Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blessed

Ok, so the past couple weeks have been a little rough around here. I think I hinted about this problem here but I wanted to document what all has been going on.

So, beginning of the month we found out that we have a busted pipe in our foundation. We were told by the plumber that to fix it would start at $8000 but could go upwards of $10,000 (or more!). They really couldn't give us a set price because they didn't know the extent of the damage. They told us our next step would be to call our insurance company and see if they would cover it. Long story short, they said they wouldn't. There were ALOT of tears shed on our part. I mean, we didn't just have that kind of money just sitting around to pay for that to get fixed. I prayed and was honest with God. (I have to say that I was not proud of my attitude at first. I was angry...very angry and I told him, I didn't hold anything back. I figured he already knew what was in my heart.) A little later, I went back to the Lord and just begged for forgiveness. I felt a peace come over me. Psalm 34:8 was stuck in my head "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." I let the Lord know the desires of my heart but the outcome was his to give. He was my refuge and that was all that mattered. I knew that whatever happened that he would take care of us just as he has everytime we hit a bump in the road (and our road has been pretty bumpy at times)!

A week later, the plumber came back out to our house to do something else to our pipe. Jason was talking to him and telling him our issues. He told us to call them back and tell them again what was going on. Jason was finally able to talk to someone who would actually listen to him. She asked him to explain what was going on and because he told them that we had to clean up after it would leak, they said they would cover it! Because he said those 2 little words ("clean up") then all we would have to cover was the deductible and the cost of the actual plumbing portion. They are going to fix our broken pipe, redo our laundry room (because that is where it was leaking), and replace all the floors in the back of the house (where the actual leak is). They are also paying someone to physically come and pack up our stuff and put it in storage and a place for us to live while our house is torn apart! They are doing more than we even asked them to do. Praise the Lord!

Ya'll, God is so good. I can't say that I am proud of the way that I acted through this whole trial (and it's not over yet) but I have learned alot about the Lord, prayer, our marriage, and life. Pray for us, the next step of this trial starts Tuesday when we officially become homeless (and we don't know where we will be staying yet!)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Today I...

Today I...
 *...went to the park with my 2 sweethearts. I played with Jackson...
 ...and pushed Hudson in a ginormous swing.
 *...realized that this little boy needs a haircut. Seriously bad!
 *...let go of my tendency to hover and let Jackson jump off of tall places.
 *...saw my 2 sweethearts play well together.
*...relaxed and put our feet in the sand.

Tomorrow I ...
*...Don't want to go to work!

Harvest Fest

 This weekend to celebrate my 28th (yuck!) birthday, we headed to the zoo. The weather was GORGEOUS! It was fun to go to a Harvest festival when it actually felt like fall outside. When we walked in the gates we were met with the sound of bluegrass music. Oh yes, it is officially fall in the south!
 The first thing we did was "go fishing" in the fountain. When they caught a fish, Jackson got to choose an animal sticker. After we caught our fish, we headed to do some crafts.
 If there is one thing Jackson loves, it is a good craft. (or project as he likes to call them) There were 5 tables of crafts and we told him he could choose 2. He choose finger-painting with glue and putting on different beans and pasta on a cornucopia...
...and the ever popular pasta necklace.
 That's some super concentration!
 He was so proud of his creations!
After crafts, it was time for some animals...

...which meant Hudson immediately fell asleep. This picture makes me so jealous. I mean look at that...sound asleep, totally comfortable, being pushed around everywhere by Mom. That's the life!
Everytime we go to the zoo, Jackson's favorite animal changes. He always wants to see the giraffes but this time his favorite was the polar bears.  
And no trip to the zoo is complete without playing the the FREEZING cold fountain! We had a fun day, and the boys came home and crashed which made this Momma happy too. It also made me realize how ready for fall I am!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

10 Months!

10 months have gone by too quickly! I can't believe that in 2 months, my little boy will be 1! That is so exciting and so sad at the same time.

Hudson, what have you been up to this month?
*You are EVERYWHERE! I am having to stay 1 step ahead of you and that is so hard. We are really having a hard time keeping Jackson's toys separated from yours. I think you know exactly which toys are small enough for you to put in your mouth and you go for those.

