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 d├ęcor 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!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's On Our Happy List?

Happy Mother's Day to me! Boy, we had a whirlwind of a weekend. THE Roadshow, a school dance, celebrating Mother's Day etc...By the time Sunday rolled around we were poop de duped. 
No one wanted their picture taken, {me included}. 
So as you can see I'm missing four kids. lol Kate and I are the only ones that managed to get ourselves in the front of the camera to document the day...and that was pushing it. 

Emma and Hannah surprised me with breakfast in bed that morning. Actually I was up already, showering, getting ready for church when I heard commotion in the kitchen, cupboards banging etc. {The thought of it makes me giggle.} Maybe cuz it's pretty rare on a Sunday morning for my kids to be up on their own that early, it usually takes numerous times to get them up and moving.... 
SO I knew something was up! 
Sure enough they were cook'in. {for me.} Oatmeal, eggs, dicing fresh fruit. I got to crawl back into bed and eat my breakfast. I loved the surprise, and the sweet cards they gave me...  


I'm a lover of good quotes. I have a quote book that I collect my favorites in. Here are two quotes on Motherhood that I love..

THERE IS NO PERFECT WAY TO BE A GOOD MOTHER....EACH SITUATION IS UNIQUE. EACH MOTHER HAS DIFFERENT CHALLENGES, DIFFERENT SKILLS, & ABILITIES, AND CERTAINLY DIFFERENT CHILDREN. THERE ARE A MILLION DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE A "GOOD MOM". 
M. Russell Ballard

MOTHERHOOD BRINGS AS MUCH JOY AS EVER, BUT IT STILL BRINGS BOREDOM, EXHAUSTION, AND SORROW TOO. NOTHING ELSE EVER WILL MAKE YOU AS HAPPY OR AS SAD, AS PROUD OR AS TIRED, FOR NOTHING IS QUITE AS HARD AS HELPING A PERSON DEVELOP HIS OWN INDIVIDUALITY ESPECIALLY WHILE YOU STRUGGLE TO KEEP YOUR OWN.
-unknown-



Spartonian Ball! The ball of all balls was this weekend. It's technically not a school sponsored dance, but regardless it was Kyleigh's last dance as a high schooler.  Kinda sad! She's loved the whole dance thing and finding "THE" dress for each occasion.


 I look at the pic from her very first high school formal dance {she looks young!} and then to her last...It's been a journey for sure with lots of memories!  


She finally got to take her favorite guy to a dance!

She filled a chest of some of his favorite things to ask him, and took it to the football field...


He in return- to answer her back- sent her on a scavenger hunt to places that have meaning to them, each place had a basketful of momentos from their courtship. You could tell he had put a lot of time and effort into it. Super thoughtful!







The spot she watches him play baseball at Ken Price Field.


She was just SO happy...pick'in up her date! {It's super convenient that he lives just around the block} This dance date has been a long time a com'in.

boutonniere pinning and the corsage pics...gonna miss those!



Did I do it right, mama?

LOVED her corsage!

Emma there to help with the heels...


They had a fun day together. They went swimming in the 1,000 yr. old crater up at the Homestead with about 30 other people the morning of for their "day date."
The dinner and dance was at Gardner's Village. 



It was a busy weekend for these two as they also starred as Ariel and Eric in our ward roadshow, in front of the whole stake {it was a project months in the making}....they were such troopers for me!...but that's a whole other post....

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