Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

Worst part of the weekend: Worrying about my dad's procedure he had today. 

Best part of the weekend: Spending lots of time with David and Hudson, getting a manicure and pedicure so my fingers and toesies look pretty, finding a cute outfit for Jess' shower and going shopping.

Most random part of the weekend: David willingly watching a "chick flick" with me, aka Bride Wars, ha!

People I saw this weekend: Just David and Hudson 

Something I wished I did this weekend that I didn't get around to doing: Working on the yard, getting more stuff done around the house and getting more design projects caught up on. 

Things that I am looking forward to this week: Spending yesterday and today with Hudson (even though he was a monster today), Jess' shower on Saturday and spending time with David and Hudson over the weekend, of course!

Things that I am not looking forward to this week: Lots of long nights of design projects after I get home from work. I'm ready to be caught up already, ha!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins


1. Moving into a more family friendly neighborhood is something I cannot wait to do.

2. America is the land of the free.

3. My best quality is my open-mind and open heart.

4. I tend to over analyze anything and everything and obsess about all of the details.

5. In nearly 10 years, David and I would have been married for almost 15 years and Hudson would almost be a teenager! (yikes!)

6. Support and strength is what I need right now.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to spending a relaxing evening at home with David and Hudson, tomorrow my plans include getting a pedicure, going shopping and not sure what else and Sunday, I want to do whatever I want, lol! Not sure quite yet what our plans are for this nice, long 3-day weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

First Gift for Baby (& big brother!)

After having a trying morning yesterday, sitting in traffic for close to an hour on one highway and subsequently, having the worst panic attack ever, I arrived at my office and felt so bad that I had let all of these things get the best of me.  I was already in tears once I walked into my office and sat at my desk, and sadly, it was probably the 3rd or 4th time I had broken down that morning. I thought I would just shut my door, sit at my desk, cry it out for a minute and then get to work. Well, little did I know that when I got to my desk I would find none other than a lovely little gift topped with a tiny little card and wrapped with a pretty yellow satin ribbon. I was in shock and of course, it made me cry even more, lol! I took a few deep breaths and tried to gain some composure before opening the card. It was the cutest little soft book with an adorable monkey face on it along with a small hardcover book as well. One of my co-workers had actually bought it and she said that the soft cover book was for the baby and that the hard cover book was for Hudson. It was totally unexpected, yet greatly appreciated and very special to me now, as it actually was the first gift we've received for the baby. Also, I hadn't really discussed my pregnancy with her and nor does she know of our recent loss since she was hired shortly thereafter, so I thought it was even more thoughtful that she had gone and bought something so sweet for our son and for our expected little one. Now I have the shopping itch though and getting that first gift makes me want to start buying all kinds of cute things for the baby, although, I am going to try very hard to fight off the shopping urges at least for a while. Here are the two cute little books she got for our precious kiddos. Thank you again, Morgan, we love them!

Little Monkey by Kimberly Ainsworth


Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

10 wks 4 days

I will start my 11th week of pregnancy this upcoming Saturday and I am so excited to be so near the end of the first trimester. I am still most anxious about my upcoming appt. which is now just 1 wk and 6 days away. Not much is going on with me physically so far, hardly any signs of morning sickness, the headaches have virtually subsided alltogether and although, I am still very tired these days, I am beyond thrilled that remains to be the only symptom that I have been facing. Oh, and my ta-tas seem to be getting larger, as if they aren't big enough already! Sorry for the tmi, but wowza! I am afraid of what these are going to look like by the end of my pregnancy. I might have to invest in an entire arsenal of new bras, lol! My pants are still snug, but haven't gotten any worse, so that's a good thing! Although, my appetite hasn't really been any different as in increasing or decreasing lately either so I wouldn't have expected much different. I am hoping to start working out a bit in the coming weeks to help ensure that I don't pack on more than I would prefer during this pregnancy, especially over the next few months. I gained quite a bit more than I had hoped for with my pregnancy with Hudson and would like to keep a bit lower if possible. I definitely took advantage of giving in to each and every craving with that pregnancy though and definitely enjoyed not obsessing about my weight, which I don't plan to obsess per se, but just want to be more conscious of it this time around. It might be wishful thinking, but I am also hoping that chasing after a 2 1/2 year old will help in my endeavors to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight as well. We'll see!

