Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Just before I are a great couple of little quotes, I like to call them Hudsonisms, straight from the mouth of Hudson.
  • 'I've got my ring on too, now I'M married too Mom!" (he said this after putting on a plastic Toy Story Rex ring that he got off a cupcake at a recent birthday party at MDO. He had asked me about my wedding ring recently and I explained about marriage and mommy and daddy wearing rings because we are married and so, he wanted to join in too! He!)
  • 'No, Mom! Don't change it, I love Strawberry Shortcake!' (His response as I asked him and attempted to change the channel since Strawberry Shortcake had come on and I hadn't noticed, LOL! Apparently, he's her biggest fan! I told him he could watch it all he wanted and that I liked her too!)
  • 'I need weight loss mom, my pants are too tight' (LMAO! What do you say to that?!?! He definitely does NOT need to lose weight, what a silly little boy!)
I know there have been several more just this past week, but I have the worst memory these days! Thus, why I am documenting these before they disappear in my poor memory as well!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Boys in my House

Boys in my House

There are boys in my house - and Spiderman shoes
And 200 papers in various blues.
There's Bob (he's a builder) and Thomas the Train,
There's a fireman coat to wear in the rain.
They have cars on their shirts and frogs on their hats
There's a glove and a ball and a red plastic bat.
There's dirt on a face and a smudge on a nose;
Grass stains on knees and sand between toes.
There's bathtime at night with bodies to scrub,
And when we're all done there is dirt in the tub!
There's bandaids and bruises and curious bumps,
There's smiles and laughter and sometimes there's grumps.
There's odors most icky; there's boogers so green
There's more yucky things than I'll ever get clean.
There's piles of laundry; there's stories at night;
There's bedtime and bathtime and dinnertime fights.
There's cars and there's trains and there's books about trucks
There's Scoop, Lofty, Dizzy, and Travis, and Muck.
Sometimes there are bugs, and sometimes there are frogs;
Sometimes they are lions, or dinos, or dogs.
There are cute little vests and darling neckties
Dragged right through the mud - oh what a surprise!
There's running and climbing and jumping and falling
And laughing and crying and hugging and brawling
And rolling and losing and finding and creeping
And whining and stealing and sometimes there's sleeping.
There's tantrums and time outs and extra loud noise -
There's love in my house shaped like two little boys.

Author: Erin Jo Kilmer  

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day

Living in Texas by definition means that we are at the mercy of some of the craziest weather around from blistering heat and drought one minute to torrential downpours another and in the winter, it can flip a switch from spring-like conditions to winter wonderland in just a 24 hour period. (or less!) And of course, even our winters are so very mild, that we typically don't see much snow or if so, it's usually a small handful of occurrences for the entire season. and this winter in particular, it has been unusually mild, lots of nice warm weather more appropriate for April than December and January. Until this week that is....

Apparently, Old Man Winter must have FINALLY gotten the memo that it's not supposed to be in the upper 60's and sunny everyday (not that I didn't enjoy it at least a little bit) and we got our first real cold snap and snow of the season. And we couldn't have been more thrilled to have gotten an unexpected 'snow day', but even more-so because it was on the weekend so daddy was home as well to enjoy it, unlike last year when he had to work during the record snowfall days we had in early February. 

Silly me hadn't even been paying attention to the weather forecast all week long and happened to mention to David on Saturday morning that I wanted to maybe go do some shopping at Home Goods on Sunday and possibly go scope out and try on some cowboy boots as I've been eying a few pairs online for quite some time now. Little did I know that my shopping plans were going to be derailed by the supposed impending bad weather, that I thought was, well, somewhat of an unlikely reality since SO very often our forecasts call for snow and then nothing happens or we get ICE instead of the snow. He told me that the weather was going to be bad and that so I went ahead and decided to go do all of my grocery shopping that afternoon so that it was out of the way and we didn't have to worry about getting out on Sunday should we actually get any winter weather. I was definitely excited to hear that snow was a possibility, but didn't necessarily get my hopes up since we have such wacky weather patterns and rarely do we get any accumulation even when it does snow. 

