Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The surprise of Christmas.....or lack there of!

I have only wrapped one Christmas present this year so far. I wrapped it yesterday with the help of Bryson. It was the present Bryson picked out for Carter for Christmas so he got to help me wrap it. Well, today I was in the kitchen and I heard Bumblebee talking. If you haven't seen the movie Transformers Bumblebee is one of the good guys. He is an Autobot. Alright back to the, I was in the kitchen and I heard....Transformers more than meets the eye!! Then I hear Carter yell really loud "Yeah Transformers more meets the eye, Mommy it's Bumblebee!" How do I even get mad at that. You should have seen the look on his face. He was so excited to see his brand new Transformer.

I just have to laugh because there was only one present under the tree. One lone present that didn't even last 24 hours. I can only imagine what would have happened had I wrapped them all.

So, I ask...Is there really a point to wrapping the presents? Alright, I know the answer to that, but maybe I won't wrap the presents until the night before Christmas. Now that I think of it, that sounds like a plan!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

No more Mimi!!

That's what we call a pacifier around the Hudson hosehold. Carter has been Mimi free for over a week now. Go Carter!!!

By the way I think it was harder on Joseph then it was on Carter.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

This year after some thought Joe and I decided we wanted to have Thanksgiving with just us, just the Four of us. Last year fortunately we were with family but in previous years we have always been surrounded with friends and though we love it, it was nice to just have us. The years we have spent Christmas by ourselves we usually lounge around and since this Christmas we are going to be so busy and surrounded by thousands of people we thought it would be nice to lounge around this Thanksgiving. Boy were we right!

Joe and the boys had a great time this Thanksgiving. Bryson threw the football around with dad while he watched the turkey and Carter played on his tricycle. I was busy inside cooking while all this fun was going on. Though lucky for me i could see all the fun from my kitchen window.

Joe did a fantastic job frying the turkey this year. The turkey was so moist and so good. I made the mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, rolls and escargot. Let me tell you they were all great also. Last night I made an apple pie, key lime pie and a pumpkin roll. All three of those were a first for me. I usually just buy the frozen pies and cook them and then claim them as mine. Everyone knows my secret so therefor it's not really a secret then huh?

I had never heard of a pumpkin roll until one of Carter's playgroups. It was so good that I have had dreams about that pumpkin roll non-stop ever since. So, last night I was going to make a pumpkin pie and I thought to myself "self why don't you just make a pumpkin roll" Wow, what a great idea. I looked through my stuff to see if I had all the ingredients and I was missing two. Next door neighbors to the rescue, I got my ingredients made the roll and it tasted just like I remembered.

I had a bit of an ego boost today. My friend that lives across the street Terra came over to try my escargot. She has never had it before and I told her to come get some. She came over and brought one of her friends, she was visiting Terra for Thanksgiving and she loves escargot. They both came inside and got a plate of food. Terra's friend Jana saw my wedding pictures in my hallway and then she heard the boys voices coming form the back bedrooms. In more of a statement she asked "you have a kid?" I said yes I have two a five year old and a two year old. Then what she said next was music to my ears......she asked with sort of a wondering, confused tone...."How old are you?" When I told her I was 28 you should have seen the look on her face...amazement.

I always knew I had great DNA but I have to say THANKS mom and dad for the great genes.

Once again Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

What I am thankful for when.....

my children are sick:

1. A Washing Machine
2. A Shower
3. Plastic Bed/Pillow Liners
4. Disinfectant Wipes
5. Knowing that it will be over soon.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

What a Success!

This past Thursday was our fall festival. I actually helped plan the festival and it turned out great. We ended up having it inside because of the weather but I think it turned out better that way. The only thing outside were the pony rides and the jailhouse. The events that we had inside were spread out all over the school in different classrooms. Some of the events we had were a duck pond, a sucker pull, cake walk, musical chairs, ponies, bean bag toss, hula hoops, face painting, ping pong toss, and we even had a jumpy castle and an inflatable slide inside the school. There were a total of 19 stations with different games. It was awesome and so many kids and families showed up.

