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 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 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!

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Kyleigh Dawn (23)

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Emma Abigail (20)

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Hannah Isabelle (18)

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Brielle Olivia (14)

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Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

What's On My Happy List?

Kyleigh in Korea

mission update-week 56
Hey everyone! I don't have time to write much of a weekly email! But I'll send some fun pics :)
We might have finally found someone! We met a lady at the bus stop. Very sweet and kind. She kept asking us questions and was willing to listen. She really liked what we had to say and would like to meet with us again. We've been here 11 weeks and we have not met anyone that is interested in religion....just in learning English. I was so excited!! We've contacted her and she wants us to come to her house next week. I've really been praying for her, that she'll have an open heart and mind and that she'll be willing to even listen to the discussions. My worry is that she does attend another church and her husband went to school to study the New Testament. He is very knowledgable about the Bible. Keep her in your prayers. Her name is Hong So Yen. I really hope this is what we've been waiting for in this area because it has been so dry for Sisters and Elders. There has been no one. No one.

 The Bishop's daughter:) She is Kate's age!

We went out to the countryside to see if we could find some new people to luck :) 

We had P-day with the other area in our district. We played soccer bowling. So fun. It was super intense and competitive. My favorite treat, Bing Su, was on the line. Game On People!  

Email from Kyleigh's companion..
Dearest wonderful friends and family,

I am very grateful to those of you who heeded my words of shame upon all things and wrote me. May the blessings be sprinkled upon thine head.

Now. For this week. 

Well it has been confirmed by several different Koreans (random ones on the street we talk to and members in the ward) that I have a peaceful face. I am not sure exactly what that means entirely but I will take it as a complement. We were doing English Jundo (or Proselyting) and we were talking to people on the street and there was this guy who I started talking to and he worked in an international bar (which is how he knew so much English) and we talked for a bit and he thought I was from Canada and could not believe I was American... Anywho, he left and then he walked passed again later and started talking to me again and was like "you know what your face looks really peaceful." I was so confused by that statement. But I accepted it. Then yesterday during Gospel Principle we were talking about talents and gifts and someone was like "your face looks peaceful" and everyone was just nodding in agreement. So there you have it folks! I have a peaceful face.😬

I personally think it is because I am so tired that my face is just so still and I am waaaay to lazy to put my little energy to move it. Also I have no idea what is going on most days so I am usually half way between falling asleep and my brain lighting on fire. But you know, it is whatevs, I have a peaceful face.

Next is the Bishop's son... This child is THE cutest thing ever. Like. I just can't. It is all too much!!! (attached is his picture).

The couple for North Carolina (the Needhams) took a bus to Busan to go to Costco and bought us missionaries Peanut Butter. Bless them. Bless Costco that it may continue to rule and reign and Bless Peanut Butter. For it is so very delicious.

My companion and I have been working hard to find people. Yesterday (Sunday) we went to apartment buildings to knock on doors (or in Korean Cacahoho). It is all very stressful. But we survived. I think when I am done with me mission I will truly finish my training as a personal stalker... I can find their dead families and now I am figuring out how to stalk the living. Prepare thine-selves world! Sister Cordero is coming for you!

Anyway, we also went to the countryside to find more people. Not many humans, but a lot of rice fields. (picture attached!) 

That is all I have the time for this week folks! Hope your week is great! This week is the last of the transfer so I should have more news for you next week! 

Love you all, 
Sister Cordero 🤓

Also picture of me with B1A4 Pizza box (proof of me living and eating)!

In other family news this week....

Seminary Recognition Night

Emmsie and these other Senior girls in our ward graduated from Seminary!

Seminary these days is no automatic A just for 'showing up' to class.  
You have to pass two assessment tests each year and do the required reading to get a certificate of completion. This year they studied the Old Testament. You go girls!

This is another one of those kids that Emmsie has known since the first grade...
{He just cut off his Fabio hair. To go to BYU. This dude had some good-look'in locks...}
Sweet 16!
After Seminary Graduation, me and Emmsie and some girlfriends of Hannah's pulled off quite the surprise for Hannah on the eve of her 16th birthday. We arranged for 16 boys to come to the house to give her a red rose. {saw the idea on line} Sounds so simple, but it was quite the production.

We had the little 4 yr old neighbor boy go first. He even serenaded her with a birthday song!!.. It melted all our hearts. She thought it was the sweetest thing ever.

watch Owen singing...

