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, September 06, 2012

What's On My Happy List?

The Big 40!
My siblings threw me a par-tay on my big day. I was so surprised when I saw this cake. That's me! In the third grade.
 Cute decor!
 Yummy salads!

 It was a beautiful summer evening!

My siblings are 16, 14, 12, 10, and 8 years older than me. So I am reeaaallyy the baby of the family. My mom had lost a baby {full term stillborn} four years before I was born. She has told me that before she was pregnant with me how much she wanted another baby. {she had me when she was 40} 

I looked like an angel she said when I was born, thus the name Angela.  

Grandma Bell had died a couple of months before my birth and it was a sad time for the family. I've been told again and again (probably every birthday I've had) how happy the family was when I was born. They were thrilled! One sibling would run home from the Junior High (2 miles away) so she could be the first to hold me after school. My sister would carry me around the house on top of a pink satin pillow. {awe ha! my husband said when he heard that story for the first time. He's certain that's where the spoiled-ness stems from! :)} I was very much and still am loved by these beautiful people!

This is my family!!! There were over 40 of us there Sunday night... yet 22 of us were still missing. Either sick, out of state, out of town, 2 on missions...etc. We have quite the crew...

Love them all very much!

Some cousin lov'in!! Group hug!!!

They love being together.

Emma and Abby had a complete riot riding around the neighborhood on the bicycle built for two.  


 These four..hilarious to listen to...their talk of starting up a future business together. 

Jaren and I were actually able to get away...

OVERNIGHT on a Friday night...just the two of us! {Practically a miracle.} I think it has been four years since we've been able to do that. We had a nice evening together at one of the hotels in Salt Lake that I've always wanted to stay in..Hotel Monaco. Funky, unique, with a French flair. 

 Our room was smaller than this one pictured without all the extra furniture. All we needed was a place to lay our heads. And that I did. I actually took a hour and a half nap at 9 p.m. I was that tired!  I croaked at our dinner bill. I love food ya know, but I would have been just as pleased with a $3 In n Out burger.
 These were hanging in our closet! His and Her bathrobes. Cracked me up.

Heres to the next 40!!

1 comment:

  1. I turned 40 this year too! Being 40 fills GREAT! You are darling! Your girls are all so beautiful! I am glad you are living in Utah with all your family. Looks like so much fun!

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