Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Fun Trip to Aggieland

We had a great time this past weekend going back to College Station. Each time we go, we talk to Caleb about how it is "God's Country", how it is where Mommy and Daddy met, and how A&M is pretty much the only university we will pay for him to go in another 18 years! We went up on Friday and spent the day at the house with Shirley (Nena) while Doug and Bo visited customers for work. We met up with Blake and Kim for dinner at Koppe Bridge for a yummy burger!
Here is a picture of Charlie on the ride up there. Him and Caleb both slept great!
Caleb laughing at his Daddy!

Saturday morning we went to Reed Arena for the dedication presentation of the Cox-McFerrin Athletic Center. It is an amazing facility-we got a walking tour through it and listened to Uncle Jerry talk about what it took to get the place up and running. It is awesome to hear him speak at these events-so eloquent and so passionate about A&M!
One of the practice courts


The front entrance
Here we are all dressed up-we clean up pretty nice! Notice Caleb sleeping-he was not quite as impressed as we all were!The boys in their Aggie maroon!
Me and the C-man!
Sporting his Aggie gear! As much as he uses his hands when he talks, we may have a future yell leader on our hands.

I'm pretty sure he's saying "Gig 'Em" in this one.


Here is a clip of Uncle Blake's new workout video...coming soon on DVD!


video


And here is another pic of the two of us having a chat. He really is becoming a ham!

Uncle Jimmy came over to visit on Monday and Caleb thinks he's pretty funny! Here they are telling jokes to each other.

It was a great weekend and so far a great week. Had some help from GJ at night since Doug had to travel for work. Nena made a trip over too for some much needed snuggle time! We are so glad Doug is back home now and we are looking forward to a weekend of rest and relaxation!
Please continue to pray for our friend Brad and for Samuel Knight. They both have had some prayers answered recently-so God is hearing us!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Two Months Old!!!

Time has flown by...we can't believe our little man is already two months old! He has been so wonderful and has filled our hearts with such joy! He continues on a daily basis to remind us how blessed we truly are. He is really taking on his own personality and keeps us laughing constantly.
He went to see the doctor for his two month checkup...weighing in at 12 lbs! He is 22.5 inches long too, so he is getting bigger by the day! He also had his first round of shots, which he really did well with. The nurse made Doug hold his arms down (which Doug was not happy about) and Caleb had a delayed reaction to the pain. After the first shot was over, he had the red faced, mouth wide open, no breathing look on his face. Then after the next 2, he let out some cries. Doug picked him up and he calmed down and went on to have a pretty good day after that. His poor little chubby legs are even more chubby now thanks to the swelling, but he did a great job. And much props to the nurse who gave him the shots because she went really fast!

Here is a picture my mom took of him talking to me...he has such a distinct face when he's talking. It's hilarious!

He crinkles up his nose when he really gets to laughing. Too funny!

Here is one of his many attempts to suck his thumb. He gets it in his mouth pretty good, but then he ends up just scratching his face and chewing on his thumb...so it's a work in progress.

We finally got a chance to go to lunch with Jess and Camryn. Caleb was very enthralled with his girlfriend as you can see in the picture below...they both pretty much slept all through lunch and then we went to see Janet at her office.

When we finally got them out of their car seats, they were pretty funny. Caleb is definitely bigger than Camryn, which is good. He likes his women dainty! Hee hee.

Here they are happy with their mommies!Then when we did a switcheroo, they both had a "WAAAH!" moment together and we busted out laughing. They were very entertaining.

"Say girl, can I hit you back?" Ha-we love that commercial! Here are the lovebirds chillin' on Janet's desk. They had a few moments of quality time together. Love at first sight!Ok-so I'll end on an even funnier story. Camryn gave Caleb this funny onesie for one of our showers. I put it on him the other day to go up to Doug's office to pick him up from work. He was looking sharp with some blue pants! So later that evening after we got home, I took him into his room to change his diaper and took some pictures of him since he was in a good mood and wearing an outfit from his girlfriend. Little did we know that he was happy because he was about to unleash an explosion of poo about 2.5 seconds after this picture was taken. It was so bad that we had to cut him out of his cute onesie b/c there was no way I could have pulled it over his head without getting the poo all over him. So there you have it-I've included a close up picture of what the outfit said (thank goodness) because unfortunately he won't be wearing that one again! Sorry Camryn!

Our friends Clint and Madalyn came over Friday night to meet Caleb and have dinner with us. We had a great time catching up with them. The day of their wedding last March was the day we found out we were pregnant! Poor Madalyn had to endure our crazy stories of our times together at A&M. I'm sure she has heard plenty though-Uncle Clint is crazy! But it was a lot of fun and we are so glad they got to meet Caleb. We will have to take a trip up to see them next time.

