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!

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!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's On My Happy List?



 Fall Leaves...love them!



 Not so fond of the rotten apples.....After the pruning job I think we've seen the last of them for now. YES!!!

Would much rather taste test apple juice..compliments of Emmsie and Brie...

Some Kate and Taylor time!
This was our first skiff of snow of the season...Kate loved it!


Hiding marbles in the holes of the church wall! One of our past times...

A trip to the farm on a beautiful fall day!


We saw a Ganksgiving turkey...


Feeding the ducks....





 Bounce House!




A little blast from the past!
They had spirit week at the high school recently...Each day of the week there was a theme and you could dress up....Tourist Tuesday....Throwback Thursday etc. For the latter Kyleigh wanted to throw it back to my high school days... so out came my pep club and class sweaters from my hope chest.  Kyleigh ended up wearing my pep club sweater to school. {She is so brave!} Emma wore my Sr. class of '90 sweater. She happened to reach in the pocket of my Jr. class sweater and found an old Skor candy bar wrapper and a school check-out slip from 1989! What a find. The note was excusing me to plan for Prom. The teacher that signed for it was Mr. Drake, he was our Student Government advisor and he also taught me College Writing my Sr. year. What is even cooler is that Mr. Drake is still at the high school.. some 24+ years later... and Kyleigh has him first period for AP English. You can guess what she was showing him the next day. He wanted to pin it to his bulletin board, but Kyleigh told him I wanted it back. haha {Stuff like this is priceless to me...memories people.}



On a side note do you know how weird it is to go to Parent Teacher Conferences or the counseling office and visit with teachers that taught YOU, and now they are teaching your kids? {I just think where in the hay has the time gone.} Kyleigh's school counselor, Mr. Kener, happens to be another old teacher of mine, and was one of my favorites!...He oversaw the newspaper staff and taught Journalism. I was in that class with some of my best friends, and I'm pretty darn sure I was goofing off and talking way more than staying on task....He used to tell me TO STOP DINK'ING AROUND!  {Looks like he was the one dink'in around in this pic...Mr. Kener with my friends, Juli and Paul...}
What is even more wild is that Mr. Kener has a son, who happens to be the Student Body President at Murray, Kyleigh's age obviously, and they are friends. Who would have thought back then that we'd have kids the same age that went to school together.  

YOUNG WOMEN's IN EXCELLENCE
The girls displayed their 10 hour value projects... 

1D's new CD!!! music happiness...


Lots to be thankful for...This is one of my favorite weeks of the whole year...Can't wait for Turkey Day! Have a good one!

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