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, 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!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

                                                        Thursday, December 30, 2010
  This just happens to be one of my favorite weeks of the whole entire year. Play, play and play some more.  Here's just a few things that we have been up to....
                                                         Enjoying the snow...FINALLY.
    I think Mother Nature is trying to make up for the lack of a white Christmas. {It's about darn time missy}  
Grandpa got out the ATV's last night and the kids were pulled on sleds through the neighborhood streets and the church parking lot. Too fun! Even little Kate had a turn on the ATV with Mom and Dad.  
Getting all the kids bundled up to go out. ..just a tad exasperating for me...once we are all dressed and out in it...totally worth the chaos! But the aftermath...dealing with wet snow clothes...ugh! not on my happy list I tell ya. Its about the only thing I don't like about the snow though. 
{now just don't go getting your tongue stuck on a flag pole kiddo..total 'Christmas Story' flashback here with all the bundleness}
They were back in it the next night....in 7 degree weather! 
The past five days have been filled with rounds of Emma's Rummikub, here we are in the middle of one with Kate in my lap and her tree stumps chill'in on the table. Cracks me up!
Thanks to grandma's buying spree with Uncle Ryan we've sword fought, canoed, cycled, ping ponged, wake boarded, and archery'd our way through Wii Resort. Never heard such hoopla from the gang than on Tuesday night in the throngs of competition.
And the girlies busting some moves at grandmas to Just Dance 2 in their 'Saturday Self', just minus the turban, attire.
Get a load at this one...Dad shook what his mama gave 'em at a recent work party with 80 of his administrative co-workers. He was one of 12 chosen to dance. He won his heat (got an i-tunes card to boot)and landed in the top four. Oh my! He had to have been busting a move. Who knew? We witnessed him in action just today and apparently he's been holding out on me all these years. Now I know where my girls get their dancing genes, because it's certainly not from me!

And in other complete randomness....We've had a goodbye Carbonara dinner for Uncle Ryan...but not before he took the older girls on two dates before he left...Harry Potter and Cafe Rio one day with Tangled and In an Out Burger the next.
Kyleigh pulled an all nighter, literally, at a sleepover with the Starlette Co. girls. She does not take after her mother in this area. {I swear I was always the first one asleep at any given sleepover growing up.}  Hannah's gone swimming at the rec center with her best friend. They've been to the neighbors to hang out and to the park with them for night sledding. Kyleigh's been ice skating with her friends at a multi-stake activity. Brie's made video dairies. We've O.D. on another DVD classic that Santa brought..watching episode after episode of Gidget, to the point where I can't get the theme song out of my mind. I'll even sing it for ya..as I've got it memorized. Love that show! I have fond memories of watching it with my mom when I was younger. I can't tell ya how fun it is being able to share pieces of my childhood with my girls. We've watched Nanny McPhee Returns, and Ramona and Beezus {darling shows btw} where we learned a new word from the latter****TERRIFICAL***Adding that one right away to our vocabulary. We've started the not so fun Christmas clean up. I've colored, snuggled and watched Tom and Jerry classic cartoons with Brie. We've drank mugs of hot chocolate and I've munched on Grandma B's best ever carameled popcorn balls. We've stayed up late and slept in. We've made an unexpected trip to the Ortho for a broken wire,  had one kid get an electrical shock up their arm, no lie! {scary} AND one fully potty trained {for years now} girl, pee her pants...of course there was unforgettable laughter that ensued. This week has been a trip folks and we are not even done. We are going out with a bang with our New Years Eve and Day celebrations. Even if it's my least favorite holiday.    

2 comments:

  1. All I can say after reading this post is...I love you Ang!

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  2. Looks like you guys had an awesome Christmas! And, how fun to be pulled on a sled around the neighborhood!! Although, I don't think there are enough layers of clothing to get me out in 7 degree weather - anything below 60 degrees and I can't take it!! :)

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