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 dΓ©cor 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 celebrating 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!

Monday, April 10, 2017

What's On My Happy List?


A Peek into our Spring Break...

Kyleigh and I had a "Home Fires" Marathon. 
This Masterpiece beauty aired about a yr and a half ago,
 but I never got around to watching it. 
The second season just started last week so that inspired me to 
get a move on it. 
I AM LOVING IT!
WWII time period. 
{my fav}
*****
Was able to meet up with a girlfriend for a yummy lunch
 at BLAZE pizza...
{I love that they have a gluten free crust option}
 Their white top with bacon and arugula. 
YUMMY! 
*****
Kyleigh, Hannah and I went and saw the movie "LION."
It's about a five yr old Indian boy who gets lost from his family...and his journey to find them again.
Gosh guys....
anything based on a true story I'm just a sucker for in general, 
but this movie... goodness...
 IT IS EXCELLENT! 
RUN TO SEE IT.  
*****
Kate loves crafts!
You'd think she had died and gone to heaven with our trip to Micheal's during the break.
She made this hedge hog pillow.
{Both she and B have a thing for hedgehogs..and have for awhile actually}
Kate is wanting a real hedge hog for her 8th birthday!
We shall see. haha
Kate got a comb stuck in her hair...sister had to cut it out.. 
😯
Hello stubby patch of hair on top of head!
*****
 Brie and Kate had an outing with their Aunt and twin cousins...
*****
Enjoyed this read!
SO VERY GOOD!
The setting is in India.
If you love Regency Era, proper romance novels, you will love it too.
😍
*****
The hubs and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary!!!
He bought me a really nice Fezzari bike so we can go out biking together. 
 Taking it out for a spin...
as in a 5 mile bike ride!!  πŸ™Œ
with all this India goodness swirling in my head 
...from the recent movie I'd seen and the book that I had read... 
I was craving Indian food, so India House it was to celebrate our anniversary. 
They have excellent
chicken samosas
chicken tikka masala
shrimp vindaloo
mango curry...oh and mango shakes! 
good stuff!
πŸ˜‹
The hubs and I have such different tastes in movies...
but this is one that we both get a kick out of and actually re watched 
together. 
πŸ˜‰
*****
The fam went on a road trip down South to visit some National Parks with some extended family...
Two of my sisters, a brother-in-law, a brother and his wife and some of their kids, and my elderly parents.
It was a riot!
We stayed at Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon
The cousins so enjoyed being with each other.

Overlooking this site at Bryce gave me chills. 
It's just breathtaking! 
We hiked down into the canyon...
So flipp'in cool!

Kyleigh met a Korean family as we were hiking.
She was so stoked about that and was able to chit chat with them in Korean.
um....

Subway was an inside joke the whole trip.
I love me a Subway!
{The sweet onion chicken teriyaki is my favorite}
 but gosh I had way too much of it on this trip.
Sometimes that was all there was open in these dinky towns... with noth'in open past 9:00!
 We kinda took over the place. haha
We went back a second time to just look
***********
Our excursion to Zions!
Lots of time in the car!
"Who would you kiss, marry and kill" is a very enlightening game. 
πŸ˜‚
We drove thru part of Zions...
and then the whole fam took a shuttle thru another part...
After visiting the parks we found ourselves in Hurricane.
Just in case you are ever there and need a place to eat....πŸ˜‰
Visit Lonny Boy's!
Yummy BBQ...
their baked beans, coleslaw and hush puppies. 
De-lish!
AND their honey butter???
liquid gold. 
I sorta took some to go. 
{That good!} 
AND they have free frozen yogurt... like Jason's Deli used to have.
THE KIDS WERE SO STOKED!
we loved Jason's Deli...it was a favorite go to and it's no longer in business...
here in Murray anyway. πŸ˜’
Some pool time!
My sister Shannon and I taught the rest of them the art of pool racing...haha
 Souvenir time!
To get Brie to dress up in these old clothes was no small feat. 
She has a legit phobia of old things...
you can read about that discovery HERE ...
on her 5th grade field trip 
to the Pioneer Museum. 

*****
We stopped in Panguitch, the town my mom grew up in.
This is the home her dad built.
They raised many kids in this little house.
They were parents of 11 children!

We visited my mom's grandparent's home too...
The little green house next door {behind my mom}... that used to be brick...
was my mom's Great Grandma and Grandpa Henrie's home.
We visited Panguitch cemetery where my grandparents are buried!
Super chilly and windy! 

My mom's baby brother and sister's graves... 
😒
Our last pit stop before heading home....
a little drive-in dive in Panguitch with yummy hamburgers!!!
*****
On Sunday Kyleigh attended a companion's homecoming!
She has met the loveliest people because of her mission....
It was a fabulous week my friends...!

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