Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"All I want for Easter is my..."

Even though my sweet little guy is ONLY four, he's losing his teeth already!

I should have known they'd come out early, he got his first one before he was 6 months old. They came in fast and furious, too... Yikes. So I imagine they'll go out the same way.

The first tooth has been a little bit loose for a couple months and I have been on him to NOT wiggle it. I'm sure I was wasting my breath, I remember how hard it is to have that little wiggly thing in there and not do anything to it. Well, we were eating at Cracker Barrel in East Texas one night (after being taken hostage by the timeshare people for four hours) and all of a sudden, Hudson looked at me and was sobbing. His mouth was all bloody and I couldn't figure out what happened when all of a sudden I realized he was missing his tooth! We couldn't find it at first but ended up finding it on the chair he was sitting on. *relief* But wow, his mouth just bled and bled. My apologies to whoever had to clear our table that night. :(

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January 30, 2015 - Cracker Barrel

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A couple weeks later - "Hey Hud! I forgot to take your picture with your missing tooth!" And I forget how long his hair was - sheesh! He really is pretty!

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And a few weeks after that, in March. "Hey Hud! I forgot to take your picture with your dollar!" He'd finally had a haircut a couple weeks before.

When we got back from our vacation last week, it was REALLY loose. I knew it could come out at any time.

Sure enough, Thursday morning as he was eating his Cheerios...

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Another picture, another haircut. (It grows so fast!) Still a pretty kid though! ♥

It was sooooo loose, it didn't even bleed. Crazy.

Overall, he's kinda happy about it. He could care less about what the Tooth Fairy brings, but I think he likes feeling like a big kid.

I'm trying to embrace this, his getting So Big, but it's getting really hard. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

my luh-ver

Gee whiz, I sure love this guy. He goes along with all my crazy schemes, laughs at my jokes, and lets me have my way 99% of the time. He is right alongside me in every single way, spoils me like it's no big deal and never lets me feel 'less-than.'

I am SO lucky to have him!!!

Our ward had a dance the day before Valentine's Day (NOT a Valentine's dance, mind you...) and Mike & I decided to get dressed up and go. I'm so glad we did - it was really fun! We stayed awhile and then went to celebrate our love... of Mexican food, at Fresco's. It's becoming somewhat of a bad habit (again).

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Parties for Brandtster!

Brandt's birthday comes so soon after the holidays - I'm really going to have to be better at having a plan!

We had family over for a big party the weekend after his birthday. Even my dad was in town, so it made for a really fun day.

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Brandt is no different than the others in that he was absolutely SPOILED. He has more things than he'll ever know what to do with. But gifts = love in my book. Heh.

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He really wanted nothing to do with most of the gifts at the time - I could tell he was getting tired - but he's made good use of them since. And so have his siblings.

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Singing to him was funny - he had no idea what was going on. He did like his first taste of cupcake though, but definitely wasn't a fan of all the attention. Weirdo. ;)

That Monday was MLK, Jr day, so some friends met us at Chick-fil-A for some delicious lunch and more CUPCAKES!

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I even let him have a taste of the faux ice cream. He was a fan.

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We're so blessed to be loved & supported by great family & friends. Brandt is one lucky kid!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Snow. Ice. Where am I?

This last week has been so crazy!! We had sleet at the beginning of the week, so Maddy missed school on Monday & they both missed school on Tuesday. It was actually really fun to have them home, they played and had so much fun together & I didn't have to go running around everywhere.

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They went outside and tried to throw ice around. Yeah, not very much fun. But they had a blast sliding around on everything. It was all fun and games until it turned into a "snowball" fight and some got down Hudson's shirt. "I haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate snooooooooow" he said while crying hysterically. A true Texan, I guess.

School was back in the rest of the week, but Friday morning it started snowing and it didn't stop. ALL DAY. We were left with at least a couple of inches on the ground. It was great. As soon as Maddy got home from school, we put Brandt down for bed and went out to play. It was so fun!! I forgot how much fun it is to mess around in the snow. We all had fun, except for Hudson at one point because he got snow down his shirt. (Again.)

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We came inside for popcorn, hot chocolate, The Grinch & some marshmallows - separate from the hot chocolate, of course.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

You're home!

One of my best friends (forever) came to visit me last month! She brought her two adorable kids and we had a great few days together.

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The kids reading to her on the first night. They were so excited to have a willing audience!

The day she got here, we had some rain, and it seemed like it took forever to get home from the airport! We weren't home very long before we loaded back in the car and went to Cousin's. The kids' uncle & his family drove up from Houston to see them, so we had dinner (chaos! But fun chaos, the kind that is perfect for Cousin's) and then they went to the hotel with their family to swim & catch up. Jennie & I sat around and talked and it was so good to see her!

The next morning we went to church and then just came home and hung out. It was a nice, quiet day.

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Tommy loved Brandt! It was so cute to watch them together.

