The Boswell's

The Boswell's

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September

Wake me up when September ends... Remember that song from many years ago? Well, it pretty much sums up this month for this mama. It's been rough, friends. I'm talking questioning my calling, ugly crying, sleepless nights rough. I keep telling myself that if I can make it through September then everything will be alright. But the truth is, I don't know. 

I truly love to teach. When I'm in my classroom teaching, I really feel like I'm fulfilling part of God's calling for my life. Lately, I've been been hit with so many demands at school that it's stressing me out. I'm grading anywhere between 5-8 sets of papers each weekend. I spend additional time putting grades into the computer, because the system I work in requires grades to be input on a weekly basis. I don't have time to grade papers or plan at school due to the fact that I'm teaching additional lessons to students who need additional assistance 4 times a week during my planning time. 

Never have I worked so hard, only to be told by my principal that I'm not doing enough. It crushed my spirit, y'all! He actually said that to our whole grade level and we were all dumbfounded. One teacher laughed and walked out, and another started crying. The rest of us stood up for ourselves, and it wasn't pretty. 

I tell you all of this to get to this point: Yes, God called me to be a teacher, but he also called me to be a wife and a mother. Right now I'm not doing a bang up job handling the stress from work. I feel like it's affecting my mood. The work I bring home, takes time away from the people I love the most. A few Sundays ago, Tucker and Hudson were playing outside, having a ball. Where was I? Sitting at the kitchen island grading papers. 

I'm beyond frustrated and conflicted. My prayer this month has been for God to help me make a decision about my career and to help me handle my stress better. Things have gotten better, but I'm not sure it's enough. 

I know most people are snickering because here I am, a teacher, complaining about the demands of my job. Most people think I should be happy, because I only work 9 months out of the year and get holidays off. I wish my job were that easy. The truth is I work hard and prepare for the next year all summer long. I take papers home and grade and plan over the holidays. I attend professional developments to grow in my profession. Sometimes I just want a job I don't have to bring home with me. Cosmetologist, maybe?

It's not all bad news though. My school kiddos are wonderful. I'm blessed to be a part of their lives for a brief nine months. They are the reason I continue to teach and continue to do more to help reach their goals. I don't teach for praise. I don't teach for the money. And I certainly don't teach for the holidays off. I teach because I love it, and I know that God has placed me in this position for a reason. 

I ask that you please pray for me this year. Pray for God to lead me in the direction that He would have me go. Pray that He helps me to depend on Him during stressful times and not lean on my own understanding. 

On an unrelated note, Hudson is growing up so fast! He's 27 lbs. 2oz. last time we checked. Which is often, due to the fact we've been to the doctor's office every other week, if not evey week for the past two months. Hudson had his 5th ear infection last week, and this week he caught Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. We go again next week to check to be sure his ears have cleared up and to talk about being referred to an ENT. I believe tubes are inevitable!

          

This sweet boy is my joy! Little boy smell, stickiness, and all!

Amanda


Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer

Summer is over. And I'm pretty bummed about it. I already miss the slow paced summer days with my baby. He's changed and developed so much over the summer. He went from crawling, to walking, and now he's running. He can bark like his big brother, Bandit, and blow kisses. He loves to read! We read several books every night, over and over again. He never gets tired of hearing the same ones. His favorite books are "I Love You, Stinky Face", "Dear Zoo", and "My Love For You". He will bring them to you and snuggle down in your lap. It makes my heart swell knowing he loves to be read to. I hope his love for books continues as he gets older. 

Hudson has had many adventures this summer too! He went to the beach and had a blast playing in the ocean with his cousin, Prudence. He went to the lake and shared many a secret swinging on the back porch with his Mymama. He enjoyed fireworks and wasn't scared a bit. He enjoyed a day at the Birmingham Zoo with his best friends, Cale, Cooper, and Harrison. And to wrap up his summer, he went to explore the Georgia Aquarium. He loved seeing all of the different fish. He would watch them wide eyed and point to them as if to ask "What's that, Mom?". 


               

         

We also had many lunch dates with Daddy, Hudson's very best friend. He thinks his Dad hung the moon. The feeling is mutual. Hudson is the apple of his Dad's eye. 

        

And we had many a Sunday lunch with Grandaddy and Gigi. Hudson loves them, and we are so lucky to have them so close by. 

