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!

Monday, April 12, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

Kate's Blessing Day

What a whirlwind weekend we have had! We weren't planning on blessing Kate until May when my bro-in-law who lives in Geneva, Switzerland could be here. However, when he got an emergency assignment to leave for Beirut, Lebanon ASAP with his State Department duties, and we found out late Tuesday that he was allowed one week home, we quickly changed our plans to bless her Sunday and began preparations for the big day. The two older girls and I ran out looking for a blessing dress, which btw happens to be one of the greatest pleasures of my life. We happened to find this stunning 28" 100% dupioni silk gown with organza ruching on the bodice, hem, and matching bonnet. Melt. Could not wait to see her in it.


Besides cleaning, shopping, (I can't even tell you how many stores I went to in the course of two days) and decorating for our "pink and white" party to be held after church...the demands of life with five kids swirled about us. 

Lost retainer...(the thought of the cost to replace it and the extra trips to the Ortho after we've already had several unexpected trips for Hannah's broken wires just since the baby has been born), caused me to burst into tears..luckily the retainer was found after a dig thru the garbage...ewww!.....

last minute haircuts...

photo shoot for baby in her blessing dress....

dance pictures for the older three girls (of all weekends!) which included multiple costumes, hair and make up do's and several runs to the photo shoot...

Kyleigh started a new Irish dance class Sat. morning...

Jaren had Trek training...

sacrament meeting talk preparation for Emma...

sprained toe earlier in the week which caused dancing drama... 

working on a 4th grade science fair project... 

AND celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary on Friday night! About all Jaren and I could do was escape for a couple of hours for a movie. To save time we ate while we watched the movie! So romantic! lol While we were gone poor Kyleigh stayed in the same position for 2 1/2 hrs. holding Kate so that she would stay asleep while we celebrated.

Seriously, I thought the coo coo bin would be calling for me on several occasions this past week but I survived and I believe we pulled off a very lovely day that we shared with a household full of 42 loved ones for lunch.

The dessert table...a glimpse of our pink and white madness..








Just a few details that I loved...

the pink and white sugar crystal succors...the white & pink roses and pink tulle...


the pink binky....


this pink rose heart wreath that framed a picture of Kate in her blessing gown...


one of my favorite treats ever just happens to be white...yogurt covered almonds, unfortunately I ate too many over the course of two days which caused my usual allergic reaction. Both eyelids swelled to the point where I had to miss Kindergarten Registration on Tuesday. 
I looked like a freak!


My absolute favorite thing ever though was this baby white rose corsage that Kate wore on her wrist...


melt some more....



Some pics of Kate with the family....


Dad, Kate and I right before heading to the church


All the girls were in their Easter white and pink dresses...
dad refused to wear a pink tie! LOL

Stroking Kate's face and me talking to her in my infamous "baby talk" way was caught on camera. We both have the same lip action going on. Crack me up!

A photo shoot with each of the sisters...I couldn't help pulling out the old photos of my older girls on their blessing day and seeing the resemblance, if any, to Kate.

Kyleigh and Kate

Kyleigh on her blessing day 14 yrs ago...


Emma and Kate



This one of Emma I think looks similar to the one of Kate up at the very top of the post..


Hannah and Kate

I totally can see Kate in this sleeping pic of Hannah on her blessing day.


and little Brie Olivia and Kate...so precious!

Kate totally has Brie's big blue eyes!

All my girls have a pic with this special white and pink blanket on their blessing day except for Kate as I couldn't find it. Lost in our storage unit? Made me a tich sad, but other than that the day was perfect. One of the happiest of my life. I certainly was one proud mama on Sunday! 

Daddy gave Kate such a beautiful blessing I had tears streaming down my face. My favorite part is when Daddy started to cry when he told her she was a blessing to her parents who deeply loved her and that we are honored that our Heavenly Father saw fit to send her to us.

My heart is so full of gratitude to the Lord to have been given another healthy, beautiful daughter to love.

4 comments:

  1. It was a perfect day done up with the usual Angie Cooper flair! I loved looking at all the beautiful blessing dresses and baby pictures. Little Kate is absolutely darling!!!

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  2. Angie, that was beautiful! The girls are all so cute.

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  3. What a beautiful family you have! Congratulations on another lovely daughter.

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  4. Kate is soooo beautiful!! Love the dessert table too! What a special day for your family!

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