Thursday, July 10, 2014

John's 31st birthday!

For John's birthday, we got a sitter and had a date night. It was perfect. Things have been busy and are about to get even busier with his job so it was nice to have a night just the 2 of us.

We went to Slice downtown and it was delicious! We had plenty of time after dinner so we went up to the Vulcan to watch the sunset. We've lived in Birmingham for a year now and haven't been up there yet to watch a sunset. 

It was a little cloudy but still beautiful. The views you can see from up there are incredible.

As I get older (ha!) I've started to become a little more afraid of heights. I didn't hyperventilate or anything close to that...but I did get pretty nervous at times. Seeing several screws missing from here while standing 180 feet in the air is not exactly a calming feeling.

Alabama is beautiful!

It was a great night celebrating my guy!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#woodslifeeveryday2014 week 27

Day 183: Shaking paper bags is free fun!

Day 184: PJ is here! We've already taken him swimming and we are about to order sushi! Yay!

Day 185: Happy 4th, y'all! #nailedit

Day 186: Sweet summertime. Also, this weather is unreal for July. So gorgeous.

Day 187: Family date night with my favorites!

Day 188: Sunset at the Vulcan for this guy's birthday.

Day 189: I love LOVE how they sit so close to each other on the couch. And the sweet conversations Hudson has with Emma melt my heart.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July weekend recap!

We had a great 4th of July weekend! My dad (PJ) came into town on Thursday afternoon. The kids were still napping when he got here, but they were THRILLED when they woke up and PJ was here! He had treats hidden in his bag for them to find. Emma got some new necklaces and Hudson got a monster truck. PJ knows the way to their hearts.

After the kids woke up from their naps we went for a late afternoon swim. 

And PJ did bed time stories when we got home.

On the 4th, PJ and I went to the new community center to workout and then met John and the kids at the pool. I didn't take a single picture at the pool (it's so difficult to do) but we had a great time. That evening the Mathis' and Owens' came over for a cookout and then fireworks. Amanda brought those little popper things and Jackson and Hudson were loving them!

We tried to get a family pic and I must have overlooked this one because I didn't think we got a good one. I'd say this is really good with a 3 year old and 20 month old!

This is what 47 of our family pictures looked like. #nailedit

And then we tried to get a picture of PJ with the kids. Hudson is saying, "it's ok Emma!" ha!

PJ so sweetly offered to stay home with Emma so I put her to bed and then we took Hudson to go see the fireworks. He and Smith did more popper things. (What are those called???)

And he also did sparklers for the first time!

And enjoyed a Steel City Pop

He's yelling "FIREWORKS!" His excitement made the fireworks so fun!

Sweet little friends.

On Saturday we headed to Costco for a few things and these 2 enjoyed a sample of Caesar salad. 

Then we took PJ to get some Alabama BBQ!

Saturday night we hung out in the backyard. These 2 loved drinking lemonade out of the can.

Lots of wrestling with PJ

And a little pool time. 

PJ had to leave Sunday morning right after the early service at church so these 2 had to say bye. They had the best weekend with their PJ!

Sunday night we walked to go get some pizza. 

While we waited, these 2 played with the arcade games for the first time.

This sweet girl SHOVELED buttered noodles into her mouth like nobody's business. Love her 

I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy Birthday John!

Happy birthday to my sweet hubby! 31 years ago today the world became a better place because of this guy. Also...this is probably my favorite picture of John. Let's just talk about how totally awesome this outfit is. Grey shoes, pink pants, red tie, green blazer. I love the 80s!

Seriously though...Happy birthday, John! I love you more than words can say. xo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

selfies, spaghetti, and a stubborn toddler

We've had a pretty normal week over here. Today we are getting ready for the 4th and my dad is coming into town. I just got home from the gym and we are about to go to the farmer's market and then run a couple errands. 

On Monday after a trip to the store I swung through the drive thru of one of our favorite meat and 3 places to pick up lunch. I love it because 1- they have a drive thru and 2- I can get something healthy and the kids can get something they love. It's a total win! Plus...on this day Hudson just ate his lunch. No bribing, threats, or timeouts. It was glorious. But I mean, when you're eating fried chicken, mac n cheese, and green beans what's there to hate?

Monday afternoon we had to run up to the church office and these 2 love to walk on the grass instead of the sidewalk. It's like they're exploring.

We hosted a group from Texas on Monday night for dessert at our house. They were all so sweet and Hudson LOVED taking selfies with the girls. I die. 

Our days always begin with a trip to the gym/church. The kids LOVE going and it's good for me because I get my workout in. They always look so cute walking into the nursery.

The other day Hudson told me that Emma was being too noisy so he needed to draw his shapes in the kitchen. Hilarious!

We had spaghetti for dinner last night and Emma TORE IT UP. She loved it and was rewarded with a popsicle after. 

Hudson on the other hand......oh my word. 2 hours after I put his food on the table he finally ate it. He spent 30 minutes in timeout and when he realized I wouldn't let him have any snacks and would send him to bed without dinner or snacks he finally decided to eat. This is by far the most difficult part of parenting right now.

Emma is OBSESSED with brushing her teeth right now. She would spend all day long in the bathroom brushing if I'd let her. And when I take her out of the bathroom...EPIC MELTDOWN. 

I hope y'all had a great week! And Happy 4th of July!! Have a wonderful weekend with your families and friends. :)