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 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 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!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

What's On Our Happy List?


In Cooper News....

Drill is kinda ruling our life right now. 
It's comp season.
This was last Saturday at the Bountiful Competition.
Brie and I took two trips up North!
 Murray took 3rd place in 4A Military..which was super exciting.. taking into consideration who we were competing against.

THIS food truck was there.......
I had heard how good these corndogs were, but had never tried one...

Brie's words to me..."You wanna bite?...It will change your life." 

lol

It did. 

I was in a corndog coma!!!

SO SO SO very good!
On Sunday these two, with their cousin and a friend, attended the Singles Ward.
{Cracks me up!}
 Sunday night...
Did you watch? Did you watch?
{We have been looking so forward to this!}
It was lovely.
 Us girlies had ourselves a Queen Victoria celebration...
A co worker gave me a jar of raspberry butter over the holidays...
Emmsie and I practically ate it by the spoonful.
It's THAT good!
Emma made up a batch for our English muffins...
Those chocolate covered cookies...Tim Tams and English Digestives, are a favorite with my girls...
found at World Market.
{I just got to look at all this goodness and not partake... or I would have been on wheat overload...lol}
 *****
 Decorated lockers again...this time for upcoming Region Competition...
Also helped with the table decor for their Region banquet...
*****
Brie made this Disney themed card this week for the playground lady at school. 
Nana's husband recently passed away...Brie told her that Disney characters make her happy and she was hoping it would help cheer her up too. 
Super sweet I thought...
 *****
Went down to Orem with Hannah to the cutest dress shop called Dress Collective..
We finally FOUND A DRESS!
Blessed day I say, cuz we were running out of time...Junior Prom is next weekend!
*****
Throughly enjoyed watching the Inauguration coverage for hours on Friday...
loved all the pomp and circumstance...
One of my favorite moments was before the swearing in...when the Trump's met the Obama's for tea at the White House.. I love the tradition and history behind everything single thing done on this day.. 
I thought the First Lady looked so elegant and classy... 
Way to go Ralph Lauren! ;)  
OH HAPPY DAY!!!!
How would you like to dine at this table of gorgeousness?
Loved that they danced to Sinatra's "MY WAY"
so fitting for Trump. :) 
 *****
It was time for our monthly Dinner Group outing...
We tried the Galley Grill for Russian cuisine...
So unique and so fun to try...I had Borsch...a beef soup made with sweet beets {I'm a huge fan of beets}, cabbage, potatoes etc. and Pelmeni...beef raviolis with adjika sauce and garlic mayonnaise...
The service, by the sweetest Russian girl, was great too. Loved her accent!
The desserts..oh gosh so good! 
I ordered honey cake...
{then crossed my fingers that it didn't make my eye swell up... :/ }
Kyleigh's Friday night date!
She had such a good time!!
I love hearing about her dates and outings. 
It's entertaining!
*****
Another early morning Saturday for Hannie and I...
Today was Region Competition.
We were up against some tough competition...
{one team being the State 4A Champs last year. Yikes!}
We took 3rd place!!...
There are only four schools in our Region that have a drill team...
so all four teams get to go State competition regardless of where they placed...
Some awesome friends who came to support...
one photobombed our family pic!
He's sweet!
;)
We celebrated at Blaze Pizza after.....
...first time for us.
YUM YUM!!!
You can build your own pizza or order one of their specials...
The White Top and Chicken BBQ were a hit!
 *****
Another fun food find this week...
{from Sam's Club}
were these Peanut Butter BonBons.
They are gluten free but you would not know it...kids and hubby liked them too!
*****
Have you read these two children's books???
These are my two latest favorites....
THEY ARE ADORABLE!!!!

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