Monday, January 31, 2011

Future Salesman

Over Christmas break Gunner had seen a few kids in the neighborhood selling lemonade or hot chocolate. One day we were flipping through a kids recipe book and we see a recipe for mouse cupcakes. 
Gunner had the fun idea to bake up some of these cute cupcakes and sell them to cars that pass by our house or kids on their bikes. 
He was so excited & proud to display his sign.

Breezy had to make a sign too. She did a pretty good job huh? 

 Making (and sampling, of course) the cupcakes.

Aren't they cute?

Getting ready to sell his little heart out!

Dad was his first sale of the day. Justin also taught him some tactics to "closing the deal" and Gunner ate it up. His phrase of the day was "Let's make a deal." Justin was so proud. :)
(Don't you love the Chavez-like frosting mustache?)

Caleb joined the fun too. 

A few of the neighbor girls came over and played leapfrog between sales. They are so sweet!

 They also took a few quick breaks to take the Hot Wheels for a spin. He's actually quite a great little driver. 

Making the ASU "Sun Devils" sign (or trying to). Yes, we are raising future devils. :)

"Look Mom! No hands!"

At the end of the day, Gunner made about $18. He sold all his cupcakes. He sold a few to grandparents over the phone and even had a few friends & cousin stop by (thanks to my friends that I called for sending their kids over!). All in all, it was a success, we all had fun and he got his feet wet in the sales department!  

The end!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A word about Bree...

(I forgot to document this in my last post about little miss Breezy so I wanted to make sure I record this so I can tell her when she's older what a good little patient she is.) 

Nearly every time we go to see her oncologist, pediatrician or the hospital she is such a great little patient. In fact, she's very interested in what they need to do to her.  Take, for instance the last time we went in to see her oncologist. Every time we go, which is about every 2-3 months, she needs to get either a finger poke or a butterfly in the arm to draw her blood. This last time, the nurse asked if she could take her blood and do a little poke on her finger. Well, since I had her on my lap, I braced myself for her to cry. Instead, she holds her hand out for the nurse and puts her pointer finger out for the nurse to poke her. Then says, "Here you go." 
And naturally, I thought she would either cry or look to me to soothe her while she gets poked. Nope. Wrong again! ...instead she takes great interest in watching the nurse poke her finger and squeeze the blood onto the sample plate for testing. Are you as impressed as I am? 

This little girl is destined for great things. She is extremely tough and yet is soft and sweet and loves to comfort others. She constantly melts my heart. She's been rather sneaky lately and will come and get in our bed at night. But, every time she does, I secretly love it. She'll caress my face and even pat my back.  She'll ask me in a very quiet whisper, "you okay Momma?" and she'll make sure I have my blanket on. Then she'll tell me, "you go sleep now Momma." 
Like I said, 
Melts. My. Heart. :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Update on our little miss

Breezy had her bi-yearly tests (MRI/urine/blood) a few weeks ago and she is still clean! She's still stable with no change or any tumor growth! Yea! 

Just wanted to say how thankful we are for our little princess! Go Breezy!

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Years Partay!!

Warning: Picture Overload!

Typically, for New Years, we celebrate at home with the kids (they get to stay up til 9 or 10pm). We bang on pots and pans and yell and scream from the top of our lungs. Then Justin & I put them to bed and watch a movie together then toast in the new year at midnight with our sparkling cider (yes we are real party animals). 

This year we headed up to Prescott and spent time with Justin's sister Krista, her hubby Ryan and their 4 kiddos. They had a huge snow storm right before we came up so it made it extra fun playing in this...

The kids didn't waste any time and got right down to playing with each other... 

 The kids couldn't wait to get their snow gear on and head outside for some much needed playtime with the white fluffy stuff.
Gunner and cute Anna all ready to go!

Caleb loved being in the snow. He wanted to go out with the kids so bad he took off without his gloves! 

Breezy was so excited to wear her pink hat with matching scarf and gloves. I dont think they were the warmest but at least she was stylin' :)

We went outside and started playing in the snow as we waited the arrival of Justin's other brother Tyson and his family. 

Bree liked eating the snow more than playing in it. 

Billy sharing his snowballs with Caleb. Ah, how sweet.

Fun with cousins. Gunner & Cameron

So while we were waiting for Tyson & Angie & their family to arrive, the big boys (Ryan & Justin) thought it would be super fun to surprise them with a snowball attack when they made their entrance. 

Here's Billy showing me his giant snowball he found for the attack. (I dont think he actually used looks like that can cause some damage!)

Tyson should have known not to open his window when his brothers & nephews were armed with so many snowballs! 

I think they thought the attack was over when they got out of the car...think again!

It's all good clean fun right?

 Next we headed up to a mountain to do some sledding! While we waited for the other Cooks to get their snow gear on, we took some fun pics. Love this one of me & Breezy.

One of the belly for documentation, yes I am huge these days...

Even though it was SUPER cold, the kids loved going sledding. 

Caleb especially loved it. He kept trying to take the sled and make it go when he wasn't on a hill. When he wouldn't go anywhere, he wasn't too happy. When he did he was in heaven!

Go Caleb!

Justin took Breezy down once even though she wasn't digging the idea. She's like her Momma and likes to stay warm. :) I love that all you can see are her eyes!

Don't ask me about this next picture. This is what happens when Justin & Ryan go shopping with one another. They come back with interesting finds. What can I say, they're weird. 

That night was New Years' Eve. We did the count down with the kids and celebrated with root beer floats. 

Caleb was super tired yet still wanted to party

Happy New Year! 

The next day we played in the snow some more. Krista & Ryan are such great hosts. Krista knows how to please everyone. Since there was so much snow, she broke out all the fixings for snow cones. What a fabulous hostess! Tyson wanted to take all the credit for this idea. Nice try Tyson!

The kids were in heaven. I think Gunner had at least 4 cups!

In between snow cones he made snow angels. 

Caleb didn't care if he had a cup, he just ate it straight from the source!

After snow cones, lots of snow fights broke out. Tyson was the target, yet again. :)

Take down!

Thanks so much Krista & Ryan! We had a wonderful weekend with you guys! Can't wait to play again soon! 

The end!