The Cooks

The Cooks

Friday, October 28, 2011

Grandpa Cook's Birthday




We went to Poky a few weeks ago for my father in law's birthday. It was good to get away for a day and see our family. The kids had a ball playing with new toys and Owen loved going up and down so many stairs.

We had a great time and felt very blessed to have such a great fam!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Haircut





This is Owen's first real haircut. We had a lot of strategy! He was so funny and my mom was so patient!! We had plenty of snacks and he kept swiping her hands away and we all just got a big laugh about it!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time out for Women-pictures



I already posted about my amazing Time out for Women experience, but for some reason or another, I couldn't get pictures to load. So here they are. I went with my sisters: Diana and Kara (bottom and top picture) and my adorable friends: Christine and Becca (middle picture). We had so much fun and I enjoyed their company on a really great weekend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bear Lake pictures...finally









Okay, so I am officially behind! Zac and I took a trip to Bear Lake (a month ago) and here is how is went.

My parents were nice enough to watch our kiddos for 3 days while we took a trip. We haven't been on a trip, just the two of us, since before Owen was born. We were really grateful to my folks for helping us out. We went swimming (indoors and out) and drove around town, took bike rides, and relaxed. The first night we just laughed at ourselves because we ate in and then watched tennis. But, it was so nice to just chill.

We had a blast and it was really good to get away and have fun!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Expressions





This little guy is so animated! He is so FUN to watch and to play with!! He is crawling like crazy and pulling himself up on everything. He is SOOOO anxious to walk. He is the funnest baby! He loves to smile and laugh and play with anyone that will give him attention. He thinks Owen and whatever Owen is playing with is the best and wants to be right next to him and playing with his toys. Owen doesn't like this so much. He gets pushed around a bit, but overall they play okay with each other.

Will loves to be tossed in the air and tickled. I love that boy's laugh. He is an amazing kid and we are so blessed to have him in our family. I am so excited to keep watching him learn and discover.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Trampoline




We got a trampoline earlier this year and we have LOVED it! Owen loves it...Will loves it! It has been so much fun. The best is when Owen's wild hair gets that static cling. And it is a great place to get rid of some energy before nap time. :)

My nephew Ethan was here a few weeks ago and the first two pictures are of the cousins jumping together. Love that too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Visit





Okay, so I am really behind on posting and so I will start with a visit with my sister, Diana, a few months ago. We had so much fun and the kiddos were fun to play with.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sold




We have had a lot go on these last few months. We sold both our Nissan and Zac sold his motorcycle. I am really thrilled about having a minivan, but I was sad to see our car go a bit, because that was Zac's car before we even got married, and so I felt oddly attached to it. And no I didn't cry. :)

I never thought I would say this, but I was actually sad to see the motorcycle go too. I never really worried about Zac riding it, because he is a very cautious driver, but we got the bike before we had kids and so we have taken a lot of rides and really enjoyed having it. Growing up I guess!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Time out for Women

I am been a real slacker in my blogging lately, because I haven't been able to get pictures onto my computer and I have a hard time sometimes coming up with something to say, but I have a little down time and I just had such a great experience when I went to Time out for Women (with a couple of really great friends and 2 of my amazing sisters) and so I thought I would do something a little different and post straight from my journal (which I wrote in right after I got back so I could remember my feelings a little better).

This weekend was a really amazing one! I just got back From TOFW and that whole event could have been made just for me. The theme was the prospect of what we can become. Some of the topics covered were things like: self-worth, overcoming adversities, motherhood, faith, life is NOT a contest and the importance of our choices. HIT HOME!!

I felt like specific messages were worded perfectly to my understand. Everything felt relateable. It's interesting too, I didn't end up leaving feeling like I needed to change everything in my life and do more, for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was worth a lot and more importantly that I was worth a lot to Heavenly Father. I think something I thought about was the phrase "Life is not a contest." I really feel that a lot of the time. I want to have it all and then when I look around me and see someone skinnier, or more domestic, or more righteous and I feel like I'm lacking and have something to prove. I think I'm starting to better realize that I have a purpose and how can anyone love me for who I am, if not only do I not love myself for me, but in some ways I don't even know who I am and what my realistic expectations of myself are.

I learned that I can help others, but I can't help everyone. I can give my kids love and care, but I don't have to give everything I am to them. There were sooooo many messages about the Savior and His need for us. It really renewed my testimony of a loving brother. I feel refreshed and ready to face my life on day and sometimes one step at a time. (End of my journal entry)

And if that weren't enough, soon after that I was watching the RS Broadcast with some of my amazing friends and Elder Uchtdorf's talk just felt so important to me. I was so excited to tell Zac about how much I felt the Savior's love for me and felt like He is truly aware of me and my struggles and triumphs. I felt and still feel so blessed and that I am so happy to be me just the way I am, because although I can continually try to be a better person, I am enough.

The last few weeks I feel happier than I have in months. I'm sleeping better, taking better care of myself, and really trying to spend more quality time with my kids. I know that life might not necessarily get any easier, because it feels so busy, but I am learning to be happy and remember to thank my Heavenly Father more regularly for the mountain of blessing we are given every day. I am so grateful for knowing who I am and why I'm here.