On a related note, I must say that I can definitely feel how much larger my uterus is and have a feeling that I will be showing a bit before too long, which is completely fine with me as I would much rather look pregnant than just look like I am overweight. I am also incredibly eager to get a little further along to so that I can start feeling movement as well. I starting feeling the baby with my last pg right at 15 weeks which was just a few days before I miscarried, so I am hoping that I will be able to feel our little one that early if not even a little sooner. I've been trying to talk to Hudson about the baby a lot more lately and although, I think he still looks at me like I am crazy and most of the time responds with a resounding "no" when I tell him that there is a baby in mommy's belly, he did kiss my belly earlier today when I asked him if he wanted to give the baby in my belly a kiss. I thought that was really sweet even though I don't think he understands at all yet and was just being sweet giving mama kisses. I can't wait to see him with the baby and know he is going to be the best big brother!

I've been really good at not buying anything yet either. With the exception of two pairs of Paige maternity jeans that I ordered online before I even got my positive pregnancy test, I haven't bought myself any other maternity clothing yet and have not bought anything for baby. (Which reminds me, I still need to take those two pairs and the other pair of non-maternity jeans that I ordered to get the hems taken up since they are so dang long! I need to do that soon so I can start wearing them even though I don't have the pregnant belly yet!) As far as shopping goes, don't think I haven't been looking though! I have been virtual shopping ever since I found out I was pregnant and cannot wait until we find out the gender so I can start buying cute little things for the baby. I(we) have also been looking at baby names even though I said I wouldn't until after we found out the gender too. Of course, I think this is going to prove to be a very difficult process this time around. With Hudson, it was easy because we already had his bame picked out and were almost certain that was the name we were going to use for a boy for quite some time. This time around I have no clue! I have a long list in my head of both boy and girl names that I like, but nothing I absolutely love or have my heart set on. {yet} David and I even went through a long list of names a couple of weekends ago and didn't really agree on any of them. Quite a few of the ones I liked, David did not and thought that they were too uncommon or "weird". I told him that I needed to buy a couple of baby name books and have him read them first to see what he thinks before we start talking names again since I have been looking at them a lot more than he has over the past year and oddly enough, he agreed, ha! I think that we are better off not worrying about it too much until we know girl or boy and then it should be a lot easier to figure out or at least I hope so!

Since I am not quite 11 weeks yet, here is what is going on with baby (and me) at 10 weeks according to BabyCenter.com. Oh, and I had planned on starting belly pics with week 10, but haven't gotten around to it yet....I may wait a few more weeks until I hit the 2nd trimester before I start them.

How your baby's growing:

Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.

He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.

If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.

In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

How your life's changing:

At your next prenatal visit, you may be able to hear your baby's rapid heartbeat with the help of a Doppler stethoscope, a handheld ultrasound device that your practitioner places on your belly. Many women say that the beating of their baby's tiny heart sounded like the thunder of galloping horses and hearing it for the first time was very moving.

Before you got pregnant, your uterus was the size of a small pear. By this week, it's as big as a grapefruit. You may or may not be ready for maternity wear now. Even if you're not there yet, your regular clothes are probably feeling uncomfortably tight and your blossoming breasts are straining the seams of your bra. The thickening in your midsection is most likely due to slight weight gain and bloating. If you're between regular and maternity clothes, pants and skirts with forgiving elastic waistbands (or low-rise waistlines that sit below your belly) will provide some much-needed comfort.

Depending on your level of fitness, you can most likely participate in a wide range of activities during pregnancy. Swimming and walking are excellent choices for the whole nine months. Exercise promotes muscle tone, strength, and endurance — three qualities that can help you carry the weight you gain during pregnancy, prepare you for the physical stress of labor, and make it easier to get back into shape after your baby is born. (Unfortunately, there's no evidence that regular exercise shortens labor.)

And a lovely photo to illustrate what baby looks like this week. Don't mind all of the female organ illustration, as I would prefer that you really NOT look at my va-jay-jay, lol!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Finally....our tv has a home!

