I’m a 46 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 {dreams of} traveling. 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 really be in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky costume jewelry. Especially big rings! 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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} with a hint of bohemian, and baroque OR a vintage shabby chic country English cottage/farmhouse. My #1 cookie-Molasses! 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 tutor elementary kids in phonics, reading, writing, fluency and comprehension. 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'd rather clean 20 toilets than give a talk or prayer in church. 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 "Long Lost Family." I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I love to budget our finances! I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I'm not a huge fan of social media. I don't snap, pin or tweet. 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 past-time. 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 (23)

Kyleigh Dawn (23)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Brielle Olivia (14)

Brielle Olivia (14)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

Disneyland Tips

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

We Bleed Blue! {Except for the Poppi}

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Friday, February 19, 2016

What's On My Happy List?

Kyleigh In Korea

mission update week 40

Our day full of miracles....

So we wanted to deliver cookies and little message cards to all the members for Valentines we set off on an adventure.

It started POURING RAIN and we only had one umbrella.

A man found an umbrella on the side of the street and gave it to us. HUGE BLESSING.

We had to get into 5 family's houses but they all have front pass codes. We wanted the cookie delivery to be a secret so we had to wait for someone to walk in our out of each of the apartment buildings. After 5 minutes of waiting at each house someone either walked in or walked out. That was also a HUGE BLESSING.

The Elders had an investigator that they had been meeting with. His nickname is Mr. Green. They hadn't been able to contact him lately because he got a new job. He is my age and going to college. But we found him! After finishing dropping off all of the cookies and message cards we walked by a chicken fast food place and there he was. WE FOUND HIM! After talking with him he agreed to meet the Elders again. Another HUGE BLESSING. 

A potential investigator also showed up to our Little Kids English Class. That hasn't happened in 2 months! BLESSING.

My old investigator Chloe... who had a baptismal date that disappeared and stopped contacting us suddenly...remember her? She popped into my head one night as I was saying my prayer before bed. So right then I started a fast for her. The next day I decided that we should just show up at her house. So we did and she was there! It's been two months since we have met. We talked for a long time. She doesn't have interest in meeting right now because she is going through a rough time...but at least she knows that we care.

Heavenly Father always provides a way for his work to be done. I am thankful for all the blessings that he has given us this past week and for all the blessings he has given me in my life. Look for the little things every day and I promise you will find a blessing from the Lord. Love you all!!!


Sister Cooper

In other family news....

Some Pre-Valentine fun! 

Kate LOVES playing with playdoh, moon sand, bubber...anything up that alley.......
so when I came across these play-doh inspired Valentines I knew these were the ones for her.
{free printable from}

Brie is still lov'in all things Wonderland.
I found these vintage Alice valentines on Etsy.

 teacher's gifts

Valentine school lunch suprises!
{apple printable from}

Got to visit both classroom Valentine parties.....


We had a little Amazing Race celebration for the new season that began Friday night...
We love this show...evidence of that HERE

We had food from several different countries..
Italy, India, Mexico, and France. 

Valentine Date!
On Saturday the hubs and I celebrated Valentines.
We went snowshoe-ing up Millcreek Canyon!
SO MUCH fun!

We went to eat at Left Fork Grill after. 
The place is a cross between Village Inn and a truck stop. {not kidd'in} 
Not quite my territory, but my gosh.... 
The food there is SUPERB! 
I had a bacon, spinach Gruyere cheese omelette.  
{I'm afraid we might have to go back.} 

Waffle Love recently opened a store in Fort Union.
My girls are thrilled.
I took the kiddos there and to a movie for their Valentine outing...poor Poppi stayed at home to gear up for Ward Conference the next day and his talk. ;)

Have you seen this movie? MY GOSH. I LOVED it!!!

We also celebrated Kyleigh's half way mark on Saturday....9 MONTHS DOWN!
Can you believe?  
We made the sign out of Korean candy pretzels.. 

Got Valentines ready for my cute Primary class...
{printables from Tammy DeYoung on Etsy}

little puzzles! 
Cupid paid us a visit on Sunday...Valentine's Day! 

He left a little Valentine for each of us. ;) 

If this art print does not scream gosh... I took one look at it and KNEW she had to have it for her room. She and Nutella go way back. 

THEN...on Monday this cute girl turned 18! WHAT????

a french toast breakfast for the birthday girl!

She got her hair done as one of her gifts. :) She loves it!

I did "this is your life" in pictures along the mantle and wall in the family room..

I want to squish that face. ;)

The kids had the day off of school.
Thank you U.S. Presidents!
The hubs took us all for an archery lesson

 Kate was our designated photographer as she had to stay on the side lines and watch.
Not old enough.

Stop at Nielsen's Custard after...

A birthday photo shoot!

Birthday dinner!

I love this girl! 
We are soooo alike in a lot of ways. 
She's a joy!

In honor of President's Day I filmed B reciting all the Presidents of the United States. 
She memorized them last year at this time... just because. Her then 4th grade teacher was so impressed she had her go down to the principal's office to recite them all to him. She's been doing a refresher's course this past week and she's still got 'em down. 
 Way to go B. Olivia! 

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