Monday, October 27, 2008


I've been tagged...
So, Allison "tagged" me in her blog and now I think am supposed to post 7 things about myself you might not know or goes:

1. I really want to be a cow farmer...really. I want a huge pasture dotted with cows. I think it's so pretty!

2. I love jeeps...all jeeps...and I think if you're a big dork but you're driving a jeep, you're immediately COOL.

3. Mexican food is by far my favorite, but the thought of going to Mexico really scares me!!! However, (thank you Jana) "If God is for you, who can be against you?"

4. Speaking of foreign travel, I really want to go to Greece.

5. I am a peace keeper, and I cannot stand when anyone is upset with me.

6. I love planning parties and everything that goes with that...even if it's for a 2 year old who won't remember. :)

7. I joined the gym in August, and I LOVE working out as long as I'm taking a group class...I have ZERO motivation to do anything on my own in a gym!

Now I have to "tag" 7 more people to do the same thing on their blog, right?
So I tag:

1. Amy
2. Brooke
3. Summer
4. Sarah
5. Kacey
6. Kasey
7. Jennifer

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Here are some pictures from carving our pumpkin and trick-or-treating. We call our pumpkin Happy Hal. We took Hudson to The Avenue for Trick-or-Treating today. He was a BIG hit! Everyone that walked by us commented on how great his costume was. He did really well for a 2 year old in a costume that was difficult to wear. By the time we got his picture made at the photo op (after visiting most of the stores), he was ready to take his costume off! It was a fun day though, and he LOVES getting candy.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Better view

Here are some of the pictures from our trip individually so they are more clear. We got some good pictures this year. These are my favorites.

Mixed Emotions

As many of you know, Hudson has experienced MAJOR separation anxiety over the last year. It got so bad at one point last winter we were not even able to stay at church for one entire service. We would put him in the nursery, and he would cry for so long without stopping causing them to page us...which we WANTED them to do both for Hudson's sake AND theirs...they are, after all, volunteers. :) However, we were unable to enjoy church because our pager would go off EVERY Sunday, sometimes even before the sermon began.

I joined the gym in August, and Hudson goes with me and stays in the nursery there. The anxiety has been getting much better over the last 5-6 months. There have been a few times they've had to page me at the gym to come and get him, but it hasn't been often. Taking him there 3-4 times a week along with church nursery on Sunday mornings has been really good for him. I watch him through the mirror/window at the gym and although he cries when I leave he usually stops within 2-3 minutes or even less! I don't want him to be sad and upset the whole time I'm gone, but it does make me feel good to know that he would rather be with me than anyone else.


Not even one tear. His little lip quivered a little bit, but he fought the tears and went over to the slide and started playing. I am really happy that he finally understands that I will ALWAYS come back to get him, but I did feel like a bit of air was let out of my balloon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apples and Pumpkins

Burt's Farm 2008

We started our Saturday in Ellijay for the Apple Festival. This was a special treat for me because I've often told Josh of fond childhood memories I have of going to Apple Day in Paintsville, KY, where my mom and dad are from. I LOVED Apple Day, and so when Josh heard about the Apple Festival in Ellijay he changed our plan of just going to Dawsonville to now include a stop in Ellijay. He reminds me often why I fell in love with him!
We got there around 10 AM and watched the parade go through downtown. Hudson got lots of candy and loved it! Then we walked around the arts and crafts booths. We ate gyros for lunch followed by some yummy apple dumplings. After browsing the arts and crafts, we headed to Burt's Farm. We decided last year that we loved that place so much it would be an annual trip for us. Here is the slideshow from our day. I've also included some pictures from last year's trip to Burt's Farm. What a difference a year makes!!!! I love that we have these memories, and hope we are able to go every year while Hudson is growing up.

Burt's Farm 2007

(My how he's grown!)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Pettit Creek Farm

Today was a day off for Josh, and we wanted to do something as a family since he's been working a lot lately. Hudson was feeling better, but still not well enough to go back to the nursery at church so we went to Pumpkinfest at Pettit Creek Farm in Cartersville. It was smaller than we thought it was going to be, but it was still fun. We did their corn maze and Hudson and Josh did an inflatable obstacle course. They also had a petting zoo, and Hudson picked a small pumpkin to take home. It was a fun time together, but we are REALLY excited about Burt's Farm next Saturday. Look for pictures from that next weekend. Here are the pictures from our day today.

Hudson led the way through the corn maze.

Hudson and me.

Josh and Hudson in the maze.

The petting zoo.

Obstacle Course....cliiiiimb!


They then tried to climb back up for another slide...but they only made it about half way. :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sick Baby

I've got a sick baby this weekend. He started running a fever on Wednesday. I hate that he's sick, but it means a lot of mommy Hudson cuddle time, which I love, because he just wants me to hold him when he doesn't feel good. He's been getting Tylenol for the fever since Wednesday, and when it begins working he thinks he is all better. Thursday the Tylenol made him feel pretty good, so he started playing like he was ALL better only to crash around lunch time because he'd overdone it.

I can't help but wonder if this is how we do with God. We rely heavily on him when things are going wrong and we need help. Yet, as soon as things start looking slightly better we try to "take over" again. Only to crash yet again instead of continuing to rely on God and His strength. I bet as much as God hates to see us go through hard times, He probably loves the cuddle time it brings.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tumble Class

Hudson takes a Parent/Tot tumble class at Douglas County Dance and Gymnastics Academy. He LOVES going, and he does really well. Last Monday was Skill Evaluation day. Pretty funny for the toddler class, but they all did GREAT! They even got a certificate! Hudson was so proud. It was a treat too because normally just he and I go, but last Monday Daddy came AND Grandmama. He showed off EXTRA for the special guests he had. :) And since he wants to be in the Olympics one day (in gymnastics according to him) we figured we get a head start. Ha ha. I wonder when Michael Phelps began swimming....hmmmm?