Hudson Turned 5

It’s hard to believe that my once 5.8 pound baby boy is now a 37 pound five-year-old. When I was growing up my parents always talked about how quickly the time flies by once you have kids of your own. That is something that no one can truly understand until they have children of their own. It definitely flies by.

When I look back at photos from Hudson’s first week or first year, it seems like only a week ago. But on the same hand, when I think about the hard times with him, tantrums galore, that part seems so long ago. He’s growing up and growing into a smart, sweet boy. Now that he’s five, I can no longer refer to him as a toddler. He is officially a “big kid”. I both love and hate it. Four was a good age on him, so I’m sure five will be even better, but I can’t help wish that time could stand still for just a little while. I love all the new things that come with each new age, but sometimes it’s just a little hard to let go of some of the old stuff.

Right now, he still loves to cuddle at bedtime and will still give us hugs and kisses when we drop him off at school. I try to really soak it all up, because I know that that won’t always be the case. Before I know it, he’ll be embarrassed by mom and dad and running off with his friends.

Watching someone grow from a tiny newborn to a person is intense and amazing. There are so many emotions that are experienced along the way that it’s hard to put it into words. But if there is one word that sums up what I feel when I look at my five-year-old other than love is proud. I couldn’t be more proud of my little guy. He’s an awesome kid and I look forward to all the years ahead!

Happy 5th Birthday Hudson! I love you tons and tons.

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Spring Break

This week is Hudson’s spring break from school. It’s not really that big of a deal considering he only attends preschool 2 1/2 hours a day, three days a week, but I want to take the kids to do some fun stuff this week. I also have a lot going on. Hudson’s birthday party is this weekend. We are hosting Easter at our house, so we’ll have people in town and I have lots of food to prepare. I’ve also been doing some event planning work for a couple of month in preparation for a conference that begins in town this week. And on top of all of that, we have a couple of doctor appointments that we have scheduled.

So, basically it’s going to be an extremely crazy week around here. I’ve decided to take a little time away from the blog. I may still post a couple more times, but I’m not holding myself to anything.

With any luck, I’ll even be able to grab a few minutes to relax and enjoy the extra time with my little guy!

I hope you guys have a great week!

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My Birthday Weekend

This past weekend I celebrated my 34th birthday. It was a fantastic weekend filled with all of my favorite things. Mother Nature really came through too and provided some pretty great weather for the occasion!

I thought today I would share a few snippets from the weekend.

On Saturday we went to Home Depot to get some paint and I ended up buying a few succulents to finally plant in the pots I’ve thrifted. This photo cracks me up! I don’t know what they were looking at, but their expressions are too funny. And I should mention that both kiddos were sick the end of last week and the weekend, so that’s why poor little Harper’s face is all red and chapped.IMG_2041 IMG_2042

My birthday started with Jeremy letting me sleep in for a while. I’m not very good at sleeping in anymore. I can’t usually make it past 8 o’clock unless I’m sick! After I woke up they gave me cards and my present which was a FitBit! I’m so excited about having one. Then it was off to our favorite donut shop and Starbucks for my free birthday coffee. Have you tried their new Vanilla Machiatto yet? It’s delicious!IMG_2044 IMG_2048

Then we went thrifting for a bit. I found some cute mugs and I bought myself Best In Show on DVD. It was only $2.99. Totally worth it. If you haven’t seen that movie. Watch it. Hilarious. The kids also found some pretty great books too. Thrifting is seriously my new favorite.IMG_2050 IMG_2054

We went to a very late lunch/early dinner at one of our favorite restaurants and of course I ordered dessert!IMG_2057 IMG_2064 IMG_2068 IMG_2069 IMG_2074

Then it was home for birthday cake (we didn’t actually eat any because we were stuffed from dinner)! Jeremy always makes me the best birthday cake…Almond M&M’s!!IMG_2091

 

My night ended with the season finale of The Walking Dead. Ohhhhh, it was good!IMG_2097

 

We also spent some time outside in our backyard setting up the patio furniture and cleaning things up. It was a windy weekend, but the warm temps felt so good!

It was a truly great birthday and if it’s any indication of how my 34th year will go, I’m feeling pretty good about what’s ahead!!

See you tomorrow!

