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The Freeman Family
Welcome to our family scrapbook - pictures and stories from our day to day lives... all the fun & laughter, trials & triumphs... ENJOY!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The things they say...

CADE's story:
As I was finishing up getting ready one morning, Cade was in the bathroom with me. He had been playing, but decided at this time to spin around in circles. I warned him against the danger of dizziness & falling, which, as a two-year-old, he obviously ignored. After making several rounds, he stopped, started again, then stopped as if he'd just had a revelation. "Mom! I'm making the house spin round and round!" he announced. I warned him again to be careful about getting too dizzy & falling, to which he responded, "I be fine. I make the house spin round and round again!" Ahhh, the joys of a two-year-old...

HUDSON's story:
During breakfast conversation, Hudson was telling me that a mosquito had tried "to suck his blood" while playing outside the day before, which led to a conversation about why we have blood in our body & what it does. I generally tried to tell him that blood is very important to our bodies... that it travels to all the parts of our bodies, carries nutrients & vitamins, and helps our body parts to work properly, like our heart, lungs, brains, etc. Hudson thought for a moment, then made a statement about blood, vitamins, Jesus, & hearts. I didn't quite catch what all he was saying & certainly couldn't fit it into our current conversation. So, I asked him to repeat what he'd said. Of course he sighed heavily 'cause Mom just didn't get it the first time, and said, "When I eat my vitamin, blood takes it to my heart and Jesus eats some, too, cause Jesus lives in our hearts!" WOW! I was blown away! First, that he pays so much attention in Sunday school obviously, and second that he just put all that together so logically! He did go on to say that Jesus could only be a little part of his heart because he was little & had a little heart, but that Jesus did knock on the door of our hearts sometimes. Awww...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Preschool ends for the summer...

Last week was Hudson's last day of preschool for the summer. As much as Hudson loves school, he is equally excited about summertime activities... warm (hot!) weather, playing outside every day, playing with friends more often, swimming, boating, etc. Let's hope the summer lives up to his expectations!

Cade is just excited about having his big brother home more often to play with!

The end-of-the-year preschool program was very nice. All the classes sang, there was a cute slideshow, and "graduation" for those heading into kindergarten next year. Hudson's & Maddox's class did a fabulous job singing a couple of songs for the large audience gathered...

... and Cade enjoyed watching!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Baseball Boy

Springtime brings around baseball season, and this season, baseball was brought to our house. Hudson is playing his first year of Tball, and he is having a blast! Like with soccer, he's just happy to be out on the field & playing. He's the youngest on his team, but has already shown a lot of improvement. In the beginning, he struggled to stay focused in the outfield... pretty typical of 4-year-olds, I'm sure. We've had our episodes of filling our glove with dirt, filling our hat with dirt, throwing our glove around in the air, and even laying down in the field, but he's made it through the last 3 games on both feet! WOW! :) This past Friday night, he got his first hit without the tee. He was thrilled! After he rounded home plate (which he owns whenever he gets there - ha!), he ran straight to the fence to make sure I knew he'd gotten a hit without the tee. He was extremely proud, and announced that he'd earned a milkshake when we got home. :) He's had lots of visitors for his games. We're a little more than half-way through the season, and pretty much the whole family, at one time or another, has made it to a game. He loves an audience! I know I should have posted pictures earlier in the season, but, again, I tend to leave my camera behind. At his very first game, I videoed mostly. I can get stills off my video camera, but I haven't spent enough time with it to figure that part out yet - ha!

Here he is in the outfield... not quite "baseball ready", but on his feet at least!

Taking a few practice swings, and making sure we're watching, of course!

Never underestimate the importance of tapping the plate...

On first, and ready to trot... I mean run... the bases!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Field Day

Last Friday was Hudson's "field day" at school. It was actually more like an "outdoor fun" day, and believe me... those kids had loads of fun!

Hudson had a great time playing with Maddox & everyone else.

Cacki & Papa got to come have fun, too!

Cade got to play, also. He definitely thinks he's as big as the other kids!

The "fishing" area was certainly one of the favorite spots for the boys.

Pizza sure tasted good after all that play!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I have been blessed throughout my life by my mother and grandmothers. I give thanks for them especially on Mother's Day. These women have always been loving, supportive, faithful, Christ-like, and giving. I love you Mom and Grandmas! I hope that every day brings blessings your way!!! In fact, all the women in my life are special and unique - family and friends alike. Happy Mother's Day to you all!

We had a great Mother's day weekend. We were able to celebrate with both sides of the family. We enjoyed a wonderful meal together on Saturday with all of Howie's family. The kids, of course, had a great time playing together. We had a nice church service Sunday morning in Bells, then shared another wonderful meal with all of my family. There was no lack of fun there with the kids either. :) Saturday evening, Howie & the boys gave me a beautiful necklace & earrings. I had to, of course, immediately try them on, and they were so proud to see me wearing them on Sunday. They can be so sweet & loving! My boys (all 3) certainly capture my heart!

Callie Jewel even got a gift this weekend! Check out the cute diaper bag and "bloomers"!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Guitar man

Hudson had his guitar recital this past Sunday. He's only been taking lessons for a couple of months, but he can play 3 chords on the first string well, and is learning three chords on the second. Anyway, his teacher felt like he could play, and he wanted to, so we did! His teacher made up a little one-liner for him that he played through twice. He did a great job! He was a little nervous when we got there, but by the time he played, he seemed calm & cool. We were so, SO PROUD of him. He really did a super job! And he had his own "fan club" present, too, which means so much to him - Gran & G, Aunt Lu-Lu, Wesley, & Maddox, and Aunt Candi. Thank you all for coming!!!

This is actually a picture taken today. He was against me taking pictures of him before his recital, and the ones during the recital didn't turn out so well. Way to go, Hudson!

He's going to be such a sweet big brother to his new baby sister. He really wanted a baby sister, and he is so excited! I've started browsing through "girl stuff" when I'm out, trying to get in the right mindset, and I bought her first dress today while Cade & I were out. When I told Hudson, he smiled really big, and said,
"Oooh! I think we're going to have to get her some bows, too!" Awww...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Too cute...

Yes, it's time for me to play "catch-up" again. I've gotten behind on blogging, and am still reminding myself to take more pictures!!! Oh, well... Just a couple of cute stories & one cute picture to share of the boys today...

Part of what the kids are doing in children's church these days is beginning to learn the books of the Bible. For my 4-year-old and 2-year-old, this is great! They're learning Bible stories & books of the Bible... these are things I can do with them, too. The first week, the leader commented about Cade's speech & ability to pronunciate such long words as some of the beginning books of the Bible. His favorite one being Deuteronomy. A 2-year-old and a 5-syllable word - too cute & too funny! A couple of weeks later, Deuteronomy is still his favorite, but he can recite "Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy" and sometimes he'll throw a "Numbers" in there somewhere. HA!

Hudson's cute & funny came from school... They were singing a song about animals on the water doing what they "oughtta" - like a duck, a fish, etc. At the end of the song, all of the animals have gone and there are no more animals on the pond. Hudson pipes up and says, "Yes, there is, the otter." (oughtta - otter) HA! At least he was paying attention!

Gotta love 'em!