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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} with a hint of bohemian, and baroque OR vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. My #1 cookie-Molasses! 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 tutor elementary kids in phonics, reading, writing, comprehension and math. 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'd rather clean 20 toilets than give a talk or prayer in church. 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!

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Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

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Disneyland Tips

What I Believe!

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We Bleed Blue! {Except for the Poppi}

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's On My Happy List?

Kyleigh in Korea 
mission week 11

Kyleigh said she forgot to take with her the paper that she wrote down everything she wanted to write in her generic email to everyone. She says if she has time next week maybe she'll type it up :)  

In the meantime here are some snippets from a recording and email that she sent to us. 

I am doing well!  A few things I wanted to let you know off the top of my head! It smells soooo bad here hahaha! But it's okay, I try to not focus on it. It's also SUPER hot right now, so that's not too fun. I'm in the place in Korea that gets the hottest in the summer. I will probably be here just until after General Conference in Oct. It's a really sweet area. I love my companion. She is the cutest! We serve in a ward with two Elders. The ward is really small, only about 40 members. They've been so sweet to me. I can hardly understand what anyone is saying. haha If they know how to speak English they sometimes will speak a little bit of English to me. I try the best I can to speak in Korean, but this language is definitely not going to be the easiest part of the mission. 

Basically my day...we wake up at 6:30, say companion and personal prayer. Then we exercise. There is a street out front by our house that we've jogged a couple of times, but there are a lot of old grandpas that kinda watch us so we don't think we are going to do that anymore. We get ready for the day. Personal study starts at 8:00, companionship study at 9:00, then language study at 10:00. If we can we have lunch at 11:00. At twelve o clock we do our twelve week training program for an hour. After that we usually have appointments or go to the church to help with activities. Sometimes we have to leave the house earlier so we switch some of our study times around. My companion is really awesome. She has been making me scripts to memorize so I can figure out sentences and how to use words to conjugate sentences. She'll record things for me, then I practice saying them over and over. Each day is very different. Definitely jammed packed. It takes several hours every Sunday to do our weekly planning. I'm kept super busy, which is nice. 

Our church is really cute. It's really small. The chapel is upstairs. It's carpeted and used for recreational activities. They like ping pong. The first Sunday I was here they got a new Bishop. We have about 4-5 investigators right now. Most of them are more of an English interest over gospel interest. We do a program called 30/30. We are supposed to teach English for thirty minutes and then a gospel lesson for thirty. It ends up being more of a 45 min. English lesson and then a short gospel message after. I'm still trying to get the hang of all that. 

I'm trying to figure out how to talk to people. I made a goal this week to try and be more outgoing and boldly walk up to someone and try and start a conversation. I don't know how to say much... so I comment on the weather, ask if they are from around here...explain who we are...that we are missionaries, that we do service activities, teach free English and share a church message. Then my companion takes over from there because I can't understand what they are saying. Yah, it's just kinda crazy! Hopefully in the next couple of months I can pick the language up and start speaking. 

We were actually able to place a Book of Mormon last night. Which was super cool! I'm writing down my miracles each day, trying to keep up on my journal and keep myself busy. The weeks are going fast and I'm always thinking about you :) Love you all! 

Last few MTC pictures!

Our guy teachers! 
Reynolds is the tall one and Chandler is the other...Chandler got engaged the Friday before we left! We were so excited for him. He told us like a week previous that he was going to propose and we had to keep it a secret.

face masks!

Korea pictures!
My bed is the one rolled up in the corner...hehe!
our bathroom

closets and my desk :)

Happy 24th of July package from the BBG 
{Kyleigh's awesome girlfriend's}

In other family news....

More Pioneer Celebrating...
Brie and Kate went with their Aunt and cousins to the convention center to see the Days of '47 floats displayed before the 24th of July parade. 

This one was for mom... ;)

and this for dad...

Our trip to Scofield! 
Included a stop at one of our favorite places before we hit the mountains...

We rode ATV's and went on a hike...

We hiked to French Creek!

Kids built a Mayan village

We watched the parade on TV and had some Brigham's Brew in honor of the pioneers!

Campfires weren't allowed due to fire risk so we made s'mores in the microwave. I used popcorn instead of a graham cracker. Dang good!

Family Night Fun!

Ended up being a mixture of water balloon baseball and a water fight!

Our visit to "This is The Place Heritage Park" 

 Emma recently finished re reading The Work and the Glory series. She gave us a mini lesson on this very subject. 

panning for gold!

pett'in goats!

A glimpse of Pioneer life...
We loved touring the pioneer homes! This small one room cabin belonged to a family of 9! Wow! Talk about family togetherness. Some of the things in there, like the blue and white china,  actually belonged to the family.

Pioneer craft!

Splash Pad!

It was such a pleasant day. {We have such an aversion to the heat.} It was only in the 70's!!!  So uncharacteristic of a July day in Utah! Loved it. 

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