Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PHinisheD {and a trip to CS!}

Last weekend Lita graduated from Texas A&M with her PhD in Latin Studies!!  Woohoo!! 

Congrats Dr Lita!  An honor well deserved :)

Since the graduation ended so late we spent the night and explored College Station the following day.  We visited the George Bush Presidential museum on campus.  What a neat place!

Owen for President in 2045!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hudson 26 months

Hudson is now 2 years + 2 months old!  He weighs 26 pounds and wears all size 2T outfits.  He is such a happy guy and fills our days with joy!

He has spent many recent evenings at ball games and is the big kids' biggest fan :)  This Ciao baby chair has really come in handy.  It offers great support and even has a tray for snacks and toys.

Bath time is still a favorite and he always associates the restroom with "bath, bath"!

The weather has been just perfect for a few recent zoo trips!!

His newest favorite snacks include baby Goldfish and Gogo Squeeze applesauce.  He also recently tried juice boxes for the first time but gets a little too squeeze happy :)

His occupational therapist encouraged messy play with shaving cream and other such textures.  He isn't so sure what to think!  We have also explored other toys and gadgets that the OT suggested including bubbles, a shape sorter, chunky crayons, puzzles and a pop tube.  In PT he is working on rolling a ball back and forth and pulling up on a mat.  He is great about catching himself if he falls to the side.  He was recently measured for his first wheelchair which we expect to see this summer!

He often enjoys sharing beautiful music :)  He can sit up unassisted very well on the piano bench.

He had a second set of ear tubes placed and his adenoids removed on Good Friday.  He handled the procedure and recovery like a champ!  Within a few short hours there was a very noticeable difference in his hearing and speaking abilities.  He now repeats much more than he did before.  His therapists also noticed a difference as he was much more responsive and interactive.

His favorite places to roll are to Emma's room, bathrooms & to the book shelves to pull down books.  We often have to close doors in order to limit his boundaries.  He sometimes opens drawers and tries to "put on" articles of clothing.  Last week I found him trying to put daddy's hat on!

Some things he is doing right now:

He knows to dig in Big Daddy's left shirt pocket at for exciting treasures (cell phone & checkbook)

He has a little doll that he calls "baby"

He consistently reaches to flip each light switch in the hall after a nap.  When doing so he says "on"! 

He must have both a sippy cup of milk & his paci for "night night" time

He scoots and pivots sleep positions during the night.  His head often ends up where his feet started!

He makes a "kissy" face and sound when prompted.

He can identify (and say) ear and eye

For the first time on 4/21 he did the sign language motion for "more" in the appropriate situation.

His newest words include bye-bye, woah!, guk (milk), yay, oh no, "nkay" (okay), dat (hat), "Ita" (Lita), boy, guk (book) and oww (ouch).  His ending sounds are great (especially T and K)!

He can make the animal sounds for cow & duck

He says "cheeeese" whenever he sees me trying to take a photo.  I think he is still very confused about there being two meanings for cheese.  Cheese cubes are a favorite snack :)

  He occasionally puts the phone up next to his ear and says "hello?"

Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Not Your Average Joe" musical

Emma and Owen have really enjoyed their first year being a part of the Highland Baptist Children's choir!  This group has been working diligently memorizing lines, songs and choreography for the "Not Your Average Joe" musical since the new year began!   

Emma was thrilled to be one of the lead roles, DJ Turner!  She co-narrated the musical with sweet DJ Spinner :)  The girls played their characters well and were as cute as could be!

Owen was proud to do his part by singing a solo.  He did a great job and is such a natural entertainer!

So proud of you both! 

"We know that God works all things together for good to them who are call according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28

Saturday, April 22, 2017

1st Grade Field Trip - World Hunger Relief Farm

This week Owen's first grade class visited World Hunger Relief Farm in Elm Mott.  WHRF is a Christian organization committed to the alleviation of hunger around the world.  Their mission is to train, motivate and partner with the community to accomplish this goal.

The students learned all about crops, livestock and life at the farm.  We saw lots of sweet baby animals :)

Owen was chosen to be a "goat" to demonstrate how they are milked (ha ha)! 

The class was able to taste mint leaves, pet animals and see eggs.  Our "farmer" tour guide explained a new program they are launching for vegetable prescriptions.  A doctor can write an Rx for veggies a patient needs to consume more of instead of medicine.  Very interesting! 

The class was very well behaved and had a great time.  Can't believe this bunch is about to promote to 2nd grade soon.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Owen is 7-and-a-half!

Owen is 7-and-a-half!  He now weighs 60 pounds.  He wears size 7/8 clothes and size 2.5 shoes.    

He is curious, sneaky, competitive and playful.

He can be the sweetest kid ever, especially when he picks his mama flowers!  :)  His favorite foods include pasta, eggs, Gushers and Ramen noodles.

He marches to his own beat and certainly has his own sense of style!  There is never a dull moment with this boy and he keeps us on our toes.

He loves being outdoors and his most recent adventure has been playing and building in the creek in our backyard!

He lost his second tooth on 3/26 in a baseball incident.  It had been very loose for weeks and that finally did the trick!  It just so happened that baseball and bluebonnet photos had just happened hours before.  Phew!!

