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, children's books 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 (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

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, April 03, 2013

What's On My Happy List?


Easter!
 Our little Easter display...with key lime cupcakes!



Bunny tails can be marshmallows or donut holes. Could not find the latter. Hostess come back!


My girls favorite Easter candy is the Cadbury Eggs...I saw this cute idea on line to make a plain water bottle into a bunny and fill with your favorite candy... Easy Peasy..


Brie took a carton of eggs to school for her lunch! P & B sandwich in itty bitty squares, cheese, a few pretzels and fishie crackers, grapes, sunflower seeds and a couple candy eggs. I did this last year for her and Hannah here. Only the elementary kids get this one! :) I don't think pulling out an egg carton in Junior High and High School would go over well. haha 
Although I surprised the older kids with a couple of eggs filled with candy in their sack lunches.  



Dying eggs!

 Our traditional Crack-Off Tourney...Kyleigh was the winner this year...the only one left without a single crack in her egg...

 We did Sunday dinner for Jaren's family. We tried to make a bunny for the veggie tray...a friend showed me the idea from online...We used olives for the eyes and sprouts for the whiskers...


My little Easter gift to the Mr.

Basket time!
We strung string to the backyard where the younger three girls found their baskets... It was such a beautiful morning.




For Hannah!

and for B!


Kyleigh and Emma were given their baskets with a single egg with a note inside that said that the Easter Bunny had a surprise for them. However,  it was too big to put in their baskets so they had to follow the bunny tracks out to the front lawn....AND to pick up the eggs on the way...

These eggs each had a key chain...

More bunny tracks led them to these eggs...which each egg had a 
car key 
inside....


For this new addition to the family!!....

Surprise! Surprise!

Disbelief!


 










































Emma is getting her permit really soon....2 behind the wheel? AHHH!


Dang! We love that Easter Bunny! {Even if he's in a Utah shirt.}


We got a stink'in good deal on this car from a family member. 
Our surprise has been in the works for months! 

The only thing... it's a stick shift!... which Kyleigh has tried driving before... without much luck...

Boy #2 came over to go for a short drive with her behind the wheel. 
{short is the key word} 
Lets just say besides his seat belt... the poor guy was probably wishing he had a helmet on too!


Since we are never getting a dog, which they would name Louis... {as in Lou-ie} if we ever did, they have named the car that instead!

The real reason....


We always do all our Easter basket, bunny stuff on Saturday so that on Sunday morning we can focus on the real meaning of Easter. On Thursday night we held our traditional Easter FHE where we read about Christ's life up to him being crucified and placed in the tomb. We have a box that represents the tomb and we place a cutout of Christ inside the tomb. A white cutout of him that represents his spirit we tape up above on the wall {in heaven}. Come Sunday morn when the kids wake up the box {tomb} is empty and Christ's body has joined his spirit. We read about the Resurrection and hang the rest of the pictures, ending with Christ's ascension to heaven. Our Bishop asked our ward to take time to read "The Living Christ" in preparation for Easter, which we did. 


It brought a special spirit into our home as well as watching the church video "He is Risen". Gosh the church has amazing videos on their site. Even little Kate you could tell was getting it. I love those little mommy teaching moments where things seem to click. 
The Savior lives, this I know. I'm amazed at his infinite love for all mankind. I'm grateful for his sacrifice and love for me...
his gospel is true y'all!


A really quick family photo shoot...






I hope you all had a lovely Easter!

1 comment:

  1. What a fun surprise for your girls! I really like your Easter Bunny!!! Cute pictures of you with all your girls. Love the colors!

    ReplyDelete