*You are a great sleeper at night. You go to bed about 6:30 and wake up at about 6. Naps are not your favorite. There are some days that I pick you up from school and you have taken a 30 minute nap. I am crossing my fingers that this will get better as you get older.

*I think your favorite thing in the world is eating! You eat almost all table food and you couldn't be happier. I can't wait to see how much you have grown at your 12 month Dr. appointment because you have really put on some weight.
*You just started pulling up on things. You can't pull up on the coffee table yet because it is too tall, but you love to pull up in the bathroom, (and also in the bathtub. We have a hard time keeping you seated)...
...and also in your bed.

*You babble all the time. You also have a high pitched squeal when you get excited. (It's so precious)

*I get to hear that squeal when I pick you up in the afternoon. You love to see me walk through the door of your room. That makes my heart so happy!

*You have 2 bottom teeth and you are working on 1 of your top ones.

*You love to take a bath with Jackson at night and you get pretty mad when I take you out. You really enjoy splashing and doing something right along side your big brother.

Outtakes from today's photo shoot...
Hudson ALWAYS has his tongue stuck out! I mean check out the length on that tongue...He could give Gene Simmons from KISS a run for his money!
Again, see how talented he is? He can turn his tongue upside down going both ways! (When I was going through pictures to post, there were only 3 that didn't have his tongue stuck out-and I took 30 pictures! See, I told you he loved his tongue.)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Block Party 2010

I have a love/hate relationship with our house...but one thing I love is our neighborhood! Last year, we went to our very first block party and we were so excited to go again this year!
Hudson was ready to go too!
There were SO many activities for kids. All the local churches have booths set up. Jackson got his face painted...
...and of course he chose Spider-man!
We ate sno-cones and popsicles and hamburgers.
The boys got to climb on firetrucks...
...and Jackson even got to talk to a real live firefighter. He thought the fireman was awesome!
Jackson played in the bouncy house for a long time....
...then he decided it was time to do the cake walk. He played probably 8 times and still didn't win a cake. He was so upset!
Hudson wasn't nearly as excited about the cake walk as Jackson was!
Since Jackson didn't win a cake, we came home and made cookies before bedtime. (Apparently he needed to quench his need for baked goods!)
While we were making cookies, Jackson dropped his large step stool on his foot. When we see tears from Jackson, I know he is hurt and there were LOTS of tears last night. (we are heading to the Dr. this morning to see if it is broken or infected.)
He then snuggled up on the couch with his Buzz Lightyear puppy and an ice pack to eat his cookies before bedtime. He kept telling us he "had a great day". I love weekends with my kiddos.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Comparison Shots

I have been having some trouble finding pictures where I could compare the boys. I took tons of pictures of Jackson when he was a baby, but I did not take monthly pictures like I am with Hudson. The other night, Hudson was lounging on Jason and it reminded me of a picture that I had taken of Jackson when he was about the same age.
Jackson at 8 months...
... and Hudson and 9.5 months.
I personally don't think they look alike. They resemble sometimes with faces they make, but to me that is it. What do you think?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Coughing+Wheezing=No Fun!

Saturday started VERY early for me. Jackson got up at 2:30 with some terrible coughing. We snuggled on the couch and watched Cars and Spongebob and his favorite-The Superhero Squad. We made the mistake of telling him the night before that we were going to see my sister and her husband run. Well, he kept telling me to get ready because we were still going. He was very convincing that he was feeling better. So we drove the hour drive to Fayette county to see them run their race and to go to the cotton festival.
Jackson had a sign...
...and Hudson did too.
Shawn and Darris did great. He finished second in his age group and she finished 1st. She was also the second girl to cross the finish line. Yay Shawn! As soon as they were finished running, Jackson was starting to feel awful. He was having a really hard time breathing so we decided to rush over to our Dr.s office. We walked in and they took us straight back (Praise the Lord for weekend clinic!) They took his O2 stat (oxygen levels) and they were 91-they were supposed to be at 94.
So we got a breathing treatment. It was his first one ever and he took it like a champ! His O2 stat went back up to 97 (whew!). When the Dr. came back in to listen to his back, one lung had cleared but one was not passing oxygen. The verdict...my boy has pneumonia.  

