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, August 04, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

Oh my...
It's August!
When did that happen?
I've decided that August is close in the running, behind January,  as my least favorite month of the year.
It means that summer is slipping away.... and its slipping fast.
Only 2 1/2 more weeks. BLAH!

Here's a few things we've been up to the last week or so...

We have a house guest!

A 31 string Gothic Folk harp! die.

Kyleigh is learning to play the harp for one of her YW 10 hour value projects. My good friend happens to own one and is letting us borrow it.

Kyleigh is taking lessons from a young lady who has been playing since she was five. Look at her harp!
Gorgeous-o!

Our backyard secret!
We have this little area out back that we refer to as our Secret Garden.
There is a little pathway that leads to chairs behind some trees where the kids can hang out...



Had to post these pics because the Secret Garden happened to be on the watch list this week!  Darling show. 
                                                                                 
  
I have one child that refused to watch it because it's too sad and it creeps her out. Brie was a little uncertain too but she gave it a try and became quite fascinated with the storyline. She kept asking me questions, making sure she understood what was going on.. it was so cute...After the show I gave her a little water can, garden shovel and wildflower seeds to plant in our own secret garden.

This is a stepping stone with our last name initial that she helped grandma make to place in there ...
                              
                               Mommy morning out!
Brunch and pedicures are always in order when my friend from out of state comes in. I've been friends with these girls since childhood...It seems we can go months without seeing or talking with each other but we have no problems picking right up where we left off. We can laugh and cry together and just hang. Love these gals. Check out my friend's new car. Lucky!

Swimming!
Kate loved being in my neighbors pool for the first time. We thought for sure she would hate it, but she surprised us.





Some good mail!
A package from Uncle Ryan, in Mali, came with some African animal carvings for the girls... 

Popsicles...Oreo style!
Ya gotta love Oreos. I try and stay away but sometimes you just have to give in. I tried a recipe here for pudding pops that has crushed up Oreos in them.  YUM!   

And awhile back I made these Oreo bars  
courtesy of Sweet Pea Kitchen. They are just like rice crispy bars but with crushed oreos instead. Fun to try. And they were tasty, but I think we all agreed we'd rather have just the plain Oreo cookie if we had to choose. 

                                           Journals!
I love journals. and I have a few.  They are priceless to me. I've kept a journal on and off since I was eight years old. I happened to pull them out of my hope chest the other night and I spent hours pouring over them! The girls got a kick out of me reading certain passages to them about high school, hanging with friends, {awe the memories...we had so much fun!} all the dating and boy drama, and when I started going out with their dad...etc.  What a hoot. We stayed up so late!

I've been keeping a daily journal of all our happenings this summer and Brie has been asking and asking for a journal too. Well I remembered I had one tucked away that I got free somewhere. She was tickled to death when I told her I had one for her!



*Shopping with Emma at the new Home Goods store that opened near us. *squeal* Me and Emmsie could go crazy over home decor...

*Hannah and Brie jumping in rain puddles with their friends after the afternoon rainstorm we had. I love love me a summer rainstorm!  And we've had a few this past week. There was one last night that freaked even Kyleigh and Emma out. {I'm sure watching Hitchcock's Vertigo before bed didn't help.} Emma was doing Family History Indexing on the computer for a YW project and didn't even watch it but we told her about it and that was enough. Guess what was on mine and dad's bedroom floor this morning?

I have such brave girls. Kyleigh says we have the comfiest floor and that she'd sleep there tomorrow night too. haha. She got up at 8 am to watch grandma make ribs and then she went back to bed the floor.

*Hannah's Stake Activity Day/Going to the Wizard of Oz play at the Murray Amphitheatre and Sleepover with friends. This pic is actually from their SECOND time seeing the play. They were so in love with the scarecrow that they HAD to go back and watch him again on closing night. They were over here making a sign and posters beforehand to take with so they could express their undying love to him during the show. They were lucky enough to snag a picture with him after. Talk about giddy girls! I've never seen Hannah so gah gah over a boy before. Hilarious to me.  

*Kyleigh's boating trip/overnighter to Bear Lake

*Brunch with my RS Presidency

*Taking Kyleigh, Hannah and my niece, Emily, to see 17 Miracles on Pioneer Day. Shed some tears at that one. SUCH A GOOD SHOW!

*Emma's daddy-daughter ice cream run

*baby girl shower for my darling niece. All I had to do this time was show up and enjoy. The mother to be's sister, another darling niece {I've got a lot of those!}, was here from out of town and she loves to plan parties too... so she got the pleasure of throwing this one. She did an "Oh So Sweet" theme and it WAS totally sweet!  

                                                                                  
                                               more on these cake bites later...


*AND OUR PARTY, just this evening, with the little neighborhood girls. Will be posting on that soon!

Happy last few weeks of Summer-ing!

1 comment:

  1. 1- Do you know the "harp conspiracy" I hatched before Boo was born? My favorite instrument ever. I've been mentally manipulating her into it for years. Don't tell her.

    2- That version of the Secret Garden, Colin reminded me of Todd when I watched it in High School. I feel like our son would have had to have been named Colin.

    2- The treats. Again!

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