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, February 15, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

                                                     Valentines Celebrations!
 We threw ourselves a little after school Valentines Party with a hot cocoa bar. Wanna know what makes the best hot chocolate? Use whole milk and a little vanilla. *wink*
I believe my favorite thing on the table are the red and white straws from Sweet Lulu or the $3 red frame I found at Harmon's grocery store {of all places}...
    Marshmallow popcorn with Valentine candy corn and Chocolate dipped spoons with crushed peppermint to stir the hot chocolate...

The girls favorite was the powdered donuts in the canning jars..
 
French Hazelnut Pirouettes

                           Used printables from Shin dig Parties To Go....

I have to say the Valentine we gave dad was my favorite! I got this idea from watching Studio 5 a few days ago. I filled jars with his favorite candies that he can place on his work desk. I had to come up with an adjective that not only fit the candy in each jar but the individual family member as well. He loves hot tamales so naturally I would be the HOT one. {Not that I think I'm hot or anything but he thinks so.}



Kyleigh is jolly!
 

 Dad loves pistachio nuts...especially the shelled kind. Emma fits the "nutty" title perfectly.



 Next to Dad, Hannah has the most "chill" personality of all of us. He uses Halls Tropical Chill Breezers all the time.

Brie is just plain "sweet". Dad loves Neccos. So a jar full of conversation hearts....

 He loves Weather's Original Caramels...Kate is definitely "original"!

                              I found the jars with the white lids at the dollar store.

Kate and I delivered them to daddy's work and had a Valentine lunch date at the hospital....


This was our romantic Valentine dinner over the weekend! haha. The other kids were out with friends so the younger two joined us. It was great until Kate threw a tantrum and I had to hightail it out of the restaurant with her in tow.


Luckily on Valentines Night, after a french toast dinner with the girls, we escaped for a few hours to see the new romantic comedy "This Means War". 

{We've found the secret to making the best french toast. Use challa bread. Seriously the best!}


 My surprise from the Mr.... Chocolate dipped strawberries and raspberries from TLC's the Little Chocolatiers Shop in Salt Lake. Love my man!



 Instead of heart attacking the kids faces as they slept on Valentines Eve, Cupid decided to heart attack the bathroom mirror. 
 

A little gift left behind from Cupid!  Thanks Overstock!
Another little easy thing I did this year to show my love to the kids was I picked up valentine cards at the dollar store. They have cute cards! I mailed one to each one of my kids so they'd receive them before or on Valentines. They love getting mail, but rarely get it so it was a fun surprise for them.

 Brie's class Valentine...SHHHHH! I've got a secret. I Love.......


                                           {On the back of each picture it said.......}
 
We found Hello Kitty Juice Boxes at the Dollar Store. Got this idea from here.
 

We made her a Hello Kitty Valentine box for her class party. Funny thing is she really can't stand Hello Kitty, nor is she a big fan of juice but she indulged her mother and was a good sport letting me use this cute idea. 

Hannah's theme for her Valentines was Angry Birds. She's a big fan! She made a cute angry bird Valentine box and made her own angry bird Valentines. She is so creative!

Kate in her Valentine garb....

  
Kyleigh loves Valentines Day! and it shows! {I want her V-day shirt in my size} She got a kick out of passing out valentines at school, basically because no one else was doing it... expect for one of her best friends, and their French teacher!
  
          She got handed this. Some Senior dude. And no, she didn't call. Too funny!

Emma was asked to be someones Valentine. It was really sweet. Nice Nice kid. So this is how we responded. 


{If you only knew half of the teenage boy drama that has been going on here in this house of late. Like seriously. I'm all for a bit of drama, cuz it cracks me up. But this past weekend was a little too much, even for me! You can ask my friend. She received 25 texts from me and we talked for almost an hour and a half on the phone. Hilarious. And to think we have 20+ years of it still ahead...Lord help us!}

My Valentine from Brie....melts my heart!

 Hannah has a friend Cooper who's Grandpa died last night on Valentines. We know a little about that.  I helped her make this card for him.

                            We've also got another birthday girl!!!! more to come on that....

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