He enjoys football, baseball, bowling, golf and church children's choir.  He is currently working on a church musical and has a solo! 

He tried roller skating for the first time this Spring and did so well!  He can't wait to go back.

It has been a great school year!  He dressed up as a 100 year old man and has 100 pieces of bubble gum on his shirt to celebrate 100 days of first grade! :)

Friday, April 7, 2017

DC or bust {Spring Break adventures!}

For Spring break we traveled to Washington DC!  Hudson did a great job on his first flight! 

Since Jarrod worked in DC for two Summers he was very knowledgeable about the area and was our personal tour guide.  With the recent election and news media the big kids thought it was really neat to actually see the White House, important monuments and other attractions in person. 

On day one we toured the American History Museum.  We also saw the White House and Washington Monument from afar.  It was much colder than we expected!  Luckily there was a Panera Bread near our hotel so we enjoyed some warm soup and bread to warm up!  That evening we ordered pizza to the hotel and spent some time at the indoor pool.

We were back at it again bright and early the next morning!  On day two we ate brunch at the Lincoln Waffle Shop and then walked across the street to Ford's Theater.  We did SO much walking and metro riding.  That afternoon we toured the National Archives and Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  {Did I mention Jarrod is a museums enthusiast?!}  That evening we grabbed dinner with one of our favorite longtime friends, Dustin.

On our final full day in DC we visited many monuments and museums.  Fortunately the weather had warmed up quite a bit!  We took the metro to Union Station and hopped on an open top tour bus.  Our guide was great and we learned a lot.  Among our favorite tour spots were the Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial.  That afternoon we visited Arlington National Cemetery.  It was neat for the kids to watch the changing of the guards.  Later that day we walked over Key Bridge to DC Cupcakes (as featured on TLC). 

On the day we flew out we made a quick trip to Mount Vernon.  What a neat place!

Emma found this set up in the airport and of course we had to snap a pic :)

Farewell DC!  Thanks for a fun and educational time :)  So proud to be Americans!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A visit to west Texas

Over St Patricks day weekend we journeyed to west Texas to visit relatives we don't see often enough!!  Cousins really do make the best friends :)

The kids were amazed with the miles and miles of giant wind turbines!

Some of our shenanigans included a cousin tripod (oldest 3 of 15!), several hours of sweet conversation with Memaw, watching March Madness in the hotel lobby each evening and hearing my uncle preach.  I think Memaw really enjoyed her time with these silly great-grandkids (and these are only half of them!)

Memaw has been such a significant person in my life and was in lots of my favorite childhood memories.  She has loved all of us well and I know has prayed for us over the years.  I'm so thankful for the time that my kiddos got to spend in her presence.  She has the most beautiful laugh and has such a special way with young children.  When I asked her for the secret to a long and happy marriage she said "Love one another, be a Christian and act like it".  When I asked her the most challenging part of motherhood she said "There was none, it was all such a joy!"

Little man snoozing at the hotel :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hudson is TWO!

Hudson is TWO!  He weighs exactly 25 pounds (14th percentile), measures 29.25" long (.01%) and his head circumference is 18.85%" (25th %).  He now wears all size 24 month/2T outfits and size 5 diapers.

He adores his big siblings and thinks they are hilarious ;)  They certainly are the most handy babysitters.

He can now say/repeat the words Mama, Dada, Emma, Owen, Beau, that, balloon ("boo"), light, yes, baby, night-night, uh-oh, outside, go and bath.  He points at everything -- especially lights, electrical outlets and ceiling fans.  He has memorized where each of the light switches are in the house and requests to flip them off and on as we pass by.  He has caught on and now sometimes says "on, on".  He has become SO skilled in maneuvering his Bumbo wheelchair.  It has been incredible to watch him learn so fast!  He is now able to go forward, backward and just about anywhere he wants to be!

Hudson especially enjoys being outdoors, taking baths, making friends, banging on the piano, playing with toy trucks and "reading" books.  He can army crawl, throw a ball and whistle.  His favorite foods are tortellini, avocado, cheese cubes and chicken nuggets.

He posed for a few photos at Mount Vernon his last week to be ONE!  

PT and OT therapies are going well.  We now go to the center for both.  Mrs Jaylon and Ashlea are huge blessings, love our boy dearly and encourage me so much!  Here he is sitting up nice and tall while playing at PT.  As a team we have decided to begin the application process for a wheelchair.  I'm super excited as it will provide much more independence and will allow him to be at a closer height level as his peers.

He has become a great napper!  He usually goes down around 1:00pm and sleeps until the kids return home from school.  He doesn't rest well through noise when or away from his bed.

Emma did a mini photo shoot with him his last day to be one.  I will cherish these memories forever and ever :)

Dear Hudson,

What an indescribable journey these last couple of years have been.  And what absolute JOY you bring to the lives of so many!  We have seen the Lord's hand every step of the way as He has provided amazing medical staff and opportunities.  Your doctors and therapists truly love you and encourage us.  Family and friends (both new and old!) have prayed us through difficult days and have rejoiced with us at the tiniest milestones and victories.  Your smile is contagious and your giggle is the greatest.  It is incredible to watch you grow, discover the world around you and develop at your very own pace.  You are the strongest and bravest boy I know.  I love you!!!