Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The cut hair
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Blowing out FOUR candles!
Wow. I just peeked in on you sleeping on this, the night of your fourth birthday. It hardly seems possible that that tiny little baby that we had just met at the hospital 4 years ago tonight has transformed into such a big kid in 4 very short years. The years with you have been filled with so much fun and laughter, I can't imagine life without you. It is really hard for anyone to be around you for more than a few minutes and not be smiling or laughing at something.
I don't think there is ever a year children change as much as they do their first year of life. Your year from 3 to 4 though has been a pretty amazing transformation though. This last year you changed from a big toddler to a full blown kid. The most fun part this year has been watching you develop your relationship with Ainsley. This year the two of you have become real friends. As soon as you were born we started telling Ainsley that God had really blessed her because He had given her a best friend in her own family. This year that changed from just a phrase we said to the truth. The two of you play and play and play. You love her so much that it is just torture for you that she has to go to school all day long. When Ainsley had a friend call and ask her to come over and she turned them down because she wanted to stay home and play with you it was one of my best parenting moments so far.
This is the year that you have also turned into a big brother. Right after Camden was born you asked frequently when he would be big enough to play. Now that he can crawl and walk you would prefer that he stayed away from your play stuff, but you are delighted when he is happy playing with a toy that you don't care about. You are very sweet and protective of him, my favorite example of your protective nature is how you alert the whole neighborhood when Camden has anything smaller than, say, a toaster by yelling, "Camden has a choking hazard!"
Hudson, you seem to be tapped into an endless supply of energy. You certainly keep us moving and never lacking for opportunities to work on obedience and self-control. The flip side is I don't know if there is a sweeter child with a more loving heart. You probably tell me at least three or four times a day out of the blue, "Mom, I really love you." You look at the world with a sense of wonder and awe that is so fun. The first night we went for a walk when people had Christmas lights up you would exclaim at EVERY house, "Oh my gosh, that is just gorgeous! We need to get that!" You have brought that joyful wonder and excitement and just love of everything and everyone around you to our lives.
We are so excited for this next year of your life. To watch you understand more and more about God. To watch you continue to enjoy Ainsley. To watch you and Camden begin to be friends. To watch you enjoy life. Thanks for being so fun for us to watch Hudson. We love you. Happy Birthday.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I can't believe that it has been a whole year since your daddy and I were hanging out in the hospital waiting to meet you. We spent the day debating what we would name the baby if it was a boy. We went back and forth between Anderson and Camden. By about noon we had settled on Camden, but a middle name was harder for us. One of us wanted Jonathan and the other wanted Paul. As you now know, you are going to spend the rest of your life trying to fit two middle names on every form you ever fill out because of our fine compromise.
It has been so fun getting to know you this year. You have delighted us by being such a great, happy, easy going baby. You are adored by your brother and sister who fight for your attention. We have learned that you are not much of a morning person. I have to drag you out of your crib at 8:00 to take Ainsley to school, and your preference would be to just be nursed back to sleep and sleep for another 3 hours or so before greeting the day. The flip side of that is you are a little night owl. Your siblings go to bed at 7 and that is when you turn on. You are silly and love to spend from 7 to 10 just playing around all on your own. Not really the ideal schedule for a 1 year old, but for now it works. This morning we woke you up to have a cinnamon rolls together as a family for your birthday. Ainsley and Hudson were bouncing off the walls and you looked at us like we were crazy. If you had the words you would have been singing, "Happy birthday to you, I live in a zoo."
It is like you knew you were coming upon this 1 year milestone and prepared for it by learning to walk. In the past three days you have figured out how to walk all the way across the room. What is so cute is how pleased you are with your new skill. Your favorite part of the day is taking a shower. For some reason you absolutely love showers. If you are anywhere upstairs and you hear the shower being turned on you go nuts squeeling and "run-crawling" as fast as you can to get to the shower. If the person in the shower won't let you in you bang on the shower door like a maniac. It doesn't matter if you just got out of the shower, if it is on, you want back in. When you are finally let in you happily sit there letting the water go all over you playing with a couple little bowls. You would stay in all day, even as the water turns freezing cold.
You are the most verbal of any of our kids have been. We are anxious to see if you talk early. I'm happy because after Ainsley's first word being "dog" and Hudson's being "ball" I finally got you to say "mamma" as your first word. You elevated yourself to first place in the will! (all 6 dollars of it.)
We love you so much Big C. Thanks for making the last year so special. Thanks for joining the family!
Friday, November 30, 2007
My favorite moment from this week was this conversation:
Hudson: Mommy, who is in charge of Christmas?
Me: I don't know, what do you mean?
Hudson: Like who is in charge of all of Christmas?
Me: Everyone helps out and does different parts.
Hudson: No someone is in charge.
Me: Not really.
Hudson: Yes, somebody is, I think it's Grandpa Seaquist. He's in charge.
Dad, should we get you a santa suit?
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Can't tell? Don't worry. I gave birth to them and the only way I know the difference is that Hudson had on white socks and Camden has on black. I said I wanted my kids to match, I didn't know that would mean they would look EXACTLY the same.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The first time this happened was when we were in Oklahoma (I may have already blogged about this- but I'm too lazy to check back through posts, I need to to dry my hair and he won't be in the shower long). We were getting ready to go to Helen's funeral and I told Hudson we had to get out of the hot tub and go take a shower and get dressed up. The response was, "I want to dress as a dragon!" Heaven help his prom date some day.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Daddy: So all of them are cleaned up?
