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 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 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, October 08, 2015

What's On My Happy List?


Kyleigh mission update week 21

Hello Everyone!!

Monday September 28, 2015
So it was kind of P Day but not because of Fitness Day on Tuesday. Because of the Holiday most people were busy though so we emailed home and then worked on updating our member books with the Elders. 

Tuesday September 29, 2015
Woke up at 5 am to head to Busan for the 5K. It was fun to see everyone. I participated in the 5K. There was a 10K as well, I was like "yeah there's no way I can do that." I won't even tell you my time for the 5K because it's too embarrassing haha! After we ate hamburgers and hot dogs together. On the way back to our house the train was full so we had to buy standing tickets. I actually got lucky and was eventually able to sit down. Some other Missionaries had to stand for the whole hour and a half train ride after running all day.

Wednesday September 30, 2015
We had District Meeting at the Dustin's again. I wasn't in charge of anything so it was nice. We ate spaghetti and cinnamon rolls. After we taught a lesson with the Elders. Our investigators name is 임신영s. She is our last eternal investigator that we have in the area. We dropped the other and we are probably going to have to drop her too. It's sad, but she really just likes the Missionaries and has no interest in the gospel. We proselyted with the Elders... Then had English Class, and my companion and I gave the Spiritual thought on prophets. 

Thursday October 1, 2015
Sister Park and I met Elder and Sister Dustin for lunch. We were both kind of on edge all day because it was Transfer Call Day and we didn't know who was going to be the one to leave etc.. I made brownies at 9pm because I was nervous ( I ate the whole pan). We didn't get called until 10:15pm...and I got told I was being transferred! My new area is called 신정 Sheenjong, and it's in a different zone as well! People say its a really good area. I'm super excited! Sister Park is going to be staying here for another two transfers and training again. 

Friday October 2, 2015
We woke up and called our District Leader to find out where everyone got transferred to. I called my new companion to tell her we wound be serving together. Her name is Sister Cunningham. She is from South Jordan, Utah and went to Bingham High School and knows of cousin, Emily!!!....like what a small world, right?? I'm excited for a fresh start. I struggled big time with the culture my first area. Although my companion was very sweet and I learned a lot from her, which I am grateful,.... it's very different serving with Koreans vs. serving with a foreign companion {like another American}. Now I can learn from my new companion how a "foreigner" does Missionary work in Korea. It was crazy having to pack everything up. hehe :) It took me two and a half hours to pack, and we took my luggage to the Post Office. We had our little kid English teaching library service activity as well.

Saturday October 3, 2015
We prepared our YW lesson that we had to teach on Sunday. English Class was sad because I had to say goodbye to some really sweet people. One lady even gave me a gift. We don't watch conference until a week later here. It has to be translated into Korean. So I'll actually get to watch it next weekend. We did find out who the three new apostles are. They sent out a mass text to all the missionaries. Looking forward to watching conference next weekend. My companion and I will get to watch it in English together!

Sunday October 4, 2015
We had a super busy day and it was my last in the area. Us Missionaries sang in Sacrament, I spoke in Sacrament, we taught the lesson in YW, we taught one of our investigators and had dinner with the Elders and my favorite member family. We sang and shared a spiritual message with them and took pictures. It was kind of a sad goodbye because I really love them and enjoyed being with their family. They've been so kind to me these past 12 weeks. 

I am very happy and doing really well! I will send pictures of my new place next week once I am settled in, but my apartment is great! The bathroom is definitely a down grade, but we have a full fridge and I don't have to sleep in the kitchen hehe! And there are more pads for me to sleep on, so it's more comfy! I've gotten lucky housing wise. :) 

 I hope everyone is doing well! Love you all!
xoxoxo

Sister Kyleigh Cooper   

Pictures! 

Kyleigh with her {former} companion Sister Park on Mission Fitness Day

We received these 5K pics from Kyleigh's mission president...
Kyleigh with Sister Lee Handa and ?.

One of our investigators...saying goodbye was sad, she was sweet.

My favorite family from my first area....


Side note: After Busan Mission blog searching I came across some missionary blogs...a couple of them belonging to missionaries that Kyleigh has worked directly with in her District. Found Kyleigh in some of the pics. Some I had never seen. So that was a fun find!    

Another pic from the E-World Amusement park they visited a few weeks back
{this, and following 3 pictures off Elder Lees mission blog HERE

Another pic from District lunch a few weeks back...
The missionaries seem to eat pretty darn good if you ask me. :)  

Pics from Korean Thanksgiving...Kyleigh, kneeling, participating in their special ceremony. 
The table of food and drink is an offering to the Korean's ancestors. 


Found Kyleigh in this pic of the Busan Mission Sister's Conference that was held a month or so ago. 
{Pic from Sister Thornley's mission blog HERE.}  
Kyleigh's new companion is in there somewhere. :) 



In other family news....

My twin nephews turned one! 
My sister in law threw THE CUTEST Monster's Inc party for them..




Our little Monster's Gift for the boys! 


Visiting Teaching handouts for my ladies...
{printable from marcicoombs.com HERE}

Wasn't Conference awesome? I just love Conference weekend. It's the BEST!

My dad has taken the the guys in the family out to dinner after the priesthood session for ages. 
Always Chuck A Rama. 
It's tradition. 
He had me go early to reserve tables for them so they wouldn't have to wait in the long lines after the meeting... cuz I'm telling you that place gets crazy crowded...



The girls and I got to eat with daddy on guys night out even.  


Brie had her first elementary band concert. 
The first concert in the new junior high auditorium!
Brie's group of 5th graders have only been playing a few weeks, but their instructor still had them play 2 numbers prior to the  Junior High bands and the Salt Lake Symphonic Winds performing. 
oh boy!....they sounded awful. haha
it was pretty funny
Brie and everyone in the fam that listened to the video recording after had a few laughs.
Bless their hearts!
Gotta start somewhere!


Our new junior high has on display items from a time capsule that was found in the old Hillcrest building as it was being torn down. It just so happened to be from my 9th grade year 1986-87!!! Oh my gosh, so fun to look at the photographs and see if I recognized anyone. I did. Old magazines, cosmetics items...what was "in" at the time. Pretty cool!



Found these jars of yumminess at our local Smiths the other day. Fantastic on grilled cheese. 
Especially the apple butter with pepperjack cheese. ;)  

Some pumpkin painting with cousin...
 

Parent Teacher Conferences were this week for these two. 
Little stop at Sweet Tooth to reward them for their good grades!  

The Drill team held a Jr. Spartonion Drill Camp for girls ages 3-14.
They performed at halftime at last week's game. Super cute! 

Sending off a Halloween package for Kyleigh...so fun! 

We watched this movie this week...
If you haven't seen this yet...{it's out on DVD now} you gotta. 
We were able to watch it on Xfinity On Demand for free. 
SO SO GOOD! 
It doesn't hurt that Kevin Costner is the coach! He has always been one of my favorites since I was a teenager. And he has sorta made a comeback of late. ;)

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