Thursday, February 21, 2008

Taking a stroll down memory lane

As I am working on closing down our family website, I have been re-visiting a lot of our old pictures. While I won't be bringing all of those albums over to this blog site, I did want to bring over enough to serve the purpose.

One of the fun things I just did was to go through and watch Grace grow, month by month. Wow. For an adult, months pass by as a predictable unit of time. We often measure our progress in these terms. For example, starting my new job, it took me approximately 3-4 months to get assimilated and feel fully productive. I know I am 2-3 months from being in the full swing of Spring, so I know what projects I need to layout in order to prepare. What does the pool need, what does the landscaping need, etc... Time is relative, and while for me the last 17-18 months have flown by, there has been a tremendous amount of change going on in this little girl!

To see her expressions come alive, to watch her hair grow, watch her go from a fairly stationary newborn, to a wiggly baby, to a crawling machine, and into a fully mobile toddler has been extraordinary. I put up a slide show in the panel on the right of this album, but please, go check it out and view the pictures full size. It was a lot of fun for me and I am sure if you will get a smile out of it too. There are some other albums that I have added there as well, and you are invited to check them out.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Baking up some love

This series of pictures is from back in December, but they are some of my favorites that I never got around to posting on the website. I like the second picture the best because it looks like Grace is actually reading the Tollhouse recipe on the back of the bag.

Grace has always been a great little sous chef in the kitchen. From the time she was just a few days old, she liked to hang out on the kitchen cabinet and watch us cook. Long before Santa Claus brought her kitchen, her favorite toys were cups, kitchen spoons and strainers from the kitchen. Ask Gram what Grace's favorite place is in her kitchen and its a safe bet she will say the Tupperware drawer, or the wash stand which is home to the flour, sugar and sifter at Gram's house.

I can't help but wonder if any of this will make an impression on her later in life. Are there flat cakes with lumpy icing in our near future? Or "mistake" cookies, where she used salt instead of sugar? Somehow I am pretty sure of it. But that's okay. This is just one of many reasons we buy our sugar, flour and chocolate chips at Sam's!

I don't remember being all that interested in cooking at an early age. It wasn't until after high school that I really took an interest. As a matter of fact, ask Gramma and Grampa what meals I was most famous for in my high school days, and Gramma will tell you about my "no bake" cheesecake fiasco, where cream cheese mixture managed to make it into every single nook and cranny of our kitchen in Sugar Land. Grampa will tell you his most memorable meal that I provided at that age was when I made a "run for the border" and brought back Taco Bell for the whole family to enjoy. And you know what? It doesn't taste much like mexican food to me, but I still like Taco Bell! So much for imparting a bit of "culture".

My hope is that Grace will find out the biggest joy in the kitchen is seeing other people enjoy what you make. I don't think cooking has ever been just about feeding the body for me. Heck, Taco Bell can fill a belly. But to make someone a special dinner or create a fancy dessert, that makes memories. And for goodness sakes, I hope Grace can find that passion as a hobby, because the last thing I want is for her to actually make a career out of cooking... those people are NUTS!

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

RV Expo

So... ever taken a 17 month old to a RV show?

Really, it wasn't all that bad. Grace was really good. We spent a lot of time taking Grace out of the stroller and putting her back in. She did seem to enjoy checking out all the different travel trailers we were looking at.

This was the first RV show we have been to with Grace... well, sort of. Brenda was pregnant when we went to the last one. On that particular trip we went and gawked at all the massive and opulent 5th wheel trailers for full-timers. This trip was mostly confined to what we may practically consider in the next several years. Mostly we looked at Hybrid trailers (solid side travel trailers that have "tent" beds that fold out from the front, back and/or side) and some "bunkhouse" models of light weight trailers. No, we aren't likely to buy one anytime soon, but it is fun to look. One day, hopefully after 1 or both of the vehicles are paid off, we may give it more thought. We would probably buy something used, but the shows provide a great chance to see so many different models and makes without pushy salesmen hounding you. Plus, it was a rainy, yucky, cold day today, so it was perfect for spending inside wandering the Austin Convention Center.

Ask Brenda in April how she feels about the travel trailer idea. We are borrowing a travel trailer for an extended weekend. That trip should sort out lots of questions!