I was in charge of the chili cook off and getting the donations for the winners and the raffle we had. I was amazed by my own success. I was able to get two hotels to donate a room, Texas Roadhouse and O'Charley's donated a 25 dollar gift card, Olive Garden donated 70 kids meals, a spa and a hair salon donated services and various other restaurants donated free appetizers and kids meals as well.

I entered the chili contest and to my disappointment I didn't win, but I'll be damned if my neighbor and friend Carson ended up winning the whole contest. I don't know what upsets me more....the fact that she doesn't cook and wins, or the fact that she doesn't cook and wins? No I am kidding, I am very proud that she won and think it's a great start to a life time of chili contests for her.

Carson is also first to tell everyone that I am the luckiest person when it comes to raffles and winning. She does have a good point. 9 times out of 10 I will win at least something on the raffle table. It might not be anything good but I am sure to win it. On Thursday I bought 5 tickets, they were a dollar a ticket. I wasn't sure if I was allowed to participate since I am the one that gathered the prizes and went from place to place to pick them up but I was told yes that I was allowed. I didn't tell them my secret. The first number was called and low and behold I won. I ended up winning back my Texas Roadhouse gift card. Yeah for me, The Hudson's love that place. I decided after I won that I should be null and void and pass along my tickets because I knew they still had a great chance of winning again. Two more numbers were called and bingo my tickets one again. This time it wasn't anything to was a water bottle. After that ticket was called we decided to go play a few more games and then another ticket was called over the intercom of the school. I heard a ticket that sounded very familiar to the ticket I had very graciously given up. I walked back to the cafeteria where they were holding the drawings and asked my friend Kim whom I am given the tickets to if she won. I looked at the ticket and guess what....we have a winner. That ticket won the O'Charley's gift card. She said that I could have it back but I told her no to keep it she needed a night out. Her husband is deployed and she needed a little pick me up. (Kim if you are reading this you better invite me) (Carson if you are reading this I didn't tell you about all the other stuff I won because you would have gotten mad at me) Carson is a little jealous that I win so a nice friendly competitive way. CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO MAKE THEM LARGER

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Can you have to much of a good thing?

Apparently not! Like i have said a hundred times before Carter loves Lightning Mcqueen. Actually he loves all the cars from the movie Cars. Every time we go to Walmart, Target, Toys-R-Us, or the BX he has to go to the toy section. He searches or has me search for any new car. Disney makes a lot of money off the Hudson family. Every time i turn around they are making new cars, for example there is a car named Ramone, and in the movie he owns a paint body shop. Now Disney is smart for instead of having just one purple Ramone, they have made him in 7 different colors. Well, 7 so far for tomorrow they may have made an eighth. They will probably go through the whole rainbow and then start coming up with colors like magenta and periwinkle, and you know what...we will keep buying them. Here is a picture of Carter and some of the cars we could find for the picture. I know that we are missing a few but didn't have the time to search the entire house. I guess we will never know just how many Cars cars we truly have. If you want to see the cars up close and personal just click on the picture and it will make it larger.

Friday, November 9, 2007

No Cavities....Yeah

Bryson had his dentist check up the other day and did great. This is his sixth checkup and he does better with each one. He was able to get some x-rays done and i even saw his adult teeth below his baby ones. The only problem Bryson has are that his teeth are perfect now. His smile is so perfect and pretty that when his bigger adult teeth move in there will be no room for them.
He has no spacing in between his baby teeth right now and that is where we will have issues. Though in the mean time we have one happy, healthy, little boy with beautiful teeth.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

What a night

Joe and i went to our first concert since becoming parents. Wow, that just sounds like we don't get out much. Now that i think of it, we actually don't. It's hard to find good babysitters when you move around so much. We are not fortunate enough to have family here to watch the boys whenever we would like to go out. Therefor our outings have to be well planed in advance.

For some of you old folks out there (wink wink) you will probably not know the bands but maybe my younger readers will. We went to see 12 Stones, Papa Roach, and Hinder. They play Rock music for some of you that are stumpted. Papa Roach was by far the best and sang one heck of a show. The others were great also just Papa Roach was in a world of their own. Our wonderful neighbors Carson and Derek went with us. We will surely miss them when they move to Texas after the first of the year.

