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, February 03, 2011

What's On My Happy List?


HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Have no idea where in the heck the month of January went but we are stoked its February. We are gett'in in the Valentine mood around here. Emma surprised me while we were gone to the neighbors for a party by decking out our little lighted tree in Valentine decor. {so sweet}

It's a little burst of sunshine in the family room that makes my heart smile.
But trying to keep saucy from ripp'ing off all the Valentines is something of a chore... 

The Valentines are already coming my way...This is Brie's latest version of "me". 
Aren't I cute? 

We deviated from our traditional Mexican Thursday night cuisine and went Chinese!

Happy Chinese New Year ya'all. 
Emma made name tags for everybody with their Chinese birth year symbol. 
I'm the year of the rat.  Ick! Wouldn't year of the Dragon be so much cooler?
Gotta love the handmade Chinese dragon B made last year in preschool. 
Too cute to not use as part of the centerpiece.

Little B. Olivia, with grandma's oriental parasol, wore her hair with chopsticks to school today. It was a hit!

She went down on the edamame tonight, {see the heap of evidence} 
You could tell she was a tad concerned about her mass intake when she asked if these kind of beans {soybeans} where the kind that gave you gas. SO darn funny!

A few fun facts about the Chinese New Year holiday....
 
 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit

· The Chinese are very superstitious and therefore believe that to cry on New Year’s Day is to cry all year long, so children are indulged and never spanked on Chinese New Year.

· Chinese New Year is actually celebrated over a 15 day period.

· The politically correct term is now LUNAR NEW YEAR, as opposed to Chinese New Year since many Asian cultures other than the Chinese observe the lunar calendar.

· A complete cycle of the Chinese calendar takes 60 years.

· The Chinese calendar dates back to 2600 B.C. and is the oldest known calendar.

· Red is considered a lucky color in China, and so, at one point, all wedding dresses were red.

· Shooting fireworks on New Year’s Eve scares away the old year and then households open up windows and doors at midnight to provide exits for the old year. They also banish the old year and its spirits by sweeping the floors on New Year’s Eve. No sweeping is done on New Year’s Day itself as it is believed that you will sweep away the New Year Fortune.

                           
                              
A look back at celebrating Chinese New Year 5 years ago.......






1 comment:

  1. I have the twin to that doll at our place!

    Hope Slim is doing well!

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