Friday, May 29, 2015


Today is Hudson's third birthday!  Three - that was fast.

The day started with his favorite breakfast - bacon with a side of bacon.  He's a serious carnivore.

Then we headed south to pick up his cake (see below) and stopped at Primo's pizza for lunch.  Then it was home for a nap before the evening festivities.

Back in March, he went to his first birthday party for some community kids.  He immediately began requesting his own birthday party so be obliged.  We kept it simple; only inviting the kids from church.

We grilled hot dogs, had chips, and of course cake and ice cream.  I splurged this year and had a cake made locally as decorating is simply not one of my talents.  Hudson has specifically requested a Thomas cake so welcome Brandy's Cakes & Things to the rescue!

Hudson's big gift was his playground.  I've been selling his baby equipment/furniture and so we were able to purchase it pretty much out right with the help of my BFF, though we did use a credit card to get an 11% rebate!  It took forever to build, or at least it seemed so between wind and rain and all around bad weather that made working on it impossible some days.  He loves it and so do I!  I can see it from the kitchen window so he can play while I was dishes (somebody please buy me a dishwasher!).

Hudson had so much fun playing with his friends from church on his playground this afternoon.  We're so thankful to have such a loving church that has truly reached into Hudson's life and made him feel special.  

 No midwestern party would be complete with chickens!  Meet A's 10 baby chicks for her FFA (Future Farmers of America, for you city-folk) project.

Dear Hudson,

I am so happy to be your Mom.  Two has been a great year, even with some behavior challenges. 

You have learned to speak and have an amazing vocabulary.  You have learned to peddle your tricycle and are this close to learning how to swing on your own.  You know all your ABCs, both how to say them and to identify them (even out of order). You know all your colors and shapes. You can count to about 30.  You know your full name, my full name, and your daddy's full name; plus you know the name of the town in which we live. You are learning how to write and doing a decent job at that.  

You are learning a weekly memory verse and seem to have a great gift for memory work.

You're gaining independence.  You can brush your own teeth.  You can take off your own clothing and put on your own clothing, with just a little help.  You can clean up after yourself, usually with little fuss.  

You make our lives so lively and fun.

Your personality has come through even more this year.  You are so friendly and extraverted; so social.  You love to go and are happy in the car, even on longer trips.

You also have your moments when your temper combined with stubborness take over and man, it can be rough.  We're praying that during this next year, Jesus will help you gain some self-control and maturity in those areas.

All in all, you are a joy and we are so thankful for you.  Happy 3rd Birthday!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Big Boy

Recently, I took Hudson to the lawn of the county courthouse for a photo shoot in the weedy grass.  I was struck by the fact that he looks like a little boy more and more each day, rather than a toddler.  In 20 days he'll be three.  

The days are long, but the years are short.