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, 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!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Uncle Ryan
who I now call Mr. Butler! as he found himself doing all sorts of things for us on his latest trip here. Too bad he can't be home more often as we clearly could use an extra set of hands around here. His visits come few and far between as he is usually overseas with work. We maybe see him once or twice a year, so when he comes it's a real treat for my girls. They all adore him... well, maybe not Kate, quite yet. She took one look at him when he arrived here from the airport and screamed bloody murder! We understood.
Wouldn't this scare you?

Not only does he like to take pictures of himself, as in the pic above, but he was called on several times to be the designated photographer... for such things as birthday jaunt pics and BYU photo shoots. Poor guy! He bleeds red and not only did he endure taking the little girls for an outing decked out in their BYU but then came home and helped me hang the "Y" flag from the house. gasp! What true Utah fan would do that? That has to be an honor code violation. Oh wait..there is no honor code there. :0 HA! It must have been the less than pleasant mental image of me dragging the ladder from the garage and my big fat butt dangling from the rafters trying to hang the thing that persuaded him to help me. Either that or he's just a nice guy. I almost got all this action on camera but he said he had his limits.

He saved the day several times with Kyleigh. Chauffeuring her from school to tennis when hubby and I were away up North for the day seeing my brother Brad get pinned an Air Force Colonel (way to go Brad!) and then again when I was stuck at the store and found myself majorly inconvenienced by the actions of a disorganized tennis coach. Don't think the three of us will ever forget that fiasco with both Ryan and I separately driving around the city trying to figure out where K's match was supposed to be! Kyleigh with him and her racket and tennis shoes with me. Not the most ideal situation. He is most positive his chauffeuring around town in a mini van limited his dating possibilities while here. I don't blame him. Furthermore, he not only played tennis with Kyleigh but assisted in the shopping spree for her tennis outfits with daddy and grandma.

On another night, he helped Kyleigh with an "egg" science experiment for her Biology class. Which included running to the store to buy needed materials to make their contraption so her egg would not "break" when dropped off from the roof of the junior high. (Hers was one of only 8 out of 24 that didn't break) While they were working on that I was feverishly editing her Honors English paper while dad was up with the baby who was not cooperating on said bedtime.

Just a few other things why he was on our "happy list"....

*He made a great Scooby Doo Wii partner for Brie...

*He took the girls miniature golfing. He doesn't let a trip go by now without fitting that activity in as its their favorite thing to do with him. If they get a hole in one (or not)..Wendy's Frosties are a given afterwards.

*They also love going to the Training Table Restaurant with him where they order their food over the phone...the "I love you's" he says to random people on the other end of the line after said ordering is one of Hannah's favorite things about her weird (her words) uncle. He took the four older girls there one of the Saturday night's he was here when Jaren and I had a spontaneous trip to Midway for dinner at Zermatt's Schneitters with friends.

*He left one of his laptops here so the older girls could use it for homework purposes.

*He bought me a "Paris" CD loaded with French music for my birthday.

*Attempts at cable fixing throughout the home...

*The gifts and trinkets he brings back from his visits and stays around the world. The latest being the coolest kaleidoscope and history book from Lebanon.

*He left portable i-pod speakers for our car and home use

*Whenever he's here its guaranteed we will have our sushi California Rolls, along with baguette bread topped with olive oil, European cheese and prosciutto. YUM!

He's now left again and its back to "Where in the World is Uncle Ryan?" He's a traveling fool. We will miss him, his help, his sense of humor and zest for life. We think every family should have an "Uncle Ryan"!

1 comment:

  1. "Please allow myself to introduce myself..." I love this post!!! That Ryan is a swell guy, and a true hero to the common people of the world!!! (and not a bad tennis player or WII player either...oh yeah, and a GREAT miniature golfer!!!) Thanks for the sweet words, I really appreciate it. You all mean the world to me, so I'm glad you like putting up with me!!! See you in a few months...I hope...!

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