After months upon months of searching for an entertainment unit or console that would work for our living room area, which is a quite small, limited space, we finally found a winner! I was SO happy when we found this piece and it was more or less exactly what I had been envisioning for the space. I wanted something that had clean lines and somewhat of a hybrid traditional-contemporary look since that is what I tend to really be attracted to, but the main reason we've had so many problems was because the space was not only small, but between trying to find the right look and the right size and then also the fact that I wanted a dark toned wood, it had become quite the challenge. I didn't want black, I didn't want super espresso, but more of a deep, warm mahoghany tone which apparently is next to impossible to find. The stain for this piece is actually listed as "cherry", but it is far from it in my opinion, it seems much more like a deep mahoghany, borderline espresso tone which is exactly what I wanted! Whoohoo! So, one piece down, but now we will gradually need to replace our other living room pieces to coordinate since the wood tones of our coffee table and end tables are much lighter. I don't want everything to be matchy-matchy, but rather be in the same of similar color families as far as the wood tones are concerned, so we will definitely have to replace the other pieces sooner or later. I have a feeling those will be much easier to find though. Or at least I hope so!
I plan to replace the current clock hanging over the tv with either a much larger clock with an antique-vintagy look OR hang a large piece of iron work over the tv. I haven't decided which yet. Whichever one I don't do over the tv I will likely hang over the fireplace instead.

Here are a couple of pics I took of the console earlier this evening. Please excuse the bright flash on the tv screen (and all of the lovely fingerprints, yikes!), but I just snapped these really quick and the lighting is not great in our living room right now because we need to replace the overhead lightbulbs. Oh, and yes, I was watching reruns of HIMYM. ;)

LOVE it!

In this pic the flash was really bright and it made the piece look lighter than it is in person, but you can see the warm tone of the wood better in this shot even though it looks darker IRL than in this photo.

Lunchtime Leftovers.....

Had to pop in and report that the enchiladas I posted about last night, yeah, well, they are just as good if not better than they were last night for dinner. I think this might be something I request weekly, ha! Okay, sorry for the quick blurb.... you may resume to your scheduled programming. I've got some enchiladas to chow down! ;)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mejores Enchiladas Jamás

Seriously want to have some of the best enchiladas ever???? Well, look no further....these Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa are by far one of the best I've tasted and are sure to be a crowd pleaser. David made these for the first time this evening and they were so, so yummy! The prep work was a bit involved and took some time, but in the end, the taste was SO amazing that it was completely worth it. The recipe is a Tyler Florence recipe and can be found here on the Food Network's website. And of course, I didn't think to take a pic before most of the tray of enchiladas had already been devoured, but I included the stock photo from the website so you could have a point of reference of their visibly yummy goodness to drool over! ;)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins


And...here we go!

1. If we had no winter there would be no spring!

The beauty of love is a perpetual astonishment.

3. If I had my life to live over I wouldn't change a thing.

4. All of this and all of that and all done inside of four and twenty hours.

5. If you've never been thrilled you haven't lived.

6. To be interested in the changing seasons
is to appreciate all of the beauty and wonder in nature.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to buy our new living room television console, tomorrow my plans include getting my hair did, doing some design work and relaxing with the hubby and little guy and Sunday, I want to have a family day if possible!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

9 wks 5 days

That's right, I am 9 wks 5 days along as of today and am officially counting down the days until my next big appointment on June 2nd. On this day I will not only be having my monthly visit with my OB, but I will also be seeing a perinatologist at a different practice later that same morning. I have to admit, I am a bit nervous that I am having to wait so long before seeing my doctor again and before I can see or hear our precious little one's heartbeat again, but I am *trying* not to worry or stress out about it too much as I know that is not good for me nor the baby. I am SO anxious to see him/her again and am completely ecstatic that David will be accompanying me to both of my appointments on this day as this will be the first time that he will get to see our baby and see / hear the heartbeat. Without a doubt, it is going to be a very emotional and exciting day and thus, why I am counting down the days.

