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 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 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!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

                                                 
New Year's Eve

Jaren and I celebrated with brunch at one of our favorite restaurants..
New Years Eve was spent with the family at my brother's home. We adults laughed ourselves silly watching the comedian, Brian Regan {hilarious dude}. We visited, ate apple pie, and played a couple of games while the kids danced the night away until the countdown from Times Square. Then we made some noise! Pot and pans banging, poppers, kiddos running up and down the icy sidewalks in what I swear was single digit weather...fur--eez---ing!  It was 1:25 AM before my head hit the pillow! I believe I had a non alcoholic hangover the next morning.







New Years Day

My side of the family had one last shin dig with my nephew before he leaves for his mission on Wednesday. We thought it would be fun to drive down to Provo and do a dry run of the MTC drop off with him. Curbside style. Ya know snap some pics as the door of the rolling car opens, missionary jumps out as his luggage is tossed to him. That's the way its done now, didn't ya know? hahaha! And apparently only ONE car full of family allowed per missionary at drop off, {so we hear.} 
So....
knowing that all of us couldn't be there to bid him farewell on the real day we hoped to reinact it. Well, upon arriving it was made very clear, from the very worried guard, that our four car, 21 people entourage was not welcomed on the MTC "closed campus" premises. 
Emma, also knowing you are not allowed to leave the MTC while there, other than go to the temple asked, "What is this place, a prison?" 
{Yes, actually it is, we explained..just a spiritual one} Too funny.

Scheming to figure out Plan B...do we sneak in?

Instead...we had Matt get as close as he could to the MTC, standing just outside the forbidden gates

while we waved to him from across the street....
I'm sure to any onlookers we looked pretty darn cray cray. 
But that's okay cuz we kinda are. 
{Our family secret is out!}

Trekking over snowy banks and ice patches in, once again, fur--eez--ing temps...

"the field is white, Matt, and ready to harvest".....

We went to dinner and then caught the evening BYU Basketball game at the Marriott Center...way too fun!


Poor dad had to miss watching the Rose Bowl, 
{he was less than pleased about that} 
to see the #16th ranked Cougars completely stomp on their opponent 93-57. 
He was a good sport {sort of }and even wore his BYU shirt under his sweatshirt. 
Pretty sure he wouldn't want you to know that tho, due to his so called loyalty to the school up north.  



What? 
{With all the noise even}

1 comment:

  1. okay, I just love those bows, do you make them, sell them? I want some for my girl. You have such a gorgeous family!!

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