Friday, October 31, 2008

How many kids do I have???

I have noticed that much of this blog is dedicated to the antics of my crazy and ever-entertaining hubby who keeps me laughing. We did our pumpkin this year and while we were carving it, Jon got a little hungry, so he dug in... unfortunately, he couldn't stomach it! ;) What a nut job!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Memories

Halloween at the Hudsons is quite an ordeal! We have a fun tradition of getting dressed up to a family theme every year. We especially enjoy going to the trunk-r-treat at our church... just one of the many fun and edifying events our church offers for families. So here's a look at some of the special halloween memories from the last couple years.





Believe it or not, these costumes cost just over $60 total! We try to plan ahead and buy most of them on clearance a year in advance, and the rest of the items we just piece together. Who said you have to spend a ton of money to have fun?!

Ha ha ha!!! This picture cracks me up!! I can't believe I could make my studly hubby look so incredibly hideous!
Here we are at the Taco Bell drive-thru. Needless to say the poor girl was pretty shocked to see us pull up to the window. After we got our order, Jon said, "I'll get you my pretty!!" and gave her a hearty cackle as we sped off and laughed ourselves sick!! This was reminiscint of last year's adventure (More Random Funnnies post). Oh man... seriously- why not?? Good times!!!

Oh my word... what a goofball.

Here's me and my sweet little munchkin. Love this kid!

The kiddos were pretty much wiped out by the end of the night. And Baby Jakey was sooo done with being a munchkin!

So I guess it's already time to start planning our family theme for next year.

Any suggestions?!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Big Ben

My little man turned 4 yesterday! I can hardly believe it. Words can't even express how much I love this kid! He is such a sweet and tender-hearted boy and he's just growing up way too fast. We had a fun mini-party for him yesterday, but next week I'm taking the kids to Gettysburg for a week to visit my family (My little bro is playing Tony in West Side Story!!) and we'll have a fire engine birthday party then. So I'll post more pics of the festivities when I get back, but I was just reminiscing tonight about these last 4 years with my sweet Benny. The following is from a scrapbook page I made last year entitled "My little man"...

I saw something in this picture I don't see very often... a glimpse of my little boy growing up. Your growth seems to be so gradual that sometimes I hardly realize it's happening. It isn't until I look back at pictures of you that I wonder where the time has gone. That's why I cherish every moment of your childhood, because someday, you'll go off on your own... independent and capable. Someday you will become a man with a family of your own. Someday you too will look back on your years as a boy and wonder where the time has gone. Benjamin, I know that Heavenly Father has sent you to this earth for an important purpose and that you are destined for greatness, but no matter how old you grow, or what you accomplish in this life, you will always be MY LITTLE MAN.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Backyard Campout

I had promised the kids we'd go camping last weekend, but after talking it over with Mr. Wonderful ;) we decided that we probably shouldn't since we had too much going on. So since the kids hearts were set on it, and they had been looking forward to it all week, we decided to have a backyard campout instead. Why not? It was tons of fun... we roasted hot dogs, marshmallows, and sang campfire songs. The kids absolutely LOVED it! Then we all got in our jammies and crashed in our new pop-up camper. In my opinion, it's the best way to camp! We got to be outdoors together, but the shower/microwave/computer/etc. were all still accesible. :)

The kids making "snores".

Baby Jakey is finally old enough to indulge (he takes it very seriously)! Check out those chubby fingers... Ahh! I just wanna eat 'em!

Singing and cuddling around the campfire.

I always thought campers were for prissy girls. Jon had to convince me to get one because I've always loved camping in a tent, but now I am so converted! We even got to plug in a heater, and watch a movie after the kiddos went to bed. And the best part... NO bugs.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

An Unforgettable Date

Ok girls... here's an idea for a fun and very memorable date. One evening tell your hubby you'd like to take him out for a fun challenge... (that will pique his interest ;)) Suprise him by taking him to the goodwill or another thrift store nearby and then present the challenge: You both have 20 minutes and $20 or less to spend to select a hideous outfit for each other. Purchase the outfits and then go out at a fancy restaurant without disclosing that you don't normally dress that way. Take tons of pictures and laugh about it for years! :)

Outfits... less than $40
Dinner... $35
Look on server's face... priceless!


Forgive me for bragging, but I have to share my feelings about my dear hubby so after I'm gone, my children will know how much their mommy loved their daddy. His nickname is Mr. Wonderful, and I'll be referring to him by his nickname on this blog from now on. Here is how the nickname came about... one day I was upset with him about something trivial. We had gotten in a little tiff while shopping so I stormed off in a huff, (not one of my most mature moments) and while browsing the aisles at the store, I came across this doll. I picked it up and noticed on the back there was a list of 16 phrases he said to make you feel like the most special woman on earth including...