I will probably be having a fairly basic appointment with my OB and won't likely involve a sonogram since she now has a sonogram tech and they didn't schedule me an actual sonogram appointment, so I am thinking it will just be a checkup and she will of course use the doppler to listen to the baby's heartbeat. Now, the other appointment I have scheduled for this day is an entirely different story altogether. Due to many factors, my OB has referred me to see a perinatologist for early screening (sequential screening). This isn't required, but only if we choose too, which we have. This mainly is because of the fact that it is highly likely that we lost our last baby due to a fatal chromosomal defect and this screening helps detect any possibility of chromosomal defects such as Trisomy 18 and Down Syndrome or neural tube defects such as Spina Bifida much earlier in the pregnancy. (this is a website that gives a bit more detail about the process) From what I understand, it will involve two different procedures for this appointment which includes an early 2nd level ultrasound and NT Scan and then also a blood test. The ultrasound will involve many, many measurements of all of the baby's organs, bones, tissue, etc. to determine if any potential problems are visible. I am really nervous about the entire testing, but also really interested and excited to be able to see our little baby in such awesome detail. It is even *possible* for them to often times detect the gender of the baby during this ultrasound and I will be far enough along that it might be feasible, however I am not going to get my hopes up about learning the gender on this day, but rather just want to hear that the baby is healthy and developing as he/she should be. The blood test results won't be given until a few days or more later from what I understand. If anything were to show up during the ultrasound or the blood work that suggests a potential concern then the perinatolgist would then recommend that I do an additonal testing procedure such as an Amnio or CVS. I'm not going to go into any further detail on either of those procedures as hopefully, our prayers will be answered and our little one will be absolutely and completely healthy and we won't need to even consider either one of them. This is what we hope anyways. I just can't wait to see our sweet little baby again and examine each and every single detail in complete awe and wonder. I hope that we get a lot of pictures to take with us as well so that I can share them with everyone and officially introduce our little one in his/her first full-on photo shoot of sorts.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Motherly Love

This year Mother's Day was different for me....it has an entirely new feel and meaning to me now, after all that I've, rather we've, experienced over the past 4 months or so. Now not only am I a mother to one wonderful little boy that I love more than anything in the world, I also am a mother to an angel baby looking over us and a mother to our expected little one that I cannot wait to meet come December. Understandably so, this stirred up a mixture of emotions for me on this special day and oddly enough, even though I had my own private mini-meltdown when I was thinking of what I thought Mother's Day would be for me just a few short months ago, once I re focused and tried to remember ALL of our wonderful blessings and that God is ultimately in control and leading the way for our family, it surprisingly made me feel more at peace and made me feel even more blessed despite the fact that we've experienced such a tragic loss such a short time ago. Being blessed with another child on the way and hoping, no not hoping, but let me try to be positive here and say that knowing that there will be another child in our household come this time next year has me glowing with pure happiness. I love this little bambino more than I could ever imagine already and just know that this love will just grow and grow over the coming months.

I cannot wait to have another child, to have that bond that I now share with Hudson and to not only make David a father again, but to also make Hudson a big brother as well. I know that he is going to be the most amazing big brother ever. He has such a strong love for other children and I cannot wait to see him with his little sister or brother, it is truly going to be such a wonderful thing to experience. As a matter of fact, this prompts me to share something that recently happened that made me smile SO big and honestly, completely made my heart melt. It was one of those rare and special moments that you catch yourself in that make you just feel all good inside and totally reaffirmed why I love David and Hudson so much and why they are going to be the best father and big brother to our little one when he / she arrives.

We actually went out to dinner this past Monday evening for my sister, Debbie's birthday. We got to the restaurant and went in to meet everyone that was already there as we were still expecting some others to arrive before being seated at our table. Well, one of my sister's friends had her daughter with her and her daughter had a newborn little boy and let me just tell you, we walked in, said hello to everyone and within 2 minutes David said "Can I hold the baby?" I was floored! He was smiling all big and was so into holding this little baby....I seriously was in awe of him cooing and cuddling on this precious little boy. He even kept commenting on how small he was and how light he was, etc., etc. It was TOO cute! Not like this is completely out of the ordinary per se because I mean, David is an amazing father, but it's not completely normal for him to pounce on the first newborn in the room and not only coo over the baby, but immediately ask to hold the baby. I just thought it was so precious and especially as I sat there, David so preoccupied with coddling the little one, that he did not even notice me admiring him and how he was so fixated over this sweet baby little boy...I tell you, I cannot wait to see him with our next child and see him coddling our little bambino just like he did with this baby and just like he did with Hudson. When Hudson was born, he was surely the proudest daddy around and rightfully so, I should say! ;) Well, apparently Hudson didn't want to be left out of the action because not long after David returned the sweet little baby back to his mama, Hudson starting cooing over him. *Seriously* the cutest thing ever. Hudson even continued to give soft little kisses on the baby's forehead and cheeks over and over again and was just completely in awe. It was so sweet and just made me think of how wonderful it will be to see him also do the same thing when his little sister or brother is born. I am just so proud of him and excited to see him become a big brother and be the "protecter" that I know he will try to be of his younger sibling and just know life as we know it will be forever changed once our family of three becomes a family force of four. This just solidifies my happiness with all that we are SO incredibly blessed with and makes me SO very grateful to call David my husband and Hudson my son. Our family is not complete without both of them and will be even more complete once our little one is here. 

