Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#woodslifeeveryday2014 week 30

Day 204: I made a rookie mistake this morning by telling Hudson and Emma that E&B were coming over for dinner tonight. So when they finally got here H&E were beyond thrilled. Such a fun night with friends that are like family.

Day 205: Roller coaster fun!

Day 206: We took the kids to their first movie at the theater today! Emma lasted a little over an hour. Hudson probably would have made it through the whole thing but he noticed we were gone so he was done too. Still a fun family outing! Also, Emma's face. ha!

Day 207: My little fish is getting so good at swimming!

Day 208: We LOVED getting to see our best friends today! These 3 were so sweet together. 

Day 209: Hudson: Hey Mommy, this Lego is a train. Emma: choo choo Abby! Also, Emma saw this faux fur vest in her closet and threw a fit over it. I put it on her and Hudson says, "Mommy, Emma is wearing a bear jacket." ha! #neveradullmoment

Day 210: There is construction going on by our house and every day Hudson asks to go see it. Little boy heaven!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Chapel Choir Tour: Denver! Part 1

We had the best time on the Chapel Choir Tour! This was my first choir tour ever since I didn't grow up in a youth choir. We've been in Birmingham for a little over a year now, but I still didn't feel like I knew many of the students that well at all. We have a few that babysit for us but that was it. I was so excited about getting to know the students and the sponsors. 

A couple days before the trip we had a big dinner and meeting/rehearsal. Hudson got to lead the prayer for dinner. He sang "God Our Father." It was SO PRECIOUS.

John's mom came into town the night before we left. Hudson were so excited that Susu was here but they didn't really understand that we were leaving the next day. Mostly because we hadn't told them yet! ha! Emma would have had no clue and it would have just upset her to keep telling her that Mommy and Daddy were going bye bye. If we had told Hudson earlier, he would have expected Susu to arrive immediately and for us to leave. The concept of time is still something we are working on with him. So the night before we left we told Hudson. He was excited to be Susu's big helper!

Bright and early Friday morning our whole team gathered for prayer before we left. This is about 6:15 am. #allthecoffee

Denver or bust! As we were leaving town we drove by our house and whoa the waterworks. It also didn't help that John started singing, "Butterfly Kisses." haha!

Our first day was Seriously. We left Birmingham at 6:30 am and arrived in Oklahoma at midnight. This bed was the most beautiful thing I could imagine at this point.

Colorado! Ignore the bug stained windshield. 

A debriefing meeting our first night in Colorado. We were in Colorado Springs and I was so thankful for the Eddie Bauer across the street from our hotel. I didn't pack a jacket of any kind so I purchased 2 hoodies. It was much colder in Colorado that week than I expected!

The view from our hotel.

On Sunday morning, the choir sang at the chapel service at the Air Force Academy. It was GORGEOUS in there with all the amazing stained glass. 

Me and B :) We explored around a little before the service started. It was so so beautiful. 

After the Air Force Academy we changed at lightening speed. I'm talking 106 people (76 high school students and 30 adult sponsors) changing out of suits/dresses and putting on tshirts and shorts in 22 minutes! Oh and we were all crammed into 1 small room. Well 2 small rooms. Guys in one room and girls in the other. Then it was off to Denver for the Rockies game!

The students sang the National Anthem and ROCKED it. Seriously...they did amazing. The crowd went nuts!

Busted taking a selfie. ha!

John and the students went in a separate entrance since they were singing so he missed our photo op.

Only the choir and director were allowed on the field. 

Here was my view...

Oh here's the actual selfie we took! ha!

It was such a gorgeous day. 

That evening we checked into the dorms in Denver where we would be staying the next few nights. We had lots of free time so the students did everything from a giant game of Apples to Apples to enoing (have y'all heard of's what they call just hanging out in hammocks. I felt so old not knowing this was a "thing." ha!) It was a fun and relaxing evening.

The weather in Colorado was amazing. Such a nice break from the crazy heat in the South!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Staycation 2014

Last week we originally planned to go to Chattanooga and take a mini vacation. But once we got back from Colorado (I'm working on all of those posts!!) we decided we had zero interest in packing up and driving anywhere. So we had a staycation and it was wonderful! 

We had lots of errands to run so we decided and conquered. Hudson and I went to the grocery store while John and Emma took the Yukon to get the oil changed. We had to wait a little bit for them to pick us up but Hudson had fun counting bricks and playing on this ledge.

I have NO clue what these are from, but I found them on my camera and thought they were just too cute. I know they're from this week...I just don't remember taking them! ha!

Hudson is LOVING Emma's crib lately. It was actually his crib that we moved to her room after he got his twin bed. He put her chair in the bed and then yelled at me, "Mommy! I'm rocking in this chair in Emma's bed!" haha!

The weather was awesome this week. Not too crazy hot so we spent a lot of time playing outside.

Playing in Emma's crib...pretending to be asleep. Love them!

John took Hudson to go get a haircut one evening so Emma and I headed to the pool. We were walking out of the house and Emma said, "pishure! pishure!" Smart girl. :) Also...that cheese face is the best ever.

In the crib...again.

We took the kids to their first movie in the theater and they did great! We didn't make it through the whole movie (Emma got restless) but we lasted about an hour. Not bad!

Doing a little digging for buried treasure.

Hudson is doing so good swimming. He has become quite the little fish and loves it so much! 

During one of the safety breaks we were sitting in the lounge chairs. Hudson wanted to sit on a towel just like we were but he couldn't figure out how to get comfortable. It was so hilarious and he looked awkward. He finally asked to eat dinner. ha!

Yesterday our BFFs from Texas (but they now living in North Carolina) drove through Birmingham. We got to spend several hours with them and the kids all played so well together. 

Love these 3 sweet littles!

Little buddies :)

This was hilarious. Patrick jumped up, John was not expecting it but still caught him. We all died laughing. 

Love this girl!

Emma wanted in the picture with the girls :)

It was such a fun week but I am looking forward to getting back to our normal routine this week!