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!

Friday, August 06, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Vintage afternoon...
A friend who knows we appreciate fashionable things told us we HAD to check out this vintage store in downtown SLC called "Decades". So the girls and I had a little outing one afternoon this past week to check it out. Kyleigh was so hoping to find some cool vintage blouses for school...

Whoa.. If you are into vintage items this is a must place to see! The interior design was amazing...It was a trip through time...starting, I believe, with the 1920's...what an enormous collection of vintage clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry...and much more! My favorites were the old vintage hat boxes, record album covers and that classic picture of Cary Grant in the display case below (whoo hoo)... Kyleigh and I found two pairs of THE

cutest high heels that we would have gotten in a heartbeat if they would have fit! So much for our honk'in feet! And I think they were only like $17 dollars too. What a steal!
The clothing wasn't quite what we were expecting...wouldn't be caught dead in it as it was too costum'ish for our tastes, although there were a couple of 1960 vintage dresses that Kyleigh and Emma thought were darling.

We got in trouble for trying to take pics...whatever! I think the store manager saw all us girls and thought we were there to play dress up. So the pictures of the store I posted are courtesy of the thedesignbuzz.blogspot.com and tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com. What an interesting store to spend some time, although I will admit, most of us were weirded (is that even a word?) out by it all... didn't like the smell of the place, didn't want to touch anything (call in the hand sanitizer) and couldn't wait to leave...We stopped in the alley way to take these pictures by the adjacent building. Talk about old, worn, vintage brick! The same colors as Kyleigh's shirt even. Would have utilized the perfect backdrop more if Emma hadn't thought we were going to be mugged in broad daylight. Such brave girls.
Our second stop was to Elizabeth's Pastry and Tea Shop, (much more agreeable for all in tow)...We love this charming place..its right next door to the London Market, another favorite.
picture courtesy of valeriepondering.blogspot.com

vintage tea pots and vases line the rustic brick wall...

The food...delicious! I was going to say we nibbled on tasty English treats...but it was more like inhaled a cucumber sandwich, ginger biscuit, several other cookies, pomegranate and peach lemonade, egg custard tart, and 2 vanilla slice pastries (the unanimous favorite).

The sitting bench is lined with pillows in an array of different fabrics...another perfect picture opportunity...

My favorite! Kate gazing out the lace curtain lined window with the sunshine pouring in. Need to squish those chubby cheeks...
Speaking of vintage...we recently found and purchased on EBay this 1976 Titanic game! I was so thrilled to get it. I have such fond memories of playing this as a kid at my friend Kristen's house. It's been fun sharing my favorite childhood board game with Emma and Hannah.

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