Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy Birthday.....Ron/Dado/Grandado!!!

Today is a very special day for the Cook family. My dad (Ron Cook) was born 60 years ago in Dumas, Texas to J. C. and Mary Lou Cook. They soon moved to New Mexico where my Grandfather (also went by Grandado) coached Eunice High School Football (and I think just about everything else) and my dad was joined by siblings Jane, Nancy, and Lyndon. The family moved out to southern California right before my dad started the 9th grade and my Grandmother lives in that same house to this day.

My dad came to Waco to attend Baylor and after he finished he went on to Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky for a M.Div. and a Ph.D. During this time he married my mother and she worked as a teacher to put him through school. After he finished school they moved to his first post-seminary pastorate in Decatur, Georgia. This is where I come into the story:
Then we moved to Hereford, Texas where my father again was pastor. We left the panhandle for Brownwood, Texas where my father finished his last full-time pastorate before moving on to direct the Doctor of Ministry program at Truett Seminary.
I know I am biased since he is my dad, but there is nobody I admire more than my father. I have never met anyone else in my life who would work harder to help people. Having lived with him for most of my life, I can honestly say that he has the character and integrity when nobody is watching that you would expect from the ideal pastor. I appreciate the example that he set for me and my siblings and the sacrifices he made for his family--most recently driving the oldest car our family owned (until it caught on fire) so that everyone else could have a nicer car. We all appreciate him and are thankful for him. I'm glad he is one of two fantastic grandfathers Cambell has.

Happy Birthday, Ron/Dado/Grandado!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Week in the Life...

Some things I have been doing this week:
Making the most of both of my new toys from Lolli in one swoop...
Getting over a rash resulting from getting over a little virus Mommy never knew I had... and being introduced to Happy Hiney... a prescription diaper rash ointment that makes miracles happen...
(Click on the picture to enlarge to see my sad little red spots)
Going to my NEW class at church, Penguins A...
Going to my chair to let Mommy know I am hungry...
Riding on a fire truck driven by my friend Piper...
Talking to Piper's dogs with Harper...
Having a sweet little talk with Piper and rediscovering the beauty of the Bumbo...
Using Daddy as a jungle gym whenever I can...
...And reading some books while showing my love for Baylor...
All in a Week's Work...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Momma's Been Busy

We Cooks have had a wonderful week. Our entry way is green thanks to the hubs, I cooked (almost) every night, and Cambell is as busy as ever. I am grateful for her lengthy naps these days, which allow me to get much painting accomplished.

How Cambell spends her afternoons and evenings...

While she does that... I do this...
This is by no means a complete gallery... to see them all, visit my picture site.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, August 17, 2009

A Friend to ALL Animals...

Sorry for our little blogging hiatus! We have been Busy with a capital B! Not this weekend but last, our Cook clan headed to Marble Falls to meet Baby Brooks Homeyer! He was worth putting up with Cambell in the car :). What a little doll!
Cambell loves pointing at babies and touching their faces. Brooks was no exception. Our short day drip was filled with great amounts of adventure...

You may notice that Cambell is wearing different clothing in these pictures taken on the same day...
I'm sure you are dying to know the story behind the two outfits :) Wellll... Cambell made a little mess in her diapy, so Mommy set out to change it as she does many times a day with full success. On this particular changing, though, Cambell decided she did not want a new diaper. She wriggled herself out from my hands and control and crawled away as fast as she could. Before I could get to her, she sat down, turned to look at me with devious eyes, all while PEEING on the Homeyer's carpet! She took off again sooooo fast with her little naked booty visable for all the world to see. Thank you, Cambell, for that wonderfully embarrassing moment. I was actually having to turn my head because I was laughing hysterically, but did not want Cambell to think this was acceptable behavior to get a laugh out of Mommy. What a little mess.

Another adventure at the Homeyer House involved their dog, Max. I have mentioned many times how Cambell loves to yell at animals, especially dogs. We (they) finally were able to catch it on camera. We really missed the best part, when Cambell saw Max for the first time, but our attempts to replicate the moment give a pretty accurate portrayal of Cambell's response to dogs.


Friends since their freshman year at Baylor! As Matt pointed out in his post about our visit, that is TEN long years!

There was A LOT of activity last week, but the most important to note occurred during one of TWO birthday parties last Thursday. Cambell's sweet friend Abby is turning two and celebrated with a back lot tour of the Cameron Park Zoo! We had the opportunity to feed a giraffe a carrot (the tongue felt NASTY, but it was a really cool experience)...
Pet a rhino (we just got super close)...
Watch an elephant eat (and poop)... Cambell of course took every opportunity to yell at the animals. I captured it perfectly below...
And, we got an up close look at one of the newest residents the zoo, the orangutan.
He was so darn cute! At first he was hanging from one arm from a rope, then moved over to the window, folded his arms, and looked at the kids. It was precious. We had such a great time, but boy was it HOT and HUMID.
Notice Cambell's soaking wet hair. The poor baby won the award for most sweaty for the evening. She looked like she had been swimming. On iPhoto, you can see sweat dripping down her face, but my pictures never maintain their quality when I upload them for some reason.
We arrived home to Lolli and Mimi! They helped me out as I had a meeting on Friday. My favorite portion of their stay was when we turned our kitchen into a barber shop, setting Lolli and Mimi loose on Graham's hair. The lady had not taken enough off the back, and the moment it even barely resembled a mullet, I sent my mom to town. Luckily, she brings all of her belongings with her wherever she goes and happened to have her hair cutting scissors! Who knew?!?!
Good times... and more updates to come!