When It’s Cancer…

For the past six months, my family and I have been waiting, as patiently as possible, to find out if my mom had cancer. Back in September she had to have a chest x-ray before she could switch to a new RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) medication, and to everyone’s surprise, something showed up on the x-ray. A very tiny spot on one of her lungs. It is common for RA patients to have nodules grow on their lungs because of the medication that they have to take, and because of this fact, the nodule wasn’t all that alarming. They told her that because it was so small and because she has RA, they weren’t super concerned with it and she would just need a follow-up x-ray in six months.

Waiting those six months was very hard on my mom. She could not shake the bad feeling she had. Finally after waiting six months, she had her second chest x-ray to see if the spot had grown. It had in fact grown ever so slightly. The next step was to do a PET scan to determine if it was cancer. She had to wait two more weeks. Once the PET scan was completed, she had to wait some more for the results. Four very long days. It turned out that the scan showed a slight glow that could possibly indicate cancer.

My mom was devastated. We were all devastated. The next step was to have it removed immediately. She had surgery last Friday and during the surgery they dissected the lump, sent it to the lab and found out that it was definitely cancer, so they removed the entire thing. It was a major surgery and the recovery is long and painful, but she’s doing pretty good.

It’s been very hard on everyone and I don’t think I realized just how much it was affecting me until after I found out she made it through surgery and was okay. I hadn’t cried at all, not the entire time, until I hung up the phone with my dad. Then I broke down. I couldn’t stop crying. My mom had cancer. It was gone, but it was real. It was so hard to wrap my head around, so I think I powered through as best I could with the information I had. But once I knew she was going to be okay…well I couldn’t hold it in any longer. I haven’t felt much like myself since Friday. I’m still trying to work through all my feelings. I’m so relieved that the cancer is out. I can’t believe how lucky she was and is. If she didn’t have RA, she wouldn’t have needed a chest x-ray and if she hadn’t had that x-ray, she wouldn’t have found out about the cancer. Her cancer was stage 1-A, which means they found it the earliest they could have possibly found it. For that reason, I’m so thankful that she has RA. Her cancer could have gone unnoticed until it was too late. Instead they found it early and removed it before it could spread anywhere else in her body. She is now cancer free!

I still need some time to heal emotionally. We all do. Especially my mom. So, I’m going to spend some time with her and I know that will make all the difference (I didn’t get to be there for her surgery). Hopefully by next week, I’ll be feeling back to my normal self and be able to focus attention on other things again, but for now, I’m giving all my attention to my mom.

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This is my mom with my uncle at Christmas. She will say she looks terrible in this photo. She always says that, but I think she looks happy.

Love you Mom!

See you next week!

Crafting and Creating Rut

I feel like I’m in a rut lately and I can’t get out. I haven’t been very crafty or creative lately and I think it’s bringing me down. I’m a much happier person when I’m putting my creativity to good use. I’ll admit that I did need a little break after the 10 Projects challenge, but this break has lasted long enough.

I also haven’t even been working on Project Life because the new kit only sold at JoAnn is sold out online and in stores. By the time I get that I’ll have three months to catch up on!

Where do you find inspiration when you’re in a creative rut? I would love to know!

I usually browse Pinterest, read blogs and flip through magazine for my inspiration, but even that hasn’t been working for me lately. I think my problem may simply be that we’re not getting out enough. It has been the most ridiculously cold winter. I am more than ready for Spring to arrive, and I’m always inspired by the things I see around me, so I’m hoping that with Spring’s arrival I’ll be flooded with creativity.

I am thinking about maybe doing another project challenge and with my birthday coming up, maybe I’ll come up with something to correspond with it. Only I think I’ll give myself more time to complete the projects and focus on some bigger things I’d like to make.

Ok, enough about that little vent. I’m off to plan.

Oh, but did you see this lip-syncing contest between Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd last night?! It was hilarious!

I mean, Jimmy is pure awesome. And Paul Rudd. Seriously love him.

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My 20/20 Experience

So, I saw Mr. Justin Timberlake in concert last night and let me just tell you, it was A-MA-ZING!! I knew he would be awesome because well…it’s JT. I mean. Come. on.

I’ve been looking forward to this since June when we bought the tickets. He did not disappoint. He was late, but he was sick, so I’ll cut him some slack. Especially because he went on to perform for over two hours. It was a non-stop dance party! I don’t remember ever having that much fun at a concert and I’ve been to A LOT of concerts.

