The other day we went to an Ash Wednesday service in downtown St. Paul (hence the black marks on our forehead) and we stopped by daddy's work so we could fulfill the Pioneer Press' obligation of being paraded around the newsroom for everyone to stare at us. Our friend Ben took this photo of us looking rather skeptical.
Apparently there was this mad dash the day and night before the baptism to get our special outfits made. Janice, far right, was the designer and project manager, Great Grandma K and Betty offered their expertise.
Right after the baptism we realized just where we might end up as we took a photo with all the Cook men.
Great Grandparents have that name for a reason. We met them for the first time that weekend and they are great.
We sure know how to draw a crowd, even with our eyes closed.
Great Grandpa C got into the act too. He and Jackson found out they share the same middle name and initials, J.B.C.
Then there was this tall, skinny, slightly goofy guy hanging around. Gary is his name. He's a longtime family friend.
It was a long weekend. Luckily, when it was all over, Monica was there for us.
They poured water on us. We were OK with it, but Charley made a face similar to Beki's in this photo.
We were able to sleep through most of the ceremony as they spread oil and other things on our foreheads and chests.
After that, it was time to relax. Not that we weren't already relaxed, but nonetheless, we kept at it.
These shirts came from our Uncle Todd. They're pretty cool, but we're sure he bought these for us so he could tell us apart when he met us.
We have these new shirts too. Jackson hopes maybe one day Charley will forget who was really here first.
DISCLAIMER - We understand the importance of this weekend. The dozens of people and hundreds of photos made that clear. We're still working on getting more pictures from this weekend. We'll post them as soon as we can.
Cousin Kinsey came in from Texas and got to hold Jackson all by herself. We were a little nervous at first but she didn't drop him once.
Uncle/Godfather Todd came in too. This was our first meeting, Charley thought the hair was a bit much.
We then got baptized. A little weird with all the oil and water, but being blessed is a lot better than not.