About nine months ago Extreme Home Makeover took Eastern Carolina by storm and completely changed the lives of one Martin County Family. The hit TV show tore down the Cooper families old home and built a masterpiece in its place. This was the Copper's first Christmas in that home, Natalie Kaplan got to catch up with them this weekend, the Coopers told her it was a holiday they'll never be able to forget.
According to Jeff Cooper, “It has got to be one of the most memorable Christmas's I'll have since I was a little boy."
Cooper says he's had a world of good fortune in 2009. First Extreme Home Makeover demolished his old double wide trailer and built a massive home in its place that wasn't only beautiful but much more equipped to handle his needs. Then this holiday weekend the Cooper family got another big surprise.
Windy Cooper told Natalie, "Christmas Eve, I got a special present, my boyfriend proposed in the new house, right in front of the fireplace with my family and his family."
The Coopers say their holiday couldn't have been more perfect and a large part of that is because of Ty Pennington and his team.
Carla Cooper tells us "I love Christmas, I told them so, the house is like a log cabin/ski lodge and meant for Christmas decorations and music and the smell of turkey, everything about the holidays."
But the Coopers haven't forgotten about the hundreds of local volunteers that pitched into help back in March and want to say thank you once again to the community this holiday season.
Jeff Cooper says this year was the first time he ever got to help his wife Carla cook Christmas dinner in the kitchen, before he wasn't able to maneuver around, Jeff says the family spent at least six hours preparing the feast.