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 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 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!

Friday, October 30, 2015

What's On My Happy List?



Kyleigh Mission Update Week 24

Hello Everyone!! 
It's almost time to break out the tights..it's getting cold here. Yah!!!

Monday October 19, 2015
Yet another fabulous P Day! We spent some time on our apartment doing little things that we never have time to do throughout the week. We went shopping for a bit and I got some fun socks. We were supposed to have FHE but no one showed up so we had Area Meeting instead. 

Tuesday October 20, 2015
We taught a new investigator today. Her name is 안미연s. She has a little bit of a Catholic background. She is mostly just meeting us right now for English. But we have faith that could change :) We went out on the streets and tried talking to people. No one was interested. We made brownies for our less active member appointment on Wednesday. Half of them burned. Dumb mini oven. Then we had English Class...only one person showed up.

Wednesday October 21, 2015
Sadly two of our appointments we had scheduled canceled on us. We walked around our area trying to talk to people without much luck. We had interviews with our Mission President. It's weird to think that the last time I talked to him one on one was my first day here in Korea. He had some good advice. I also got my Halloween package from the family and letters. I was super excited. Thank you! :)

Thursday October 22, 2015
We had our service activity at the soup kitchen. Then I went on Exchanges with Sister Morrison to 포항 (poh hong). We went and English Class proselyted with the Elders in her area. We also taught a little kids English Class at their Branch President's house.

Friday October 23, 2015
Had lunch with two ladies in the Branch and all six missionaries in our area. We talked about General Conference for the Spiritual message. Then we had a mini Area Meeting. We are trying to plan a Meeting for the Branch Members to help them get involved in Member Missionary work. We visited another lady in the Branch who is pregnant and due in December. She is trying to renovate her house before the baby comes so we offered to help her out with some projects. She was super grateful. 

Saturday October 24, 2015
We had English Class and it was one of the English Class Attendees birthdays so she bought everyone kimbob! So sweet of her! We also had the opportunity to attend a cultural musical concert with our recent convert.

Sunday October 25, 2015
It was the Primary Program today! They kids were hilarious and I could understand most of it because I know church words/vocab and their speaking parts are super easy. We went and Gospel proselyted with the Elders in the downtown area at night. It was cold, but we passed out a lot of fliers and pamphlets.

Hope everyone enjoys the last week of October! My scripture this past week was D&C 112:10! "Be thou humble, and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers. "

Love you all!!!
xoxo
Sister Kyleigh Cooper 


In other family news this week...

My Brielle Olivia had a birthday! 
She loves anything to do with Wonderland...so...an Alice theme affair it was. 
{Alice Party Printable's and Invite from CupcakeExpress2 on Etsy} 

I tried to just use tea party decor, paper products and wrapping paper that I already had...
It was wacky and colorful like a Mad Hatter's tea party should be. 
I didn't want it overly girly cuz two boys were invited. 






One of the boys looked at his place setting and said, "Whoa, how many plates do we need?"
Made me laugh.  
He noticed my decor layering tip. ;) 



My friend Cathy made the cake :)

These large face cards I did purchase. {Amazon find}
They came in handy for multiple purposes.

London silver clock was a lucky Ross find ;)

The Alice in Wonderland tea set a neighbor graciously let me borrow :) 




Found these "Drink Me" tiny tiny bottles on Amazon too ;)






Kate dressed as Alice for the occasion...

The evening started out with a game of English croquet at the Royal Queen's Court... before it got dark. 

{image from alice-in-wonderland.net}


We tied Kate's flamingo to the birthday girl's mallet.






They came in for a sit down tea. 
Minus dainty tea party food. 
We just served your typical kid party food. :) 
Hannah and Emma were the servers. 



We went down the rabbit hole {basement} to play more games..

{image from alice-in-wonderland.net}

I found some fun Alice inspired party games on line...the kids really enjoyed them. 
I was actually surprised at how well they went over..

This game was inspired from the Caucus Race in the movie..sorta like musical chairs but with hula hoops..



Make the Cheshire Cat Smile!


They played Slap Queen {instead of Slap Jack} with the face cards..


They played "Find the White Rabbit" outside in the dark..
It's a mix between Hide n Seek and the game Sardines...

Gift time!






They watched a little of this...

while they ate cake, ice cream and had hot chocolate

Party favors!

 hula hoop circle=rabbit hole ;) 


Birthday morn!

 It was pitch dark outside when I took B to early morning band practice before school... 
There was THE most incredible full moon out {so coo!} in all it's glory..wishing B a happy day. ;) 


About a half hour later when it was much lighter Hannie and I tried chasing it..as in me in my pj's running down the sidewalk to get a pic..without much luck. 

We squeezed in opening gifts after band & before school..there was lots of action around here for that time of morn...

Birthday Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

Some of her fun gifts....Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater!

The new illustrated Harry P and another owl to add to her collection...

She said her furry soft blanket that Kyleigh gave her was her favorite gift that she got...

Birthday hug from daddy before he headed off to work!

My Birthday girl!

Birthday dinner...at her restaurant of choice...Chuck a Rama.

and some movie watch'in...

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Hannah transformed into a zombie and performed Thriller with the drill team...



She also became the resident beautician and fixed Emma's highlights that she got done at the salon a week ago, but didn't like. Emmsie as had some bad luck at the beauty parlor... but Hannie saved the day!

My niece, Emily, had her mission farewell...Salem Oregon is a lucky place ;)  



Our missionary gift to her...
I'm telling you every missionary needs a digital voice recorder. 
Don't leave home without it. ;) 

On MTC "drop off" day I put together a little missionary mom and dad care package for my brother's family. Which included a big box of Kleenex..Nuff said. 

Some before school playing with neighbor and cousin...


To get in the "spooky spirit" of things Kate helped Hannah color Halloween pics for their bedroom door

One more sleep til trick or treat day!

Throwback Thursday {on a Friday} 
In honor of Brie's birthday week...a post from 4 years ago.. HERE

My favorite quote of the week:

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."  -Anne of Green Gables-

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