Tuesday, January 24, 2012

photo shoot

I don't know how I became the worst blogger ever, but hey, at least I'll own it. Admitting there's a problem is the first step to recovery, right?

We recently had a photo shoot and despite the stomach bug that hit my photographer the night before (unbeknownst to me), I'd say she did a fabulous job!

We all know Reese loves to be a ham in front of the camera.
And what would a photo shoot be without a little twirling?

Happy baby!
In love with this little musher!!!
Hudson does not look pleased...it's like he knows what's coming...
This may or may not be a scene I see all too often at my house: Reese with a death grip on Hudson, a "hug" I think she calls it, and Hudson crying for help!

Friday, November 04, 2011


These two are going to be best buddies.

(Hudson's hair really only fell out on the sides, which left him with a pretty sweet 'do!)

When I found out Hudson was going to be a boy, I'll admit I was just a little disappointed. Well, I should qualify that: Until that point, I had convinced myself that I was pregnant with another girl. I even had a dream in which I saw my new baby girl's face in the car seat that we already owned, and she was speaking in complete sentences; so I just knew that not only were we having another girl, but she was also going to be a genius! I was so sure that I had almost started buying some new baby girl clothes that I found too cute to pass up. So when the ultrasound made it clear to the nurse that I was, in fact, pregnant with a boy, I was shocked. I mean, of course when I saw that little baby moving around in the ultrasound, how could I be anything but thrilled and excited and so in love? I was so in love. But I gave myself a day to wrap my head around the idea of having a boy and completely shift gears. And I may have informed my husband that we would not be finished having kids until we gave Reese a sister...or until we got to 10 kids, whichever comes first. 

Hmm, I did not mean to get so far off on this tangent.  I just meant to say that I could not be happier to have this sweet little guy in our family and am thrilled at the bond forming between sister and brother.  First thing in the morning when I get Hudson out of his bed, he looks for Reese and smiles ear to ear and kicks his feet when he sees her.  And Reese insists on giving Hudson a kiss when he gets out of bed to greet him properly.  She takes a lot of pride in being Hudson's big sister and loves fulfilling that role.

We made our first visit to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler.  My favorite part was the bird cage where you can pay $1 for a stick covered with bird feed to hold out to the birds.  Best money ever spent!

Hudson is learning new tricks every day.  He has mastered many yoga moves including down dog and plank.  He has a really strong core.

He also loves to get on all fours and rock back and forth.  He's hasn't quite figured out how to move either of his hands to achieve any forward motion, but I'm sure it's not too far off.

Reese went to a friend's superfun birthday party full of outdoor "messy" activities for the party-goers' enjoyment.  She may or may not have eaten more than her share of the doughnuts on the strings.

This is one of about three times that Hudson has fallen asleep on my chest.  It is Heaven!  (despite the backache that I inevitably have for the rest of the day from trying to bend over backwards--literally and figuratively--so that he can sleep comfortably)  Totally worth it!

We carved a pumpkin for Halloween.  At first Reese would have nothing to do with scooping out the seeds--"too messy!"  But once Michael made the opening on the top a little bigger, she got the hang of it.
Reese scooped a little to hard and flung a few pumpkin seeds on the floor--oops!

finished product--a witch on a broom, can you see it?
Hudson man wrapped in a towel that I made (believe it or not!) on top of a blanket that MommaCat made.  Love that kid.

Monday, October 10, 2011

motor boat

Hudson taught himself a new trick.  It cracks me up every time!  I love the face he makes when he does a motor boat.  So silly.  It's even funny when he does it while he is eating...especially when Dad is feeding him and responsible for cleaning up!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1st day of school

My little girl started her first day of preschool last week. To be honest, I'm not sure which one of us was more excited! First things first: we had to get the perfect backpack and lunch box and pick out the perfect first-day-of-school-outfit. Check, check and check.
this is her "super excited" face

How cute is this mouse backpack?  I wish it came in my size!
So far Reese loves going to school with her new friends and is getting the hang of following her teacher's directions.  I am loving the funny things that Reese says about her days at school and all the darling art projects she is bringing home.  This is going to be a great year!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

road trip

After a super-fun summer in Montana, I loaded up my kids and started the drive to Texas.  My mom was kind enough to join us on our road trip (there is no way I would have been crazy enough to try it alone, and Michael was planning to meet us in Texas with the moving truck).  On Day 1 we planned to stop in Utah and a friend from Montana hitched a ride with us for that leg of the trip.  She became the official photographer of the trip and snapped tons of cute pictures of the little tykes in back (I admit, I may be biased).

Hudson gets the award for best traveler ever!  He was such a dream boat and barely made a peep for most of the trip!

Once we arrived in Utah, we had time for a quick wardrobe change for Reese and Hudson (they spent most of the drive in their jammies) and we were off to a little Diva get together at Heid's house.  It is always such a blast to get to see any of the David John Divas, but to have 5 in one place at one time was a real treat!  It is even more fun to see the second generation of Divas (and Dudes, I guess) interact.  I mean, just check out the looks being exchanged between Reese and Max.  Hilarious.

future roommates