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, January 28, 2016

What's On My Happy List?



Kyleigh in Korea

mission update week 37

The most exciting thing of all is that we are preparing for two baptisms for this Sunday!!!  A mom and a little girl. The funny thing is I've never taught them a lesson. I have taught the little girl some simple things about prayer, but the mom has been meeting with other missionaries off and on over the past year. She has really good friends in this branch. The opportunity has just been waiting there for her to be baptized. She feels like she is ready now and she wants her little girl, who is old enough, to be baptized too. We are really happy for them.

We have our special sacrament meeting on Sunday as well. President Barrow and the District Presidency are coming. We will hopefully have some investigators come, as well as friends and family of the branch who are not members. Purpose is to show them what our meetings are like. It will be more of a question and answer session where they can learn more about the church.

It's definitely been a crazy, exciting, tiring week, but it's all good. :)

Love you all so much!
Sister Cooper


In other family news this week...

More drill!
Hannah had Region Competition... Another one of those darn early mornings that kick us in the butt. ;)


There are 8 schools in our region. 
Three of them...Skyline, Judge and an art school do not have drill teams so there were just 5 teams competing. Only four go on to State. We took third place. Phew! So off to State we go! 

Go Spartans!

My girls say there is some strange rumor going around the high school that because it's our school's 100th anniversary coming up that they are changing our school colors to Purple and Orange and going back to our original mascot. {the State Street smelter towers}
So we'd be the Smelter-ites again!?!
Can you even imagine?
My girls are mortified at the thought of it.
{Spartan Pride just runs too deep on both sides of the fam.}
I'm not one to pipe up and make a fuss, but you better believe I'd be boycotting that one.
That or move. haha




Sisters are the bomb.
These two... best friends!



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Creative Creation!

Kate and Hannah made snow dough!

{idea from www.happyhomefairy.com}

3 cups of baking soda
1/2 cup of hair conditioner

{makes your house smell really good too!}

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Food Fav's of the week!

Had some fun experimenting with different seasonings for our salmon dinner...
Trader Joe's balsamic glaze
avocado oil/sea salt
lemon pepper
...the Oregon pear and pepper jelly was my fav!


SO does it not seem that it's National such and such day all the time now?
Like Brie just recently celebrated National Popcorn Day at an Achievement Day Activity.
We had quesadillas with different cheeses for dinner the other week for National Cheese Day.
And apparently it was National Chocolate Cake Day yesterday, who knew? 
G-ma did. 
She made this in honor of it.
{There were some happy mouths around here.}  
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Unwanted Drama!

SO get a load of this. Emmsie was working her shift {alone} at Seagull Book a few nights ago. SOME WACKO DUDE CAME IN AND ROBBED THE STORE!
My Poor Emmsie!!!
It was a frightening experience. To say the least.  Details of the ordeal would take forever to explain so I'll refrain from that,  but I will say this....if you are going to be unfortunately involved in a robbery...this would be the way you'd want it to go down. It could have been 100 x worse. The robber, although clearly off and or high on something, was calm and polite and even asked Emma...as he's just inches away from her stealing the money....if she was doing okay??? Can you believe? Emma's comeback was classic. lol

Very impressed with how Emma handled the entire situation. When a handful of police arrived and started asking her questions she told an officer. "I can't cry and talk at the same time." {Awe!  Love my Emmsie.} She is doing okay... although clearly shaken up over it all, and doesn't want to return to work ever again...but who would? Just beyond grateful that she was kept as safe as she was.

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Throw Back Thursday!
 Throwing it Back to this week in January five years ago HERE for another dose of Emmsie drama ;) haha!

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