         

Hudson amazes me everyday. I'm so thankful God chose me to be his mom. I'm also extremely fortunate to have a job where I get to spend so much time with him. Now it's time to head back to school. Tomorrow I'll meet 18 new friends. I have been praying for each and every one of them. It's a new beginning, for me, my baby, and my school babies. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Fourth of July

What better place to celebrate the fourth than a weekend at the lake? I can't think of a more perfect place for our little family. It's our home away from home, a place of refuge to get away from the problems and pressures of life. We absolutely love it there, and we hope to instill that same love of the "lake life" to Hudson.

The lake is also a place where our busy family can slow down and spend some quality time with each other. We enjoyed spending every minute with Mymama, Shug, Big Al, Emily, Andy, and of course, our favorite girl, Prudence. We went up Thursday night after Tucker got off of work. It definitely saved us some time Friday morning. It's always a hassle getting everything together, and it gets Hudson off of his schedule, but it is nice to wake up at the lake. Who needs a schedule when you're at the lake anyway?

 This big girl was very brave! She jumped off the floating pier for the first time! 

 She jumped safely into Mama's arms. She loved it and proved it by jumping over and over again!

 This picture is priceless! A daddy, his best girl, and a fabulous pair of shades! 

  The fountain is always pure entertainment for the babies. 
And Mymama is always happy to guide little curious hands.

 This crew loves some back porch sittin'.

 "Ready for a boat ride, Daddy!"

 Diva in training!

 Hudson loved the boat ride. The shades, not so much!

 These lake babies have no idea how much fun they will have at the lake in future years. 

If only weekends like this could last forever! 

Amanda






Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Vacation

This year we took a real vacation! We went to Gulf Shores, but not just for a long weekend. We went for 5 whole nights! I can't remember the last time we took a vacation! It was so nice to get away and relax a little. Of course, now since we have Hudson our beach trips have changed. No more laying out in the sun all day long. We went to the beach early in the morning, went up for lunch and a nap, and went back down to the beach in the afternoon. In fact, I didn't get tan at all, and that's just fine by me!

Of course, no trip is complete without a little bump in the road. Hudson started running a fever the afternoon we arrived. I thought it may have been teething since he was beginning to cut his back teeth. But when his temp reached 102.3, I knew it wasn't just teething. Sure enough, after a trip to the Urgent Care, Hudson had a bilateral ear infection, which means he had infection in both ears. He got a shot of antibiotics and a prescription for more antibiotics to start the next day. After a long afternoon nap, he was already feeling much better.

On an exciting note, Hudson took his first steps at the beach! He walked from me to Tucker, only a few feet, but we are so very proud. We have been practicing ever since. He still can't stand and walk from a sitting position, but he can walk about ten feet from me to Tucker. I know in a few weeks, he will take off and we won't be able to keep up!

 You never would have known that he was at the doctor just a few hours earlier!

 Playing on the beach with Mommy.

 Hudson loved playing in his Mickey Mouse pool. It was perfect for a baby at the beach!

 I'm usually the one behind the camera. Because of this, all pictures with my boy are extra special.

Best friends!

I can't believe its over! It's funny how the vacation days breeze by and the work days seem to drag. I guess that's just the way life is. These special moments help us to really slow down and enjoy these precious moments even more. 

Amanda

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tucker's 30th Birthday

Tucker turned 30 this year! I wanted to make it special to show him how much we love and appreciate him. He does so much for our little family. He misses so many things because he works so hard to give us the wonderful life we have. I couldn't ask for a better partner in this crazy, chaotic, terrific thing we call life.

I began planning Tucker's surprise party even before I began planning Hudson's party. You would think that would make it less stressful, but no. I was a crazy person for several months. I'm sure Tucker was wondering what in the world was going on with his wife. On the day of the party, Tucker was going to play golf with his dad, while Hudson and I were going to the lake. I remember being so stressed out that morning and Tucker saying to me "Why are you so stressed out? We're just going to the lake!". He had no idea what was going on, and I realized if I didn't chill out, he would discover what was really happening.

The party was during Mother's Day weekend at the lake. Tucker's birthday was actually on Mother's Day this year. This was one of the only reasons I was able to pull the surprise off, that and Tucker's aunt, grandmother, sister, and mom's help. I could not have pulled off the surprise without them. They took care of the decorations and the food. Phyllis and Al worked for months gathering pictures of Tucker and creating a collage of each decade. Delegating tasks is not one of my strong suits, because I am such a control freak. I realized I had to delegate some responsibilities in order to pull off the surprise. I'm just so thankful for all the help I received!

