1.24.2014

Frozen

Frozen Fountain
Frozen Fountain
Frozen Fountain
Frozen Fountain
Frozen Fountain
Frozen Fountain
Frozen Fountain

Hudson and Olaf enjoyed seeing the big fountain in Wilson Park covered with snow and ice!
Thanks to a blast of Arctic air, this morning was a VERY brisk 11 degrees.

1.14.2014

My Sweet Shadow


Hudson has never resisted going off to preschool. Until this week. 

All year long, on three mornings a week,
Hudson has been happy to jump out of the car, waving goodbye to me with a smile, 
holding tight to his teacher's hand, as he excitedly bounds into his preschool.
When he returned to school after Christmas break, 
for the first time ever,
he resisted getting out of the car at school.

As the teacher walked up to get him,
tears started to pour from his eyes.
"Mama!! I want to stay with YOU!"
(over & over & over again)
It broke my heart. 
I thought maybe he was just having a bad day. 
When I picked him up, his teacher said he did fine,
and that he was "just worried that Mama wouldn't come back to get him."

Then, yesterday, 
it happened again.
But worse. 
He got upset before we even left the house.
No amount of talking and hugging seemed to help.
He wanted to stay with me. 
I asked him if something had happened at school that made him want to stay home...
nothing had happened. 
He just wanted to stay with me.
Finally,
I asked him if he would like to take Baby Goat (his very favorite furry friend)
on a big school day adventure.
He agreed, smiling through tears.
I walked him in, as he dragged Baby Goat along, 
and gave him a big squeeze before I turned to go.
He said goodbye,
and didn't cry.

I'm not really sure why Hudson has suddenly become so very attached to my side.
Even when we are at home, he's always by my side.
Every few minutes he kisses me, and says
"I love you, Mama."
At night, he always wants to snuggle up with me and watch Full House
from the comfort of my cozy bed before he goes to sleep.
He holds my hand whenever we leave the house. 
He's my sweet, precious shadow.

I know this is probably just a little phase he is going through.
And it's hard when he gets upset to be away from me,
but I would be lying if I said I didn't love
all this special time we have together.

1.03.2014

Le Petit Prince

Christmas Card
Christmas Card

"And now here is my secret," said the fox,
"a very simple secret:
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
  what is essential is invisible to the eye."

"What is essential is invisible to the eye,"
 the little prince repeated,
 so that he would be sure to remember.

-- Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

1.02.2014

Could I see a Menu?



(at his great-grandfather's house)
Hudson: "I think I may be a little hungry. Could I see a menu? Like they have at Cracker Barrel?

(after I got my hair cut)
Hudson: "Look Mama!  Your hair is like mine now!"

Hudson: "Mama, we'll take care of each other. You take care of you, and I'll take care of me."

(after bumping into the same family, two days in a row)
Hudson: "It sure is good to see y'all again!"

Hudson: "Daddy, how old are you?"
Will: "33"
Hudson: "What!?!?! You'll get dead!"

(checking the mail)
Will: "Hudson, I think Santa sent you this magazine of toys."
Hudson: "That was nice of him."

Hudson: "Mama, I know Jesus lives in my heart! I can feel him tickling my bones!!"