The Boswell's

The Boswell's

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy

That word sums up life at this moment. It's just happy! We've had so much going on the last few weeks, it has been hard to find the time to blog. At the moment, I'm stealing away a few minutes while Hudson is napping and Tucker is at the golf course. So let's get to it!

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 30. Tucker's parents offered to keep Hudson for us, so Tucker and I could enjoy a night out on the town. We had a delicious lunch at the lake (fried chicken and veggies, my fav!), then headed off to enjoy our night together. Little did I know that Tucker had planned a surprise birthday party for me! I had to throw a kink in the plan, of course. I decided I wanted to go shopping before dinner that night. I hardly ever have time just to go look and get the things I need. I even gave Tucker a speech in the car about how I didn't want to be rushed, how I never get to do this, blah, blah, blah.

We finally get to dinner; I chose Mikata (a Japanese steakhouse), which takes forever. Poor Tucker, he was doing the best he could to hurry the process up. After dinner he wanted to go home right away, and I was trying to think of other things I wanted to do. Tucker was on the verge of faking an illness, anything to get me home. When I walked through the door, I was truly surprised! I had no idea he was planning such a fun night. I felt horrible though when I realized everyone had been waiting on me for over an hour! I'm so thankful to Tucker for planning such a special night and to all my friends and family who waited for over an hour to wish me a happy birthday! It truly was a special night I will never forget!

Tucker and I also celebrated five years of marriage a few days ago. So much has happened in just five short years. It feels like just yesterday we were saying our vows to one another. We've come a long way in those five years! I am so very lucky to have Tucker to be my partner in life. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us. I know if we keep God at the center of our marriage our love will get us through anything.

Tucker's grandparents watched Hudson so we could enjoy another night out together. Tucker planned a nice dinner for us at Amsterdam Cafe. Afterwards we had dessert at Bruster's. Another one of my favs!

Switching gears, Hudson transitioned from the crib to a big boy bed. We did not convert the crib to a toddler bed. Instead, we moved Hudson to the room across from the nursery. That room was a guest bedroom that had Tucker's furniture he grew up with when he was a boy. I was a little concerned about Hudson sleeping on a queen size bed, but after talking with a few friends we decided to go with it. I was told that they only spend a very short amount of time in the toddler bed anyway, and that it really wasn't worth the investment.

We fixed his new big boy room up and spent several nights playing in there to get Hudson used to his new room. The first night in the big boy bed, he cried for about 15 minutes. The next two nights, he quit crying before Tucker and I reached the bottom stair. He's been sleeping there ever since! I think he likes the extra room he has, and it has to be more comfortable than the crib. The second night, I was a little upset. He transitioned so easily, so I knew he must have been ready, but I couldn't help feel like we were pushing him. And then I felt guilty, because I knew we wouldn't be pushing so much if it weren't for a new baby on the way. I told Tucker that this baby would sleep in the crib till he's five! Ha! I'm not ready to say this is the last baby, but if it is, I'm really going to struggle with him growing up so fast!

And finally, we have decided on a name for baby Boswell number two...Davis Tucker Boswell. The nursery will now be his room. We are just about finished with his room. We just have a few more finishing touches. The theme is the same-trains. Poor Davis, he's already receiving Hudson's hand-me-downs. Tucker and I just didn't see the point in buying new bedding, etc. Not to say that Davis, won't have his own things, but we are hoping that he can wear a lot of Hudson's baby clothes. Hudson was born in May and Davis is due July 7. So seasonally they should be fine. Hudson was a big baby (9 pounds 1 oz) and grew like a football player, so I am concerned if Davis is smaller. Whatever the case may be, we will make it work.

So this pretty much catches every one up! I will be counting down the days to Spring Break...only 5 more work days! Whoo-hoo! Hudson and I will be spending that week working on potty training! Wish us luck!

Have a great week!

Amanda

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Boy Times Two

This blog is about 2 weeks past due. Tucker and I are happy to announce that baby Boswell number 2 is a BOY!!! We are over the moon thrilled to be having another boy! Not that a girl would've been disappointing; we would have been happy no matter what God blessed us with, but we know boys. This mama can down, set, hut hut, bones it, and throw like nobody's business.

I was so excited that Tucker got to go with me to the gender ultrasound. If you remember, he didn't get to come with me for Hudson's gender ultrasound. We decided to make a day out of it! I took the afternoon off from work, and Tucker took the day off. He played golf that morning, and I met him so we could do lunch at one of my favorites, Chicken Salad Chick. Yum! From there we headed to our appointment.

