Friday, December 5, 2014

November Little Things


Time to play catch up.  Again.
Hudson passed out on the couch after the time change.  Whenever we fall back I think about the night I spent with him in the hospital when the time changed, and how they never actually fixed the clock in my room.  Between the post baby fatigue and pain, the medicine, and the nurses in and out, I don't think I got any sleep that night and I remember being so confused.  I guess my little guy can't hang, even though he was born in the middle of it!

 
These two love to hold hands in the car.  Don't worry - we were still in the driveway!
No school on election day means I get to bring four kids with me.  At least they were well behaved!
Marvel Universe Live came to town, and they were so excited to see their favorite super hero LIVE.  Betcha can't guess who their favorite is!
My new niece will be here next month, so Reese and I traveled to Richmond for April's shower!  She got so many adorable things, and I'm so glad they live close enough for a quick visit after the baby comes.  Anytime all 4 of us kids are in the same place at the same time we get a picture.  I'm thinking our next gathering will be at Matt's wedding in March!
Everyone in this house loves Star Wars Rebels.  Even Finley stops what she's doing to watch.  I think that there will be some very excited people in this house when the new movie comes out next December!
After parent teacher conferences at the preschool, Reese voiced some concerns about Hudson's letter knowledge.  She claimed that it was time he got a Phonics book, and he needed to start recognizing his letters.  So she made him some worksheets, a few matching games, and quizzed him after she got home from school everyday.  For the record, I am making none of this up, and if you know Reese, you are probably not surprised by it at all.
My mom watched the kids so that Brian and I could sneak away for an overnight trip to Williamsburg!  We did lots of shopping, lots of eating, saw Gone Girl, and made it to Colonial Williamsburg!
FQB is a polka dot lover!
Hudson got his Phonics book just before Thanksgiving.  It's so fun to look at pictures of them all when they got their book for the first time.  Wyatt was 4 year, 6 months old, Reese was 3 years, 8 months old, and Hudson was exactly 4!  Hudson is also the first kid to come home and tell me exactly what he did in his Phonics book each day.  He's quite a reporter!
Hopefully I find time to blog this December.  It's shaping up to be a little busy!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hudson's Birthday

Hudson turned 4 this month.  Like, 25 days ago to be exact.

We celebrated his birthday at Red Robin, and he had his birthday party last weekend.
He was so excited to have a "Dusty party" at the zoo.   The morning started out overcast and rainy, but we ended up with a nice day!
These two were very interested in the animals.  I love that she picked the spot right next to her biggest brother.
Petting the bunny!
Hudson and his friends (and Finley) checking out the bullfrog,

I can't believe that Finley touched the turtle!
The rest of these are pretty self explanatory...just Hudson having fun with his friends petting some animals!




He had such fun at his party, he is still talking about it constantly!

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Little Things!

Lumping all of the little things that happen each month (but that I don't want to forget!) makes catching up so much easier. 

October was filled with weekends of back to back baseball and tee ball and soccer and more baseball practice.  Wyatt actually had two soccer bye weekends, and he was called up to play with his old coach's 10U team once (and scored 4 goals against 10 year olds!), and then he decided that he wanted to play with them again on his next bye weekend.  He loves to compete!

Brian and I spent the first Friday of October at the wedding of our friends Anna and Wes!  There wedding was gorgeous, and we were able to catch up with Steph and Dave.  I hadn't seen them since their last visit here (and our visit was cut short by Hudson's emergency room trip for stitches!), so it was great to see them (and Stephanie's baby bump)!

