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 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 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!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

                                     
DANCE MAGIC!

  2011 Christmas Recital
 
Hannah has such a talented dance teacher, but she picks the darn ugliest costumes....


Starlette Company

Someone got a rose!  {I sorta die} Even though it's not the first one from him. He's watched her dance FOR YEARS.  This particular recital he sat through three out of Kyleigh's four shows. Granted he does have sisters who dance too, and he's there to watch them as well. But ya know darn well he's there paying particular attention to you know who.  We celebrated a VERY long day full of dancing-ness eating at our traditional after dance recital hangout with four other families. It was great fun!

SOME CANDY CANE MAGIC.....
{another creative online idea}

Plant some peppermint seeds.......Yes, even in 30 degree weather!



                   
    After planting, make yourselves some peppermint chocolate cookies....


or build yourselves a cotton candy castle... 
{We've had so many of these kicking around the house, 
close to 40 something, for neighbor gifts and the girls to give to their friends. Not bad for $1 a bucket.} 

What ever you do, just give those peppermint seeds time to grow overnight.... In the morning look what those peppermint candies have grown into? 
Candy canes!!!!  Sorta magical. 
{I do not know what I was more excited to see. The snow or the candy canes. Also, I did not take in account the frozen ground, therefore, candy canes could not stand upright. But you get the idea ;) }



                          
CHRISTMAS LIGHT MAGIC.......

We drove around our neighborhood looking for the best decorated house for our first annual Christmas decorating contest. Got the free printable and idea here . We gave out a certificate, along with some truffles, and mini lights with a personal note that said "Thanks for lighting up our life and our neighborhood!" 

We gave out three awards because we couldn't pick just one house, but this
one in our eyes won first place! lights were set to music on radio station.  
video

                             
SOME WIDOW MAGIC!
I don't think there is anything that will bring more magic in your life than by visiting the elderly, and the homeless. 

{our recent visit to the homeless shelter downtown WAS quite memorable}

 I have 26 of these sweet widowed ladies in my ward. 
I'm in the middle of my quest to make sure each one of them  knows I'm thinking of them. 
Brie has been my helper. This lady used to be Brie's primary teacher.  
{Brie would call her little lady in blue} 
MELTS MY HEART! 
She is one of the cutest and tiniest ladies you'll ever meet. LOVE HER!   
                                           
                                
This is our little gift to each one of the widows.

NATIVITY MAGIC!
Brie's Primary CTR class put on a puppet light show last Sunday to tell the story of Christ's birth. So sweet!


They were all given their own book with nativity cut outs to put on their own play at home...


Our version of the nativity story at this years Bell Family Christmas party!


MUSIC MAGIC!
Emma's Christmas Band Concert with shakes after to celebrate....

Do you believe in love at first sight? With peppermint ice-cream, yah I believe I'd have to say I do. :)

But the ultimate music moment for me was seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. 
IT IS my holiday HAVE TO. 
Christmas music along with watching holiday movies with the family is all I need to make my Christmas. Truly. I could seriously give up the shopping and receiving gifts. I was blessed to see the MO TAB concert TWICE. And I didn't even need to stand out on the corner with my need ticket sign like last year. HA!

Kyleigh, Emma and Hannah were with me on Sunday morning . 
We sat three rows from the front! 
So close that the magical snow fell on us. I sorta died. And the prophet walked right past us. Cannot even tell you how wonderful it was being there!....
{it made me cry}
{I'm not divulging my secret of how I got this year's tickets for the Sunday morning concert} 
Nor am I going to admit how many times I've re watched David singing from last years concert..... 
picture courtesy of Deseret News

Quote of the week: Brie stating last night that there was only 3 days until the big guy comes!!! Can't wait.

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