Thursday, May 21, 2015

Skate Night

The PTO at Maddy's school sponsored a skate night at the local roller rink and we took advantage of the low prices and invited Chris & Kira (even though maybe we weren't "supposed" to) and went!!

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Thank goodness for the stroller! Brandt wasn't a happy camper most of the time, but we tried to race him around fast enough so he'd be happy. The loud music drowned out a lot of the crying though (sorry, Brandt!) and it all turned out okay.

A lot of the pictures are SO CRAPPY! But I still had to document the night. It was the first time the kids went roller skating and we had a pretty good time. Hudson & Maddy took turns going with Mike and the stroller because they were out of those little helper things the entire night. Maddy was so funny, she was like a baby giraffe out there. HA! Love her.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The more we get together...

Mike's entire family was in town over Easter weekend so we were lucky enough to spend a lot of time together.

Friday began with those that could / wanted to going to a big trampoline place in Keller. I didn't participate in that. :) I thought Brandt probably wouldn't love that, and in turn, I wouldn't really love it. Jenny & I rode up later to meet at Chris & Kira's for dinner.

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It was nice to sit around and catch up for awhile before the craziness of the weekend began. Hud & Maddy LOVED spending time with all their cousins. They just couldn't get enough.

Saturday was filled with soccer for us and General Conference for the rest of the family. Later in the afternoon, we met up for family pictures. There was so much drama when it came to these dang pictures, so I'm glad they turned out so well!! Lisa Fotu did such an amazing job. She was quick and professional, and I love the pictures. She just took a few group poses and then I snapped a few of everyone.

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Pretty great, I think.

So we tried to get all the cousins together. Aaaaand... Max wasn't having any part of it. By the time Kira finally got him to be okay with sitting there, Brandt was DONE. But I actually like this picture the best. This is real life.

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Then all the guys left for the Priesthood session and us girls hung out with the kids. We had popcorn and rootbeer floats and some of the kids watched a movie.

Sunday was Easter! (Boy did that seem to come out of nowhere.) I woke up that morning and went, "OH CRAP." Luckily the Easter Bunny had his act together and Maddy & Hudson got a coloring book and a few candies. Brandt didn't get much of anything. He didn't care though. We watched some Conference and then met over at Kirsten & Brian's for dinner. She had a cool Easter egg hunt for the kids and a fun game to go with it, that even the adults got to participate in.

Monday morning, some of us met for donuts. The out-of-towners were introduced to kolaches... YUM.

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We had plans to go to the zoo later in the day, but with the possibility of rain looming, we decided to go right there.  I was worried how Brandt would do without a nap (since I knew he wouldn't sleep in the car or his stroller), but I didn't really have a say in the matter.

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The zoo wore everyone out, and we didn't eat lunch, so we grabbed a bunch of pizzas and ate them at our house. Brandt took a good little nap (hooray!) and the adults got to have some nice conversation. It was cool because even though they'd been in town a couple of days, we didn't really feel like we got to see them too much. :( Totally a different experience than the last time they were in town and stayed with us, and we got to stay up late talking every night.

Eventually it was time to head to Mike's parents' house for dinner. The kids got to decorate cookies and we got to say our long good-byes (Mike's oldest brother & his family were heading home early the next morning).

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Love these sweet nieces of mine! This is just one of the many:

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fifteen months!!

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He almost looks like an old man with no hair on top! HA! The lighting is terrible but I tried four different days to get this picture & this was the only one that was halfway okay.

The biggest news in the last three months is BRANDT IS WALKING! He actually just started about 3 weeks ago and has gotten pretty good, pretty quick. He now mostly toddles around but will still crawl if necessary. A week ago, he stood up in the middle of the room without holding onto anything, so I guess his little legs are getting stronger. :) The kids finally just stopped announcing when he would walk somewhere, but for awhile, that's all we heard. It was music to my ears every single time. ♥ He's been much happier since he's been walking, I think. For about two weeks, he'd walk around with his arms all the way raised, and it was so funny!!! He's lowering them, slowly but surely.

In the last three months, Brandt has gotten SIX MORE TEETH. The two bottom teeth (next to the very front bottom teeth) and then all of his molars. I actually just now realized that. Wow. That's a lot!! Poor guy. He's handled it pretty well. Nights are usually fine but during the day when he's teething... goooooooooood grief.

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He has a check-up with a new doctor in a couple of weeks, so I'll know more about his height / weight then. He really seems to be on the smaller side, like Maddy was. The plus side to that is that he has a lot more options for clothes since they fit him for longer.

