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 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 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!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

What's On My Happy List


End of School Splash!

The last day of school! A cause for celebration with all things "S"
Sno Cones...Slip n Slide...Silly Snap Shots... Shaving Cream fight... and Swimming. This was our invite to the neighbor kids along with a hula hoop..."HOOP'IN" they could join us...




The prizes and sweets all started with "S"...silly string, sandals, Swedish fish etc...

I set up a little photo backdrop where we took silly snap shots...
{party idea and downloads from Studio 5, paperandcake.com, and Chickabug}





Slip n Slide

Two batting games that caused a SPLASH...this one is harder than it looks. It took multiple whacks to pop these non water balloons filled with water... 


we had a bucket of small water balloons that they used to pitch and hit instead of a baseball.... 


Spinning competition with the hula hoops...


Oh gosh! The Shaving Cream!...best part of the party for sure...
Our first ever {and not our last} neighborhood Shaving Cream fight. 
The kids loved it!



I love this of Hannah and Emma running for their lives....









The older girls started shaving with razors...gee why not....

You should have seen the front lawn when it was all said and done. What a mess! But totally worth it!!! They all looked like ghosts heading down to the neighbor's pool to swim....



End of School always brings mixed emotions at our house. We always say when we are in the thick of the school routine that we can't wait til summer break, but when it's finally here, although a huge relief, it is a tich sad. I had a couple girls choked up. 

Kyleigh loved her first year of high school, but was so ready for the school work to be over. She had some hard classes! Every end of the semester and report card time...suspense. She is so turbo about her grades but it was always in question if she would keep her 4.0 grade point average. French 3 was her nemesis. Luckily one of her guy friends, Blake, is super duper smart and would come over and help her with her Math and French. We even had a man in our ward, who was a former Mission President in France, tutor her a few times towards the end of the year. It helped.  I don't know how she did it, but she eked out ALL A's.. all year. Very impressive. And was never marked tardy. miracle. This girl likes to push it to the last possible minute. Trust me I know. I was the one speedily driving her to school every morning after we gave up on the bus thing back in December. What a kick!

There always seems to be a social gathering or party to go to...

Call me crazy but I'm seriously going to miss my little morning routine taking Kyleigh to the High School and whipping back home to pick up Emmsie {and sometimes the hilarious, frantic neighbor girl who missed the bus}, and driving them to the Junior High. You count the third run I would make every school morning to the elementary school and I had quite the taxi service going on. But I honestly loved it. I'll miss my morning ritual of praying in the car with my girls.  It often gave me a chance to pray individually for them and the specific things that they needed the Lords help with that day. Yep, I'd pray right out loud as I drove with each separate school run. Not your standard way to pray, but if anything it's taught my girls you can pray anytime, anywhere.

Emmsie home from another 8th grade end of year swim party....She was the most excited out of all my girls to see the end of the year come. Ya all know what Junior High is like. Yep, awkward. She can't stand it. She is so conscientious about her grades though...and rocked it again this year...All A's.




My Hannah Banana! 
Graduated from the 6th grade.
 Here she is at promotion with her teacher, Ms. Allred. 
She is superb!  
My oldest three have all had her and loved 6th grade.


 Hannah had a great year. Got a Honor Roll Award for all A's and B's. An award for Honor Attendance and special recognition certificate for Excellence in Art. She didn't want the last day of school to come. There were a few tears.




 Hannah gets notes like these from her peers...melts my heart!
 End of year sleepover with friends!

Little Brie was a tad sentimental about the last day of school too. 
She had a fantastic 1st grade year! 
She loved her teacher and her teacher's dog, Norman, who would come to visit the classroom. 
Her favorite subject is Math! 
She had oodles of "E's"... that is E for Excellent on her report card.


An easy peasy end of year teacher gift idea. 
All the ingredients to have campfire s'mores! 
Both Brie and Hannah's teachers love to camp. 
{idea from therachelberryblog.com}


Hello Summer!

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