Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 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 d├ęcor 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 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 and 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 love celebrating 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 23, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Some more summer randomness...

Slip Sliding Away

Kyleigh with cousin bubs...


Adopt a 'Do

I've always enjoyed doing my girl's hair but I've never been able to FRENCH braid. Anything other than a normal braid has been way too complicated. LOL You'd think after all these years and having all girls I'd know how by now but the skill has always eluded me. Not anymore! I JUST learned how a few days ago from Emma, who learned how from the cutest website for girl's hairstyles. The lady actually has 'how to' videos for a plethora of different do's. Here's proof of my new talent...love the pineapple piggies at the end.

TRAINING FOR TREK

I dared Kyleigh and her two cousins, who are leaving for Trek in a few weeks, to get in their pioneer clothing and walk close to 3 miles around the wards in our Stake. I bribed them with $10 each for the boys and a new 3 barrel iron for Kyleigh (which she has been desperately wanting of late). They totally went for the challenge. They actually pushed wheelbarrows (in place of handcarts) the whole way....it was hilarious to watch, and so worth the money I lost. Wish I had a picture of the wheelbarrow action but it was dark by the time we returned. They were such troopers!

HIVE SCARE

We definitely now know that Brie is allergic to penicillin. She had an intense delayed reaction to the antibiotic she was on for supposed strep throat. I've never seen hives like this before. It was so sad...she was itching like crazy! The picture does not do it justice...they were ALL OVER! It was so BAD! We tried allergy medicine, home remedies like grandma's concoction, as well as rubbing milk of magnesia on them, which surprisinglyly provided some relief, but only an RX for pediatric Prednisone started taking them away. However, she is still struggling with some of them 72 hours later. Crazy! She's wondering if they will they ever go away? Poor thing!

Boot Camp'in

My two oldest left for YW's Girl's Camp this morning. So missing them! Half wish I was there. As there are soooooo many fun memories of the last three summers spent at girl's camp. Even Dad gets to go up for a night for priesthood coverage. Bummer! So those of us left behind are off to go have some fun with the neighbors at the movies.

2 comments:

  1. Slip-N-Slides are the best! You're not gonna believe this, but I can't french braid either! and I have a cosmetology license! My instructors said - after many hours of trying - "You better pray you don't get asked to do that for the state board exam!" Whew! I didn't! Yours looks great!

    The trek training is great! They look like they are having fun! Courtney just got home from their girls camp! She had a blast...their theme was "We've got the Power!"

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  2. Ooooh - Mason had a really bad amoxicillin reaction like that when he was little. He even got hives on his scalp! And it was the 2nd time he'd been given the medicine too. Poor little Brie - glad she is doing better. Hope your girls had fun at camp too. Me & Jeff went up to our ward's for the bishopric night & it was a blast! (One night at camp is the way to go!) :)

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