Hudson: Yes. (long pause) Daddy...
Hudson: Don't go downstairs and look in the playroom.
The Lord has certainly blessed us with many teachable moments...today they were about obedience and honesty.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Hudson loves police officers (really anyone in uniform) so when we saw Jeff Durbin downtown we definitely had to do a picture. The next morning Hudson said, "Remember when I got my picture with Officer Durbin?" Me, "Yes." Hudson, "Is he a good guy or a bad guy?" Me, "A good guy." Hudson, "Awwww, that's too bad."
We managed to get a picture of all three of them together on the bench at the Carls.
"I don't know what is inside of these wrappers, but I think I might like it."
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Hudson: My elbow on my leg hurts. (your knee?)
Hudson: She didn't eat her apple and now it is roasting. (rotting?)
Tiffany: Why are you so excited about Halloween?
Hudson: Because you get Popsicles! (what?)
Hudson: (not wearing a shirt - we were having spaghetti, see previous post about laundry) Hey- I have three belly buttons! (ahhhh...no.)
And a phrase that is repeated at just about every meal by either parent, "Hudson quit doing things to bug your sister, and Ainsley, quit being so sensitive."
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Here is the video from our trip to the farm last week. We can't call it a trip to the pumpkin patch because we didn't actually touch a pumpkin there. Our pumpkins were picked from Grandad and Grandma Arlene's pumpkin patch. This is even better because the pumpkins came with the kids names on them!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
This was before she had embraced the experience!This was after-cold, muddy, but at least not crying.
The ball sort of stuck in the mud.
All the "Cheetahs" after the game- muddy but happy.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Okay, back to the tooth. If you remember to last time Ainsley had decided that the tooth fairy was "just parents", and I wouldn't give her much money anyway so she was keeping her teeth. Well, the day before we were going to the dentist she told me that she decided she was going to save up all her teeth and put them under her pillow all at once so, "you will have to give me lots and lots of money." Later that day she came to me and told me she had decided to put her first tooth under her pillow because she would get a new one the next day, and that way she could add up how much she would get for all her teeth if she knew how much I would give her for one tooth.
She hadn't changed her mind by bedtime (a miracle in itself) and she put her tooth under her pillow. I had been preparing for this day since during fireworks by buying out all the gold Sacajawea dollars out of the till at the stand. I exchanged her tooth for one of the coins and hoped that gold dollar would be exciting enough to overcome the fact that another kid at school gets $5 for each tooth (she is right, I am too cheap for $5- come on we have three mouthfuls of teeth that are going to fall out. We need to be saving for braces.). Good news, she was thrilled the next day and actually put her new tooth from the dentist that day under her pillow to collect another gold coin. The lesson here is that by planning ahead and having something special I can only spend $1 instead of $5 on each tooth. Maybe if I start buying stuff and planning for her wedding now...
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Ainsley: Have you ever gotten in trouble at school?
Emory: One time when I was talking and I wasn't supposed to be.
Ainsley: Oh, don't worry about that, that happens to me all the time.
please NO comments like: genetic predisposition, look at who her parents are, or no need for the nature vs. nurture debate- she is exposed to talking too much both ways, etc...
Monday, October 8, 2007
A couple of weeks ago my 89 year old grandma went to be with the Lord. She lived the second half of her life in a body that was crippled by sever rheumatoid arthritis. So although I have a sense of loss that I don’t get to be with her now, I am so excited that right now she is in Heaven with my Grandad walking and enjoying eternal life without pain. The hope and promise of seeing my Grandparents again when I die and being in the presence of Jesus is an amazing promise to look forward to.
I’d like to share with you something from Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven, “By meditating on Heaven and learning to look forward to it, we don’t eliminate our pain, but we can alleviate it and put it in perspective. We’re reminded that suffering and death are only temporary conditions.”
Our family traveled last weekend to rural Oklahoma for my Grandmother’s service and we saw this picture-
Barry’s email this week brought up some of the reasons that he appreciates Cornerstone. Really, we do need to be a body that through the power of the Holy Spirit does rock the world. How can we rock the world? Praying, sharing our faith, letting people see the light and joy inside us. Resisting temptation, helping the less fortunate. Loving the Lord with all of our heart, soul strength and mind. And many other ways.
Every day we should be thinking and praying about how that day we can bring glory to God. So Cornerstone- Rock Your World!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Speaking of the Office, did you know God can protect children by messing with TV's? We have been waiting since last spring for The Office premier. It is seriously on our calender-a TV show. It is an exciting life we lead. Anyway- so we end up in Oklahoma on the night of the premier. We are dying about this and plan over and over how we can watch it. We have adjoining rooms with Katie so we plan to put the kids to bed and then watch it in her room. This is a little tricky because Oklahoma is in the central time zone so everything is an hour earlier there so it is now on at 8 their time, add to this that they are two hours ahead of us so it is like it is on at 6:00 for our bodies. But we have been up since 4:00 am so I don't think it is unreasonable for the kids to be tired enough to lay in bed and be quiet so we can watch the funniest TV show ever created. Evidently they thought it was unreasonable. God protected them from grumpy parents by messing up the TV's and making it so THEY DON'T GET NBC! What said it was NBC was showing the old movie Spies Like Us. What. The. Heck. We were so mad. Did I mention we have been waiting MONTHS to see this show? Oh well. Now we get to watch it tonight (thank goodness for DVR) and we didn't have to do something unthinkable to our children because they were jumping on the bed being little psychos during the time we would have been watching TV.