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, children's books 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 (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

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, February 05, 2016

What's On My Happy List?



Kyleigh in Korea 

mission update week 38

My first baptism in Korea is definitely not what I expected. I always thought that those I would help baptize would be someone I met on the street...taught all the lessons too...but the Lord works in mysterious ways people! I can testify to that! A mother and her 9 year old daughter were baptized on Sunday. The most amazing part is that the mom has been meeting the missionaries off and on for about a year, but the people that have truly helped her along the path to baptism are the Lord and the members in the branch. Some of her best friends are in this branch and they have been with her every step of the way. Member missionary work is soooo important. I know that now. When we were all baptized we promised the Lord that we would help others find the gospel. I know I never had the best attitude about member missionary work, but now that I see the blessings and miracles that come from it.. I KNOW how important it is. I feel blessed to have been able to see the end process of her receiving baptism. Watching her and her daughter be baptized makes me wish that I could remember my own baptism more fully. I encourage you all to look back on how you felt when you were baptized. If we remember how important it is we will want to help others receive the same joy and happiness :) love you all! 
xoxo
Sister Kyleigh Cooper

The baptism was super short and simple, but very beautiful and I was happy to be a part of it.  

The little girl didn't want to be there. She was nervous and kept wanting to run out of the room. She is stink'in cute, but she kept talking and wasn't paying attention. She ran outside to play with her friends after she got baptized instead of coming back in to do the confirmation. We had to go chase her down. AHHHHH! It's hard. The kids here in Korea drive me nuts sometimes. I love them. I love them to death, but discipline here is very different than in America. The kids are running around during sacrament meeting, screaming, and playing games. It's just crazy!  

 We went bowling for Elder Song's b-day...
He loves bowling...
we've gone three times in one month. haha. 

In other family news this week...

The hubs took Hannah practice driving. haha. 
I'm not sure what it is about the whole "learning to drive" thing but I find it quite high on my humor scale. 

AND then seeing these kids head of to the driving range for the FIRST TIME EVER. 
Hannie barely knows how to turn the car on. 
{cracks me up.} 



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A little fun in the kitchen!
trying a new recipe...








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Good Eats!
The fam tried a new little sandwich joint.  



My grilled pastrami reuben was really tasty... but on the pricey side. 
All the sandwiches are.  
Good grief. 

I think I'll stick to Subway. ;)


someone accidentally burped in some one's face...

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Kindergarten field trip!
to the Nature Center...
 I got to chaperon these four cuties...


do'in a cute litte groundhog craft...



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Drill!
Drill State Dinner!


Performing at the State Prelim's!




The team did not advance to the State Finals...
{and we are totally okay with that.} 
Hannah is actually doing a happy dance cuz drill is basically over for the year other than a few performances here and there. 
Brie was equally excited. 
No more sweaty drill shoes stink'in up their room or alarm clocks going off at an insane early morning hour. 

We didn't even have to drive all the way to Disneyland to get one of their favorite treats.
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Just because...

Friday Favorites!

These SONGS!...

Electric Love  by BORNS

Cake by the Ocean {the clean version} by DNCE

Adventure of a Lifetime by COLDPLAY

James Corden! 
The host of the late late night show which I've never stayed up to watch. But my gosh I love him. His Carpool Karaoke segments on YouTube are the bomb. He is just one happy dude. You cannot possibly watch him and not smile when he sings.

AND then. I love me some Coldplay.
{They are one of my FAVORITES!}
So combine the two and I'm currently crush'in on this video with Corden and Chris Martin. So funny! The Adele and One Direction karaoke's are fantastic too. ;)  The one with Stevie Wonder could even make you shed a tear.

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