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 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 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, February 11, 2016

What's On My Happy List?



Kyleigh In Korea

mission update week 39

We had transfers but I'm staying and so is my companion. We will be together for at least another 6 weeks. We're excited! They got rid of our transfer meetings. {where all the missionaries would go to the mission home every six weeks.} We were one of the only missions to do transfer conferences. Word came down from Elder Oaks that they don't want us doing them anymore. So we will no longer be going to the mission home on any transfer Mondays. Which means I probably wont be back to the mission home until Sept for the mission 5k, which is crazy unless we have some special meeting. I won't get to see my missionary friends as much, especially before they head home, which is kinda sad. But this new way is the way they do it around the world so if all the other missionaries do it we can do it too. The zone leaders are now in charge of getting everyone where they are supposed to be on transfer day. It will be an adjustment.

I'm excited to start this new transfer. Should be interesting. Our district is huge. My companion's goal this transfer is to help elevate my Korean ;). I really do like this area, but it's kind of dying right now. Every area has it's up and downs. We've been losing a lot of investigators. It's time to find some new ones. We have some ideas on how to get some...but we are waiting because it's their holiday right now. It's Solar... Chinese New Year!  EVERYONE is like super busy and with family. People started celebrating Saturday and it doesn't end until Wednesday. So we are doing "office work" and getting proselyting things ready to go.

I love you all very much.
Have a really Happy Valentines Day!

Love,
Sister Cooper




 My comp really wanted to make me feel good on my birthday. She kept telling me happy birthday and wanted to make sure I got a cake. We made birthday party hats. 
She's a really good friend. I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve with her. 

I got a lot of phone calls from missionary friends. 
With permission we can call each other on our birthdays. 

special birthday soup

We went out to lunch and dinner with ward members.
Super stoked about my Star Wars birthday cake!

In other family news this week

Date night!
  Indian cuisine with the hubs...

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Kyleigh had a birthday!
Which means I've been a mother for 20 years. 
My heck! 
You better believe we celebrated.. even if she is half away across the world. 
We tried a new Korean BBQ place called Bumblebee's. 
It serves American food too which a few of the kiddos were thankful for. ;) 

The bulgogi and Korean sweet pork were de-lish! 

curry balls!




Kyleigh LOVES donuts so we celebrated with Beyond Glazed instead of birthday cake. ;) 
How does one choose which kind to get? 
{good grief!} 




Kate was insistent we light up a candle in honor of Kyleigh! 
We lit up some ice cream ;) 

 The celebrating continued Monday night with our Chinese New Year themed dinner!









 Orange chicken, pot stickers, stir fried vege's & noodles and edamame... Compliments of Costco. None of it I can eat, btw.  {Dang soy and wheat.}  Still fun though to put together for the fam.
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Next night was a little Mardi Gras celebration with King Cake and cajun jambalaya sauce over kielbasa and rice.

How in the world does baby Jesus tie into Mardi Gras one may ask?
Read up on the King Cake Tradition.

{thank you Harmon's store display}


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Random!

Have you ever had ice cream and jam together? 
My goodness. YUMMY!
It's one of my favorite treats right now...

I didn't watch a lick of the Super Bowl game just the half time show... mainly to see Coldplay. ;) 

Some fun in the pool this week!
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Throw back Thursday! 
Taking it back this week of Feb. 5 years ago...
HERE

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