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!

Monday, January 20, 2014

What's On Our Happy List?


First of all, I feel like my blog is royally screwed up and that I'm in foreign territory.  The blog template I had kept for several years got removed because it's no longer free. It's gone bye-bye and I'm so not happy about that.  In trying to find another background I accidentally lost my side bar info. NOOOOOO!  It made me so sad, I even shed a few tears over it..all that work just gone... POOF! Thankfully my archive is in tact...there's almost 7 years of my family's life documented in there. Maybe one day I'll get things restored back to normal in this blog world of mine, but in the mean time
we've been a bit consumed with Drill...it's competition season..




                 
Emma helped me and another Drill mom get the drill display case done...

Their lockers get decorated so cute for competition week. Our turn to do these is coming up....


The locker room is a crazy place to be before show time...very entertaining....almost as much so as watching the dances....

 The girls Character routine is Under the Sea. Their costumes are very creative and most unusual. How does this poor girl dance with THAT on her head?


Or with this sea horse tail?





Um...try dancing with this garb on!...in heels mind you...Kyleigh is a jelly fish...if you couldn't quite guess...

Its like Under the Sea on steroids...I can't help see the costumes and think of that creepy lady from the Hunger Games...

Murray hosted the Murray Classic. Drill teams from all over the state come to our school to compete. It's a huge fundraiser for us. The Murray Drill Team and their parents run the event. We are talking about thousands of people at our school. {It's quite the undertaking.} Between Friday night and all day Saturday, it was like working a 17 hour gig. The Mr. was put in the First Aid room all day..dealing with injured dancers. {He always has some interesting stories by days end.} I was put in charge of throwing a fancy party for the 100 coaches/judges...decorating a room for them, making sure they were fed and kept happy all day.  I really tried my darn-dest to transform
one of the dance rooms at the school into a Vintage Sweet Shoppe. I borrowed a ton of stuff from two of my neighbors. It was way fun to do, such a creative outlet for me, but a ton of work.  I couldn't have done it without my support staff. The Mr. of course, and then my best friend came to help me set up, and Emmsie, my creative side kick, was also a huge help on both days. There at the school, and at home, holding the fort down and tending with Hannah. Emmsie said when Kate got older... as in when I have more time {ha!} that she and I should go into the wedding business together...  





















Region and State competition are around the corner....Way exciting!!!

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