Thursday, January 29, 2009

Here we go...

A.) First list 10 Honest Things about yourself - and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep.
B.) Pass the award on to seven bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap
  1. Deep down inside of me I want to be a cow farmer. Some of you know this already. I really would love to wake up and look out over my green pasture dotted with cows.
  2. My husband is my hero. Seriously. He runs into burning buildings and flaming cars to save people he's probably never met! HERO.
  3. I hate it when people say anything about me not having a job. I taught 7th graders & Pre-K'ers for 3 years...and I've never worked harder than when I had Hudson and decided to stay home! I don't know how working moms do it...all I think is "I'm this exhausted at the end of the day with him...imagine if I had to hold a 9-5 on top of it!"
  4. I am a people pleaser. Sometimes I hate this about myself, but I cannot change it. I will do EVERYTHING in my power to ensure that people are not upset with me. I can't stand it. Even if it means apologizing when I really feel like I didn't do anything wrong.
  5. I love creating things. I love scrapbooking, making crafts, painting, crocheting; basically all things artsy. My grandmother's artist influence I guess. But I'm easily I usually only do something once and then change it up. (especially true of my crocheting).
  6. I think/worry all the time about whether we're raising Hudson in the right place. I think about moving to different cities, and what would be best for him in regards to family, schools, churches, friends, college. I stress about this way to much since he's only 2!
  7. My wedding was a fairy tale! Joshua surprised me on vacation in Hawaii with a wedding completely planned by him and my mom. I did not have to sacrifice anything except that all of my friends and Josh's family couldn't be there. It was surreal...exciting...relaxing...beautiful...and I felt like Cinderella.
  8. Josh and I want to adopt a little girl from China one day. I get excited thinking about taking Hudson to China to bring his sister home.
  9. I have to have access to a bathroom at all times. And if that luxury is not available I immediately have to go. Or if it will disturb other people if I get up...I immediately have to go. We have to get seats on the end of an aisle for any kind of show. I don't usually go on long trips in other people's cars...I do realize I could ask them to stop, but it seems more available if I'm driving.
  10. Sometimes I want to just pack everything and move somewhere like Hawaii or Greece...just to do it. Mamma Mia didn't help...maybe my new dream is to own an inn on a Greek Isle???
Ok, so I pass this on to: Traci, Jessica, Sarah J., Sarah G., Brooke, Amy, & Summer...but it won't hurt my feelings if y'all don't do it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My baby got BUZZED!

I knew this day was coming. Against my wishes, Josh cut Hudson's hair. I cried. I got over it, and now I actually kind of like it. :-) But don't tell Josh. Hudson came out of the bathroom and said, "Mom, could you not be mad at us anymore?" How can I be upset with that sweetness? I assured him I was not mad at him. He then crawled into my lap and told me I was his favorite, and I was his angel. He melts my heart. He's so cute, but I know I'm his mom...I'm biased. If you ask him though, he likes his hair cut. Here are some pictures. It makes him look older. Good thing his hair grows fast.

Spitting image.

This one's for Missy...and whoever else.

This one is one of my favorites. It's not like I ever had growing up, but it's so good. At least I think so. :-) I also think I like it because I usually have most of the ingredients.

Beef Stroganoff
  • 2lbs round steak
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 medium onion
  • mushrooms
  • 1 T mustard
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1/2 pint sour cream
  • dash of worcestershire
  • salt & pepper to taste

Sautee onions (chopped in thin slices) until brown. Slice beef into strips. Remove onions from pan. Brown beef on all sides. Add onions back in pan. Add brown sugar, mustard, tomato soup, sour cream, worcestershire, mushrooms, salt & pepper. Simmer covered for 1 hour. Serve over rice or noodles.

I get a lot of recipes from Kraft's Food & Family magazine. You can go to and sign up for their magazine. Most of the recipes are good, and usually easy with common ingredients.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Chuck E. Cheese

Josh and I took Hudson to Chuck E. Cheese one afternoon, and we had tokens left over so a few days later my mom and I took him back. I thought this picture was so funny, and the video is from when mom and I went with him. He is all boy, and he LOVES guns! He always hits this stance when shooting too. It's so funny. You have to listen in the video clip because it's so noisy in there, but he's grunting each time they pop up and he wacks them. Everyone standing around him was laughing at the way he got into it. He played that particular game about 12 times. :-) I haven't taken many pictures lately. I'm still trying to recover from the holiday picture frenzy.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

One Night Down...

Well, thank you to those of you who gave me ideas for Hudson and sleeping either on here, facebook, or by email. Yesterday we went to Wal-mart and got stickers and prizes. We came home and made a chart. I explained to him that he would get a prize when he got stickers for staying in his bed all night. I'm giving him a prize every night he does it for the first few nights, and then we're going to build up to 5 nights in a row for a slightly bigger prize. Finally 10 nights in a row for the coveted disk gun he picked out. :-) So, I told him even if he woke up that he had to stay in his bed until it was light outside. He woke up one time last night, but stayed in bed and called my name. I went in there with him and layed down for a few minutes. He went right back to sleep, and I moved back to my bed. He woke up this morning at 9:15 in HIS bed!!!! We put a sticker on his chart, and now he's the proud owner of 3 rubber frogs (his prize for night #1). Baby steps...but I'm so proud of him!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

Taking suggestions...

We are experiencing a difficult time getting Hudson to sleep in his own room/bed. It isn't really his fault. When we moved up here from Eastman we were all three in one room together at my mom's house. He would wake up in the middle of the night, and I would (unconsciously) move him to our bed with us. I would be so asleep when I did it that the next morning I would not even remember doing it. So, when we moved to our own house last spring, we have tried to make his room really exciting, but it has not worked. Today I moved a full size mattress into his room because my mom thought maybe he was hitting the sides of his toddler bed when he would move at night. When we have gotten a little bit of a routine here with him going to bed in his own bed we then have had to travel and he ends up sleeping with us when we travel. So, when we come home we're back at square one.

I would love any creative ideas on how to get him excited about sleeping in there. I do not want to have to lay down with him for 2 hours every night to get him to sleep. He is VERY strong willed though, so any super nanny ideas probably won't work because Josh and I give up before he does. :-)