Friday, November 30, 2007

I'm okay with "wonderful grown-up"

The pink eye plague visited us again today, this time attacking Hudson. This resulted in cancelling his play date for today and consequently sending him into a deep depression. He was rolling around on the floor lamenting his bad fortune saying, "but I need a friend, it's not fair, Ainsley has lots of friends at school and I don't have any." I said, "I'm your friend." He responded with, "(big sigh)no, no, no, your my wonderful grown-up, but (another huge sigh and pause) you are NOT (big emphasis)my friend." At least when he is a teenage I won't be one of the parents who are despirately trying to be their child's friend and still be an authority figure. At 18 days before turning 4 I'm already not his friend.

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

4 years at Cornerstone

A little over four years when Cornerstone was in the planning stages Andrew told me he was really feeling led to go. We were completely happy at Good Shephard and I saw NO reason whatsoever why we would change. I didn't really know that people changed churches- come on- I was married in the same church that my parents and grandparents were married and and that EVERYONE in my family (that still lives in Milton-Freewater) goes to. Change churches- what the heck?! But being the completely submissive wife that I am (yeah, you do hear a little sarcasam coming through your computer screen- but I do really try) off we went to Cornerstone. Actually for the first 6 weeks or so we went to G.S. on Saturday nights and Cornerstone on Sunday mornings. That was especially tricky because I had Hudson during that time. Fast forward 4 years and I can't think of a better decision that we have made as a family (funny how that whole submission thing works out-remind me about that occasionally would you?). We love Cornerstone so much and feel so blessed to be in a church body that serves so much. Cornerstone is a place filled with people who love the Lord and are great examples to us. We couldn't ask to be surrounded by more wonderful people or be lead by a more amazing person than Barry. I was sick toay and didn't go and I really missed it. Thank goodness for the sermon archives. Here is video that was shown at our anniversary dinner. Watch for pictures of our kids:

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Our Thanksgiving

Our first time hosting Thanksgiving and we didn't serve a dry and gross turkey! Mom and dad were here all week, and Uncle Joe and Aunt Joann came up to visit Elizabeth so we all had Thanksgiving together with the Pate family also. Enjoy our pictures:

Monday, November 19, 2007

A little quiz

Lets play a little game. Which picture is of Hudson on Halloween 2004 and which on is Camden this Halloween?
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

Fun Christmas Project

So... Cyndi and I got ourselves into a little project. You can click on the link below to see what it is. BUT- If you are my mom, sister, mother-in-law, or sister-in-law DO NOT LOOK- seriously if you are one of these four people do not click on the link. Tennille just don't do it- it will ruin a Christmas surprise! Everyone else, hop on over to

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Dressed up and "Dressed Up" mean different things to different people

Twice this has happened. I just put Hudson in the shower which was concerning to him because he had already picked out and put on his clothes. He said, "but I want to wear that after I get out of the shower for all day." (jeans and a t-shirt) I said that was fine but later tonight is the Cornerstone Anniversary dinner and you will get to get dressed up for that later. His response was, "Oh yeah! I want to be an elephant!"

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

Friday Favorite Moment

Ainsley and Hudson decided to have a sleep over together tonight. How cute is this.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

If you don't see it, maybe it's not there.

Daddy: Hudson, did you pick up the little people in the playroom?

Hudson: Yes.

Daddy: So all of them are cleaned up?

Hudson: Yes. (long pause) Daddy...

Daddy: Yes.

Hudson: Don't go downstairs and look in the playroom.

The Lord has certainly blessed us with many teachable they were about obedience and honesty.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Pecking Order

In our house it is good to be The Guest. We have tried to teach our kids that we treat guests in a gracious way. When Ainsley and Lauren were learning about being guests in each others houses arguments would sometimes break out over who was getting to be The Guest. Ties are broken, desserts are chosen, and games selected with The Guest getting the better outcome. Hudson had a friend over and they were having a hard time deciding what they would play, each had a plan that the other didn't like. I had to intervene before it became physical, so I pulled out the guest card. "Hudson, Colin is The Guest so we will start by playing his game first." Hudson may not be in school yet, but he clearly has an older sibling who is a full blow grade-schooler because his response was, "He can be the guest, but I'll be the teacher."

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sugar Highs

Could there have been better weather for Halloween in Oregon?? First we went to downtown Gresham to Trick-or-Treat. Then the kids were so excited to hand out candy we went home and did that for about an hour. Then we hit up the neighborhood. The result of great weather was that it was possible to go to lots of houses, meaning LOTS of candy. I thought I had a great idea so we wouldn't still be battling candy every day until Christmas. I offered a trade-in. For every 10 pieces of candy they turned in to me they could have a dollar to spend at the dollar store. Great plan. They each parted with 20 pieces of candy, so Friday night we headed off to the dollar store. In the car on the way there Ainsley says, "the first aisle I'm going to is the candy one!" Uhhh... no, you miss understood the terms of the trade-in.

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."