Unfortunately, I did not get to spend Mother's Day with my mother this year (I actually gave her a gift on Tuesday because she and my father went out of town to see my grandmother on Sunday), but I did have a wonderful day filled with love. I was awoken by Hudson bearing sweet cards and gifts and then had a wonderful breakfast consisting of homemade chocolate-chip waffles made by the hubby. Later that day we went to dinner with Marcia and then came home and relaxed on the couch with a movie. It was pretty perfect if I must say so myself! However, I have a feeling that each year the perfection will be redefined and will just get better and better in the years to come as our family grows. And this, this is what I so look forward to next Mother's Day and all that it will mean, all that it will bring and just feel so very blessed with all that we have and at what the future holds for our family. I can not wait.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

Worst part of the weekend: Having a mini-meltdown Saturday night - raging hormones definitely got the best of me

Best part of the weekend: Being awoken on Sunday / Mother's Day by my little Hudson bearing sweet cards and gifts from him and the hubby. SO sweet! The day was definitely a good one for me as my 3rd official Mother's Day.

Most random part of the weekend: Chasing Hudson on foot through Northpark as he squealed hysterically!

People I saw this weekend: David, Hudson and Marcia (my mom and dad had plans on Sunday so we didn't do a Mother's Day celebration with my mom this year. :( Hudson gave her our gifts to her this morning though and it was very cute and sweet!)

Something I wished I did this weekend that I didn't get around to doing: Lots, but it will all get done eventually, right?!?!?!?

Things that I am looking forward to this week: The weekend, ha!

Things that I am not looking forward to this week: LONG days and getting up way too early! David is working 4 days this week, so I have to get up at the booty-crack of dawn every day for the rest of the week so that I can bring Hudson to my mom's house. I will definitely be excited once Friday is here!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cow! Cow! Cow! Cow!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What Do I Want for Mother's Day???

The question that David continues to ask me and that I have yet to have an answer for this year. Call me lame, but I am grasping at thinking of anything I would like as a Mother's Day gift this year and that doesn't happen too often.

I feel like just picking a project that needs to be done and asking for that since I can't come up with anything else. About the only suggestion I've had so far is to take me to get some clothes that actually fit me because everything I own is a bit snug between the minor poundage I gained during my last pregnancy and the larger gain I've taken on proceeding that loss. So, I wear *tight* jeans these days and not intention
ally either, lol!

Other than that, I'm at a loss....I know I want to go somewhere for a nice meal on Sunday and would love to just spend time together as a family that day with no working involved, but I just can't think of any suitable gifts to request at this time. Anyone have any suggestions??? What have you asked for??? What's on YOUR wis
h list??? Maybe someone will spark an idea for me since I obviously am clueless and like I said, that doesn't happen often!

Oh, and while I would absolutel
y LOVE a spa day, that's out of the question as I cannot have a massage until later in my pregnancy.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Special Delivery.....

It is both with incredible amounts of pure joy and overwhelming excitement that I share with all of you that we are expecting a very special delivery come this December as I am pregnant and we are expecting a new bundle of joy shortly before the Christmas holiday!

