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!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

What's On My Happy List?


Kyleigh in Korea
mission update week 31

I hit my 7 month mark!

It's definitely been another long crazy week. Some days were just super busy with appointments. We also went on exchanges. Guess who came here to go on exchange with me? Sister Johns, my MTC companion! We had a really good time. We got to teach two lessons together. It's crazy to see how much her Korean has improved. She is miles ahead of me language wise. It was fun to see her and hang out with her for the day, but hard too, because I feel like I'm behind where I should be in speaking the language. Everyone says it will come and that it will just take time.

Our investigator, Chloe, didn't show up at church. We tried reaching her numerous times but couldn't get a hold of her. That's been a bit of a worry. Her mom does not approve of her joining the church.

Today is my companions last P-day as she goes home this week. One of her converts from another area is coming to meet us here and we are spending the day together!! I found out I will be going to Hogue, an area by ours to be a trio for a week and a half with two American sisters. ..Sister Hoffman who's been out for over a year and her trainee, Sister Anderson who just got to Korea. We will cover their area and my area. For Christmas I might go on splits with my member friend Sister Moore and Skype you from their house.

I love you all so much. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and I'll talk to you real soon! :)


In other family news....

Hannah's first Drill competition!
This pic was taken sometime in the 4:00 AM hour.
It was a LOOONG day for the team. A 14 hour gig.

They took 4th place in 4A with their hip hop routine. Way to go girls! :)


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My friend Karen and I were in charge of refreshments for our Stake Center's 50th year celebration. 
I love our church building.
It has history.  
I went to church here growing up...My hubs did too as a teenager.
It's neat to have our kids doing the same. 

We served a cake bar!  
{Did you know Sams's Club has way better selection of desserts than Costco? 
And it is so less crowded to shop there. 
Just thought I'd throw that out there in case you are in need of any yummy desserts for upcoming holiday celebrations}

These are some of the old folk who helped in the building of our Stake Center back in 1965.
My Dad was one of them. 
He spoke at the commemoration and told some funny stories about his 
experiences. 

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The hubs sent off 'his first missionary' from our ward this week since becoming Bishop. 
He's kinda excited about that. 
This Elder is going to Hong Kong, China. 

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Hello Winter Wonderland!
Such a gorgeous site to me. I love the snow!

We got more snow in one night than we did ALL last winter. 

Kate and I had some fun in it. 

My Snow Angel!


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Brie had her Christmas Choir Concert at school.
Very cute how they tied in Christmas songs with a 50's Soda Shop theme.

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I helped with Kate's Kindergarten class Christmas party.... at the ornament table.
I get to help every school day in her classroom for the first few minutes with any kiddos that have sight words to pass off. I love that little volunteer job. Such a cute class!

Can't believe that Christmas Eve is a week from today. This month has just flown. We've got one crazy weekend ahead of us. Bracing myself. haha

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Taking it back two years ago for Throwback Thursday HERE  
{Our upcoming weekend is sounding a bit familiar to this one.}

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