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!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What's On My Happy List?



OH GOSH! 
GUESS WHO was in Salt Lake on Monday night?

BARRY MANILOW!

I LOVE BARRY!
{his music ranks up there with my beloved IL Divo and Frank Sinatra...just say'in} 
His music kills me
Seriously.
Brings back such fond memories of high school life.

His voice is iconic. 
That never gets old. 
He's the ultimate entertainer,
who knows how to put on a fabulous show. 

His music makes me want to make a fool of myself, bust a move, and belt out singing. 
{and I'm not a singer!}
Luckily for everyone around me, I kept it under control. 
{except for the screams}
Just so you know...
I really could have swayed and listened to the music ALL NIGHT. 
And shed a tear or two. 
He even sang one of my very favorite Frank songs...Moonlight Serenade. 
{It's mine and the hubs song! Gah!}
I've been on a Barry binge 
{and the Bee Gees....and Peter Cetera....} 
ever since. 
My family is calling for an intervention. ;)

I swear I was born in the wrong music era. 



I attended with some of my high school besties and life friends...who share the love for Barry.

Ju will kill me that I posted this pic {shh, don't tell her}, 
but it cracks me up. 
I was  just so relieved she made it to the concert in time. 

She had to meet us there as she was having car problems and was waiting for her car to get done at the shop. When her car wasn't going to be finished in time, the auto shop gave her a loaner car....which died on the freeway! 

Right across from the Maverick Center where the concert was. 

She was THIS close to crossing 6 lanes of freeway traffic and hopping the fence so she wouldn't miss a second of Barry. 
{I would have done the same thing. In heels and all.} 
Pretty sure it would have rivaled some of our high school antics. 

Luckily a UHP officer picked her up and drove her to the arena.  
With time to spare. Phew!

What a Fantastic Evening it was!


In other news..


My missionary girl! 
This is the pic she chose to put on her missionary plaque that will hang at the church...

She's trying to fit in as much fun as she can these last few weeks. 
She and her girlfriends went down to BYU for the Ballroom Dance Performance.

They took a weekend girls trip to Zermatt...

Whenever they go up there they make collages from magazine pictures of their favorite things. 
This was Kyleigh's! 
Luckily Sav brought the Ensign and New Era haha! 

Before they left to head down for church...

Kyleigh is having  some one on one time with each of her sisters before she leaves. 
SO sweet! 
She took Brie swimming. 
{These two have always been my swimmers!} 
They went for sushi after. 


Brie's friend brought by the cutest thank you gift for B. 
Thanking her for her birthday gift and coming to her party...

Do'in yardwork! 
Lots of prep going on around here for the farewell luncheon. 



some playing too...

It's Starlette-do, and glitter time.  
Hannie has 4 rehearsals and 2 performances this week. 
And we're just getting started! 
With everything else going on around here. Things are a little cray cray. 


From her awesome teachers!

Hannie woke up one morning for school and saw this! 
She thought it was so cute 
{how Kate's legs were crossed, even in her sleep} 
she took a picture! 

Sleepy bye land is looking awfully good about now! ;) 

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