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 d├ęcor 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!

Monday, May 23, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

End of School Year Activities for the girls....
Kyleigh
This was the award ceremony at the community college that we attended last week for Kyleigh. She was one of only eleven from her Junior High who received the prestigious Superintendent Award. This award was given to those who achieved high honors in academics and citizenship all three years of junior high. Straight A's, all H's. That's my girl! Here she is with Alysann, her really good friend since the third grade. 
                                     
This was a video and somehow I managed to make it a picture... horrible one, but ya... you get the idea! Kyleigh and Alysann with their principal, Ms. Covington, Richard Tranter, the Superintendent, who happened to be my high school principal and Mr. Dunn, the new principal for MHS next year. 
 The students had to get up and introduce themselves...telling everyone what their plans for the future were, something unique about them, who's inspired them and favorite memory of Junior High. These are a great group of kids. good kids..I was so impressed with these four boys, they all said in their future plans that they wanted to serve a mission for their church. Fifteen year old boys admitting that these days. admirable! Especially when I looked at the picture of Kyleigh's 9th grade graduating class. Half look like they are in gangs, on drugs or look just plain evil. Sorry but true.  
So proud of Kyleigh for her hard work, her determination, diligence and desire to do her best.
Here is a recent photo shoot at school with her girlfriends...
She and her best friend are in the same dress!
   Saturday was a full day for Kyleigh. She had her meeting/training at LDS hospital. She is way excited to be volunteering there this summer with her cousin. {I have great memories of candy striping when I was a teen} Then it was off to be with her dance friends for a casual photo shoot. 
Wish I had the time to post all her dance pics from this year in all her different costumes. She had some cute ones.  Then it was back up town for the Living Traditions Festival where her Irish group was performing.        
There is entertainment and food from all over the world there. Right up my alley. Wish I could have sampled all of it! We chose the shaved ice with the adzuki beans and macadamian nut ice cream that everybody raves about from the Hui Hawaii of Utah Club. Good stuff!  Then it was off with the fam to a BBQ with friends. Long but good day.

Emma
Emma's end of year band concert was Thursday night. She has really taken to the flute this year, and is loving the whole band experience. Kinda cracks me up. She's completely left dance behind and wants to focus more on music. She just started private chanter lessons this month which is really exciting for her as she has some goals and dreams tied up in all of that.  

She found a new awesome friend in her band class which was an added bonus. They are the only two flute players in beginning band. Auditions were a few weeks ago for next years placement. She and only three others from her class were found skilled enough to skip concert band next year and advance to symphonic band. Way to go Emmsie, so proud of you! 

Emma's end of year art show
Emma started art lessons 4 years ago and its been one of the best decisions we've made. Her art teacher is amazing. She produces art students who get art scholarships to the Y, which goal Emma is shooting for. She not only teaches her students art but life lessons as well. Emma loves her and can truly be herself around her.
This was Emma's main project this semester. Her teacher said this was a project she would have given a high school art student. Pretty darn awesome to think that Emma is capable of doing this in the 7th grade. You can't see the three dimensional aspect to it in the photograph here but its there, and its cool.
Her teacher compliments her on being a mentor to the other girls in her class, her accurateness and attention to detail when she draws. Painstaking detail from the looks of those patterns on this almost finished butterfly project. Emma is meticulous alright. That quality flows into other aspects of her life. One being her school work, she is so conscientious about it. She prepares ahead and is no friend to procrastination when it comes to homework. It pays off. She's a 4.0 girl!  

Hannah

I love my Hannah Banana! She found out she got a 100% on her State Project. Boy were we excited!  This pic was taken the day of the fair, which luckily she made it to. She had been out of school most of that week sick with a bout of pneumonia. She was the fifth student in her class to come down with it. Pretty icky and strange when the doctor said that pneumonia is not overly contagious. Hannah has done great this year. 'All things school' does not come easy for a dyslexic child but she still gets descent grades and is on grade level with her reading which we are thrilled about. I'm always amazed at Hannah's easy going, stress-less aproach to life.
AND after tryouts on Thursday night she found out that she is now a Sr. Starlette! She skipped the whole Jr. Starlette second year class to get there. Way to know your dance moves kid!  

Brielle
performed in the annual Kindergarten Cowboy Program on Friday sing'in and danc'in her heart out in her pink cowboy boots! Here she is with her teacher. She loves her. She is one of the sweetest teachers ever. Just plain nice. Brie told me today that she is going to miss school {imagine that}. Only 7 days left for B. Olivia as a Kindergartner. Then its on to the big time. Kinda sad about that.
Lasso it up partner!
                                            with her best friend Aubree...
And if that isn't the cutest toothless smile ever. Brie lost her fourth tooth yesterday which means the Tooth Fairy made a visit to our house last night.  
Then we can't forget about Kate..even if she isn't in school yet. Her moment of the week {on top of the throw up explosion in the car} was in Costco on Friday when Dad and I realized towards the end of our shopping trip that she was completely diaper less. 
At 14 months. Not such a good idea.
She had a cute skirt AND diaper on { or so we thought} when we left the house to go shopping. We were amusingly baffled. Where in the heck was the diaper? Down an aisle in Costco or back at home?  If it was the latter we couldn't believe she had gone the entire shopping trip without peeing or heaven forbid #2'd.  I skedaddled out to the car to remedy the situation before an accident did occur. We lucked out. big time.  BTW, the missing diaper was found at home in case anybody was wondering. So chalk that one up to some clueless parents. Ya gotta love parenthood! :)

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