Owen went on his way and she thought that was that....
had no clue what was com'in...hehehe

{The boys were congregated in the church parking lot near our home with one of Hannah's girlfriends.. who was sending them over every few minutes with a rose.}

A few minutes after Owen left, her friend, Bryan, showed up at the door......

Hannah was so flipp'in confused and was wondering what in the heck was going on...

I was hiding on the porch.... so that the boys would know they were coming to the right house.
And... to take pictures. 

This handsome kid gave me the thumbs up!

{And ...If you want some insider info...hahaha. Hayden just barely turned 16 too...later that night he asked her on a date...her very first official {non-dance} date. 
To go mountain biking this week. Cute or what? }

These are the three neighbor brothers she gets a kick out of and loves to tease!
They came as one- with a rose.


Josh even brought his cousin. bahaha

Her Star Wars Jedi buddy...

A couple boys even brought cards. Can you even?

Thor and Hannah have known each other since pre-school!

She knows a couple of Isaac's..he's the 1950's Isaac. ;)

Buddy Merrick got all dressed up for the occasion.
{Everyone and their dog loves this kid.}
Can you see Emma in the back ground?
Her sophomore crush right here in the flesh.

This kid Doug is hilarious!


Our back fence is broken cuz of him..haha

The boys just kept com'in..some had to double up cuz we had more than we needed...haha

Carter and Porter!

Hannah will you accept this Rose?
Each door approach was just too cute!


Ashton and McKade!

Hannah LOVES Prince Kit from Cinderella. 
So he, and Daddy, gave her the last rose! 

It just really warmed my heart that these boys would come and do this for her. 
Great bunch of boys. 
Who knew she had so many guy friends?...As quiet and reserved as she is, she barely said boo to boys a year ago...she has slowly blossomed into quite the little social butterfly...
It's been fun to observe from the sidelines.

They stayed for donuts and ice cream and then don't ask what was all going on after that...

I do know they blocked Doug's car in the church parking lot. 
{The noise and commotion!}
I'm sure our elderly neighbors were wondering what on earth...  

Have to say it was the best pull off surprise of mine and Emma's life.
Such a fun evening for us.
Even more so for Hannah.
I think she was floating on air. So happy. and grateful.
Birthday Girl!
Her birthday morn came early
Up and gone for drill 5:40!

Gift time after!

Hannah wanted to get her ears pierced {for the first time!} for one of her gifts.
She had an allergy to metal when she was little so we have just avoided the whole ear piercing thing until now. :)

My sweet Hannie. I love her so. If I had to describe her in one word, it would be CHILL...So easy going, calm, quiet, unassuming, your typical middle child. Gets along with everyone. One of my favorite things to do with her is go through her yearbook at the end of the school year. It's tradition. She'll tell me about her classmates..little tidbits about people she knows and doesn't know. 
It's enlightening. haha  

Oh and she's quite the artist!

St. Geezy!
On Hannah's birthday we headed to St. George for a little get-away. 

Birthday lunch!

We go to St. George for one reason. 
Seeing the Broadway Musicals there is one of our favorite things to do in the summer.
And next year is the Newsies and Mama Mia!
Two of our very fav's.
And Kyleigh will be back with us. YES!!!

Peter Pan is like one of Hannah's Disney fav's. 
It just happened to be playing the night of her birthday. ;) 

The red rock setting is spectacular! 
The shows don't start till 8:45 at night... when the weather has cooled off a bit! 
{Thank goodness} 
I think it was 107 one of the days we were there. 

Cousins were there the first night!

A late late night pic with my birthday girl!

We had some pool time....

and some good eats
{excellent BBQ meat btw!}

and more Tuacahn

The second night we saw Tarzan. Which we liked even better than Peter Pan. 
A little romance is always nice. ;) 

little photo bomber!

I accidentally killed a bird on the way home...awe! darn it. :( I love birds!

Got home in time for Hannah and Dad to get packed, prepped and off to Youth Conference.

Capture the Flag!
Captain Moroni Style

Hannah's team was victorious!
 some Friday Fun with the cousins!

While dad and Hannie were away the other girls and I had a little fun ourselves....
Went on a little Asian outing...for Sushi and to see Kung Fu Panda 3.

People! The Oh Roll at Cafe Seoul is the bomb! 

But, I have to say my favorite food find this week- besides the BBQ meat and beans in St. George-is this beet hummus!
Gosh IT IS good. Found it at Macey's. 

Until next week!

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