This week Nena and GJ will be coming by for visits! Caleb enjoys their snuggle time tremendously!

***Please continue to pray for our friend Brad Wims as he struggles with cancer. We are still praying for healing as we lift him and their family up to God daily. Also pray for the Knight family-I went to high school with Ben and Missy, and their son Samuel is suffering with a mitochondrial disease. He is in the hospital now and they are praying for healing as well for their young son. I have links to both of these families' blogs at the right of this page.***

"...by His wounds we are healed." --Isaiah 53:5

Monday, January 5, 2009

A great end to 2008!

So it's been a while since I have had any time to post pics, but that just means you will have tons to see with this update. We had so many wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations...I don't even know where to start. After the first round, we had a Saturday gathering with the Kervin/Higgins crew. There are now 8 great-grandchildren under the age of 7 (plus one on the way for Grace and Auburn) for Grandma and Bompa-so it was quite a party. We celebrated at Aunt Kathy's new house, which was perfect for our growing families. Here is a picture of Caleb sleeping through yet another party-holding a gift from his GJ...



On Monday, Aunt Smelly came into town and spent the whole day just hanging out at the house with us (it was so cold outside, so it was a nice day for lounging). She brought some fun presents and it was so great to catch up with her and for Caleb to finally meet her! Then Tuesday we went to GJ's to see her tree and new carpet, and took some pictures wearing our cute hat and bib from the Frosty's (third set of grandparents). We also got to meet Memaw Martin and Beth and Emily!




Then we went to the annual breakfast at Cracker Barrel Christmas Eve morning with Rocky, Nena, Blake, and Kim. We had more celebrations later that day with all of Nena's extended family-Allens, Garcias, Prothros-where we ate way too much again and had a fun gift exchange! We also received some shadow boxes from Ninnie with fond memories of Doug's Papa and Nana. Afterwards we went to Bo and Shirley's to exchange gifts with the fam. We came home with a carload of stuff for C-man. He is spoiled! (And we are blessed). Here is Caleb with Uncle Blake and Aunt Kim.



On Christmas morning we opened more gifts (Caleb was less than enthused about his-he yawned when we showed him his cool outfits and shoes) and made pigs in a blanket. GJ made breakfast pizza and some yummy bread. GJ, Papa Jim, Uncle Jimmy and Uncle Jason came over and we exchanged more gifts. The tree was full of fun stuff-95% of it was Caleb's of course, although he had no clue! It was all great stuff-his family loves him so! Charlie was very excited about his new toy!




Then it was on to the Cox family Christmas. This year was extra special because there were three-count them-THREE new babies added to the family just in the last few months. So Caleb got to meet cousins Mason and Clara. We ate (AGAIN) and opened more gifts. It was a great day. Here are the families with their new additions!

We met up with some friends in town from Kansas-Kennybo and Susan Lannou-on Friday for some Pappasito's. It was great to catch up with them-we wished they lived closer. Here's C-man with his Elmo pal from them!

Here's another fun gift from Aunt Donna-Doug cannot wait until the C-man can sit and watch college football with him on Saturdays!

Last, but not least, we went to College Station for a basketball game (Caleb stayed at the house with Nena-she insisted!) and then on to the ranch. It was our first trip away from home, Caleb's first trip to God's country (CS) and the ranch, and it went very well.



Doug telling Caleb about the day's hunt...

Three generations-Cox Camo!

After all of the parties, eating, gift opening, eating, traveling, and eating-we were ready to be home and get back to normal. Don't get me wrong-we had a blast! But it was nice to be home and sleep in for a change. Here's the C-man this morning after snuggling with us before Doug left for work.

We had a wonderful 2008. We were blessed with Caleb and we enjoyed our first Christmas with him. God had a plan for us and we couldn't be happier with this outcome. I have to remember to take a moment to count our blessings, one by one, and I encourage you to do the same. We are truly blessed by our family and friends and we want you to know that we thank God for all of you daily. Remember the following for this new year--"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12. If we do so, God will continue to bless us!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Prayers needed

I haven't posted in a while since all of the Christmas festivities and New Year have kept us very busy. And I will post plenty of pictures and news very soon. But right now I ask anyone who reads this blog to stop and say a prayer for some friends of ours. Brad Wims has been struggling with cancer for the last two years, and over the last two weeks it has tried to get the best of him. He is fighting, and we are all calling on God to heal him, make him stronger, help him to have some better days. Please join me in a steadfast prayer that God's will be done and that Brad and the Wims family stay strong in their love of the Lord as Brad struggles with this disease. They are truly an inspiration to us and have shown us that fully relying on God is the only way to go. Please click here to read their story. May God truly continue to bless us all in this new year.