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, May 21, 2015

What's On My Happy List?


Kyleigh in the MTC

GOOD MAIL!
Don't think I've ever been so happy to receive a piece of mail before in my life. 
We weren't expecting to hear from Kyleigh until Thursday (today) but we were pleasantly surprised to receive a card in the mail on Wednesday.  

She wrote a quick note late last Friday night to let us know how she was doing. It was after hours... 
{she even put 10 PM' ish haha} 

Here are a few snippets from her card, the couple of emails & voice recording {that we received today!!!}...

" I just wanted to hurry and send you a quick letter to let you know I'm doing just fine. My companion is the BOMB! I seriously could not have asked for a better one. Her name is Sister Johns. She is from Texas and she is a year older than me. I have been so blessed with an awesome companion and District. There are three sister companionships and two elder companionships.  I love everyone. We seriously have so much fun. 

I really have learned so much already and my testimony is growing a little each day.  My companion and I had to teach our first lesson all in Korean today. 
{only the third day in the MTC} 
We fasted so that we could do the best we could. It wasn't too scary. I also had to bear a short testimony in a Branch meeting and tell about myself. I kept it simple and my companion said I did good. Learning the language has been frustrating, especially because we are already teaching an investigator. For some reason, I can already mostly understand the questions he is asking (the gift of tongues is real) but I don't know enough Korean to answer back!!  I know the language will come with time and I am trying hard not to get discouraged. 

I already know how to say a prayer in Korean. :) 

The food here is ummmm...pretty nasty.  There are some things that are okay. I have a baked potato with cottage cheese on top all the time.  Sometimes I just make a quesadilla. They have ice cream on Wednesdays and Sundays. So that is exciting. They have no avocados here :( 
I have been able to exercise and I enjoy the little time that I get to do it. 
I truly am doing really well. I think the MTC for me will be a fun experience because it has been so far! I love and miss you guys."

We are just thrilled and relieved to know that she is adjusting as well as she is. 

Kyleigh's companion. 

Kyleigh's district.  

A friendly face from home! 

Here is Ky with Tyler, a high school friend, that she has run into at the MTC. 
They attended the same mission prep class a few times before they left on their missions.  
They won the best smile award their Senior Year. 
{Kyleigh is obviously trying to re create that moment. lol} 




Kate's picture for Kyleigh that we mailed off today! Just so you know... don't use MTCdelivery.com for same day letter delivery. It doesn't work. Hasn't for us anyway. Stick with the dearelder.com. {Learning as we go here.} 

Throwback to pre-mission life.
Kyleigh's last outing with her cousin shortly before she left....






In other news!
We got our family pictures back....














Boy, have we had some rainy weather of late. 
Some puddle action for Kate while on a walk with daddy!


Brie's Mother/Daughter Achievement Day Activity. 

We are on the countdown to the end of school....Only three more days left for Kate and eight for the other girls. YES!!! :) 

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