During lunch we made our final predictions. Tucker predicted boy and I predicted girl. Totally opposite from when we were pregnant with Hudson. We discussed names for each gender. For a boy, we decided on Davis Tucker and for a girl, Sarah Tucker. I felt pretty confident that it was a girl, because my pregnancy has been somewhat different from Hudson. I was so surprised when the sweet ultrasound tech announced it was a boy. When she made the announcement, Tucker and I immediately held hands and smiled at each other. Tucker was beaming with pride and excitement. Two BOYS!

Our hearts are full! That's really all I can say. God has blessed us again, and we are overjoyed to say the least. We can't wait to meet little Davis!

Amanda

Saturday, February 14, 2015

First Haircut

About a month ago, Tucker and I took Hudson to get his first haircut. Tucker and I had been discussing it for over a month, and I have to admit I was not ready. A discussion was one thing, but acting on it was another. So one Saturday morning last month, Tucker announced that he was getting his haircut, and he was taking Hudson to get one with him. It all happened so fast, I had little time to protest.

Tucker and I hadn't even agreed on where we would take him. My choice was to go to the beauty shop where I get my hair done. Of course, Tucker was having none of that. He wanted Hudson to get his hair cut at a barber shop. Being that Tucker would be the one taking him more often, I sided with Tucker on this one. Hudson had his first haircut at University Barber Shop on South College Street. The same place his daddy gets his hair cut:)

He did pretty good considering it was his first time. He wouldn't sit in the chair by himself, so he sat in Tucker's lap. He wasn't crazy about the sweet lady cutting his hair, and he certainly didn't like her touching him,so we had to distract him with Elmo on my phone. We had a few hiccups, and he didn't get enough taken off the top, but it was done. Finally. And believe it or not, I didn't cry...then.

Before and After

It hit me as we were walking down to Toomer's. My baby looked so much like a little boy with his new big boy haircut. The tears hit and didn't stop till we were nearly home. This was a big milestone, and one where I felt like I didn't have much time to prepare myself emotionally. But in all honesty, if Tucker had not surprised me with it, I don't think I would have ever been ready. It truly needed to be done, and it looks so much better now.

Amanda



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Adventures in Potty Training

So a few weeks ago, Hudson started alerting me that he had a dirty diaper. He would come to me and say "Mommy, I poop.". I thought it was great that he was showing interest so soon. He's only 20 months, and I had heard boys can be more difficult to potty train, so I wasn't expecting his sudden interest in the potty. After about a week of this, I went to Target and bought the Royal Flush potty. It's hideous and super cheesy, but it's also a potty, and there wasn't a lot to choose from. Besides, Hudson likes it,so I guess it doesn't really matter that it doesn't match the decor of the bathroom. :)

We spent the first week just kind of getting used to the idea of the potty. We aren't really pushing it too much unless he expresses interest. I don't want to push too soon, and he decide he doesn't want to use the potty. Basically, he would say "Potty!", and I'd take him. There wasn't much action the first week. Just a lot of sitting, reading books, and watching Elmo. Last Sunday night, we went through the potty routine, but this time the potty started singing! (It does that when there's some action.) Of course, Tucker and I acted completely nuts. We were so excited that he actually went!

In our excitement, fifteen minutes later, we were at the potty again. I could tell Hudson had to go. Before I had time to get the diaper off, he had peed on my leg and all over the bathroom floor. At this point, I'm yelling for Tucker to help me clean up. I'm trying to clean myself up while Tucker is trying to clean the floor. In the meantime, Hudson is running around naked. At some point during all this, I turn around to see Hudson pushing, and I knew exactly what was about to happen. I went to grab him hoping we would make it to the potty in time. On the way there, I step in something. I look down to see that I've stepped in poop. Apparently, Hudson went on the floor while we were cleaning up.

Once again, I'm yelling for Tucker who had just finished cleaning the bathroom floor. All we could do at that point was laugh. Tucker took Hudson up to get a bath, and I cleaned up downstairs. We tried using the potty on and off this week, but I have to admit, I was a little gun shy after the events of the weekend. So needless to say, I didn't push it. This week we plan to try again, and we are armed with Pull Ups. Our plan is to wear Pull Ups in the afternoons and on the weekends. I fully expect that accidents will happen, but hopefully using the Pull Ups will make things easier. Any advice you have to give on the topic, will be greatly appreciated! Wish us luck!

Amanda

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pru Turns 2!

