The priceless treasure of boyhood is his endless enthusiasm, his high store of idealism, his affections and his hopes. When we preserve these, we have made men. We have made citizens. And we have made Americans. ~Herbert Hoover
We made a huge move this past month into our fabulous new house. We had been contemplating a move to a neighboring suburb of Fort Worth that has a fantastic school district for quite awhile when we stumbled across the perfect location to build and better yet we knew the builder who owned the property. The wheels started rolling last March (2012) when we signed the paperwork to begin building and put our house on the market. What a process! Our house took some time to sell and we finally officially closed on it in late November. Luckily for us, our builder had a rental home in the same original neighborhood as our previous home was so we were able to literally roll our belongings down the street seven houses to the rental. We originally thought we might only be in the rental a couple of months...that turned into six months! We were told our house was. "one of those houses that a builder has once or twice in their career where everything can and will go wrong!" You name it, we probably had an issue with it! Anything from granite being installed completely wrong and having to be totally replaced, two different painters and four different total paint jobs on the house, (I only chose two colors for the entire house...I'm not that picky), copper wiring stolen, appliances stolen twice!! Concrete poured wrong, tile being laid wrong and ripped out, landscape issues and so on...We finally said enough was enough and moved on in about three weeks ago, it took another week of hard work (while we were trying to move in) to pretty much finish everything. We still have a few minor details we are ironing out but all in all we are very happy with our new home. The boys are still settling in but really LOVE the fact they have their very own pool in the backyard. I LOVE that I am literally a minute from school, doctors, shopping and church! We have already planned a housewarming for next month so that is my incentive to get everything unpacked and pulled together!
A few weeks ago Jody took Hudson to to see A&M play Arkansas in College Station...(A&M won 58 to 10). They met up with two of the Settlemeyer boys and had a fantastic time despite the rainy weather. Maybe next year the will bring along the little brothers too.
Back in early August we jumped at the chance to go visit Grammie and Grandad at their home in the Panhandle. It was my first time making the five and a half hour drive with both boys by myself and we all did great! The boys always have so much fun with Grandad on the farm...maybe it's the tractor? We also got to visit lots of family and just get away from the hustle and bustle of the city before school started back. I know the boys are looking forward to heading back once harvest starts!
Hudson and Grandad on the tractor...
Lawson and Grandad on the tractor...
Hudson checking out the cotton...looks great this year!
Grandad and his two farm hands!
Can you guess who Hudson looks like?
We took the kids to see the Wiggles right before school started back. The Wiggles are very popular in our house and I think we have seen every episode ever made. Lawson usually loves the Wiggles but was tired most of the concert, Hudson however LOVED it. He was hilarious singing and dancing along to all the songs. I have to say it was a fantastic performance and unfortunately it is the last time all the original Wiggles will be together. We will for sure go back again and see the new Wiggles.
The kids had their first day of school (Wednesday Sept. 5th for Hudson) and (Thursday Sept. 6th for Lawson). It's Hudson's 4th year at Chapel Hill Children's School at White's Chapel UMC and Lawson's 1st. Hudson is in the transitional kinder program and Lawson is in the young 2's. Hudson really wasn't too excited about the first day. I think Lawson was way more excited for him. Lawson was crazy excited and did fantastic until it was time to go in then he cried. He did this for almost the first two weeks and then was totally fine.
For Lawson's second birthday we had a baseball blowout at the house. Thank you to pinterest for all the crazy ideas that I had to have! It was a fun party with lots of friends and neighbors. We had a bounce water slide that was a HUGE hit with the older kiddos...not so much the little guys. Lawson thoroughly enjoyed himself and I think the day was a success. Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures and I hope to do better next year...lesson learned.
Waiting for the party to get set up.
This boy loves cake!
Two of his favorite gifts...a football uniform and a cleaning cart.