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, and baroque OR vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. 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 (18)

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Brielle Olivia (13)

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Kate Evangelene Lyllie (8)

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My Man!

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Good Times!

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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!

Monday, April 04, 2016

What's On Our Happy List?

Kyleigh In Korea

mission update- week 46

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!! 

I am telling you from experience that no one knows what Easter is here in Korea...even some members don't know and most don't do anything huge to celebrate! 
People... this is a BIG DAY! 
Where is your Easter spirit?? 
It's okay.. I got to teach some people on the street about what Easter is. :) 

My experience that I want to share this week is about one of the members in our ward here in Dogye. Her name is Sister Kim. She is 38 years old and has severe mental problems. She is so sweet and loves the missionaries. She comes to church by herself (her mom is less active) and she has such a sweet spirit about her. Sister Park (new comp) and I got to go visit Sister Kim at her house on Saturday. She showed us pictures and tried to describe stories to us and we taught her about Jesus. Being with her made me think of all the people like her who in this life might not be all there mentally, but in the next life they will be made whole. That thought made me happy. Sister Kim doesn't have many friends and she always wanted to get married. So me being me, I decided that there is a Strippling Warrior waiting for her up in Heaven. :)

This life isn't always fair and we all struggle with different things. But in the end none of that will matter because we will have the opportunity to live happily and at peace if we endure to the best of our ability. Jesus Christ knows us and knows exactly how we feel and I am so thankful for everything that he went through for us as our Savior. I love Jesus. :)

Love you all so much!! Enjoy General Conference next weekend!!!

Sister Kyleigh Cooper

In Other Family News.....

Our Spring Break started out with snow. Gotta love that! 
Felt more like an extension of winter break!

Emmsie got asked out on a date. Her very first! On a snowy Monday morn.
{Hannie was hiding in the front room and snapped this pic. Go Hannie!}

The boy that asked her out is such a likable, funny and nice guy. He's one of the SBO' everybody knows Max. Emma has known him for years that made her "first" date a little less awkward. The plan was to go on a hike then to breakfast, but the snow kinda squashed that idea. Anywho, Emmsie survived! Yeah! Even though she hates bowling and barely says boo to the opposite sex. haha She actually had a real good time...

Lego time with Kate. I love doing Lego's. {is that weird?} 

Let's talk pizza. I love it. 
I would eat it multiple times a week if I could. ;)  
We decided to branch out and try a new {to us} pizza take out. 
Our general go to is Papa John's. {yummy crust!} 
Another family favorite are the pizza benders from Italian Village, 
{not to be mistaken with Village Inn}
 IV is a one of those iconic Murray only dives that has been around forever. 
It was the hubs hang out in high school. ;) 
Can't really beat a pizza bender, or some of my other favorite's like Pizzeria Limone or Malawi's, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed Big Daddy's. 

Pizza for game night is the best. 
My team was one of only eight in the country that were still playing basketball at the end of March. 
We made it to the NIT final four in Madison Square Garden. 
Pretty darn awesome I say. :) 
The second half was went down to the wire...but GOSH DANG IT, we came up was a heartbreaking 2! 

We had a couple Z themed days!  
We went and saw Zootopia. Super duper cute show! Had Zuppas for lunch and Zebra Cakes..

We visited g-pa one last time before heading out of town for a few days..
{After 3 1/2 weeks g-pa is finally home. Yeah! So happy my mom and dad are back together under one roof. They had one heck of a support system through this whole ordeal. Just one members took turns staying with my mom every night for 26 nights so she wouldn't be alone.}

Our Zermatt get away...

 Emmsie catching up on some ZZZZZZ's....

This was her calling card... basically the whole trip!

We colored and played games...

And made our bellies happy... 

with some dang good chicken and ribs. I could have drank the bbq sauce!

Tony's Taco's in Heber. Heck of a dive, but really good authentic Mexican. 

Hannie caught me off guard with my rum raisin gelato! ;) 
I sorta have a 'thing' for the rum flavor. I accidentally had a drink with the real stuff in it on our honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta . I swear I didn't know I was drinking alcohol, but dang it was good. Ever since then I've been a little partial to the rum flavor. 
{Shh! Don't tell my Bishop. haha}
Good thing I don't drink. 

vending machine hopping...on 3 floors!

Daddy had to leave the fun for a time and head back down to the valley for some work commitments.. gett'in a goodbye hug! 

Boy, did we have some obstacles trying to get some swim time in. 

The indoor pool was closed due to part of the ceiling caving in and the outdoor pool was no where heated enough, but the little girls insisted on braving the glacier like temps to swim. CRAZY!
It was only in the 40's outside to begin with...

The hot tub is where I spent most of my time!

pool side read!

We took a jaunt across the way to the Homestead to climb up to the top of the hot spring crater believed to be 10,000 yrs old.  
One of these days I'd actually like to swim in it. 
{If I get brave.}

Hannah rein-acted Kyleigh napping in this same spot a year ago...

playing checkers!

 We took a nature walk along the Provo River before we headed home...tried out our new trekking poles for our upcoming summer hikes. ;) 

Loved Conference!

Gave these cute reminders to watch it to my visiting teachers
{free printable from THE visiting teaching queen at}

Watch'in and listening to part of Conference in the backyard hammocks with the hubs was pretty much the bomb. 

{Kate snapped this pic}
I think it's my favorite pic of the whole week.

Conference snack food 

 along with G-ma's Conference's been a really good food week {more like 10 days} just say'in...

Have you seen this? Wow!  
We watched this movie over the weekend. 

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