I also used buying a new dress for their wedding as motivation when I started going to the gym regularly in June.  I was so excited when I hit the 30 pounds lost mark and got to buy a new dress!
On Saturday we were up early for games.  This is what Wyatt and Jack do when one of them scores a goal.
On Sunday we went to a baby shower for Steph and Dave, and these girls had the best time eating their cake in the backyard.  Finley was loving being at the "big girl table."
 Having two readers in the house means that my bedtime duties sometimes get handed over.  They actually fight over who gets to read to Finley!
Reese modeling her Halloween costume.  She initially wanted to be Elsa, but when I told her that I thought that there might a lot of Elsa's, she changed her mind.  Mulan is her favorite princess (which I think is awesome.  Mulan is a legit warrior), so she settled on that.  Plus, she got a fan, just like Princess Amber's!  Score!
Hudson celebrated the end of his alphabet unit with a party at school, an "H" hat, and a picture with his sisters.
Brian doesn't miss an Admirals game unless it's necessary, and I was able to go with him to the first two home games of the season.
Reesie has really wanted to try footie pajamas, and I've been hesitant to let her.  I finally caved and she loves them!
She was student of the week the second week of October.  She put this little poster of herself together.
Hudson had to go back to the doctor for another nebulizer treatment.  We are giving him increased daily doses of his inhaler to help prevent another episode before we go for his 4 year check up in two weeks.  I'd like to get this figured out, because watching this poor boy struggle to breathe when he's sick is heartbreaking.  
Reese decided to enter the Reflections contest at school.... on her own.  She loves art.  And ice cream.  And if you enter the contest, you get an ice cream party.  Makes sense to me. Ha!
After what felt like weeks and weeks and weeks of 14-16 hour days at work (coming home and then going back until 1 or 2 in the morning!), Brian took some time off on a Friday.  We went to Sam's Club, and anytime I touched the cart, this happened.  She would only let Brian touch the shopping cart.
The entire family is obsessed with Star Wars Rebels.  This is what my couch looks like when a new episode is on.  It should also be noted that Finley is the one who retrieves and hands out the blankets.
Homework has gotten much easier this month.  Wyatt is even stepping up to help his sister with some advice that he's picked up in his long career as a student.  He told Reese that if she was having trouble reading a word, she should ask herself, "Does it look right, does it sound right, does is make sense?" So helpful when he wants to be!

November is sure to be crazy!  An adorable little boy turns FOUR on Wednesday (HOW!?!),  and our weekends are jam packed through Thanksgiving.  There's also someone in our house who likes to jump the gun on her Christmas decorating (that's me). But I'm so excited for everything we have going on this month!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Trick or Treat!

Another Halloween has come and gone!

The anticipation of trick or treating resulted in some very early wake up calls last week.  Wyatt was awake at 4AM on Thursday and Friday!  He is crazy!

We had pizza with our neighbors before we headed out to get some candy!
 Star Wars was obviously the popular choice with the older boys.  Between the Clone Wars and the new Rebels show and the new movie coming out next year, I predict that Wyatt will be a Star Wars character forever.
 Mulan and Ariel were clearly excited to go trick or treating.
 Captain America was happy to get a refreshing cup of lemonade at a neighbor's house.
 We are speeding up!  The neighborhood is now complete, and they finished the whole neighborhood in an hour!
Now that Halloween is over, we're busy making our Thanksgiving plans!  We've already started some Christmas shopping, and decorating will start soon (I don't like to be rushed!).  Only 3 weeks until our elf Parker comes back!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hudson's Pumpkin Patch Parade

Since the two big kids aren't in preschool anymore, we only had one Pumpkin Patch Parade to attend this year.
How cool is this tough guy?
 Captain America spent a lot of time in October practicing his songs.
 Fortunately for him, he has an older sister who was eager to help him remember words when he forgot them!


 After the singing was over, he moved on to the parading.

  He is having the best year at school.  When I ask him who he plays with, he always says, "My old friends Fletcher and Mason and my new friend Noah!"


Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Trip!

We finally made it to the pumpkin patch last weekend.  It was hard to find the right day to squeeze it in with sports schedules, but we were so excited to finally be able to choose our pumpkins!

This is Hudson's new pose.  We're going to have to work on that.  He and Finley spent most of the trip picking pumpkins up and then tossing them in our wagon.  They wanted to bring home all of the pumpkins!
 These two were more focused on making sure that the pumpkins were adequate for each member of the family.  Wyatt's had to be the largest, followed by Reese's, then Hudson's, and finally Finley's.
My  cow and farmer!
 Somebody is trying to be like her her big sister with her crazy faces!
She liked being a big girl and walking around the patch.  Even if she did fill the wagon with about 20 different pumpkins!
Ready to drive the tractor....
 But this one might be more trustworthy behind the wheel!

I will have to share all the outtakes from trying to get the four of them to look at the camera at the same time.  The most consistent thing from all 100 pictures was Reese looking at the camera and smiling.  The other three?  Well, that was the problem.  Ha!
And one final shot of this girl in between the mums while we checked out.

I can't believe that October is over!  I'm so ready for November, cooler weather, and Thanksgiving!  We had a blast trick or treating tonight, and our sweet Huddoo turns 4 this Wednesday!