February 13, 2007 - Happy Anniversary Gramma and Grampa!

I am not getting any better about this am I? It has been a couple of months since I updated the website, I apologize. If only I could find some way to get my thoughts onto this page in an automated fashion, life would be so much easier.

So what is new at the Cornish house? Lots! We had a wonderful holiday season. Believe it or not, we managed to NOT run ourselves into the ground with parties and shopping and such. We managed to enjoy time together as a family and enjoy time with our extended families here in Round Rock and in Tyler.

Here are some highlights:
- Mema wearing her bright fuscia Crocs (we have sucked Mema into the wonderful world of cloud walking). She is in fine fashion now, sporting her "laissez faire" style in the usual stark, conservative fashion halls of the Rosewood Senior Living.
- Santa Claus hit the ball out of the park with Grace's new kitchen. She is decked out with the finest Little Tikes kitchen Santa could fit in his sleigh. Of course she needed a coordinating apron and chef's hat.
- Brenda and I bought bikes with our Christmas money. We wanted something that would promote some sort of exercise since the pool is bit too chilly right now. We have managed to get them out and ride them and hope to ride them more during the Spring.
- We bought Grace her first bike as well... she loves to wear her helmet, but she is just about an inch or so too short to reach the pedals.
Since Christmas, we celebrated the New Year with a house full of family and friends. Chuck, Sherry, Madison, Melanie and Todd came down for a couple of days. Melanie and Todd stayed with us, while Chuck, Sherry and Madison stayed with Tom and Cheryl. Its probably a form of tragic comedy that we spent the better part of the time leading up to midnight rooting against the guy trying to jump a football field in Vegas. With every attempt we waited with baited breath to see if he would slide into the concrete pole while he was building up speed for the jump. It was close, but alas it was not to be... the guy stuck the jump not once, but twice.

We also went to the George Strait concert in January with Tom and Cheryl. The most remarkable thing about the show was that I actually LOST the tickets! Nowhere to be found... after searching in vain for hours with Brenda, she called the box office. We explained that the tickets were lost in the house somewhere, but we had no idea where. Amazingly, the offered to re-print the tickets and make them available at the Will Call window for a nominal $3.00 fee. Are you kidding me??? For 3 bucks?? Wow, absolutely! I figured there was no way that they would re-issue the tickets.

Now that we are into February, we are smack dab in the middle of our busiest month as a family. I celebrated my birthday with friends out to dinner and with family at home. It was a fun weekend which lead straight into this week, our 3rd wedding anniversary and Valentine's Day. This is the first year since we got married that we weren't off on a trip to celebrate. It was nice to be home, although we could have done without going to work! We celebrated at Joe DiMaggio's Italian Chop House restaurant dining on bone-in ribeye and Chicken Parmesan, followed by a trio of Amy's Ice Cream. Amy's Ice Cream is a local institution here in Austin, it is incredibly rich and decadent.

As for a Grace update, the girl is a weed. She just keeps growing and growing. She talks all the time and you can even understand her some of the time! Every toy, cup, ball and doll turns into an imaginary phone. "Ha Whoa?" and "Hi Ya" are her 2 favorites. The girl can also find her body parts! Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, belly button (she has had this one down forever), toes, fingers, hair... you name it, she can find it. Gram, the brave soul that she is has also embarked on potty training with some very promising results! She also likes to count to five, although 3 and 4 sometimes get lost. "1, 2, 5!" We think that she has grown to about 35 inches or so... so she comes up to almost eye-level with Gram! Sorry... couldn't resist. Gram did say that Grace absolutely had to start school if she passed Gram in height!

I need to go download some more pictures for the website. I will try to have those available soon. That's my pitch to keep you coming back for more, more often!!

Oh! I almost forgot! Dawn and Nathan, I just wanted you to know that Brenda and I are already thinking up some great things to send our next care package. Hopefully, we can keep you on your toes, guessing what wacky-out of this world- stuff we will send next.

Much love to everyone!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Coming Soon!

We will be ending our current website soon, opting instead for this weblog that we hope will be easier and cheaper to maintain. If you would like to visit our website while it is still active, you can do so at