Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year***

Once again I have waited almost a month to blog!! This month has been VERY busy for us!!! The holidays always are when you have 4 families to visit, that all live in 4 different places!! It gets pretty hectic!

The second week of December my moms side of the family (Mom, Larry, and us 4 kids and our husbands, bfs, kids, and all) all went to Garven Gardens in Hot Springs! It was my first time to ever go and it was so pretty!! Its amazing all the lights they have! Hudson was amazed! After about an hour of strolling he crashed out though! It was really cold but we were bundled up! It was alot of fun and probably something we will do again as a family!

I was scheduled to work on Christmas Eve, you know, the day we had the FLOOD! Literally! Well they put me on Stand by since we didnt have many patients. I ended up being off the whole day and Alex and I left Little Rock around 4 and were able to go to my Grandmothers in Monticello for Christmas. I was really excited because I didnt think I was going to be able to go! We spend the night Christmas Eve at my moms and had a wonderful Christmas morning! We did Santa and put all of Hudson's stuff out the night before and we videoed Christmas morning! It was alot of fun! Then that afternoon we headed to Mena to Alex's dads. We opened gifts with them that night and spent the whole next day with them, then headed to Texarkana to Alex's moms! We spent Saturday night and all day Sunday with them and then finally got home about 10pm Sunday night! It was exhausting I must say. And I get car sick unless I drive so I drove ALL WEEKEND! It was so much fun getting to see all of our family though! Hudson and Alex's little brother, Brayden, who is 2 had so much fun together! It was cute watching them play! Then yesterday my dad and step mom came up and we did our Christmas with them! We got lots of great gifts! I just love Christmas time!! I took a ton of pictures of course but I am on my brothers computer right now so I cannot upload but a couple of them! Check out my facebook for more!

I had to work New Years Day so our New Years Eve wasnt very exciting! Well, probably not to you guys anyway. It was to me! Ha We grilled steaks, twice baked potatoes, asparagus, and rolls! Just the 3 of us! After Hudson went to bed about 8pm Alex and I piled up in the recliner together and watched all the stuff going on in NY on Channel 7. I couldnt hang so I went to bed a little after 10. I told Alex to wake me up about 5minutes till 12 and I would watch the ball drop! Well, when he woke me up, I rolled back over LOL Just couldnt get up! So I worked New Years Day but I did eat my black eyed peas at the hospital! Alex was off work so him and Huddy got to spend some guy time together! I came home to a bathed baby, clean house, and a pizza on the way! It was nice :)

Well today we finally took down our Christmas Tree and all the decorations! Our living room looks so much bigger now! Ha! My dad built Alex a work bench for the garage and he is obsessed with it! He painted it last night and he has been out in the garage organizing stuff all day! It looks really good and Im happy for him! He has been needing it for a long time! He loves it.

Everyone has been talking about New Years Resolutions... I dont know what mine is. I dont know if I have ever done one. If I HAD to pick one I would say to work on my relationship with God. And to be a good wife and mother. But I shouldnt need a new year to make me want to do those things right?! 2009 was a rollercoaster for us. On January 16th we welcomed a new member into our family, a wonderful precious life that has changed us completely, Hudson! Then 2 weeks later on Febuary 5th we had to say goodbye to someone very precious and wonderful too. A life that meant so much to us and that we will forever miss, Alex's little sister 7 year old Sydni. It is hard for me because I had known Sydni for 3 years and had built a relationship with her and loved her so much. So if it is hard for me.. imagine how it is for Alex. He had such a hard time trying to be happy about having a son, and being sad about losing a sister. This year has been such a struggle for him, and us. One of the hardest things to do, for anyone, is to have to see someone that you love so much, hurt. Alex doesnt have to remind me of his pain, I know him well enough to see it. And it hurts me to know that there is nothing I can do to take it away. It is very painful. Alex is the kind of person who keeps things inside, he doesnt want you to feel sorry for him, or worry about him. I guess thats a guy thing though huh? This year has tested us in many ways. Tested our relationship with one another, tested our faith and trust in God, and tested us in ways that you didnt know you could be tested. We have learned just how strong we are, and how much we love one another and how strong we can be for one another. I am so thankful for God, because without the strength he brings and the comfort, we wouldnt be where we are today.We know that it will continue to be hard and continue to be a struggle trying to learn to live without Sydni but the comfort of knowing we will see her again is rewarding.

In a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Hudson's first birthday!! What a blessing he has been to our life! I cannot even explain how wonderful it is to be a parent! I just love that little boy so much!!! God has blessed our little family in so many ways. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their families and the new year will bring everyone health, wisdom, and WEALTH! Lord knows we all need it :)

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