Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 44 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 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 and 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 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, September 16, 2014

What's On My Happy List?

Fall Happenings!
My little lover bug is back in preschool. Last year she went in the mornings. {So darn icky for us non morning people} I switched her to the afternoons for this school year and I'm seriously patting myself on the back for making that change. I can already tell it's going to be sooooo much better for the both of us. I'm kid free for almost three hours four x a week. 
{you may or may not have seen me just do a happy dance}




Every time I take a picture she just starts posing on her own.


Such a natural poser! She reminds me so much of Kyleigh when Ky was this age. 

That cute guy in the middle is my nephew on his mission farewell day. He is headed to Uruguay!

He had a Court of Honor and received his Eagle the same day as his farewell. 

Some cousin shots!



We got a few snapshots with the whole fam. Well those that could be there anyway...
If I counted right 33 family members are missing. 
With four additional great-grand babies coming there will soon be over 70 of us. 
I LOVE MY FAMILY!  

Someone had a birthday recently. That would be me. :) I had an excuse to indulge in buying football tickets for not just me, but Emma and Hannah to join me in attending BYU's home opener against Houston.  AHHHHH!




We got there early to see the amazing "WE WILL NEVER FORGET" 9/11 pre-game tribute. We were on the third row in the north end zone. Way way fun to be down so close to the field. This was Hannah's first time going to a game. She's hooked.  


Night games are the absolute bomb. One of the camera guys was quite close to us. The hubs, watching at home, is pretty certain he heard my distinct football scream. Wouldn't surprise me. ;)


We had the BEST time!

The morning of my birthday I got up to make lunches. {Ya know my favorite thing to do.} Cute Emmsie and Hannah surprised me and told me they had made theirs the night before so I wouldn't have to. So sweet! The girls gave me my present before they left for school. Kyleigh and Hannah had done the shopping and Emmsie made the card, and made sure the packaging was just right. Have you smelt the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle at Bath n Body? It will make your nostrils happy.   

THEN...Emma surprised me with a sketching of Sense & Sensibility. My favorite Jane Austen film. Touched my heart so much. I cried. So so thoughtful!


Love the little gifts given to me from neighbor friends...homemade peach jam, Vera Bradley pencil set, etc.. 

Had a yummy birthday seafood dinner with the hubs with a gorgeous view. 
Celebrated for days after with lunch dates... my favorite gourmet pizzeria with my best friend, the corner bakery with my old RS Presidency, with Kyleigh and Kate at our favorite Deli, one of my closest childhood friends took me for Sushi, and another dear friend who just returned with her husband from her mission in Africa took me for Thai food. It was all yummy! Then 9 ladies in our neighborhood gathered for a potluck lunch to celebrate every one's belated birthday...   

We went on a double date with my parents. How cute is that? We attended a wedding reception downtown. Walked around the beautiful grounds by the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The flowers were absolutely stunning. My mom loves nothing more than a beautiful flower garden. I agree. We ate at the Lion House Pantry. It was such a delightful evening...  





Kate went on a date with dad to the Humane Society and Pet Smart to see all the doggies... 

Hannah with friends at the Murray game...

 Emmsie joined the Key Club with some friends.They do a service project every month. Recently on an early Saturday morning they volunteered at our community's Alzheimer's walk.....

She helped direct traffic. lol



Our furry fall friend has found a home on our porch. He makes my heart smile! 

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