On Saturday, our small group at church had a lake day. We spent the first half of the day without Hudson. I love the Huds, but it is always nice to have adult time.
My mom met us after his nap at a marina. It was the little guy's first boat experience. He loved saying, "boat" and "water." He very much wanted to get in the water the entire time. We had to keep a tight grip on him the entire time.
After our very long boating adventure, we went back to grill out some burgers. Hudson went swimming for the first time this year. I didn't get any pictures, but he LOVED the water. He was a natural. Glad we won't have any fears of swimming this year!
Our lake day made me excited about the summer ahead! It will be our last couple of months as family of 3!
I can't believe it has been 4 years since we stood before those we love most in this world and said our vows! 4 years later, and we are truly beginning to learn the depth of these words. We wanted our vows to be personal, so we spent some time compiling these through a combination of traditional vows, vows from friends, and scripture. It is good to look back and be reminded of he commitment we made to one another.
I Will, take you Heather, to be my wedded wife. I promise in the presence of God my Savior and Lord and these witnesses to love you as Christ loves the Church. I promise to cherish, protect, honor, defend, and support you in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity and through every change of condition. I am accepting the command given to me by our Lord to be the spiritual leader of our household, and I will constantly strive to seek first His kingdom. I promise that I will lead our lives in faith and hope in Christ Jesus - ever honoring God's guidance by His spirit through His word. Heather, I am from this day forward choosing to love you as an act of my will, with or without the presence of romantic feelings. I promise to forsake all others and commit myself fully to you, to be faithful to you and no other, cleaving only to you as long as we both shall live.
I Heather, take you Will, to be my wedded husband. I promise in the presence of God my Savior and Lord and these witnesses to love, cherish, respect and obey you in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, and through every change of condition. I am accepting the command given to me by our Lord to trust your leadership in our household, and I will constantly strive to seek first His kingdom. I pledge to strengthen, help, comfort, and encourage you. Will, I am from this day forward choosing to love you as an act of my will, with or without the presence of romantic feelings. I promise to forsake all others and commit myself to you, to be faithful to you and no other, cleaving only to you as long as we both shall live
We celebrated Hudson's 2nd on Saturday. I wanted to make the whole day special. Mostly because if I didn't, pinterest would make me feel bad about it.
We came into his room singing, "Happy Birthday to You."
We had balloons throughout the hallway. He wasn't too sure about all the commotion, but he ended up loving the balloons,especially popping them!
We had cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Cinnamon rolls feel like a treat, not breakfast. Perfect for birthdays!
We then headed to the park for a low key party. Well, my intentions were for low key, but of course it didn't pan out as expected. Will and I strolled in to set up at 9:20 for a 10:00 party, and all 3 pavilions were taken! We had to quickly scrounge up 2 card tables, and were quickly setting up them up as our friends arrived. So, we had our party next to the bathrooms in the beaming sun. All the while, 3 other parties went as scheduled in their nice shady little spots. Oh well, we are first timers and we learned!
We headed home to play with family before Hudson's sugar induced coma. We are excited about his new outside toys...including two sprinkler sets, golf clubs, a sandbox, water table, slide, and trampoline! Thanks to wonderful grandparents. aunts, uncles, and cousins! Seriously though, I don't know what I was thinking suggesting family buy him the sandbox and water table. I am going to have to put them on separate ends of the yard! We have had them for two days, and there is sand in the water table, water in the sand table, and a watery sand all over my kitchen floor!
Hudson will be the big 2 on Saturday. Here are some facts about this little guy:
He has a big map in his room. He can point to the ocean, North Pole, Argentina, and Africa. He can pronounce everything but Argentina.
He is stringing words together....Come Daddy. Fall down. They go bye bye. Keys all gone. I like it. I drop it. I'm cooking. Open this. I love you.
He loves keys. He will find key holes everywhere and ask where the key is.
He loves to drive. He cranks the car, turns on the radio, rolls down the window, turns on the air, etc. You can ask him to do these specific tasks, and he will do them.
He recognizes animals..giraffes, cats, dogs, birds, toucans, monkeys, horses, cows, ducks, butterflies, bugs, etc. Everything still says moo though.
He can answer the first 3 children's catechisms. He can also tell you that Noah built a big boat. He loves that one.
He will watch Barney and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for 5 minutes now. Praise Baby is still the only video that holds his attention for longer.
He loves to sing. He will help you finish songs. A few of his fave include:
Jesus I am Resting
Jesus Loves Me
Someones in the Kitchen with Dinah
A Bushel and a Peck
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
He likes to dance.
He still doesn't care for toys. Unless of course a friend is over. Then everything they have is his absolute can't live without favorite toy.
He recognizes pretty much everything from our daily routine. He loves to point to everything and tell me what it is.
We are still very much attached to paci and snuggy. He can only have them in the crib. He asks for them 40 times a day though.
He screams, "Chicken!" when we pull into Chick-fil-a.
He can point to his body parts.
He refuses to wear sandals, crocs, water shoes, or black socks.
He can count to ten.
He can sing his ABC's...with lots of help.
He can unlock deadbolts and get out of most straps---wagon, buggy, high chair, stroller...no problem! The other night we heard our doorbell ring, and it was him! That same day, I was pulling him around the neighborhood in his wagon. I turned around and he had escaped! Found him playing in a neighbor's yard!
So, that is the low down on Hudson. He keeps us busy. We don't sit much. He is crazy fun and crazy hard. We love it though! Can't believe he is 2!