The Boswell's

The Boswell's

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween 2014

Hudson had a blast this Halloween! We celebrated all week with fun and festive activities. Hudson carved a pumpkin, had a party and costume parade at daycare, and helped Mommy  and Daddy pass out candy on Halloween night.

Of course, in Hudson tradition, he was sick on Halloween. Our plan was to trick-or-treat with friends downtown, but earlier that day I got a call from daycare that he was running a temperature of 101.6. I took him to the doctor, in fear that it was another ear infection. Turns out, his ears were clear! Whew! Dr. Johnson couldn't find any reason for the fever other than the common cold. I think Hudson knew Mommy's kiddos at school were acting wild, and she needed to start her weekend a little early. That's my boy!

Plan B included dressing up and doing a little trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. By that point Hudson had some meds in his system, and he was feeling like himself again. He played and played while Tucker and I passed out candy. You never would have known he was feeling a little puny earlier that day!







Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Break

What a wonderful fall weekend we have had! Friday night was spent relaxing on the back porch. I had a toasty fire, a glass of wine, and my favorite boys. It was a perfect evening! Saturday morning we headed to the pumpkin patch. After a little research, we decided the best place for us was Jack-o-Lantern Lane in Lafayette. We were not disappointed!

The pumpkin patch included a mini petting zoo. Hudson got to pet rabbits, horses, and a donkey. He got to see chickens and turkeys. His favorites were the donkey and turkeys. There were two huge fields with pumpkins and sunflowers. There was also several set ups for pictures. After the hayride and petting the animals, Hudson went in search of the perfect pumpkin!
                                             






The evening ended, once again, on the pack porch next to the fireplace. Tucker set up the TV, so we could watch all the football games outside. I was skeptical when we got the fireplace this spring, but I'm so glad we made the investment. It has become another room for us,and it's a great entertaining space. We've already enjoyed it several times this year. 

Happy Fall!

Amanda

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Tailgating Fun

We tailgated for the first time this year for the LSU vs. Auburn game. This was Hudson's second tailgate, and boy, did he love it! That boy did not meet a stranger! Thank goodness for his Shug! She was happy and content chasing him all over the place. Mama, on the other hand, was exhausted just watching him.

We invited our sweet friends from church, the Epperson's. Blake and Lybbi have a little boy named Walton, who is only about two weeks older than Hudson. Walton and Hudson had the best time together. There's no telling what those boys will get into when they are older. We are so blessed to call them friends and have our boys grow up together. 

Hudson loved sitting in his mini Auburn Tiger tailgate chair that his Shug and Big Al bought him. He had the most fun shaking his Auburn shaker and taking a ride around the tailgate spot in the wheelbarrow pushed by his daddy. He chatted up lots of pretty college girls and climbed up and down every set of stairs he saw. Poor Shug, she had to be exhausted, but she followed right along!

           



The day before we took Hudson downtown. He had his first Toomer's lemonade and played on Samford lawn.

         

         

         

We can't wait to do it all again for the South Carolina game! War Eagle!





Sunday, October 5, 2014

Growing Up

Almost every weekend, we have another birthday party to attend. We love celebrating our sweet friends' babies birthday, but it's another reminder that our babies are growing up. As each friend turns one, Hudson gets closer and closer to age two. While I'm so happy that I have a healthy, growing boy, my mama heart aches because he's more and more "toddler" and less and less "baby" everyday. Sometimes I just look at Hudson in awe. It's amazing how fast and how quickly he's growing and changing. I'm truly blessed to be his mama.

                                                 

          



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