He says Mama, Dada, Nana (Maddy), Mo (Elmo), muh (milk), nuh (nose), iiiii (eye), eeehh (ear), bu-bu (bum bum - hilarious), bye-bye, ni-ni (night night), chuh (cheese)... I'm trying to think of what else? I love watching him learn new things and I feel like he's really trying to absorb everything.

He LOVES his silkie! Thankfully he's not too particular about which one it is. I can tell when he's getting tired because he'll go get his silkie (or whatever is available at that moment) and hold it up to his face. This afternoon it was a washcloth. Yesterday it was every single blanket that was lying around. :)

He's starting to exert his independence when he's eating (moreso than he was before) and it's kind of cramping my style. For instance: who doesn't love Chick-fil-A? And some days he'll eat it, and sometimes he'll just close his eyes and shake his head and act like it's torture. Ha! It's pretty funny. Veggies are tougher but I try and squeeze them in when I can. He loves fruit, almost everything, but he's been getting a pretty heinous diaper rash off and on so we try not to go crazy with it.

He sleeps about 11-12 hours / night. Takes 1-2 hour nap during the day, most of the time. If I'm lucky. :) I really try and get him to sleep as much as possible, because no joke, he can handle a late nap or whatever, but then either he wakes up early or the afternoon is SUCH a nightmare. It's really not worth it to me. I'll put my "life" on hold for a little bit longer so he can get some sleep. I really don't mind a bit.

He loves to play with Maddy & Hudson. He tries to do what they do and they try to include him in their little games. Except for when he knocks their stuff over, then they go in another room and close the door.

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He is SO FUNNY. And stubborn. And such a rascal. And into everything. And lets his wishes be known, no matter the circumstances. If he's not crying, and the kids go bother him, I'm like, LEAVE HIM ALONE! Because he's really a pretty demanding kid a lot of the time.

I really love him. He's such a punk sometimes, but it's just his personality! :) Actually, today we were running errands and someone said "Awwww, he looks like he just threw a temper tantrum." And I'm like, "NOPE! This is just him!" Ha.

But then he smiles & I. DIE.

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A new sport

So baseball is my thing. Obviously. I love it. And I've been wanting Hud to play but have been enjoying soccer so much! And we haven't decided if we're going to be those people who try and do more than one thing. (I just don't see how we could. But ?) So this summer Hud is going to be playing and I am ecstatic! It means more early Saturday mornings, but who cares, it's just seven weeks. Of course, talk to me when it's over and we'll see how I feel then. 

Last night we went over to the park to mess around. We've had so much rain lately, I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to play at all, but it held off until we were done.

Maddy rode her bike there. She still has the training wheels on the bike. We've been talking about taking them off and then she fell last week. :( So she's not quite ready to pull the trigger.

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Brandt rode in the stroller. He loved it.

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Mike was totally in his element, trying to squeeze as much knowledge as possible into these little people. Hilarious.

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I'm sure Mike & I are more excited for this than Hudson is. But hopefully he'll get into it a little bit.

Side note: The fields by the park are covered in these tiny flowers. They're so pretty!! And they remind me of Dr. Seuss.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Wee School egg hunt

Right before Easter, Hudson's school had a little Easter egg hunt. It was the cutest thing to watch Hudson with all of his friends, wandering all over looking for eggs. They each had to find 12 eggs, numbered 1-12, and there was such little teamwork happening! It was awesome. Hudson has made a lot of good little friends at this school.

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Bluebonnet Fields Forever

A few weeks ago, we went with Mike's brother's family down to Ennis to the Bluebonnet Festival.

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I wasn't sure what to expect, the last time we went down to Ennis, it wasn't during the festival, and we just kind of went our own way and got as lost as we wanted. This time, we got an actual map with some helpful hints from the experts. I think next time, we'll just go our own way. We saw some beautiful fields, but it was so crowded! I didn't like it as well this year, but it was fun for the kids to have their cousins to play with. It made the picture taking not as painful.

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After all the torture with the pictures, we went to DQ for some dinner & ice cream. I had the worst cold and by the time we got home, a migraine was taking shape. :/ I don't think I'll ever get tired of the bluebonnets though. SO PRETTY.

Monday, April 27, 2015

| t h e | h u d | f i v e |

Hudson said he wanted a Cowboy birthday party this year. Well, he said that for awhile and then he said he wanted a Super Hero party. I was pretty into the Super Hero idea because Kirsten has a bunch of stuff from Oriental Trading. But then he changed his mind again and said he wanted to stick with the Cowboy idea. We had the idea of yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting, green sprinkles, and a little horse or cow on top, and that's what we started with.

