Wednesday, April 24, 2013


I was on a walk earlier this week and snapped these two pictures - everything is so green and beautiful now.
My little helper cleaning up the garage

Friday, April 19, 2013


We've had awesome weather for the past couple of weeks, except for today.  We've been busy playing outside.  Hudson wants to be outside ALL DAY and can really pitch a fit when we need to come inside - he's been in timeout a lot because of the fits.  
Just a few pictures of the past couple of weeks
We bought a bubble gun last fall for Hudson and it has been his favorite toy lately
I planted some flowers this week and Hudson "helped" me -he was a muddy wet mess by the time we were done

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Extra Easter Pix

On Good Friday, Brian took Hudson to Indiana by himself.  I stayed home to do some serious spring house cleaning (it was great!   I shampooed the carpet, washed windows inside and out, dusted everything, shined our kitchen cabinets,... --I'm a dork, I really enjoy cleaning).  They had a quick trip up and came back the next day.
Aunt Melissa and Hudson 
All the kids ready to hunt some eggs
Grandma helping Hudson
Excited to find another one
The week before they had gotten about 10" of snow and there was a little left in certain spots and Hudson loved it!
He sat right down to play - he gave up on the eggs to play in the snow
He was laughing in this picture
Of course he had to hug everybody
And he had to kiss everybody - love this picture of those two - precious!
Brian changed Hudson into his pajamas before they came back so we could put him right to bed.
Love this picture of both of them - they look so happy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Our Weekend

We had an awesome weekend!  Our dear friends Dave and Beth from Indiana called us on Thursday and wanted to know if we wanted to meet them at the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday.  We were free so jumped at the chance to see them.  The weather has finally gotten better here.  Hudson loved the animals.  He also loved being Mr Independent and walking everywhere - he wasn't too happy being in the stroller for long periods of time.  
We got lucky - the weather was perfect and a lot of the animals were out and somewhat active
I got this cool shot of Noel and the tiger

I really like this picture of Dave and Brian
Such a cute picture of Beth, Hudson, Noel and Elise
Elise on the carousel - such a cutie
Noel trying to figure out how the carousel works - already a mini engineer
Hudson LOVED riding!!!!  He was laughing and cackling and had the best time.  His expression was pure joy.  Brian and I said that this carousel ride will go down as one of our favorite memories of him.  
He waved at me every time he came around
So excited - he just couldn't contain his joy!
Standing in line to get on the train
Hudson gave out lots of hugs - he loved Noel and Elise.  He thought they were really cool.
He couldn't leave Noel out.  
On the train
Right before the ride started, Hudson decided he wanted to sit with Beth instead.
Taking a little break
Such sweet kids!
Hudson was starting to get really tired by this point - he lasted 5 hours at the zoo and fell asleep within a minute of being in our van.  We had a great day and it was made even sweeter getting to see our friends.  
Sunday before church
Sunday afternoon/early evening we met at our friends' Amanda and Chris' house for a casual get together.   After we all had a chance to eat we walked to the local park and let the kids play.

Last fall Amanda and I got these shirts for the boys from the Ralph Lauren outlet in Gatlinburg.  We even got them on clearance dirt cheap.  I wish I could have gotten better pictures of the boys together but they're both just too busy.
Madison and Hudson on the teeter totter 
Love this picture of us!!
On the teeter totter again
Elijah and Hudson
These three were excited to ride back in the wagon.  I love seeing the boys holding hands -I'm sure they'll both hate this picture when they're older

This one cracks me up!  
Too sweet and cute!

Such a great weekend spent with great friends!  We are loving the warmer weather!   Hudson is at such a fun age and is loving every new experience.  

Monday, April 1, 2013

1st and Hopefully Last ER Visit

Last night right before bedtime Brian and Hudson were playing and he tripped and slammed his head into our side table and he immediately started bleeding and crying.  Brian picked him and I ran in the kitchen and got a towel and put pressure on it.  The cut was right at his left eyebrow.  He didn't know to leave his eye shut and got a lot blood in his eye.  I told Brian we needed to take him to the ER.  I didn't know if he would need stitches or glue or even a CT scan since he hit his head or an antibiotic since he had so much blood in his eye.  On the way to the ER, the bleeding pretty much stopped and I called and talked to his doctor and she said that since the cut was about a centimeter to go ahead and take him to the ER.  Hudson actually did pretty good - he stopped crying before we even left our house.  He did scream loud when we had to hold him down and let the doctor clean it out and put the glue on it.  The ER was amazing!  We got in and out in 1 hr and 10 minutes.  

At the ER
Getting tired
I put this t-shirt on him today because I thought he was pretty tough.  
Hopefully that's our last ER visit.  I'm thankful he's okay because it could have been a lot worse.