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!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

What's On My Happy List?

                                         A Christmas Eve Seafood Feast
                  Crab. Shrimp Scampi. Tempura Shrimp. Calamari. YUM!
            Playing our Christmas Dice Game with daddy's family....
Kyleigh had a special visitor that night who gave her two Russian hats that she has been dy'in to have.
                                                   sprinkling reindeer food....
                                  Our reindeer inspired Santa treats.....
                                                  New fuzzy socks....
       and Christmas book about Snow Angels...we have no snow for Christmas this year. {bummer!} 
One of my favorite things that we do on Christmas Eve to feel the true meaning of the season is watch the Nativity Story. This year we added something yummy to this tradition. While we watched the movie, we ate what we call "Bethlehem" food...cheese, hummus, pita bread, grapes and pear juice...

Christmas Morn


Reaction to Santa's goodies...
Some whoa's! squeals! and a "oh my goodness" from our youngest. I sorta die. Wish I could have posted the whole video..


Gifts for Kyleigh...


 Gifts for Emma....


Gifts for Hannah....
                                       
We hid the new cell phone Santa left her. We had him call her. ;) The phone started ringing and she had to find it. Great surprise! The look on her face kills me. 


Gifts for Brie....


Emma is my gift giver. She gave hand made gifts to everyone. An Eiffel Tower painting she drew for me. Jewelry for Kyleigh. Hair clip for Kate. She made teddy bears for Brie and Hannah {and had her sewing teacher at school embroider their initials} So sweet!


Kate's gifts...... 


Emma's homemade sign for Dad! which he'll be using a lot because of his new toy that he's sharing with me!... 


      
After church we had brunch at grandmas...I had to speak in sacrament meeting {gulp} so by this time, I was breathing a huge sigh of relief to have THAT over with.... Eventhough, I WAS thankful for the opportunity to testify of the Savior, on his special day, and express my gratitude to him for his example and influence in my life.  

Kate wanted nothing to do with the above photo shoot. {At least she is partly dressed though.} You have no idea what clothing issues we are having with this child! She does not like wearing them. period. Likes to take them off anywhere. anytime. Here she is at our family party. {she does have a diaper on...making progress...}

Unlike here....


Hanging Christmas Day with cousins at grandma and grandpas...   

Guess who got engaged Christmas weekend? Here's my brother Brad telling us how he proposed to his fiance Karine. We are excited to be adding a new sister-in-law to our extended family and her four kids....We now have 62 family members on my side of the family.  WOW! and a wedding to look forward to in April! Yipee.

1 comment:

  1. Love this post! You did great in church on Christmas, it was a lovely talk.

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