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!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

More birthday celebrating...
ummm..I think I seriously gained 10 lbs on my b-day last week either by eating and or looking at all the good food that surrounded me. Five days later I'm still indulging in food heaven with a birthday brunch this morn at my favorite restaurant with my RS ladies..took camera..forgot to take pics.
However, did take a pic of this heavenly sweet roll and See's Candy GC that a friend brought by for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. last Thursday. On a normal day healthy breakfasts are a must for me so this was just plain sinful woofing this baby down at such an early hour. I managed nicely though.

Then I was picked up by my friend in her new Saab convertible and me and the girlfriends went cruising to lunch

at Normandie Cafe in Holladay. It's French inspired. Oh so good, and on my list of new favorite places! (pic taken by my new butler, haha! more on him...later)
I'm not kidding when I say we ate dessert first...
Heather bought an assortment of different pastries to taste test from here...
and then I had the Monte Cristo sandwich...which is a heart attack waiting to happen but oh SO delicious. The ginger butternut squash soup was my favorite though.. Yummo! I'd go back just for that.

My friends must know I love food and sweets..because it consumed my day...This little bit of afternoon goodness below was dropped off by a dear friend along with a Nelson's Frozen Custard gift card. (Concretes with malt and almonds from there...another favorite!)...but that indulgence must wait for another day.


And there's a little story behind why she gave me this red cupcake above...in a nutshell its payback for some "Y" body art I gave her at the Regional Seminary Social I was helping out with a few Saturdays ago. She's a big time Ute fan. Which many of my friends are..including my hubby.
Little did I know that I would be sharing him with the 'U' on my very birthday. We were planning on going out on my birthday night to Francks, a French Cuisine restaurant. However after finishing the monstrous lunch with the girlie's I found myself waffling on the idea. I was up to going another night and spreading out the fun and food. But all this was unbeknownest to hubby at the time he got an invite by a friend to the huge U of U season opener against Pitt. So of course he doesn't think he could or should go because it was MY BIRTHDAY! Well, hubby calls from work and said "You know how much I love you?" thinking he has to turn down his friend's offer. Not so. I willingly let him go. gasp.
Now how many wives would let their hubbies get away with THAT on their birthdays? And it was my rival team no less. In all truthfulness I was happy for him that he had the opportunity to go. He had a blast. I'm now on record as the best wife ever. And I'm thinking I'm one smart and lucky woman.


The cupcake wasn't the end of it...the sweets kept a com'in! makes me laugh. The rate I'm going I'm never going to lose this baby weight! Coldstone Birthday Cake Ice-cream came my way that night by a friend who is about as sweet as her gift was..

and then this delightful dessert cookbook and tastefully wrapped chocolate came packaged from New England today from my shoe lov'in friend who I believe loves sweets as much as I do. ;)When you see a package from her in the mail you squeal because you can't wait to see whats inside. I do know it will always be thoughtful, detailed, and color coordinated.
I must say I have wonderful family and friends who made my day special. I appreciate all the birthday wishes, gifts, visits and cards.

1 comment:

  1. You know MY gift was RED! :0

    Also, a HUGE fan of a Monte Cristo. If you have not yet been to Zinn's Bistro... RUN! Do not walk there. Their DEEP fRIED Monte Cristo is the stuff of my dreams. Don't even get me started about the basket they bring out BEFORE your meal. Next time I'm in town we're going together. It's a grown up ladies only place.

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