On Monday, we got Maddy out of school early & went to Dallas to the American Girl Doll store so Izzy could get her doll's ears pierced. We ate lunch in the food court down there & perused the mall a little bit - the only other time I've been there is when I was down here visiting Spence & Heather the first time.  The kids had a blast hanging out wiht their new besties and of course I love any chance to walk around a mall. :)

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And so it begins! I've really dreaded this but she was just in AWE!

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Best friend necklaces!! ♥

On Tuesday, we took my kids to school and then went shopping around a little bit. When the kids were done with school, we drove out to Arlington to go ice skating at The Parks Mall. It was so fun!! I haven't been ice skating in YONKS, since Mike & I were dating, but it was a good time.

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When we got home, we got the kids settled and then I HAD to take Jennie to Fresco's so she could see what it was all about. I think she finally realized what true love is.

Wednesday morning, Brandt woke up with a fever and was all wimpy, it was sad. :( I took Jennie & the kids to the airport and cried all the way home. I love my friend! I miss her. 

There was a lot of Wii playing - and with that a lot of laughs & some tears since Maddy is learning how to lose at things and not think death is imminent - - -

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and a lot of quality time together. I am so grateful to Jennie for coming down here! We've been friends for TWENTY YEARS... I can't wait to see what happens in the next twenty! Love you, Jen!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

o n e y e a r

My baby is a year! I can't believe it.

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This is seriously his face a lot of the time.

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This is after a lemon. HA!

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My personal photographer moved to Houston so I didn't have anyone to take his pictures. It is going to be a really hard adjustment without her for so many reasons, the photography just being one of them!! I miss you, Stacie!

We went to the park one Sunday and played around and I tried to capture a little bit of Brandt. He wasn't really feeling the camera, he was way too interested in the grass, but it's fine.

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Brandt loves to eat! There were a few days around his birthday where he tried to refuse everything, but that was fleeting. (Thank goodness.) I still feed him a few times a day, he doesn't seem to love whole milk as much as the other kids but he'll occasionally take it. He's so crazy with a sippy cup, he takes A LOT in and then pulls it out of his mouth before swallowing so milk / water goes flying everywhere. And then he throws the sippy cup across the room. AAAGGGHHH.

He sleeps through the night, uh, mostly. Ish. Sometimes. He take a couple naps a day, maybe. Sometimes they're long enough, sometimes they're not. No consistency from this child, ever. I wonder if it'll ever happen?

He loves Maddy & Hudson so much! But then anytime they want to hold him, he won't have it. He really loves his mama right now! I love / hate it. Mostly love. But at dinnertime or shower time... it's trying.

He still crawls around everywhere, pulls up on everything, is getting a lot more steady at cruising. The army crawl of his gets a lot of attention, it's pretty funny. 

He says mama & dada and always seems so surprised when we clap or cheer after he does certain things. It's just funny, it seems like both the other kids were always doing stuff for attention and LOVED IT. But he just does what he wants and if we happen to like it, fine. He's a hilarious kid. He's the most stubborn little monster I've ever met. He makes me absolutely crazy but it's exactly what we were missing! 

This baby has really thrown me for a loop in a lot of ways but I am so glad he's in our family! He just makes us smile so much! (When he's not making us cry.)

WE LOVE YOU, BRANDT! Happy 1st birthday! ♥

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

More from December

Just a few little things I wanted to remember... And then maybe I can feel good about my lack of blogging for 2014.

We went to the zoo one of the warmer days we had. It's so nice to do things like that with my kids, even though it kind of seems like a hassle sometimes. We had a lot of fun roaming around the zoo, the kids loved it (as always), and even Brandt had a good time.

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Hud led the way around the park, looking every bit the tiny tourist. Bah! I love this kid so much!

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The two baby elephants that the zoo had were being so hilarious! It's the most interaction I've seen when we've been there. Makes me so happy to see but sad for them. (Aren't zoos so sad?)

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Even the hippo was going nuts.

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♥ My whole life ♥

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One chilly day, I was making some chicken tortilla soup and while slicing up some grilled chicken, SLICED MY FINGER.

This was a couple days after. It was horrible. I'm really sure I should have gotten stitches. Ugh.

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The night before Christmas Eve (or, Christmas Eve Eve, if you will), Mike sent me away to a hotel for a night. It was all his clever ploy to paint / makeover our bedroom. He did a great job and I'm so glad he took the bull by the horns! He put sheers up, new comforter, new paint (it was an olive / puke green before, I actually really did like it but now looking at our bathroom, which is still that color, it is pretty gross in comparison).

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Christmas Day brought a surprise at Auntie Heather's house - they were fostering puppies! Maddy was in heaven and took a liking to Pistol (the other one was Annie - HA!) and even wrote about it in her journal at school. So adorable. Spence & Heather actually decided to keep Pistol and renamed her Finley. *Which brings their dog count up to FIVE, if anyone was curious..

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Maddy & 'Pistle'

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Our New Year's Eve consisted of Pei Wei, Wii & Friends reruns. It was low-key and pretty fun. My kids were in bed well before midnight, just how I like it!

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This was after Maddy got a bulls-eye at darts. She makes me so proud! ;)