Tucker knew we were celebrating Mother's day and his birthday at the lake. This is what we normally do every year anyway, so this did not raise any red flags with Tucker. The plan was for Tucker to play golf with his dad at the AU Club, then they would join us that afternoon at the lake. All was going well, until the weekend weather forecast called for rain. If it rained too much, they couldn't play golf. Fortunately, the rain held off and the plan was still in tact. However, because of the afternoon showers, we were not able to greet Tucker the way I had planned. We knew it would be too hard to hide all of the cars, so we were all going to line the driveway and shake Auburn shakers when Tucker arrived. Instead, we all lined the hallway and shook our shakers. It was a wonderful surprise for Tucker!

Hudson checking out all the pictures of his Daddy. They look so much alike, I'm sure he thought some of those pictures were of him!

 Tucker's cake came from Publix. This picture was taken after Tucker had a bath one night. He ran, naked, and jumped on his tricycle out in the garage. Priceless! 
(Side note: The women at Publix treated me as though I was a pedophile. They made me put a sticker over Tucker's little boy parts. In hind site, I know they were just doing their jobs, but it sure was annoying at the time!)

 Tucker with some of his best friends!
P.S. Big Al is rocking some serious skinny arm!

 Josh, Nick, Reese, & Tucker

 Hudson and I sure do love this guy!

Hudson helping Daddy blow out the candles. Good practice for H, since he had his own candles to blow out the following weekend.

The surprise and look on Tucker's face made all the planning and stress worth it! I would do it all over again in a heart beat. I thank everyone who helped me with the planning and preparations, and I also want to thank everyone who came out to help us celebrate. With it being Mother's day weekend, I knew it would require some sacrifice and extra planning for a lot of people. We are fortunate to be blessed with awesome family and friends!

Amanda


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hudson's WILD First Birthday

Almost a month later, I'm finally blogging about Hudson's first birthday party. Hudson's first birthday theme was "Where the Wild Things Are". If you have never heard of it, it is a children's book by Maurice Sendak, and it is absolutely wonderful. It describes our Hudson perfectly. He's WILD, ya'll!

I spent weeks planning his party. It was extremely stressful, because I was also secretly planning Tucker's 30th surprise birthday party. It was so neat for Hudson to be turning one while Tucker was turning 30. So special! May was a wonderful month full of celebrations!


The cakes were made by Sweet Malisa's in Opelika. It was important to me that the cake match the theme, was unique, but also tasted good. Malisa hit the nail on the head. The cakes were decorated perfectly to match our theme, and they tasted amazing!


Pinterest was my go to when planning this party. I made all of the banners myself using burlap,stencils, and craft paint. I think they turned out great!


This was another Pinterest idea that I tweaked. The banner says "One Wild Year". It displayed a picture of Hudson each month of his first year. It was amazing to see how much he has changed in just one year!

This was supposed to be a high chair banner, but it was too long. I had to improvise by hanging it above the high chair.

 I can't believe this sweet boy is one!!!





Happy Birthday, Hudson!!!

It was truly a special and wonderful day! We thank everyone who helped and came out to celebrate our favorite boy with us. 

Amanda

Sunday, June 1, 2014

12 Months

Summer break is here, my friends! I thought it would never get here. Finally, more time for blogging, cooking, house work, and playing & snuggling with my most favorite boy. I'm hoping to get this blog caught up within the next week or so.

At Hudson's one year well visit, he weighed 23 pounds 11 ounces and was 30 inches long. He is in the 86th percentile for weight and the 53rd percentile for height. We have one big boy on our hands! He made the transition from formula to whole milk without one problem. He can say "Uh ohhh", "Mama", "Dada", Byebye", " no no", and Tucker swears up and down he can say "golf ball".

Hudson's favorite song at the moment is "If You're Happy and You Know It". He claps and giggles throughout the whole song. His favorite cartoons to watch are "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" & "Jake & the Neverland Pirates". We have started weaning him from the pacifier. Dr. Johnson said Hudson should be completely done with the paci within two to three months. It's hard to believe we are already to that stage. Our daycare has been fabulous as far as helping us with that task. In fact, they do better than we do. I admit it; I'm a sucker for some tears. Hudson totally has my number!

Hudson is such a happy baby. People comment all the time about what a good natured, sweet little man he is. He doesn't meet a stranger, and I have yet to find someone he didn't charm right from the beginning. He certainly is a special little boy. We love him to the moon and back!