Concert Tickets: $50.00
Babysitter: $30.00
A night out with my hubby: Priceless

I know cheesy but i had to do it!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Videos are working

The other videos that I had posted up here before are working. There is one with Bryson riding a motorcycle, and Carter spanking his butt. I have fixed them and they now work. You should go back and find them and let me know if you were able to see them or not. I believe they are both in the September file on the left. Let me know if you can find them and if they worked.

Nemo has a mom??

A brief recap for those who have never seen the movie Nemo....Nemo's mother dies in the first 10 minutes of the movie. She is eaten by a barracuda protecting her eggs.

Now to the story:

I was sitting here in the living room yesterday when Bryson comes running in telling me that Nemo has a mom and how he has never seen her before. He went on about how Nemo's mom dies in the movie. He then says "mom did you know that Nemo had a mom?" The first thing that popped into my head was oh shoot, or another choice word. Then i told him that i don't like when Nemo's mom dies so i had always skipped ahead and that i forgot this one time.

I have never really understood why in some Disney movies the mother dies. Why is that? The two that jump to mind are Nemo and Bambi. So i have never liked the first part of Nemo and have always skipped to the safe part. Bryson fell in love with Nemo when he was about 15 months old. That was his favorite movie and he would watch it over and over, and I really didn't want him seeing Nemo's mother die over and over. I think that is why its so funny for me, Bryson is 5 years old and after having watched this movie for almost 4 years, he finally saw Nemo's mother and her brief appearance in the movie.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Guess who is 2 1/2 today?

Before i get started i want to let you know that i have a video of Carter below. You might want to go to the very bottom of this page and pause the music so you can hear him saying his numbers. If you can't see the video or hear it, let me know and i will send it to you.

Carter is learning new things everyday. We can't believe he is two and a half already.

Some of the things he has mastered:
1. He knows his colors. Well, all but pink, but what little boy needs to know pink?
2. He knows how to count to 10 minus 6 and 7.
3. He can identify the numbers 1 through 10. He has trouble with 6 and 9.
4. He knows all the names of the cars from the movie Cars.
5. He can spell Purple (with help).

Things we are working on:
1. Potty training
2. Loosing the Mimi (pacifier)
3. How to take off and put on his shirt.

Carter is 38 7/8 inches and he weighs 34 pounds.

Here is a video of Carter identifying numbers.

Friday, November 2, 2007

We are broke!

Not really but remember me saying how we had failed our North Carolina inspection due to our middle brake light being out. Well, yesterday i went to the dealership to buy it. All the other auto stores didn't have it because its an LED light and not just a bulb. I asked them if they had it and how much it was. I was thinking at the most 60 dollars and i thought 60 was a little on the high side. I about nearly fell over when he told me. With a military discount it came out to be 187 plus change. For a split second i thought how bad do i really need the inspection sticker? If i got pulled over i could talk my way out of it right?? Then reality set in and of course i needed it. So, i unwillingly handed my debit card to the man. We tugged it back and forth for a few and then i finally loosened my grip and he vanished. When he returned he gave me my receipt to sign and i reluctantly signed and was handed my box.

When Joe got home last night we put the light in and it worked. Yeah Joe!!! This morning he took it back to the inspection place at get our sticker. With not a day to spare we PASSED!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

One tired little boy

Last night before i went to bed i always check on the boys one last time. I get Bryson up to go pee and make sure Carter still has his covers on. I guess from all that trick or treating we had one very tired little boy. When i walked in Carter's room he was asleep sitting up on the floor against his bed. I am not sure how he got there without waking up but he looked so cute. Here are some pictures. Click on the pictures to make them larger.

Power Rangers to the Rescue!!

The kids had a great Halloween this year. Bryson was the red power ranger and Carter was the blue power ranger. I think it's funny that they chose to be power rangers for up until they decided, they had never seen a single episode. Once they decided they wanted to be power rangers i picked up a few DVDs to see what the big fuss was about and i can honestly say i am not a big fan. I think the whole reason why Carter wanted to be a power ranger is because thats what his big brother wanted to be.

We trick or treated around our house and the kids made a killing on candy. After three streets they had filled their bags. They had so much fun and already can't wait until next year.

The boys with their friends.

Carter and his friend Kate