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!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

Kyleigh and Emma have been at Heber Valley Girls Camp. 
{all week} 
I so miss them! 
Dad was able to go up one day for priesthood duty. 
He was able to snatch a few shots of them.  

 Kyleigh had to go on a 4th yr overnighter hike. I hear it started raining just as they were heading out {can't wait to hear how it went} Luckily Dad was there to help her get her backpack packed right.

Kyleigh's best friend's pack looked something like this... camping gear strewn down to her calves. This pic made me laugh my head off. 
{imagine hiking like that!} 
Luckily Jaren was able to help her too or she might not have ever wanted to hike again!

While the older girls were away having fun all week I took the opportunity to dote on the younger kids...

We had a "Kool" summer day making play doh out of Kool-Aid 


                                                   If you want the recipe go  here

 the dough smelled so good!
                                       
That night Daddy watched Kate while I took Hannah and B. Olivia to see how Judy Moody's Summer was "Kool" after all. It was worth the 75 cents it cost per ticket. {but that's about it} LOL  That girl needs to learn how to brush her hair! bugs.

One day we had a DR. SEUSS afternoon....

  I sent them on a crazy in-door scavenger hunt. Racing to find common household items within a minutes time. Free download and idea came from here.
                                            

I added one of my own. Having them find all the Dr. Seuss books in the house.
                                                             

                                                
Dr. Seuss scavenger hunt prizes...

We made the pinwheels together and put them in the secret garden out back. {Which I believe I still need to post about.}

We read Dr. Seuss books! Some of them have been kicking around... I'm sure since Kyleigh was a toddler. You'll find them well beat up and loved. And then we watched the Cat In The Hat movie...

One night this week it was only Brie and I for dinner. Dad was still up at camp with the girls, Hannah went to see Harry Potter with two of her girlfriends, and Kate was taking a late nap. We had some awesome one on one time with a mommy daughter dinner date by candlelight on the family room floor. 

Midweek we had a POP themed day!
This is popcorn cake! They LOVED this. So yummy and easy too...

3 bags of lightly buttered popcorn
1 bag of big marshmallows
1 stick of butter
peanuts (optional)
m & m's
melt marshmallows and butter together and pour over popcorn
put mixture in a greased bundt cake pan
chill in refrigerator
{I did mine overnight}

POP to drink and balloons to POP!

I found some cheapo flip flops and we added balloons to make them pop with cuteness...

filling the balloons....

for a water balloon fight...

can't forget the belly's that POP...

Which reminds me of one of my all time favorite baby board books. Oh my gosh just way too cute!


Enjoying a popsicle on a lazy summer afternoon
You'd think I'd given Kate a sour one....

We've got a few more fun things planned before those older sisters get home....   

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