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Big 15 Month Old Girl!

My BIG girl is 15 months old! I don't know how this occurred! I think we need to go ahead and slow this whole "growing" thing down. My little drama queen still brings me such joy. She is proving to be a little more of a challenge than I imagined. Before hitting the year mark, people would comment how Cambell never fussed and seemed so calm and chill. I always smiled with satisfaction. Well, those days are gone, gone. I love Cambell all the same (probably more), but no one can say she is a "chill" baby anymore. She has strong opinions and desires, and voices them with great volume. Stubborn but so sweet, Cambell is my favorite blessing. I love cuddling with her before her bedtime and reading to her as brings me book upon book. I love playing the "where is Mommy's nose/mouth/ear/eye" game a million times a day. I love that she knows what she wants. I love how Cambell gives her babies hugs and kisses and rocks them. I love that she starts quacking upon the sight of a rubber ducky. I love how she points and yells at all dogs (and birds, cows, horses, or whatever animal we happen to encounter). I love her enthusiasm when I pull a NutriGrain Bar out of the cabinet at breakfast. I love that she says, "uh oh" a hundred times a day. I love that Cambell learns new words everyday but still has her own established language and attempts long conversations with everyone she meets (too bad she is the only keeper of the key to her language!) I love that my little girl has finally decided that WALKING is not just a fad! Yesterday afternoon and today, Cambell FINALLY decided that walking is her mode of transportation of choice! She still throws a few bear crawls in the mix, but Cambell is finally a biped! (I also hope I am not jinxing myself by putting it in writing :)) Everyone told me one day it would just click for her, and it seems that day has arrived! Hooray, my Big Girl Cambell!
Big Girl beach legs at 15 months:
Baby Girl Beach Legs a year ago:
Where did all of the rolls go? It's going too fast!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wilkeses and Wednesdays

This past weekend all of the girls belonging to my Dad's family got together at my parents' house for some Wilkes girl fun and FOOD (the theme of the weekend, apparently). It is too bad my camera only has a lens for one little face... I just did not take enough pictures! As everyone arrived Friday evening, we made our way to Corner Bakery (I find some way to get there every time I am in Plano :)) After dinner, we all walked to Paciugo for some gelato where Cambell met a little friend. Through the glass she saw him and started YELLING. I was so embarrassed, but thankfully the other gelato patrons found it amusing. Cambell points and barks really loud when she sees dogs. Weeeirdo :) Cambell was the token baby this weekend. The other Mommies took a little break, but Cambi was a great addition to our group of girls!

I know I said it was girls weekend, but the men had to stick around on Friday for a while due to some crazy rain. I just had to include this sweet moment with Pop!
Saturday involved the best multi-grain banana chocolate chip pancakes you have ever tasted, shopping at the Allen outlet mall (during Gap's Friends and Family Weekend... can't beat it), lunch at Posados, swimming, dinner of varying salads and homemade ice cream, a little drama-free white elephant (but with nice gifts) exchange, hot-tubbin', and wonderful conversation. It was quite a day.
Sunday was filled with church, lunch, and good-byes. Look at what Cambell brought back to Waco...
Her sad little face with a HUGE mosquito bite! It still overpowers her face :(. Much hydrocortizone has been applied and our baby is just fine.
Mommy girl and Baby girl missed Daddy so much during the weekend. But Daddy was hard at work surprising Mommy with all kinds of accomplishments upon her arrival home. He did so many random things that needed to be done, and I am SO grateful! Maybe Cambell and I should take off more weekends :) Kidding, Graham!

So now to the Wednesday section of the post... Our church, Harris Creek, created fun activities for families with little ones every Wednesday of the summer. Cambell and I have only been able to make it to three of the weeks, unfortunately, but they have not disappointed! Today, we went to Twin Bridges Park at the "beach" of Lake Waco. It was so fun! Cambell has only had one other beach experience and this one was definitely more of a success. That is to be expected, considering her first experience was at a wee three months. She just walked and walked and walked and walked into the water and out of the water, all while holding Mommy's finger of course. After about 30 minutes, she had about all she could take, but it sure was a fun 30 minutes :) I enjoyed getting to hang out with the other precious mommies!
The other two Wednesdays we were able to partake in took place at Texas Dynasty Gymnastics. Cambell enjoyed playing with her Sunday School friends, while practicing her climbing skills.
Two of her closest little church buddies, Caleb and Betsy Grace!
Without any prompting, I found my child trying to do a somersault or a headstand. She is totally a natural and knows what these mats are made for :)
I then found her like so:
In the words of my favorite girl, "Uh-Oh"