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!

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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)

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Friday, March 18, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

St. Patti's Day Fun
   I'm telling you. I love me a holiday. 
The house woke up to a trail of green destruction left from that naughty leprechaun who always seems to have a mark on this house...this year it started in the bathroom with the toilet water turned GREEN.
                       Here's the leprechaun trap we made and left out the night before to try and catch him....no luck there! 
The Leprechaun's magic turned everything rainbow'ish...
Hannah and B. Olivia helped me make plain white cupcakes the day before St. Patricks. I put them in the fridge to cool overnight so I could frost them on the holiday. Lo and behold, those girls woke up St. Patrick's Day morning to find that the cupcakes found at the end of the rainbow of starbursts had actually turned RAINBOW inside.  Get out.
After school I sent the girls on a rainbow treasure hunt..looking for different colored shamrocks that led them to... 
this little surprise....rainbow licorice and the cutest "Irish" movie ever.
They also went searching for cold coins throughout the house. Here is Kyleigh holding the loot.

This day has got to be one of Kyleigh's favorite holidays..she has looked forward to St. Patrick's Day ever since she was a little girl...
and here's proof...she was 5 yrs old here. Kills me.
This was mom's favorite thing left from the Leprechaun....the LEPRECHAUN DUST. Little jars filled with powder {pistachio pudding}. You fill later with milk...
And you dance an Irish jig to the Riverdance DVD playing...all while shaking the jar of leprechaun dust... making yourself a tasty green treat. Pistachio pudding! So stink'in clever. Thanks Happy Home Fairy!
Kielbasa soup with cabbage and fresh deli sliced corn beef for dinner. YUM!
and these better than beer, Lucky Lime drinks for dessert. {lime sherbet, 7-up and whip cream} green deliciousness...
At the dinner table we took the green pipe cleaners tied from our napkins and we had a race {timed for one minute} to see who could make the best looking shamrock...these were the results...Can you guess who won? 
There were Irish conversation & joke cards and Dad even graced us with his version of an Irish jig..not caught on camera...darn it.
It was a good day.
Yes indeed.
The Rainbow thing seemed to be a theme throughout the week...rainbow leg warmers worn for dance class...
and we drove home that day from dance looking at THIS......no kidd'in!
My "Irish" lassies that I adore... 
They fill my life with color...every single day..
  Here's a little history (thnx to Happy Home Fairy) behind why this holiday is celebrated...
St. Patrick is one of the most celebrated religious figures around the world!  At the age of 16, St. Patrick was kidnapped by a band of pirates from his hometown in the Roman British Isles (What?! St. Patrick is not even Irish?!  It's true!) and sold into slavery in Ireland.
As a slave in Ireland, St. Patrick worked as a shepherd and drew close to the Lord while spending time in the fields with his sheep.
But St. Patrick eventually escaped!  He returned to Britain where he studied to become a priest.
One night St. Patrick had a dream that the voices of the Irish people were calling him to come back to Ireland and tell them about Jesus.  So when St. Patrick woke up, he packed his bags and moved to Ireland once again, this time on his own free will.
God used St. Patrick in so many ways as he ministered to the Irish.
He laid the groundwork for the establishment of HUNDREDS of churches in Ireland.
St. Patrick used clovers, a popular Irish plant with 3 leaves, to illustrate the Trinity - the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Hope your day was filled with Happy Green Stuff!

2 comments:

  1. WOW...what a fun St. Patties Day! All I can say is you are my idol. :) I just love everything you did to make the day so fun. Again, WOW!

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you go all out for holidays. This year the leprechan made mischief at our house too....for the first time! Nothin like yours though! Where do you find the time? It's just too cute and the memories your girls will have - Ohhh! Priceless. I do have to say, I don't show your blog to my children....you're alot to live up to! LOL! Love ya!

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