Saturday, April 25, 2009

Longest Entry EVER...sorry

My how time flies by. I realize it has been quite a while since I have updated the blog; what's new, right? A lot has happened since the last time I blogged. Hudson got to celebrate his birthday in Abilene with his two cousins, Brooklyn and Ashlynn (Yes, this was his 3rd celebration of turning 1, which is why we didn't have him a party up here). He had a blast. They had it at the YMCA, so he got to swim with his daddy and a bunch of cousins. We made a trip to Austin for the High School Girls State Basketball Tournament and that was SO much fun. Yes, we watched Nimitz High School play for the championship and got to see the 6' 8" Superstar dunk in warm-up...crazy. Derek and I were amazed. She will be at Baylor next year, so I look forward to watching her play more.

I experienced my most embarrassing moment as a parent so far. At daycare Hudson decided to pull another child's pants down and bite him on the bottom...yes, the right cheek to be exact. The worst part about it was that I got to face the kid's parents when I picked him up that day and got to say my apology was great. Luckily, they were very understanding and said that they were laughing. They actually watched it happen on the internet video...GREAT! Yes, this brings a whole new meaning to the nickname we tossed around growing up, "Butt Munch."

Our church hosted the Baby Dedication of all the babies born in 2008. Since Hudson was born in January, he was one of the older kids there. That was such a nice ceremony. I must say that we are so blessed, Hudson especially, to be a part of such an amazing church that is a terrific place for kids to grow up and learn about our Heavenly Father. WOW, those folks in our children's ministry are unbelieveable. They had a nice little reception before church and Hudson was given a nice little cross and bible and then, during church we all went up on stage and the whole congregation prayed over us. It was very sweet. Katherine, I am so sad that we didn't get a picture of us with the boys.

Easter was TERRIFIC. Hudson and I both had pink eye and didn't even get to attend church; not to mention it rained, so we had to do the Easter Egg Hunt in the house. Oh well, you do what you can with what you have, right? Hudson thought the eggs were balls as he threw every single egg that he picked up. That was entertaining. My mom was in town that weekend and picked Hudson up on Friday and kept him overnight and they had a great time dying easter eggs. Derek and I sat on the porch with him while we were waiting on my mom, and his face was priceless when he saw Grandy pull in the drive way. He was so excited to see her. She managed to take him for a ride in our wheel barrel before they hit the road. Yes, we have a wagon and a stroller, but they chose the wheel barrel for some reason. I got some cute pictures of Derek and Hud waiting on the porch. It is a tradition in our family that every child dies a dozen of their own eggs, so she just couldn't let Easter go by without getting that in. Thanks, mom. He had such a great time with his Grandy and Grandad.

Derek still continues to struggle with his health. He has good days and bad. Please continue to pray that his medicine transition we are about to undergo is a smooth process and a safe one. Please continue to pray for him. A cure for diabetes would certainly be a miracle that I believe God will deliver, but we must wait for His timing and submit to His will; which, I am not going to lie, has been very difficult for me when it has come to Derek's health. This two-plus-year struggle has taught us a lot and continues to grow us in our faith. My biggest prayer is that Derek can get his medicine straightened out and be himself again...for good. Thanks for your prayers and continued thoughts and support.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Okay, Okay...

I know that I never post anything and now three posts in one day? Well, it is a special day of thinking back over the last year. God has really allowed us to be challenged a lot, but has really allowed us to grow in more ways than we ever imagined. Derek and I are definitely closer, but more importantly, we have a closer relationship with God through everything we have been through this year. We continue to praise him in everything (easier said while things are going quite well :)). Here are just a couple more pictures that I already have on the computer, so I figured I would go ahead and add them since it may be another year before I blog again!! Enjoy!

Cookie Monster Cupcake!!!

Well, since we celebrated Hudson's birthday in Houston and will be celebrating in Abilene with my family in the near future, we decided to just do a small birthday celebration here at home with just us. Still not sure why we chose a cookie monster cupcake with blue icing, but it was fun! He kept wanting to touch the flame instead of blowing it out. His first bite, he pretty much took the entire icing off the top and shoved it in...he went for the cake later, but ate most of it.

Hudson's First Birthday!!

Wow, I cannot believe our baby is 1. This last year just went so fast. Hudson was most definitely the BIGGEST blessing to our family in 2008. It has been so fun to watch him grow and develop. He was an overachiever in the physical arena as he was crawling before six months and taking steps at 8 1/2 months...CRAZY! This first year of being a mother has truly been amazing and revealed things about myself that I never knew, like, I really don't get sick when it is my own child's poop or throw up that I have to clean up. That in itself was a SHOCK! Anyway, please enjoy these pictures of his birthday celebration in Houston. I will update more of his birthday celebration with Daddy and mommy here at home later on as well as his birthday party that we will be having in Abilene in the near future. SO MUCH FUN!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Sweet baby boy!

Okay, this is Shara typing for Jodi. I finally held her hostage at my house until I was allowed to post pictures of this precious angel on her blog!! Hudson is absolutely adorable, or course. These were taken at about five weeks. The photo people from the hospital came out to their house to take them, and I really don't know how in the world they chose because they are all the cutest pictures I've ever seen! Here is just a tease of them. This child also has a head of hair that would make some grown men cry. I think it is my favorite thing about him...I just can't keep my hands out of it! So for now, enjoy these pictures until I can nag Jodi for some more.

Hudson Ross Tuley
Cutest player ever!
So precious...
Look at that face and that hair!
I just love this one. It will one day be a reminder to Hudson of how amazing his parents are and how much they love him!