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!

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!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

What's On My Happy List?


4th of July!

Got in the patriotic spirit with fruit this year! 
After the parade yesterday I dipped strawberries in white candy coating and added blue sugar and red, white and blue sprinkles... great way to cover strawberries that are still edible but starting to look a bit ripe. 
I love strawberries but they sure go bad fast!  
fruit inspired here

I used the nice, big good ones up at Scofield this weekend where we made the American flag out of strawberries, bananas and blueberries on skewer sticks...I whipped up the easiest and tastiest fruit dip recipe there is... Phillie strawberry cream cheese and marshmallow whip...mix them together to taste and there you have it. {easy peasy}. That or we like to dip the fruit in chocolate hazelnut spread. My oh my...some of us just had fruit and dip for dinner! 
I found the cutest Fourth of July book for a steal at a local book store. I love children's books and know a few others who do too. Gave a copy to my sister and a friend back East to add to her Summer Book Club for her girls.  

Nothing more American than a freshly baked apple pie but knowing that wouldn't get eaten around here I made my family's favorite...ice-cream pie! This is chocolate cookie crumble ice-cream in a ready made crust. I read the book to the girls while they ate their pie before heading off to see the fireworks. 

Here is a really easy Fourth of July craft for ya all. A candy firecracker!  I made one to send off with my friend's  Fourth of July "good mail". You take an empty paper towel roll, fill with red, white and blue salt water taffy...wrap with blue tissue paper..tie ends with tulle and I used a free Happy 4th of July download from

Speaking of firecrackers...

We went up to Scofield to see the firework show off the island.  Cool!

Fun hanging out on the dock and in the lake..

Emma went out in the kayak... 

Brie had fun playing in the water...

The water is the highest its been in 15 years! 
Right up to our property. 
Kate hated the life jacket.

We got back into town to enjoy our hometown celebration...

Parade watching...sort of.

Someones not in a good mood...

non parade goer Dad was more than delighted to escape to McDonalds with Kate...

Other than Kyleigh, none of my girls are parade goers, especially Emma who couldn't wait to get out of there. 
We always leave early. 
I'm not even sure why we keep going year after year. 
{forced family fun?} LOL
                                        
                              
 Other than its fun hanging with extended family...

Look at my niece's red cowboy boots! SO cute... 


We had to fore go the afternoon picnic at the park because of the rainstorm...so we took our KFC {a 4th of July must} to Grandma and Grandpa's....

Then I took Kyleigh, Emma and Hannah to see the new movie....Monte Carlo.

A bunch on my side of the family met at the park in the evening to visit and watch the fireworks...one of my favorite nights of the year!


proof that Kate drags her blanket everywhere...

Poor B. Olivia was not feeling well today...darn

                      
Let Freedom always ring. 
Hope you had a Happy Fourth! 

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