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 décor 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

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My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

                                                                  
10 years of Disney...
                                                                       
A look back
                                                        
                                                                
January 2001 trip
Favorite memory...Staying at the Disneyland Hotel was the fav but really it was everything about the whole trip. Seeing your kids experience Disney for the first time. Magical!
with Aunt Dori having breakfast with the Disney characters
My little Hannah Isabelle was just 6 mo. old on her first trip. Characters are not supposed to hold your children but we got lucky with Belle. Poor Han looks scared to death.

                                                                    
January 2002 Trip
Favorite memory...My sister and her family joined us this year and came for the next 6 years..that's why you always see my niece in the pics with my girls. This year still remains one of my favorites...cool weather and hardly anyone in the park due to recent 9/11. Everyone was too freaked to fly. Not us.


                                                                  
January 2003 Trip
Favorite memory..Another sister of mine along with some of her family joined in on the fun and came this year as well....it was a blast! We had quite the crew that year....I also remember a hot spell (of course I would) and having to buy t-shirts for the girls to survive the heat that day. Grandma was just recovering from thyroid cancer surgery. She was a walking zombie. Not too fun for her, but she was a trooper!

                                                                     
Febuary 2004 Trip
Favorite Memories...Driving from Arizona where we lived and meeting the extended family in Disneyland. We went the first week of Feb. this year so we got to celebrate Kyleigh's 8th birthday in the park. Another memory is the older girls getting lost from our group! just a tad unnerving.We found them shortly after at our special meeting place..the statue of Walt and Mickey in the center of the park.


                                                                    
January 2005 Trip
Favorite Memories...Little Brie was just 3 months old on this trip. Can't forget the rainstorm that drove us back to the hotel.

                                                                  
January 2006 Trip
Favorite Memories...the first time Uncle Ryan was able to join us. Flew in from So. Korea. Also,  I remember the mosaics all over the park that year for the 50th Anniversary that they were still celebrating. They were amazing! The pin trading started in full force this year and we've enjoyed it every year since.  

January 2007 Trip
Favorite Memories...First trip that all of Jaren's siblings were able to come. I also remember this trip as the Princess Year. Had some great picture moments with those ladies.
                                                                    
                                                                   
January 2008 Trip
We went the first week of January this year to see the Christmas decorations. Insane. and never again. as it was way too crowded. We did a lot of sitting around that year. LOL But the fake snow falling from the sky and the lit up castle in its Christmas splendor is a favorite memory for sure.  
                                                                    
                                                                     
January 2009
It was cousin Daniel's first time and we had friends along with us too. 
Their kids had never been before so it was fun seeing them experience Disney for the first time.
                                                                     
                                                                    
November 2010 Trip
Well, the heat and the sickness were clearly the standouts this year. 
Check my prior posts for the more pleasurable moments...
All I can say is that we have some fabulous memories from this Happy Place. 
Precious family time that we will always treasure. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa who started this wonderful tradition 10 yrs ago. and who make it possible for all of us to go every year.

1 comment:

  1. We were there that first week of January 2008 at Disneyland, too! You are so right--the crowds were INSANE! I will never do that again. The castle was definitely magical and so was "It's a Small World". :)

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