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!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

What's On My Happy List?




Our Christmas! 
I'm thinking I should have just sent this pic of Kate out as our family Christmas card this year! Oh gosh.. it cracks me up! This is from nursery class. The teacher just strung lights on the kids one Sunday and had a photo shoot.

Wishing a family photo shoot was that simple. Hopefully we will have our act together next year and our dear friends will actually hear from us at Christmas....in the mean time our blog, when I can get it on my priority list :) will have to do....You see this is as close to a family pic as we got taken.... and two kids were missing...haha... it was that crazy dance day...

One of my favorite sites in the whole world.... snow covered everything with a blue sky....

A little work in the snow...

and a little fun in the snow with the cousins! The sleds were tied to the ATV's...Oh boy, fun stuff!








Family Christmas Party at my parents...


Got a pic of Emma with her cousin Kade. I was just so taken back at how much he has grown. They were born just a couple of weeks apart. Both almost 16. I mean, seriously... Look how tall they are? Look at cute they are!

Even though the older kids have retired from being in the nativity I recruited him to be the donkey this year. He willingly led Brie {who got to be Mary} in on his back.

A humor moment for sure! Mary couldn't stay put on that donkey...

Awe...the backstage hoopla getting the grand kids and great grand kids ready for the nativity....
We've seriously been doing this for 30 years now!!



Christmas Eve!





Had to throw this one in...Emma and Hannah were goofing off and dressed Kate up as the girl from the Teen Beach movie. Kate loves that movie!!!







































Sweet little Kate. My favorite memory from this Christmas season was when she was helping me decorate the tree and she was admiring a particular ornament, one of her favorites, and she said, "this is so beautiful, it makes me want to cry."



Our Seafood Feast and gift game with Jaren's family....


Christmas Eve we went out late and pulled the sleds with the ATV's again. I got brave this time and took a spin on one of the sleds. SO MUCH FUN! Emma was whipping me around the park field like nobody's business. {Trust me, I got her back.} Lots of squealing and laughter!!



Ready for Santa!!!


He came!!!




The best quote of Christmas morning came from Emma when she opened up her Santa gift..."I'm just in a little bit of shock here..."


Brie wanted a shoe rack. What a funny kid!


Brie gave daddy this "U" cup that she bought at the Santa store at school.
Look how happy he is with it. :)






































She also wrote sweet little notes to everyone. Mine was more like a letter, an assignment she did in school. I could have cried. My favorite gift by far...even beating out my new iphone and cheetah boots.


At Grandma and Grandpa's on Christmas Day!
Kyleigh with her cousin Emily on Christmas!






































And with another one of her favorite people!...



She had a photo shoot over the break with her three bestest girlfriends....She loves these girls!



 Over the break Jaren and I helped chaperone a Regional Youth activity at the ice skating rink. I was able to snatch a pic of Emma with Kyleigh's friends. Poor Ky was at work. She worked like 34 hours over the Christmas break...


Hannah had a fun time with her friends playing Laser Tag. {Don't want to leave her out, but I have no pics of that.} Emma had a fun outing with a group of her friends sledding and then all 11 of them walked to IHOP.  

On New Years Eve we had Chinese take out with Jaren's family, then Kyleigh had some friends over. We made pizzas. I'm not kidding you when I say that girl drank three of those sparkling ciders. She is not a pop drinker but boy! when it comes to Mormon wine, as we like to call it,...she guzzles it. 

I love the holidays and THE FOOD! We've had some enjoyable nights out with friends...childhood friends and their husbands, neighbor couples, my best friend and her husband... but our New Year's Day date took the cake. Jaren and I went on a double date with Kyleigh and her date. K... how funny is that?...{How did I get this old for that to even happen? haha.}  We went for sushi, went shooting at the gun range, {my very first time ever!} and then we watched Bond. Fun, fun night! 



We got the funniest text from Uncle Ryan. He saw this on Facebook. Warning for Kyleigh. hilarious!

My favorite picture from the holidays that the Mr. took of Kate and I zonked on the couch!
Off to watch the season 4 opener of Downton. SQUEALLLLL!!!!

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