"You've been on my mind all day. That's why I bought you these flowers."
"Why don't we go to the mall. Didn't you want some shoes?"
"The ball game is not that important. I'd rather spend time with you."
"You know, I think it's really important that we talk about our relationship."
"Can your mother stay with us for another week?"
"Let’s just cuddle tonight."
"Mmm…you look so beautiful in the morning."

I was immediately humbled. It hit me at that moment that I was married to the personification of that doll! I swear, he says all those things! (Well, except for the shopping one- I'm not really a big fan of malls). Anyway, my heart was immediately softened and I forgot about our petty issue. I recognized how lucky I was and I threw my arms around my very own tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Wonderful. I am so grateful to be married to such a devoted, sensitive, thoughtful and loving husband. He is not perfect, but he is perfect for me. We've been through so much together, and our love has grown stronger through it all.

I made a cheesy calendar for him once full of our pictures from when we were dating, and this is the page from February that includes my favorite picture of us from those days. The picture was taken at such a perfect night in Seattle. We were so carefree and happy with such few responsibilities then. I thought it couldn't get any better than that. But now, 4 kids, a mortgage, and huge full-time responsibilities later... we're happier than ever even though it's really hard sometimes. I am grateful beyond expression for this wonderful man who is such a great balance of sensitivity and strength. He is my very best friend and my one and only true love. I'm so grateful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and that I could be sealed in the holy temple to this man. Because of this blessing, our union is not "till death do us part" but it will continue on after this life.

Oh... I have a nickname too. It's Tigerlily. My parents used to call me that as a kid actually, but Mr. Wonderful adopted it because he thinks it suits me perfectly. He says I'm 95% lily, 5% tiger! (I think he's being a little... ok, maybe a LOT- generous on the lily part!)

Chunky Apple Cake

A few weeks ago, our friends Kelly and Michele invited us to go apple-picking for the first time. It was such a fun family activity... I highly recommend it. (Thanks guys!) So over the last few weeks, I've gotten to utilize almost all my apple recipes. I thought I'd share my very favorite apple recipe that I got from Taste of Home Magazine. It is DELICIOUS!!!! It even won the grand prize award:
Chunky Apple Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 cups chopped peeled tart apples

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in apples until well combined. Spread into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until top is lightly browned and springs back when lightly touched. Cool for 30 minutes before serving. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and butter. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Gradually add cream. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Serve with cake. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Yum... enjoy!!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Date night gone wrong...

On friday night there was an activity at church that I was really excited about. There was an instructor that was going to teach us latin dancing. I LOVE dancing, and I was really looking forward to it, but I got sick, so we couldn't go. :( I was really bummed, so my sweet romantic hubby decided to take me dancing the following night. So we found a ballroom dancing group in town, and we were thrilled about it! But when we got there, it wasn't exactly what we had expected. The dancing group turned out to be a group from an old folks home! We couldn't help but feel a little out of place! We thought since we were at least 30 years younger, we'd be able to show them a couple of our moves, and keep up with them on the dance floor. But we were wrong! They were AMAZING dancers!! They danced circles around us and we had to sit down because we were practically getting mowed over by them. It was really inspiring! We stayed and watched in awe for a little while, but then we fox-trotted on outta there and went bowling instead!

Ha ha!! Check out that form! He really takes his game seriously!

Here's my awkward attempt to imitate him... but mine went in the gutter. :(

So after being extremely humbled by some oldies (but goodies) we decided to go home and practice so that next time maybe we just might be able to keep up.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Sweet Serenade

Saturday afternoon was a perfect day for a picnic, so I took the kids to the park for lunch. While the kids were playing on the slides, I laid out a blanket and began to read. After a little while, Benny sat down on the blanket and asked, "Mommy, can I sing you something?" He proceeded to sing the primary song, "Mother I love you." It was the sweetest thing ever! I didn't even know he knew that song!! We've been playing the children's primary songs at bedtime, so that's probably how he learned it. I asked him to sing it again because I had to capture it on video. I have a feeling he'll make all the girls swoon someday with his sweet serenades. :)

Mother I Love You

Mother I love you, mother I do.

Father in Heaven has sent me to you.

When I am near you, I love to hear you

singing so softly that you love me too.

Mother I love you, mother I do.

I want to help you because I love you.

I want to mind you I want to find you,

happy and smiling because I love you.

Mother I love you, I love you, I do.


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