Tuesday, November 15, 2016

18 months

1.5 years. Where has the time gone? One minute he was a baby and now he's a walking/running, talking, tantrum (not often) throwing toddler. 

It has been the best 18 months we could've ever imagined and it's a little shocking to think we will be doing it all over again in just 2 months. 

Hudson's Stats:

Weight: 29.5lbs (90th%)
Height: 35.75 in (off the charts)
Head: 50cm (large but within normal limits)
Teeth: 15 (not really a stat, but wanted to record it)

H loves to repeat things we say, still has this incredible belly laugh that will bring you to your knees, has the appetite of a teenager, and still craves his afternoon nap and sleeps 12 hours at night. 

He can say baby and point to my belly, and he also says Charlie (sounds like Arlie). His world is about to be rocked when he has to share our time with his brother, but I have no doubts he will transition to the role of big brother well. 

He's growing out of his crib which is great because he will be moving into a full size bed before Charlie arrives. 
Hudson is adjusting so very well to his new room and new bed. He has yet to climb out and says "big boy" when you talk to him about his room. 

We met our favorite girls from Waco at Aquatica and loved it. 

I love food, mom. 

Meeting our friends at the SA Zoo. 

Had his 5th haircut and instantly looked older. 

First day of school in the toddler class. He loves to wear his backpack. 

Slowly introducing the potty. He prefers to sit and read books on it. Such a guy, right?!

That smile. Those teeth. That red hair. I melt every time I look at his precious face and thank The Lord for loaning him to us. We love you so very much Hudson! 

and that's Life with the Riley's

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Meet Me in Montana

The last week of July we had the opportunity to join the Lawry side of the family in Bigfork, Montana for a family reunion. 

We jumped at the chance to go because we hadn't seen most of this side of the family since our wedding in 2008, and we've always wanted to go to Montana (especially while escaping the Texas heat).  

The 3 Lawry siblings (Judi, Randi, and Steve) rented a beautiful home on the shores of Flathead Lake. It had a main house that was built to replicate a lighthouse and a guesthouse. It also had a tram that took you directly to the dock, so you didn't have to climb the 100+ stairs. It was a beautiful home with an even more beautiful view. 

We spent the week eating, relaxing, hiking in Glacier National Park, swimming (or just jumping) in to the cold Flathead lake, horseback riding and river rafting for some, too. 

It was a wonderful week and I think everyone should visit this part of Montana. It was absolutely beautiful. The weather was a dream, the national park was incredible and you'll never see a lake as breathtaking as Flathead. 

Before we left we spent the night in a hotel next to the airport. It was Hudson's first hotel stay and first flight. 

The view from the back porch of the home. 

Y'all, this is lake water. Do you see how clear it is? It was a chilly 70 degrees. 
The Lighthouse 
If you look closely you can see the tram that takes you from the house to the dock. 
Hudson was the first from our family to try the cold water. It didn't phase him one but. He would've gone al in if we left him. The cold water didn't phase the cousins from the east coast either. 
Our first hike at Glacier took us to a pretty waterfall. Hudson joined us for all of the hikes and did remarkably well riding in the Tula on Travis' back. 

Cita and Pops offered to watch H one day so we could go on a guided fly fishing trip. We used Bigfork Anglers and they took us down Flathead River. We both loved it and can't wait to learn more and do it again. 

Swinging in the park w Aunt Randi

Taking the boat around the lake. 

Another day and another hike in Glacier. Hiking while extremely nauseated and pregnant isn't fun, nor would I recommend it. But I'm so glad I pushed through! 

We drove through the National Bison Refuge and saw deer, sheep, and bison. 

Mr. Riley was so amazing on the hikes. He never once complained about having a wiggly nearly 30lb toddler strapped to his back for 3-5 mile hikes. 
The Lawry clan. We're spread out from Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts. It was so great to al be together and experience Montana.