It was just so fantastic!

This is my friend Rachael and I right before it started. To say that we were out of our minds excited would be an understatement. photo (10)

 

We were in the back, but it didn’t matter. We partied like it was 1999. photo (11)photo (12)photo (13) 

This whole portion of the stage lifted up and moved forward above the crowd toward us in the back. Very cool. You can see the red lights on the stage in the left corner.photo (14)photo (15)

Man, that guy can put on a show! I can’t get over it. I’m so happy I was able to see him.

I love, love live music. The energy at concerts is the best.

Concerts are a favorite for sure! Always.

Where I’ve Been

I know I’ve been missing for a few days. Sorry about that! Last week Hudson came down with a pretty bad cold and a cough and then it spread to everyone else in our house. Blah. So, I’ve been taking care of sick kiddos (and trying to take care of myself) since last Thursday. Needless to say, I haven’t been accomplishing much around here. The hubby and I did manage to paint a little bit on Sunday, but that’s it.

I’m already behind on a few projects and now I have even more catching up to do! We’re trying to get our living room completed before we bust out the Christmas decorations, so that’s at the top of our list.

I’ve also been slowly editing photos, designing our Christmas card and designing our holiday party invitation on top of wrapping up some of the projects on my 10 Projects list. I’m still chugging along with that challenge. Anyone else working on projects?! I keep finding more and more things I want to make. There just aren’t enough hours in the day!

Oh, I got my new Midwest Living magazine in the mail last week. Oh man was I excited! I love to devour every little bit of that magazine and it’s even better with a nice glass of red wine!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with an update about our Fall Bucket List and one of the recent activities we crossed off!

 

Autumn In Omaha

I don’t know if it’s just because I’m getting older and I didn’t pay attention when I was younger, but I have really been blown away by the all brilliant colors that have burst across Omaha this autumn! It’s gorgeous! I can’t get over all the yellows, red, oranges, purples and greens everywhere.

I am absolutely loving October this year!

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I only wish it could last longer, but since it’s such a short season, I’m determined to enjoy every last bit of it.

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Today the kids and I are making pine cone bird feeders to hang in the backyard and another Halloween craft and then I think I’ll bake another fall treat… maybe these or these. Both look delicious!

Have you been baking pumpkin or apple treats? Are you getting out and enjoying the fall weather and foliage? Any big plans for the weekend?

This weekend we are going to my dad’s 60th birthday dinner, taking fall family photos and carving pumpkins. I would love to squeeze in a late movie with the hubby. Has anyone seen Gravity yet?! I’m dying to see it!

See you tomorrow!

 

What We’re Up To

So this has been a pretty busy and now we’re moving on to a busy weekend. Starting today we are having our roof replaced. We had a terrible storm a few months back and it totaled our roof, so we get a new one. And so far this week, well at least since Wednesday, I’ve been running errand after errand. I’ve also been working (very hard I might add) on a quilting project, which is something I’ve never done before. It’s one of the projects on my Ten Projects before Christmas list and it’s the one I’m most excited about. However, it’s going at a slow pace, so I’m also trying to work on some other projects at the same time. Ahhhhhhh!!

Anyway, I’ll give you a little peek and then I’m off to get things in order around here before the madness sets in!

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Have a great weekend!!

Hello October

I’m so happy to welcome back October! It’s definitely one of my favorite months. I’m feeling very crafty (and motivated) lately and seem to keep adding to my never-ending project list. I feel a little behind due to last weeks sudden loss and trip to Dallas, but I think I can get back on track this week.

My next project involves giant pictures. I’m hoping to finish by tomorrow, as well as, start painting my living room. Can you believe my husband didn’t get it painted while I was gone?! It’s not like he didn’t have time, what with working and taking care of two kids. I kid! I kid!

I’d also like to get going on another project and I’m still working on one that’s more time-consuming. I guess I’ll be very busy.

I just love this time of year!

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**Don’t forget, I’m trying to complete Ten Projects by Christmas. Some of the projects are simple and some are more time-consuming. Some are holiday and seasonal and others are home projects. I’d love it if you’d join in the fun with me, and if you do, please post links to your projects in the comments! You can read a little more about Ten Projects here.

See you tomorrow!