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!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What's On My Happy List?


Who doesn't love cereal?!?

I threw the easiest darn party last week for the girls and their friends in the neighborhood.  We invited them for dinner and we had a cereal party!  Oh so fun and yummy! I personally am a huge cereal lover {I love all kinds} but I prefer the healthy. High fiber oatmeal in the mornings is a staple for me.  But I knew that stuff wouldn't cut it at a par-tay! I filled 9 bucketfuls {buckets found at All A Dollar} of different kid friendly breakfast cereals. I cut the front of the cereal boxes out for display. Filled pitchers of milk and wha-laa. You've got yourselves a cereal feast. Wanna guess which ones went the fastest?...Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Puffs.

We had 13 girls in the house,  giddy and on a sugar high, watching the movie Barbie in Paris. {Dad went and hid himself!}

                                           
I gave the girls a cereal quiz found  here
                  and the winner won this package of little cereal boxes to take home.

We only had about an hour to party which actually was perfect for me...short and sweet and to the point. {I've come to the realization that I'm a natural party planner but being the party hostess/entertainer isn't as easy on my personality. haha}
                      
Once 7 'o clock hit we had girls going every which way...  mutual..swimming...girls painting posters for the musical on the family room floor...me to a church meeting...complete mayhem.  Believe it or not, I love those crazy mother moments when you are juggling a gazillion things at the same time. I know when I'm old and gray I'm going to miss them.

                                                     Kate turned 17 months old!
We celebrated by going to the newest holey place in Salt Lake. Beyond Glaze doughnut shop. 

These are no ordinary doughnuts...but the ultimate gourmet. {They will make you want to start your diet tomorrow!}  Yes, that is bacon on the top left, drizzled with chocolate. Ya otta try the bacon with maple flavor. My favorite was the cherry lime aid.

Emma had two of her girlfriends over a afternoon recently to watch Pride and Prejudice. How cute is that? I think any period piece calls for the tea cups and saucers to be pulled out. I whipped up some little strawberry shortcakes for the occasion. I used store bought dessert cups {they make them in chocolate now}. The girls loved them.   

If you didn't know by now... I love food! One thing is for sure...I live to eat and not eat to live. And that's why I'll probably always have 20 lbs to lose. Keeping it real folks.

There is no back to school night at the JR HIGH this year. You do not know how pleased I am about that! Read about last year's night at the Jr. High here. Instead they held a two day leisurely walk through where kids could find their classes and practice opening their lockers on their own time. There was hardly anyone there when we were. {Heavenly} Her locker is in the 8th grade science/library hall. I was in the same hall 27 yrs ago! Brought back memories..
                                                              
We were successful!

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