{Brie made them all pancakes in the morn.}
 I spent my Friday night out with these guys!
😌
*****
 Last Saturday we went down to Provo to move Emmsie out of the apartment,
{she decided to commute instead of live down there}
while we were at it we helped my engaged niece move out her things too...
Kyleigh will be staying...
She has 4 new roommates!
 from Texas, Washington, Tennessee 
and St. George.
So far they all seem nice.
πŸ™
The Poppi setting up her new printer, lap top and router...
Ky is a little sad that Emmsie is leaving her.
These girls are so night and day in their personalities...
that's why these pics are so funny to me!
Get off me Ky!
Our annual dinner out that night with my best friend and her husband.
I'm still thinking about this meal. 
SO GOOD!!!
Especially the rice, of all things...
*****
 On Sunday {New Years Eve} my sister in law fixed Bulgogi and Chop Chae!
 Later that night we went to our neighbors for a New Years Eve Party....
They also had an Asian theme going on 
with the food!

 I made candy sushi to take.
πŸ˜‰
I used rice krispies, Twinkies, donuts, fruit roll ups, air head xtremes, 
fruit snacks, and Swedish fish...
easy peasy!
 Had a great time playing this Pictionary-like game together on our phones...
A little Just Dance
for the kiddos...
Celebrating the old fashion way
banging pots and pans!!!
My nephew tagged along and he had the
 best time! 
He usually goes to bed at 8!
That's unheard of at our house.
πŸ˜‚
Have you read Kate's p.j. top?
Hannah was at a friend party while Kyleigh brought the new year in with friends
up in Ogden Canyon..
with a bomb fire out on a frozen lake!
😳
She slept at her cousins in Layton...
her car Louie broke down the next morning 
coming home on the freeway...
almost in the same spot it did back in Sept.
😩
#carprobsagain
What a way to start out the new year...
😏
New Years Day!
I'm so not a fan.
We took down Christmas
{boo}
and ordered take out...
Emmsie, Brie, Kate and I saw this fabulous show.
But we waited til after school the day after 
New Years to see it!
The place was still packed!
I've always been a little weirded out
by the circus,
but I was able to look past it,
Great story!
THE MUSIC is phenomenal!
That night Kyleigh had her besties over to the apartment...
to help a friend down in the dumps...
*****
In Hannah news...
I think Hannah has been to 5 hockey games this week. 
She is one of their biggest fans!
 It was Senior Night!
She made a treat bag for each of the 
Senior Boys 
and the coaches... 
"You are a STAR on the ICE!"
She used Ice Cube gum with a bag of Oreo's {hockey pucks πŸ˜‰} 
*****
 Kyleigh's mid-week jaunt to Midway to see the Ice Castles...
{she is always up to something! πŸ˜‚ }

 *****
 Her Friday night Sodalicious Run with this crew!
 I attended a Utah School Board Conference Dinner with the hubs at Little America.
had a great time taste testing...
πŸ˜‹
While at home... Emma was holding the fort down
and sending me pics of her spontaneous
mini tea party with Kate and Brie.
*****
And lastly, 
Wednesday was a tender day...
Gonna miss this great man!!!
πŸ˜₯