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So many of our wonderful friends & family came to celebrate with us! Even though the party was in the afternoon, I couldn't shake the idea of having a meal for everyone. (What is wrong with me?) We just ended up with sandwiches & chips (and black bean salsa, thanks to Katie for that recipe!!), but it was good.

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Hud just loved having all of his favorite people in one spot.

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THESE BOYS!! They're so hilarious!

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All born within two months of each other. Egads. I hope they're never in the same primary class together.

Matt brought his saddle and uh, roping stuff, for the kids to try. It was so adorable how hard they tried and how good some of them were!! I was seriously impressed.

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This little sweetie didn't get a turn ropin', so she just sat there looking sweet.

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Finally it was time for the pinata. We've never had one at one of our parties before so I wasn't quite sure how it would work out. First of all, I left the bat at home... THANKS SARAH, for going to get it. Bah. Anyway... we let Hud start it off and then went youngest to oldest, thinking that would give everyone a shot.

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WRONG!!! Abby totally busted that bad boy open. And I think it was on her first try! I didn't even get a picture because I wasn't ready, thinking I'd be able to get one of her on her subsequent tries. Stereotype, much? Sorry, Abstress.

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After all the candy, it was time for cupcakes. The wind wouldn't quit blowing so Hud had a hard time actually getting a chance to blow the candle out, but I hope he wished for something great!

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So thankful for my best friends to spend their {precious} Saturday with my Hudson.

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I just love this kid. He definitely is the heart of our family. ♥

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Hudson's favorites, at age FIVE!!


Cereal - Honey Nut Cheerios with milk
Vegetable - uhhhhhhhhh... uhhhhhhhhhhhh. Vegetable? Broccoli
Fruit - Apple
Drink - Lemonade
Toy - Cars
TV Show - Wild Kratts
Game - Uno Spin
Book - Elephant & Piggy, I Broke My Trunk
Restaurant - Chick-Fil-A
Holiday - Christmas
Animal - Hippos
Song - I Am a Child of God
Color - Blue
Number - 5

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Hudson really is one of a kind. He is SO sweet. He's amazingly kind. He WORSHIPS Maddy and will do whatever he can to make her happy. If there's something he knows she's going to want, he'll save it for her in some way. He can't wait until she gets home from school so they can play, and if she ever has to do homework or wants to read, it makes him so sad. If she wants to color, he'll do that. If she wants to play Barbies, he'll do that. He just loves her so much. He's also take on the role of big brother pretty seriously. All day long it's "Brandt, NO!" or "Brandt, don't do that!" But he also reads to him, feeds him snacks, makes sure he doesn't fall off the couch, and doesn't electrocute himself. When Brandt does get into something on Hudson's watch, I'm always so surprised. And then I remember Hudson is a little kid. In some ways, he seems so much older. Terrifying.

He loves church and school. He has tons of friends and from what I hear, the kids fight over who gets to sit by him and play with him. I won't lie, that makes me proud for some odd reason. But I really think it's because he's such a good kid. OR it's his luscious locks. Who knows?

He's getting pickier about food. He doesn't really love any vegetables anymore, except for broccoli. :( If Maddy isn't around, I can get him to eat a lot more, but again, since she is his role model, he wants to emulate everything she does.

He loves to play and has a great imagination. He's doing so well at soccer and plays his little guts out every week. We're putting him in t-ball this summer and I can't wait to see how it goes! Legos are becoming a thing for him, but he and Maddy also love to play with their stuffed animals / La La Loopsies / TMNT / etc. He loves everything! He doesn't play with his cars too much anymore but loves dump trucks and monster trucks. His reading is pretty crazy - he loves Elephant & Piggy books (duh, see above), and is starting to try and sneak Maddy's 'Magic Treehouse' books. He can pretty much read anything but that doesn't mean he should. I'm really trying to keep him in the books that are more age appropriate but it's getting really hard. He also loves MATH!! I have no idea what is up with this kid, but when we're in the car, we do addition & subtraction. (I guess I kinda do homeschooling! WOW!) But he just soaks up everything. He loves learning, something that I wasn't sure he would love a few years ago. He still doesn't love to write or anything, but it's getting better.

He sleeps about 12 hours / night. Naps are long gone, even getting him to lay down on a Saturday is a struggle so we don't even bother anymore. I know he needs more sleep than Maddy but if she's up, he usually is too. One good thing though is that he falls asleep *usually* pretty fast and will normally sleep in if he needs it. It's pretty great.

I really couldn't ask for anything more in a son. I just love him so much and I hope he always stays this sweet!!

Happy FIFTH birthday, Huddy Buddy!