The rest of our day looked like this! He is on a strong antibiotic and we are doing an inhalor every 4 hours. He is so pitiful, he doesn't even have enough breath to say more than 3 words without gasping for air. Jason and I took shifts last night listening to him while he slept-to say I am exhausted doesn't come close to how I am feeling. I am praying my silly boy starts feeling better soon.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

This recipe has been in our family for years. It is always the cake that I request for my birthday! I promise this will be one of the best things you will EVER eat!
Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. soda
2 sticks oleo (yes I realize there are 2 sticks of butter in the cake. Just go with it....this is not diet cake!)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
i tsp. vanilla
Measure flour and sugar in a large bowl. Bring to a boil the cocoa butter, and water. Pour over the sugar mixture. Beat eggs. Add eggs, buttermilk, soda, salt, and vanilla. Mix and pour into cake pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Chocolate Fudge Icing!:
1 stick oleo (yes, that makes 3 total sticks of oleo/butter in the recipe. Again, just go with it)
1/3 cup of milk
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 box powered sugar
Heat until the oleo, milk and cocoa boil. Add sugar and 1tsp. vanilla. Pour over hot cake!!!
Oh my word! Make this cake. It is fabulous. It is yummy alone...
...or with a big scoop of ice cream. Give it a whirl for your next special occasion (or just make it just because...I mean, do you really need a special occasion for chocolate cake?)

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Staycation" 2010

(*This is going to be a long blog entry. I have not been good about updating so I am going to cram everything we have been up to in one post.)

Last week, Jason and I took off and had ourselves a little "staycation". We had a good time, with a few stressful ones mixed in.
Thursday:
I scheduled some Dr.s appointments and let Jason keep the boys. When I was on my way home he let me know that the plumber was coming to check a draining problem. When I got home, he was sending a camera down our pipe and got to the entrance of Hudson's room and discovered that he was not able to see anymore. What he thinks we have is a broken pipe underneath the foundation of our house. Seriously? He tells us to call our insurance company and tell them what is going on. We do and they tell us that they will not be able to cover it. They call it "maintenence". Yet again, seriously? To me maintence is changing your air filter in your AC, not digging through your foundation to change out pipes. So we need to come up with $8000 to get it fixed (but it could be more, the plumber couldn't give us a set amount). What a great way to start a vacation, right? That night there were many tears shed and a lot of praying. We finally decided, it is what it is and it stinks but we will get through it.

Friday:
We woke up ready to get the funk from the day before over with and have a good vacation! My grandmother gave us a membership to the zoo for Jackson's birthday. We had a blast. Seriously, it was one of my favorite days I have had in a LONG time!
The boys played so well together!
Hudson took a nap...(Are you loving the Buddha belly?)
...while we got up close and personal with a monkey!
Then we cooled off in the fountain at Teton trek. (and when I say cooled I mean it. That water was FREEZING. Jackson felt like a popsicle when he got out!)
Saturday:
We spent the day in Brownsville with Jason's family. We went swimming and when I say swimming, I mean I stood in the water for 30 minutes until Jackson told me he was ready to get out (it was super cold). You know the water is cold when Jackson asks to get out.
Then Papaw (Jason's Dad) taught Jackson how to catch...
...and hold crickets. YUCK!!!!!
After washing hands, we went and ate at Jason's parent's house and visited for a bit and then went home to put our cranky boys to bed.

Sunday:
We skipped church and went back to the zoo. The weather was GORGEOUS! It made me so ready for fall.
Jackson got to hang out with Shawn and Darris.
...and Hudson actually stayed awake the majority of the trip.
We fed birds...
...and did some dance moves in the freezing fountain again!
Monday:
We went to my parents house to celebrate Labor Day.
We played cornhole on University of Memphis boards! (Go Tigers)...
...and the boys rode the gator.
We ate! We had sausage, shrimp, corn, potatoes, asparagus, peppers...Yummy goodness!
Then the boys went redneck swimming. Jackson in his skivies...
...and Huds in his birthday suit! (I may or may not have busted out the baby soap and bathed them outside too!)
And then we ate again. (I am hoping to blog the recipe for this cake tomorrow if I can get my act together!) Our vacation started off a bit rocky but ended wonderful!!!