So, when I woke up way too early Sunday morning and looked out our bedroom window, I saw nothing, just a bunch of rain, LOTS of it. Great, SUPER, lovely, now it's going to just freeze and be a total mess, is what I initially thought. I crawled back into bed and when we all got up later on in the morning, I asked David when the snow was supposed to start and he said, "Oh, it's not supposed to even start until around noon." Me - "Uh, okay. I was wondering because right now it's just a soggy mess out there" 

Fast forward to right around noon and it starts to snow, but not just little itty-bitty flurries, I mean it REALLY starts to snow and they are big, FAT, fluffy snowflakes and it is a heavy mix coming down. It snows for hours and we surely got at least a couple inches or more, but nothing like the 12"+ we got last year. Even still, enough to cover the yard, the rooftops, the trees and everything else in our neighborhood instantly transforming it into a temporary Winter Wonderland. It was beautiful, as it always is when it snows. Hudson could NOT wait to get out and play in the snow, but by the time it had accumulated, it was Landon's naptime. So, we promised him we'd go out and play as soon as baby brother got up from his nap and he was really patient and good with waiting until after Landon had a nap and a late lunch and then we all got bundled up and went out to enjoy it for a short bit.

Hudson was SO excited to finally be able to go out and play in the snow a bit.

Landon curiously checked things out and decided to hang out on the sidewalk.
(the snow was actually already melting away and kind of slushy at this point, so although I wanted him to play more in the snow, I didn't encourage it since it was more like slush and not so much snow. We should have gone out before his nap probably)

What is all this stuff????

David showing Hudson the trick to a perfect snowball.

Stomping snow is SO gratifying.

He took no time in getting all wet and little snow loving boy!

Landon was content with just sitting on the sidewalk and watching on....

Hi mama! It's cold! Brrrr.....

No, really, it's pretty cold out here guys.....

Oh well, I'll make the most of it......Woohoo! Yay for snow!!!

Hudson was not so happy with mom snapping away with the camera. He said "Only ONE picture mom!"

 Snow days ROCK!

Obviously, he LOVED it!

Two of my loves....SWOON!

Daddy + sweet baby boy = heart.melt
Then I jumped from behind the camera for a few shots...

Landon and mommy...

Landon wanted to show off his new first big-boy haircut too!

It was fun, but would have been SO much better and more fun had there been more snow and had it not already been melting so badly. Hopefully, we'll get at least one more good snowfall before the winter is over. We have to have another snowman opportunity since this time was a FAIL due to the melty snow. Just as long as it doesn't snow in March, we'll be good!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

New Year, New Beginnings

So, here I've gone off and neglected this blog once again. Even after countless promises that I would do better and be more consistent in my posts and documenting our family life, more than anything, for the enjoyment to be able to look at it again down the road and have a wonderful documentation of SO many fond memories, but to also share our daily lives with family and friends whom we can't always connect with on a daily basis.

Yet, here we are again and I've done a terrible job at updating this poor, poor pity of a blog. I do hope to do better and am hoping that this year I will be able to follow through a bit on old promises to keep it updated and do a little bit better even if it's only a post here and there.

So much has happened in the past year and quite honestly, it was a whirlwind of sorts. A year filled with SO many cherished memories and milestones and the year that I became a stay-at-home / work-at-home mother of the two most amazing sons that I could have ever asked for. I want to acknowledge that the sheer presence of these two beautiful people are the driving force behind everything I do and everything I want to be and often times, that means that certain things,  like this blog for example, have been inadvertently neglected since they have been my first priority on a daily basis which also has been a huge learning process for me. Not to learn to put them first, but to learn how to accept the new me, to learn how to lose a lot of freedom, a lot of myself and for things to be so different in this new life then I ever thought it would be. To let go of control (well, I'm still working on that), to let go of my passionate career-driven mentality (I still have a huge passion to be professionally successful with my businesses, but that's all-together a different story) and to learn and adjust to always have a little one at my beckoning call.  It was a difficult first year, but I wouldn't have wanted it any other way and I feel so very blessed to have had the opportunity to stay home and spend so much cherished time with the two of them. It's been a life-changing experience and one that I've grown infinitely from. Being Hudson and Landon's mommy is the best thing that could ever happen to me. I cannot even explain in words how much love I feel for these boys. And the love I receive in return, priceless.

My hope is that I will be able to catch up a bit on some of the important moments from the past year, here and there if I can, but my main goal is to do at least a little better at posting here and sharing on a regular basis. I love to write and to share photos of moments that I find special, whether it be a funny, sad, happy or sacred moment and I love being able to capture these all in this blog as a special documentation of our lives that can be enjoyed for many years to come. Here's to a New Year and New Beginnings and the many, many wonderful memories 2011 will bring!