Last weekend, we traveled to Calera to celebrate Prudence turning two years old. It's hard to believe it has been two years since that spunky, fun, and beautiful girl blessed our lives. It is such a blessing to be her aunt and watch her grow. She's going to do great things, that girl!

The party theme was Mickey Mouse, one of Pru's favorite shows on TV.  Emily did a great job preparing and decorating for the party. It truly was like stepping into Mickey's Clubhouse. Emily had the most precious dress made for Prudence to match the party theme. Of course, Prudence got more presents than she knew what to do with. One being a kitchen and another a 1,000 piece tea set. I kid, but there were at least 50 pieces!


 Daddy and Hudson riding the wagon down the hill! 

 Singing "Happy Birthday"

 Blowing out the candle!



Happy birthday, sweet P! 
I can't believe you're two already!
Love you much,
Aunt Manda 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Adventures

Happy New Year! No, we didn't even make it to midnight. Hudson went to bed at his usual bedtime, and we soon followed thereafter. We didn't do anything fancy. No night out on the town. Yes, it was an option, but not one we really considered. As I've gotten older, I have realized what is really important in life. I couldn't have been happier spending the last day of 2014 with my favorite two boys.

2015 holds many changes for us. One being that our family of three is growing to a family of four! We are thrilled that God has blessed us with another child. Baby #2 will arrive in early July. Hudson doesn't quite understand just yet, but as time goes and my belly grows, I'm sure he will begin to understand. He is going to be a wonderful big brother to his little brother or sister!



I can't imagine life getting any sweeter. 2014 was a year full of happiness and laughter. We are looking forward to 2015 and all the happy changes that will come with it!

Amanda

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Merry and Bright

Christmas is so much better when you have kiddos! Hudson being 19 months made it even more fun! He understood a little more about Christmas than he did last year. He would say "Santa, Ho, Ho, Ho!" anytime he saw Santa Claus, however, he was not Santa's biggest fan. We attempted sitting in Santa's lap twice this year. He was happy to look at Santa and would even give him a high five, but no way was he sitting in that guy's lap.

December was jammed pack full of festive activities. The weekend after Thanksgiving we went to Gilbert's Tree farm to pick out our Christmas tree. Hudson loved the hay ride and running through the fields of trees. Once again, we picked a tree that was way too big for our living room. Can anyone say, Clark W. Griswald?!?! What can I say? They look much smaller in the field! We also co-hosted a graduation party for Tucker's cousin Katheryn. She graduated from Auburn in just 31/2 years, and she already has a real job! We are so proud of her and her many accomplishments. She is going to do great things! It was also just a good excuse to get the family together to celebrate, something we do really well! 

This year, we also made our yearly trek to Pine Mountain, Georgia to Fantasy in Lights. We bundled up and rode the Jolly Trolley. Hudson loved  it and was in awe of the lights. After each Christmas carol we would sing, he would clap and say "Yay!". Our fellow riders thought he was the cutest thing ever. I had to agree! At the end of the tour, they told us to say "Merry Christmas!", however, Hudson wasn't having any of that...he shouted a big "War Eagle!". His Daddy beamed with pride!

Each year my side of the family gets together at my Grandpa's house. Hudson had a wonderful time visiting with his many beautiful girl cousins. Taylor, Rachel, and Chloe just adore him, and the feeling is mutual. They taught him how to take selfies. I can't tell you how many they took, but they had a great time doing it! 

We also took Hudson to his first Auburn basketball game. Auburn played Xavier, and just my luck, the game went into double overtime! Hudson was such a good sport. He clapped and cheered for his team. He even fussed at them a few times when needed. We are so fortunate to live her in Auburn and have the many opportunities that we do. So far, Hudson has been to a football, baseball, and basketball game, and he's not even two yet!

This Christmas,we hosted Christmas Eve dinner. Shug, Mymama, and Big Al came over to celebrate and help us get ready for Santa. Santa brought Hudson a cozy coupe truck and an activity slide. He got a Pottery Barn anytime chair from his Shug and Big Al. He also got new clothes, New Balance tennis shoes, books, and a wooden train. I'd say he was a good boy this year!






Christmas day we traveled to Wetumpka to visit with Aunt Kathie, Will, and Kate. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and opened more presents! We also got to visit with Emily, Andy, and our favorite girl, Prudence. She and Hudson loved playing with the Christmas ornaments Aunt Kathie used to decorate the staircase. Needless to say, that was a hot area for a while for those two. They also enjoyed rocking in the chairs on the front porch. Whatever Hudson did, Prudence had to do and vice versa. Those two are the best of friends!



Merry Christmas,
Amanda