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!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Not On My Happy List?


http://www.gpb.org/files/imagecache/340x255/downton-abbey-recap-mondays-episode-4-l-fi8b6s.jpegGoodness me people, I think I need grief counseling! I could have had a full out sob fest last night during and after Downton.  The happenings of last night didn't come as a shock or anything, I knew beforehand what was going to happen. But still!
I tried to prepare myself, but when I was crying after last week’s episode knowing what was going to happen on the season finale last night…. I knew I wasn’t going to get through this casually.... Seriously people why? why? why ? Why Matthew?
 
Darn hard to pick an absolute favorite Downton character because they are all so good, but Matthew and Mary were up there on my list, if not on top... next to Grandma Violet. They even made my all-time list of favorite period drama couples …sitt’in there with the likes of Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth, Edward & Elinor, and Margaret and Mr. Thornton. Now Matthew is freak’in dead.  {Dagger in the heart.}

You know what this reminds me of? THE THORNBIRDS!! I watched that mini series almost 20 years ago in our little apartment in California. I cried like a baby when that show ended the way it did. Even Jaren remembers me boob’in my eyes out. I will never watch that show again because of it. {I actually have a list of shows never to watch again..haha} 

Even though it would be lovely to have Downton on forever, you know what I wish? I wish the producers, when they knew {after season 2} that Dan Stevens would not be renewing his contract after Season 3, that they would have wrapped up everyone’s story line in THIS season, not have a Season 4 and just have the series END HAPPY! Before they killed off Matthew. {I think Sybil dying was enough grief for Downton fans } How can one possibly enjoy watching the whole series again knowing the heartache that is going to happen? It ruins it Mr. Julian Fellowes..at least for me! Even my little Hannie was like "and why did he have to die?"

 I tried drowning my grief in angel food cake, nutella sauce and whip cream. But can’t say it helped too much.  And then the thought of waiting a whole year for Season 4...that they have to have without Matthew! Gosh darn it people, it's killing me!   

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