Sunday, October 12, 2008

Moments to savor

Yesterday was a great day. It was one of those Saturday's where you are busy but have those moments where you wish you could freeze time. It was a pretty typical day, went to Gunner's soccer game, did laundry, ran a few errands.

Then we took some time to go down to the park as a family. We packed some snacks and headed to the neighborhood park and played there in the beautiful weather. My kids were having so much fun running up and down the playground, playing soccer with their Dad and running all over the place. I was loving holding and cuddling with Breezy. We were watching the boys have fun, roll down the grassy hill and biff it every couple of times. Caleb even ate grass a few times, but got up laughing each time. I didnt take the camera but this is what Caleb was like...

I also enjoyed watching Justin and his boys run around and play together. It's so much fun to see how the boys love their Daddy. And Bree has such a huge crush on Justin. Every time he walks in the room, she gets a huge smile on her face and giggles so shyly. So sweet.

Yesterday was just one of those moments in time where I loved being together with my family and truly wanting to freeze time just so that I could look at each of my children's faces and memorize them before they grow up on me. I know life goes so fast and there are some days when I cant wait for the day to be over and to have a moment to myself, but I know this will pass me by in a flash if I dont appreciate the little moments. So, here's to our little family...enjoying the here and now, relishing the sweet times and loving each moment!



28 comments:

Alisa Larson said...

We had a good family weekend too. Isn't funny how these moments don't happen in the dead of summer? :-)

Justin said...

That's funny...I can't wait for the kids to grow up so they can get out of the house. Then we can buy a motor home and visit every major league baseball stadium and basketball arena in the nation. Just kidding. We are so blessed with a healthy and beautiful (thanks to you :)) family.

Jason and Shay Johnson said...

Love this post. I think as moms sometimes we need to just slow down and enjoy our little families...at least I do. Kids grow up way to fast and yours are so sweet! Thanks for sharing.

Grandma and Grandpa cook said...

Loved hearing about your family time together. What a precious day to remember!

brownymama said...

Loved your post! I can see them running down the hill with big smiles! Those moments are what get us through their naughty moments! (: I keep telling my kids that nobody is aloud to have another birthday. That's it. They must stay the same age they are now. (: Cameron says, "Don't worry. I'll still love you when I'm all growed up".

Clay's gal said...

That made me cry! It is so true! Like President Monsen said "Enjoy the journey!" If you find the brakes on life...let me know!

The Blakes said...

Love it. Sometimes the best memories are the ones where you don't have the camera around. But they're etched in your mind forever!

Aimee's Family Journal said...

I have been having those moments lately. I think time really is flying by! How do we grab on a just make it wait for awhile. No bills, no where to go, no stress. It is so nice to be with our families more than anything else! What lucky kids you have, that their mom wants that more than anything!

dustin and amy said...

Thanks for your thoughts! Sometimes I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things and forget to take time to relax and be a mom with her kids enjoying life. Yesterday I took Brody and Embry outside to do sidewalk chalk. I loved every minute, even the fact that they got filthy dirty. Thanks for reminding me that it's sooooo worth it!

The Lemmermann's said...

That is so great... I LOVE those moments!!

Wendi and Eric said...

Awe, I love Daddies who play with their kids. So cute. We can't wait to see you in November.

Annie and Clayton Evans said...

I love reading your posts!! your family is so cute and Brea is so cute an big..I love it!!

The Driggs said...

Kari and Justin, I am so sorry to hear about Bree. This post that you wrote just puts everything into perspective. Please let me know if there is anything I can do besides pray. We love you!

The Scotts said...

I am so sorry to here about your sweet little Bree. Let me know if you need ANYTHING. We are praying for you guys.

Melissa Bosen said...

I love you, Kari!

Dallin's Closet said...

Kari,

Our entire family is praying for you precious angel Bree! Please let me know if you need anything from meals to childcare for the boys. So sad especially after reading your last post. What a blow to the gut! We are here for you...always...just call!

Jake, Allison and Dallin Anthon

tHe WaRnEr FaMiLy said...

Cooks,
We are so sorry for you and what you are going through with your little angel. It adds to my testimony the words from our Prophets. I'm so glad you enjoyed last weekend so much, and had a chance to take inventory of your life Kari, you guys are great parents. It shows in your kids. We are praying for you as well, and let us know if we can do anything. We extend all blessings available to you, and ask Heavenly Father to be with you as a family.
Sean Warner

Clay's gal said...

Not a minute passes with out thinking about you and your sweet family! As I told Kristin please let me know what I can do! I would love to take the boys or watch Corrine anytime you want Kristin to be there with you. We will continue to pray for all of you!

We love you and sweet baby Bree!

The Reed Family said...

I balled when I read your last post. It's almost as if you knew a trial was coming. But we'll get through this. I love you all so much. I know I sound like a broken record, but if there's ANYTHING you need, just name it. Your Breezy girl is an angel... even when she's sick! I know Heavenly Father is mindful of her and your family. I believe in miracles, and what better recipient than Bree?! I love you, I love you. Kiss that sweet baby girl for me. I'll see you tomorrow. We're bringing in some Halloween decor to spice up her room!!

Emily Lauren said...

I'm so sorry Kari. We will be praying and fasting for your family.

Sarah Stephens said...

Kari,
I found your blog off of Summer's. I am so sorry to hear about your sweet Bree. You are an amazing mother and I admire your perspective on life. You are an example to so many people that you don't even realize. I just wanted to let you know that you and your sweet family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sarah White Stephens

donna ludwinski said...

My son has neuroblastoma, and I get google alerts for "neuroblastoma"-- and thus learned of your little Bree's diagnosis through the Bates blog. Please know I am praying for you in this very difficult time. There is a Neuroblastoma Handbook for Parents on www.nbhope.org/handbook (parts are still under construction) but some parts are very helpful especially for those just recently thrust into this awful whirlwind. Many many prayers for your beautiful daughter...

donna ludwinski said...

Forgot to add that if you are interested there is a listserv with 600+ well-informed parents, doctors, etc on www.ACOR.org (browse under mailing lists for N for N-BLASTOMA) and another NB specific forum on www.nbhope.org

I know this is overwhelming -- my email is ludfarm@arvig.net

Many many prayers for Bree

Mary said...

Dearest Justin and Kari -
Just wanted to let you know that we love you guys and that you and sweet Bree are in our thoughts and prayers continually.
Love, Jeremy and Mary

Julie Rae said...

Kari,

I just wanted to tell you your family is in our family's prayers. Love to you!!

Julie Frandsen Smith

Shawnie said...

Kari and Justin,
We love you and are praying for you and your sweet Bree! We are here if you need ANYTHING at all! My heart is broken for you. We love you!!! Shawnie and Kevin

Gordon said...

Dear Cook Family,
I want to tell you that fasting on Thursday was probably the easiest fast we have ever done,I know its because you love your family so much.
Justin you were there for Kyler and we are here for you. we would love to have your boys come play. i know germs will become an issue and you know Ive been called GFL (germ freak lady)so we are very aware of this kind of things.
You both are such beautiful parents and We all admire your strength.
In our family we are praying for miracles for your family. We have recieved them so anything is possible.Justin please call if you can think of anything we can do the boys want to help in any way.
We love you and your family.
The Gorie Mell Crew

Gordon said...

Ok it's
Gordie Mell Crew
Sorry for the typos Im a little tired. Dont tell him I spelled his name wrong