We just feel so extremely blessed
right now and are so, so very excited! Thank you to everyone that has prayed for us and sent encouraging thoughts our way during the past few months as it definitely got us through this very difficult and distressed time in our family. I cannot thank all of you enough. Yet with all of this excitement and happiness of being blessed with another child on the way, at the same time, we also are trying to be cautiously optimistic and are just continuing to pray that this pregnancy will be a very healthy and uneventful one this time around. I have faith that it will be and cannot wait to see my little one again. I did have my first sonogram last week and was beyond relieved when I saw that beautiful little flickering heartbeat on the monitor. I was instantly in tears and sighed the biggest sigh of relief that I have in a LONG time as I have been struggling with fear the past few weeks and struggled badly all morning before I headed in for my appointment that day. Thankfully, everything went well and although it is somewhat early (I am currently just shy of 9 weeks along), everything looks good thus far and I have actually felt pretty good physically up to this point. With that being said, I am hoping that I continue to feel pretty well in the coming weeks, but more importantly, that our little bebe continues to grow and develop week by week as he/she should throughout the pregnancy. A healthy baby in my arms come this December is ALL I want and would definitely be the BEST.CHRISTMAS.PRESENT.EVER.

In the end, we will be relying on our faith to help us through the following weeks and months and I feel completely at peace now to just let go and leave everything in God's hands as we know that He will provide and support us throughout this new journey no matter what the outcome. Of course, any good thoughts and prayers that you can spare and send our way would be greatly appreciated during this time as well as I know that the support of family and friends have helped us through everything we've gone through thus far and we couldn't have done it without all of you. Thanks again and we are just so happy to share our big news with all of you!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up

Worst part of the weekend: Yucky rainy / bad weather, not enough time to relax or nap! ;)

Best part of the weekend: Spending lots of time with David and Hudson and making some super cute baby shower invitations for Jess.

Most random part of the weekend: I don't really recall any random happenings besides the bad weather and thinking we *might* have to hide in the half-bath if the tornado sirens went off.

People I saw this weekend: David and Hudson. We stayed home almost the entire weekend.

Something I wished I did this weekend that I didn't get around to doing: Napping, going shopping, taking jeans to get them altered....

Things that I am looking forward to this week: Hopefully having a very happy and relaxing Mother's Day!

Things that I am not looking forward to this week: David working one night shift, those nights are never fun. :(

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Coming Soon ---- Monkeying Around at the Fort Worth Zoo!

Easter Fun!

Okay, so I am WAY behind and am just now finishing uploading some pics to share from Easter. We had a really great Easter holiday consisting of a wonderful church service, Hudson hung out with his Nana while David and I went to church, then we picked up Hudson and went to my parents house for my family's Easter lunch which coincidentally lasted pretty much the entire afternoon, ha! We ended up skipping doing an egg hunt at my parents house since Hudson would have been the only one and instead just let Hudson hunt eggs in our house later that evening once we got home since the weather had been yucky and everything was too wet outside for a traditional egg hunt. In any case, we had a really nice, relaxing afternoon and even ended up turning in early because we were just so exhausted after such a long day!

Hudson's stash from the Easter Bunny

All kinds of chocolate and other goodies for our little man!

Hudson coming to see what all the ruckus was about, ha!

Oooh! Smiling at all of his new stuff!

Score! A Lightning McQueen carrying case....

This boy STILL loves his cars!

I also got a Cars themed card game, but I'm not sure why I thought he needed it. All he does it dump the cards out everywhere, oy!

Besides candy and the Cars themed items, he also got a cool new dinosaur toy and a couple of fun board books!

Watching a Nascar documentary, intently watching, what did I say about this boy loving cars??? Everyone teases that he'll want to become a Nascar driver when he grows up, mama says "No Way!"

Cassidy's cooky neon colored socks --- these totally reminded me of the 80's, lol!

My sister, Karen and my niece, Cassidy

Hudson at his cutest

Hudson and his cousin, Nicholas, both showed up in virtually identical outfits, ha! The only difference was color. (and obviously size, ha!)

Egg dancing....perhaps the Humpty (Dumpty) Dance, lol!

Looking BEYOND cute in his little necktie, L-O-V-E!

Checking out the chocolate bunnies with his Uncle D.J.

Hudson hugging Nicholas

Finally....a egg hunt at home. (in the living room unfortunately!)

Looking for more eggs.....

Look at how tired he looked by the end of the day. :(

Don't forget to check the dinosaur for eggs, hehe!