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 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 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, 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 (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!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Je n'aime pas l'ecole
Well hello there blog! Its been awhile. Gone are the lazy days of summer around here where free time for me reigns supreme. My life and schedule has completely changed this week as the older kids have headed back to school. Boo. I miss their company, their help with the baby, chores, grocery shopping, you name it. Me and my vehicle are best friends now as it feels like I've spent the majority of the last three days in and out of the car. I'm not complaining though. Change in routine is good, but poor Kate. She's been lugged more times in these past few days than she has in her entire life, I'm sure of it. And we are just getting started. Next week we add dance to the routine. Nutso!

Since we have more places to be I'm now utilizing the calendar on my cell where each daily event is tagged with an alarm to remind me where I need to be...coming or going. Even though I'm pretty darn good at juggling seven schedules, sometimes the craziness of life consumes and you space it. I'm freaked I'll absentmindedly forget to pick a kid up somewhere! Its happened people. Ask Emma.

Speaking of Emma...she started Junior High last Friday. The 7th graders in our school district start a day earlier than everyone else so they can acclimate themselves to their new surroundings. And trust me, you need a day at our Junior High to find your way around! It's a maze in there with a ton of steps, different levels and sections.....and only five minutes to get from one class to the next! Try going from a classroom at the top of that school down to the bottom in less than five. Theres hardly time to go to your locker, or the restroom! It's intimidating for the adults let alone the sevies. I actually get a workout attending Back to School Night there. Add no air conditioning, with an inside temp of 100 degrees, swarms of people, inevitable problems with locker combination and I'm a goner! However, flashbacks of the movie "A Diary of A Wimpy Kid" kept me giggling to myself. Especially the line.."I'm not pooping til High School!"
H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!

And btw, if you don't have that movie and would like it, I'm having a little giveaway...whoever is the first to figure out the French saying above and tell me in comments, will be the winner of that DVD!

Emma's an early morning riser now at 6:00 a.m. whether she likes it or not. NOT! Here she is the morning of the big day... before she left the house (I think she..ever prepared.. packed everything but the kitchen sink in her backpack) and here again waiting for the bus with girls in the neighborhood..this picture below cracks me up to see the height difference. Emma is currently 5 ft 5" and I believe still growing.

They looked so stink'in cute. They all showed up in gray outfits...must be the "in" color this year.


I could not wait for her to come home that first day to hear all about her adventure. She actually made out quite well. I was so proud of her. Her favorite memory was seeing one of the SBO's dangling duct taped to the wall!

2 comments:

  1. I do not like school! But it looks like I'm too late! Thanks to IGoogle translate...love that website!

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  2. PS. Courtney you know is in the 8th grade...she has a picture of herself on her phone wearing this "necklace sign" that reads....'I am missing valuable learning time right now because I have to use the potty!" I thought that was hilarious!

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