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 {think THE Bachelor/Bachelorette house lol} with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} 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, comprehension and math. 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 "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!

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Kyleigh Dawn (22)

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Emma Abigail (20)

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Hannah Isabelle (17)

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Brielle Olivia (13)

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Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

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Monday, March 14, 2016

What's On My Happy List?

Kyleigh In Korea

mission update- week 43

Hello everyone! 

A few things from this week....

A funny conversation with my companion about my frizzy hair..

Sister Kim: Hey you look like that person from Harry Potter!
Me: Who?? Hermione?? (thinking... awe how sweet! Hermione is pretty.)
Sister Kim: No, Hagrid.
Me: Oh, thanks.. (let down)

bahahahahaha! My hair is crazy here in Korea :)

We went to dinner with two ladies from the branch. They were so excited to meet with the missionaries. It's crazy how popular missionaries are amongst members here in's sooo different in America. 

We had 9 people show up to our English Class on Thursday! Woot woot!

Met with our investigator family that we have been meeting with since I first got to Bangeojin. They are slowly making progress! 

My companion, Sister Kim, had a really good heart to heart chat with one of our investigators. She opened up a lot to Sister Kim after we ended our lesson. They talked for like a 1/2 hour and I just let Sister Kim do her thing.....I couldn't really relate to the conversation. My companion's parents are divorced and are not members and our investigator could be going through a divorce soon. Her husband lives in Seoul and he hasn't seen the family in 5 months. You'd think if a man really loved his wife and kids he'd make the time to see them no matter how busy his work schedule is. So she's going through a hard time right now. Our family  is very blessed. We are very lucky to have each other, that we are all members of the church, and that we have a happy life. It's such a big blessing.  Our investigator says she can feel things when she prays now...but mostly when her little girls pray for her and the family . The little girls can pray on their own now. I don't know how often they do it when we are not there, but that's okay. Hopefully as time goes on and they continue to meet with the missionaries things will continue to progress and maybe the mom will feel the need or want to come to church. Right now she feels like any type of church wouldn't be of help to her. So we'll have to see what happens... 

It was a special holiday so we went out to eat with the Elders.

Met with an old potential investigator on Saturday and she brought a friend.

SO get a load of this...I have a fan! The Elders have a golden investigator right now. He's a Senior in high school and like the sweetest kid ever. The Elders have met with him every day straight for like a week and a half up until school started again recently. {they've had a vacation break for 2 months} With the sister missionaries working closely with the Elders here in our District, my comp and I have had the opportunity to talk to this investigator on several occasions.  He does speak some English so it's a little easier to communicate with him. I started noticing that he might be developing a bit of a liking towards me. Well...he wrote me a letter, a love letter! ... which I am not reading until I am on the airplane back home. Goodness, who would have thought that would happen as a missionary. Kinda funny, right? hahaha

We started our Korean class today and no one showed up, so that was kind of a bummer. Today was hard. I had moments where I was like "oh, I'm super happy to be a missionary!" and then other moments where I was like "shoot me now, I want to go home and sit on my bed and not do anything!" But it's okay. haha. There are always ups and down. 

Love you all!!
Sister Kyleigh Cooper

  This is how we feel about each other...j/k :)  

In other family news....

I'm a little behind here, but for good reason.
I spent a lot of time here this week.

My elderly father fell and broke his hip last Monday!  Trip to the ER, surgery, 4 day hospital stay... he's now in a rehab center....

grandpa's new digs for a few weeks....

lots of sleepovers with g-ma Bell...
My baby turned 6!

The elementary school had the day off on her birthday. THAT was divine. We took a little afternoon jaunt downtown to see...

Kate invited her favorite friend to join us.

Look at the excitement on that face!

The family had a princess celebration!

I swear Kate has been planning the food for a year. haha
We thought of a food item to go with each princess...
Here's what we came up with:

Sleeping Beauty- Hershey kisses

Cinderella- mini pumpkin cookies

Snow White- apple slices

Jasmine- Cheetos for her pet tiger Raja

Ariel-Swedish fish

Belle-chocolate covered strawberries {made to look like roses}

Tiana- scones {pretended they were New Orleans Style French beignets}

Merida- Ginger ale drink {to represent Merida's ginger colored hair}

Elsa- 'frozen' blue ice-cream

Pocahontas- nuts and berries

Rapunzel- the tower {filled with bubblegum}

Emmsie made the scones and strawberries for me..she's a gem.

This decor brand {Meri Meri} at Zurchers Party Store..makes my eyes pop out and I lose my head. 
Such cute stuff!

Gma C's latest contribution to Kate's birthday Irish doll collection...

Off to her birthday dinner. She wanted seafood. ;)

Check'in out those lobsters!

Farewell to Downton

Finale was perfection. I cried.
Brie refused to put a tea hat on. haha So she was our photographer. ;)

Our favorite English cookie..Digestives!
{They sound horrible, but they are delicious! You can find them at World Market.}
 Kyleigh's Spring package ready and off!
Brie got braces!

The day before she got them on we had an apple farewell ceremony. haha
Brie's favorite food are apples! {not kidd'in.}
She LOVES biting into a WHOLE apple, but once those braces are on that will not be possible.
They will always have to be cut up. Bummer! :(

Fun Food Find! 

Tried a new {to us} hamburger joint called Freddy's. Very tasty!

Hannah asked to Spartonian Ball! 

Little bit of back story here....Emma is a tad bit obsessed over the Phantom of the Opera. 
{Has been for awhile.}
She got Hannah lov'in the soundtrack. 
Well...the boy Hannah asked to the dance just so happens to love it too!!!  
SO it just made sense to ask him with a Phantom theme. 
She had a black cape, mask, roses, lighted candles, Phantom of the Opera music blasting on his porch. An entourage of drill girls hiding in his bushes. 
When the big moment came.... 
No one was home.  
a little anti climatic  ;) 

Two of my favorite TV shows right now...

TLC's Long Lost Family..
anything to do with family history/genealogy...I'm all over it...just fascinates me.  

And Little Big Shots.
Kids showing off their amazing talents.
But it's Steve Harvey, the host, that steals the show...he is super hilarious!

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