Sunday, July 27, 2008

The first Birthday!!!

Andrea Bev Cook turned 1 on July 18, 2008
She really is the pride and joy in my life. We had a huge birthday blowout with tons of presents, cake and so much fun. I love my little princess and enjoy the overboard pics and slides of her first big celebration. I am so happy she is in this world. She is everything to me and I love her more than words can ever express.

I thank heaven for my little Angel Andy.

She really is a little princess to say the least....We love her so much

Monday, July 21, 2008

The MR. Man Cold

While waiting for pics to download of Andy's bday, I thought that I would show the video of our newest little obsession. My friend posted it on her blog about a few weeks ago. So, the other day when I rolled out of bed and felt horrible (but still had to take care of my babe), my hubby rolls over and says, I am sick with a "Man Cold." I need to sleep--so he goes back to sleep and I wake up and take care of my baby. So not fair. So, thanks Genevieve for introducing us to the "Man Cold." It is our new reinactment.

I seriously think this is so hilarious. I laugh EVERY time I watch it...can't get enough. Tell me if you laughed like me...The silliness is that it is so so so true. All you women can atest for me.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Here are the rules:
1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember! (If you don't have a google ID you can post a comment and click anonymous as your identity -- just make sure to sign your name so I know who you are!)

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you.It should be funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you (or if you don't have a blog I will e-mail you my memory!).

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Primary is the Best

Steve and I were both called to be Primary teachers in our ward, and didn't hesitate for a second about it. There is just something about being around those kids and feeling of their spirit. I have the privilege of teaching the 7 turning 8 yr olds. I think it is the perfect age to teach. They are so TEACHABLE...they are ready to be baptized and really just the sweetest things ever. Today was my first time teaching the class and we learned about saying thank you. I just can't tell you how wonderful the whole thing went. I was overcome with feelings of the spirit as the children were very interactive and attentive to everything I had to say. At the end of the lesson we all wrote "thank you" notes to someone we were thankful for and one of the kids, Zack, gave me a thankyou note. I, of course, got all teary eyed and just loved it. I love these kids and they are so good with Andy. It is going to be a great time in Primary.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Families really are Forever

I really am not sure how to word my thoughts right now, so please forgive me if they come out all wrong and inadequate. My dear friends the Decker family have lost their son and brother to a tragic accident in Utah Lake. November 22, 1982 – 7/5/2008

When I heard this news it hit me in a way I didn't realize it would. I knew him through his brother Dave, who has been a very close friend of mine since Highschool. Craig was always the younger brother I knew that followed his brothers around and just loved living life and smiling all the time.

I never really knew Craig as an adult, but from what I know about him I think we would have been BFF considering he is a Decker that went to BYU, loved music and is the same age as my husband, and the fact that he is part of the Decker clan.

This family has always been an example for all to learn from. They have given such charity and love to everyone around them. Gospel principles ring true through each member of the family. I am so grateful for the friendship that they have always exuded to me and for their involvement of me becoming the person I am today.There are so many cliche things you can say. This is a hard time, but the Decker family are examples of knowing God's plan, how it works, and being the people we all need to be to partake of true happiness. I am so grateful that I know that families are forever. This has made an impact on me and made me reflect on my beliefs. I just want to thank all of them for being living testimonies and having the faith we all need to have. It is a testament to how wonderful your family is when you can comfort others at this time. We all love you and are praying for your family. Families truly are forever.

I have included in this post the obituary posted on the site...

It is with tender feelings that family and friends bid farewell to our beloved Craig, who died while sailing with his parents at Utah Lake.

Craig Hammond Decker, 25, was born November 22, 1982 in Murray, Utah to Lyle and Marie Decker. He was a vibrant young man who was loved and respected by the many people whose lives he touched.

An Eagle Scout, he graduated from West Jordan High in 2001. He and Mark Hendricks were Drum Majors of the school’s award winning marching band where he learned to inspire and lead with love. His loving leadership continued as he served as a missionary and branch president in the Argentina Neuquen mission, as a youth councilor for EFY, and as a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In Jan. 2007 he lost his right hand in a fireworks accident. He said, “I will not be a victim.” Two days later he returned to his studies at BYU in Neuroscience. Craig overcame his trials with optimism and ingenuity, and continues to be an inspiration to many people through his YouTube videos under “captaindanger384.”

In spite of personal difficulties he sought to bring love, light, laughter and faith to more people than ever imagined. His life was an active expression of his faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. His written personal goals were:

  1. People are always more important.
  2. Do what you need to do when you need to do it whether you want to or not.
  3. I am not a victim, ever.
  4. Purity is power.
  5. Leave it better than when you found it.
  6. Life is a joy, a journey in becoming like my Heavenly Father.
  7. Live with purpose.

Craig is survived by his parents, Lyle B. and Marie (Error) Decker, his brothers and sisters, Joanne, Emily, David and Heidi (Vriens), Lynn, Kevin, and Shelley Decker, his grandmother, Bertha K. Error and numerous loving extended family.

A tribute website at Donations to the Craig Decker Legacy Trust and Scholarship Fund can be made at any Key Bank or at through PayPal. has been created to remember this remarkable young man.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the many selfless and compassionate staff and volunteers of the search and rescue effort. Thank you also for the many prayers and kind words offered in our behalf.

All are welcomed to attend a visitation Friday, July 11, 2008 from 6-8 pm at the Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 1007 W. South Jordan Pkwy (10600 S.) South Jordan, Utah. Funeral services will be held Saturday July 12, 2008, 11:00 am at the LDS chapel located at 7265 S. 2700 W. West Jordan, Utah, with visitation one hour prior. Internment, West Jordan City Cemetery, 1300 W 7800 S.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Independance Day

What a day we had. Steve didn't get home until almost one in the morning, so I made him stay up even later to open presents.
We had to wake up early to make it to the parade.It was worth it. Just to see the look on Andy's face as she watched the parade and braved the heat. We had a wonderful fourth and Steve loved his birthday. We are so grateful for those many men who make sacrifices for us and make our freedom possible. Thanks for being born on such a wonderful day my sweetie.!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Yankee Doodle- Born on the 4th of July

I love my Yankee Doodle Hubby more than anything in the world. For the longest time I never thought I would get married. Then, I met the sweetest, kindest, smartest, most amazing person ever. He is such a happy person who loves life and loves his family. I am so blessed to be a part of his life. THANKS FOR BEING BORN MY SWEETIE! I love you and hope you have a happy 4th of July Bday.

PS. I know you hate pics of you, but this was fun, and others wanted to see things of you.