"Musta Had A Good Time!"

We had such a fun fourth of July this year because Parmalee was in town to play a festival in High Point!  Hudson was so excited to see his best buddy Scott!  For those of you that don't know, Hudson has a love for the drums because he "wants to play like Scott!"  He has also started loving to play the guitar like Matt, Barry, and Josh.  I can almost guarantee if you ask Hudson what music he wants to listen to he will usually name a Parmalee song.   It was a little rainy when we got there so we hung out on their bus for a little while before the show.  Then when it was time for the show we got to sit right on the side of the stage.  I knew it was going to be loud but I thought being behind the speakers might be a little bit better.  I was the bad audiologist mom and forgot to order sound protection for her kids.  :/  Don't worry, baby headphones are being shipped as I type.  Hudson was a little nervous about the loud music at first but quickly got over it and sang, danced and played the air guitar most of the concert.  At one point Matt pulled Hudson and Zach up on stage to sing a song with them.  Hudson wasn't quite prepared for his big debut and got too nervous and wanted to sit down.  Once they sat back down and Zach explained to him that they wanted him to play guitar and sing with them  he totally got it and kept saying, "I go run on stage and sing with Matt now?" haha.  Maybe next time buddy!  Even though it was way past bed time Hudson made it to the end of the concert.  He was sad to say goodbye to the guys but was ready to get out of there when the fireworks started going off.  He held his ears all the way to the car.  Luke slept during at least half of the concert because Grandma was holding him. :) If you haven't checked out Parmalee yet, check them out on www.parmalee.com and on youtube or iTunes.  They not only have some great music but are really great guys!

 Hudson loves to play with Scott's bracelets.  He likes to wear mine at home and say he looks like Scott, Matt, Barry and Josh.  When I was putting stamps on his hands he told me he wanted "a bunch of stamps like Scott has." Uh oh!

 Luke getting some Parmalee love.

 Luke and Scott

 What better seat can you ask for as a 9 month old?!
 View of the crowd.

 Getting ready for the show!

Scott came over to hang out during a break from the drums.

Here are some videos of Hudson breaking it down.  He was loving it.  Can't wait to see them again!

Later that weekend we got together with one of my oldest friends and her family at the lake for the day.      The highlight of the day for Hudson was getting to drive the golf cart. :)

 Again, I was so unprepared.  I totally forgot his rash guard and life jacket so he got to borrow Essie's.  This meant a purple rash guard and pink life jacket.  He looked pretty cool. :)

 Having a little lunch on the boat with Essie.

 And these two boys are just precious together.  Nash is almost 3 months younger than Luke but he is almost the same size.  He looks like he had quite a bit to say to Luke in these pictures.  So glad that we have two more babies so close in age!  Now if I could only get them to move to Greensboro. ;)

Whew! It Is Hard Keeping Up With Two Kids!

And one isn't really mobile yet! Well, since Luke is now 9 months old I guess I should post some pictures from month 8!  We have been busy just trying to keep up with these two boys.  Luke is still working on crawling and is currently just wiggling to get things out of reach or crawling backwards.  He still only wants to sleep if I am right beside him.  If I try to move he reaches his hand out and grabs my arm or shirt or whatever he can get to make sure someone is there.  He hasn't really gained too much weight this month because (unlike his brother) he isn't too fond of real food and would just prefer to nurse.  Last I checked he was just under 20 pounds.  Hudson was almost 22 pounds at this point.  We have been slowly working more on potty training with Hudson and had a few successful days.  He can totally do it but he just wants to do it on his time when he doesn't have anything better to do or when there is a really good treat involved.  He usually gets a fruit snack as a reward and now I have promised him that he can go to the build-a-bear store when he stops wearing diapers and he has been pretty excited about that.  My goal is to be done with diapers by then end of the summer. *fingers crossed*

 Hudson's summer attire

 Luke does enjoy a smoothie once in awhile

 Free Doughnut Day at Krispy Kreme.  Yum!

 Fire truck at the Science Center.  Bonus! He was telling me about all of the parts.

 My baby birds

 Zach being a kid with Hudson.  Trying to make the boats go faster of course.

 His first soft pretzel.  Of course he loved it.

 Hudson decided he wanted to feed his dog like I feed Luke on the nursing pillow.  Haha

 Hard to see but this is Hudson asleep with a book on his face. 

 He just looked so cute in these overalls.

 In the big boy swing at the park.

 Holding on while he sleeps.

 Luke is working up to riding the John Deere one day. :)

 When our neighbors go out of town Hudson gets to feed the bluebirds.  He loves to watch them come eat and feed their babies.

 Crazy bed head watching the babies eat.

 His impression of the birds eating.

 Luke being cute.  He will sleep in the stroller or car seat.  Not the crib!

 At the children's museum and this was his favorite toy.  He wanted me to carry it around the whole museum so no one else would take it.

 Future police officer?  That is a pretty intimidating look.  He does like to obey all of the traffic laws.  He likes to tell me when I can go at stop lights and also reminds me to drive with both hands anytime that I take one hand off the wheel.  He also tells me to be careful driving and not to drive in our neighbors' yards.  Haha.  These are the things we tell him when he is driving his John Deere tractor. :)

 Of course he wouldn't just put his head in the strawberry beside Luke like I asked.

 Luke at the his first Grasshopper's game for Father's Day.

 Flirting with Kate

 Zach with his boys on Father's Day

 Our sad attempt at a family picture.

Daddy treated him to his first snow cone!

Luke's 8 month pictures were taken a little late.  Something is up with my lens and I have no time to take pictures or figure out what is wrong with the lens. :)  I finally took a few.  He is just getting cuter by the month if you ask me.

Looks like he is checking out his fat roll on his wrist. ;)

He has the funniest little pointy tongue.

8 months old and has yet to sleep a night in his crib.  He thinks it is just something else to play in.  
Yes I am crazy.  Not sure how to fix this.  Can't stand to let him cry it out. :( 

Done with pictures

Hudson had his first "sleep over" at Grandma's house.  This is him holding his pillow getting ready to go!  He made it all night!

Nana and Papa came to visit for a few days.  Hudson just loved having them here and getting all that attention.  We always with they could stay longer!

Papa and Hudson plotting how to catch the ducks.

Hudson was all about it until the ducks actually started walking toward him.

He decided that he was safer on the bench with Nana.

Hudson "talks with his hands" all of the time.  I wonder where he gets it from? :)

Luke and Nana


The Greensboro Natural Science Center opened a new aquarium and we decided to go on opening weekend along with the rest of Greensboro.  It was really crowded so it was hard to see everything but really fun.  I think it will be nice to go once everyone is back in school.

Looking for the otters.

Watching the penguins eat.

It took awhile to convince Hudson that these were not going to move.

Luke loved it.

"Riding" the penguin ride.  Hudson really didn't want it to move so we just sat in there and watched the intro over and over. 

Luke watching the fish.

Visiting his favorite meerkats. :)