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 {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!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Kyleigh Dawn (22)

Emma Abigail (20)

Emma Abigail (20)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Hannah Isabelle (18)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

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!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

What's On My Happy List?

Kyleigh in Korea

Hello Everyone! :)

So I want to share two things that I learned this week....

The first one is this... with a member this week we shared a quote that goes like this "be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says 'oh crap she's up' " I love this quote! So we talked about how to not let Satan get to us and how we can overcome his nagging thoughts of self doubt and such in our heads. So we talked about how we can become women described in the quote and for you men out there the scripture in Alma 48 about Captain Moroni "if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." If we do what we can to not let Satan toss us up we can all become like Captain Moroni. Think of a bottle of coke and a bottle of water. If you shake a bottle of coke it fizzes up and it will explode. That is what can happen to us if we let Satan work on us. But what happens when we shake a water bottle? Absolutely nothing. It remains calm. So our goal is to be like the water bottle. We can read our scriptures, go to church, say our prayers, do service, be kind to others, the list goes on and on... if we do the things Heavenly Father has asked us to do then we can be like the water bottle! It's hard because it is really easy to explode sometimes like the coke, but Heavenly Father will help us become like water bottles :)

Also...During Sunday School we talked about foundations in our life. Our foundation should be Jesus Christ and the Gospel (Helaman 5:12). That is the answer we all know, but our teacher asked us to think of what else makes up our foundation. Then everyone in the class started sharing ideas and thoughts.... Like family, stable job, good finances, life built around service, education...then one man spoke up and said, "I think we can have two foundations in our life." We can have a physical foundation like education, finances, etc...but something can always tear that foundation down, because it's a physical thing...but if our spiritual foundation is strong that is what will carry us into the next life. If our physical foundation crumbles and there is nothing left except our spiritual foundation,  we will be okay. So I wanted to encourage you all to take a look at your foundations. Your spiritual foundation and your physical foundation. How can you improve and make your foundations stronger? I've been pondering a lot about this! Foundations can't be built overnight, but step by step we can make our foundations strong. If Christ is the center then everything will be alright no matter what storms may come :)

Love you!!!

Sister Kyleigh Cooper

In other family news this week......

First Day of School!

some first day goodies in the lunch!

B. Olivia started the 6th grade! 
She got the incredible teacher that Kyleigh, Emma and Hannah also had.  
To this day...that is one of their favorite years of school. 
They do such fun projects! 
B is on the student council. She had early morn cross walk duty the first week. Too cute!

B has great school friends! 
That little friend of B's on the right, has been with her every year since Kindergarten. 
Best friends!

Kate's a big first grader! 
Not only does she have to get used to staying all day, but getting up early to go.  
We are NOT morning people my friends! but forced to be. 
{we LOVED afternoon Kindergarten} 
"I only have one day now where I can sleep how I want," Kate lamented. haha 
{she lives for Saturdays}
So needless to say it's been an adjustment. It felt like a SUPER LONG week at our house. 

My two younger often have struggles getting to sleep....With school starting....New comfy pillows and some sleep help was in order...we've been trying this homeopathic, non habit forming sleep aid. Kate prefers to still use our good 'ole stand by- Melatonin, but B uses the Calms Forte. Helps with anxiousness as well. 

Not my favorite sight.

Guys! I sorta die. 
Had to refrain from letting a few tears escape me.  

My friend who was taking pics for the yearbook snapped this and sent to me. 
{Put my little heart at ease.} 

Once we got the kiddos off to school some of the neighbor ladies met for our traditional first day of school breakfast. 
My favorite part was when the hubs texted me and asked....
"Did the girls get to class while maintaining mental stability?"

Emmsie and her best friend joined us as they didn't start school till later in the week...

Later that day Emmsie and I checked out the BYU Salt Lake Extension Center where she will be taking a class. 

Hannah had drill practice at 6 am on the first day...bluck! 
So there were no first day of school pics before she left the house, but she got these at school for me once she was ready for the day.  ;) 

 nabbed one after school....

They came with me to pick up the younger two...

Tra-dish to have cookies and milk after the first day of school while the kids tell me all about their day. 
LOVED hearing about it!!!  

Kate lost her dang tooth in class!!!

College Girl!
Emmsie started her classes at SLCC on Thursday. 

She has three of her four classes with her best friend...which helps with the overwhelm-ness of starting college! 

Emmsie has had several tender mercies of late. 
She landed a permanent position at IHC.... just at the right time. 
She's been a floater throughout the summer working at different hospitals as a patient registrar. 
Her job hours will now fit perfectly with her college schedule. 
She also bought herself her own car and lap top. 
Welcome to life as a grown up! ;) 
I got to be in charge of locker decor this week for the drill team!


The drill team performed at the Hello Day Assembly. It was awesome! 
Their new coach is a guy! He is an incredible choreographer. 

Look what happened to Hannie on Friday night at the Murray football game out at Copper Hills. 
Her friends sent me pics and video. 
{I knew it was gonna happen, but had to keep it a secret.}

Seriously, how cute is this?

Cinderella is her FAV! 
The whole thing was just beyond sweet! We were dying. 
Sushi Night!

Kate trying wasabi ;)

Had a Back to School Dinner for the girls this week. 

Our theme for this school year...
Keep Your Head Up. 

We read the Oct 2011 Conference talk "It is Better to Look Up" by Carl B. Cook of the Seventy.

One of my fav parts.....Elder Cook said..."Experience has taught me that if we, like President Monson, exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life. We will not feel incapable of doing what we are called to do or need to do. We will be strengthened, and our lives will be filled with peace and joy. We will come to realize that most of what we worry about is not of eternal significance-and if it is, the Lord will help us. But we must have the faith to LOOK UP and the courage to follow His direction. 

Dinner was school lunch style!

I gave each of the girls a bracelet with an arrow on it to remember throughout the school year to... 
"Keep Your Head Up."

Here's to a Happy School Year. 

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