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 d├ęcor 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, May 17, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

Mother's Day!
Goodness me. The month of May can be a doozie can't it? We are doing are best to survive all this end of school year craziness and everything else in between.  Only two more weeks left. 
Can NOT wait. 

 We sorta gave up on the full blown Mothers Day Tea Party that we've done in the past...although I managed to throw together a simple, mini celebration for moi and the girlies. Funky cheeses, prosciutto on a baguette, blackberries, crisp flat bread with taboule and sweet sticks.{thank you Costco}

 These look like flower petals but they are actually really tasty vegetable chips.
 It was a good food weekend I must say! Grandma brought us panini sandwiches for lunch on Saturday from some Mediterranean market, add our afternoon munchies above and then Dad and I got a bite to eat later that night. Plus he made a yummy salmon Mothers Day dinner for us on Sunday! Add that movie popcorn & licorice from our Avenger movie Friday date night and it was a piggy wiggy weekend for sure.  


Love the girls that call me mom and the little quirky things that we have in common.

Little Brie has a little thing for scavenger hunts. like me.  She made one up on Sunday and sent me off.  The first clue said go to the place where we go to go poo. haha. oh and it is stinky! she added. Funny kid! She gave me pretty purple flowers in a decorated can she made at school. She's my Old Maid, Go Fish, Uno Partner!


My Hannah Banana..... she's the one that likes to watch an occasional Dateline Mystery with me. and I get a kick out of that.  I don't know why I find those shows so fascinating, but I do. They can be a tad creepy so we get creeped out together! We gave up earlier this year on all our previous favorite shows...American Idol, Amazing Race and the X Factor. The first two I have followed for YEARS, so I find it a bit surprising that I don't really miss watching them. Well....maybe seeing Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell on a regular basis *wink* but that's about it. She also lets me read WWII Children Survivors of the Holocaust type books to her. We've read 5 together since last summer. 

My Emmsie....love her. But the poor thing witnessed and endured my worst mother moment on record last week. I sorta blew at her. Big time. I don't think I've ever done that before. To that magnitude anyway.  And of course it was a just a few days before Mother's Day, which made me feel even more like crap. What kind of mother am I? lol {far from perfect, that is for sure.}

She wrote me the sweetest note on Mother's Day. She is good at that. Did you know she and I could single handedly devour and finish off a pan of peach and raspberry fruit cobbler? We sorta like that stuff and the only ones in the fam that do. She and I love the Friend Magazine. She reads every issue cover to cover and then tries to save it in her collection. {she has years and years worth}. To this day, if I can get my hands on it,  I still love reading the Children in the News section.

My little Kate
She and I have taken up ant watching together. We like watching those little critters. She'll lie on the sidewalk on her belly and I'll plop right down on the sidewalk with her and we ant watch...She is saying words like amazing, beautiful and delicious. It kills me. I love her so.

She makes me ponder this question. Do you ever wonder if you are a better mother, or at least a more effective mother to your younger kids versus the older? Or the other way around? There are things I adore in every stage of a child, but I have to say the toddler stage is a little more challenging and harder to relate to for me than some of the other stages...Not that I would change a lick about her or wish away her toddler-ness..its gone all too soon anyway... but I think I would take 5 teenagers in the house over 5 toddlers. Call me crazy!  
 

Ready for church
 

The first to call me mom, Kyleigh!....is always listening to her iPod. That, and leaping and skipping down the hall or out of her room. I don't do that haha but we do both love music! No secret there, but it dawned on me that we really share a love for beautiful music. I'm talking orchestral/symphonic songs that are really dramatic..like ones you'd hear in an epic movie trailer or something. Not so odd for someone my age but I find it interesting for someone her age to already have such a appreciation for that type of music.  

My sweet mom!  Keep us both away from yogurt covered almonds!! She is such a great example of complete devotion to her husband, children, and the gospel. I know she is always praying for me and my family's well being. All her kids paid tribute to her by writing a letter to her for Mothers Day to put in the newly released Mothers of Faith book.
I wrote a big old happy list of memories that I have of my mom from over the years. She's a wonderful mother.....

 {I can barely put this book down. It is THAT good. Such an uplifting, inspiring read if you are looking for one.} 









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