May 29, 2014

my best friend

"Marry your best friend. I do not say that lightly. Really, truly find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. Someone who speaks highly of you. Someone you can laugh with. The kind of laughs that make your belly ache, and your nose snort. The embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. Wit is important. Life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. Despair will come. Find someone that you want to be there with you through those times. Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute - even when the waters get deep, and dark."

So thankful for you Josh, excited to celebrate 2 years as your bride. 6.9.12

May 28, 2014

little things

This sweet boy is sick, we thought it was from his 12 month shots but he has, hand foot & mouth virus. 
Luckily he is still able to smile & still able to teach me that joy can be found in a blankie! 
Love this sweet boy! 

May 23, 2014

other half

So thankful for my husband - Josh thanks for all you do, Hudson and I would be lost without you!

May 22, 2014

50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky

1. Starters in the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuously held horse race, have had names beginning with every letter of the alphabet except for “X”.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Wikimedia user Bill Brine
2. Man o' War, one of the most famous horses ever born in Kentucky, never actually ran a race in the state.
3. Thunder Over Louisville, the Derby festivities' opening ceremony, has the world's largest fireworks display.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user 7263255
4. A typical Derby crowd guzzles 120,000 mint juleps and drains 7,000 liters of bourbon.
5. Internet lore that would have you believe Bourbon County is among the state's 37 dry counties is actually false.
6. Speaking of Bourbon, this beverage takes its name from Bourbon County, where it was first distilled.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Wikimedia user Bbadgett
7. Barren County has some of the state's most fertile soil, and was even named rural America's best place to live by Progressive Farmer magazine. (Seriously.)
8. Frederick Vinson, who later became the 13th Chief Justice of the United States, began life in a Louisa County jailhouse.
9. Kentucky treasurer “Honest Dick” Tate, at least, provided us with a wee bit of historical irony, absconding in 1888 with a cool quarter million from the state treasury.
11. To this day, Kentucky’s governors must swear an oath before taking office that they have never fought a duel with deadly weapons.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: J. Mund (painter) via Wikimedia Commons
12. Frankfort was the only Union state capital to be occupied by Confederate troops.
13. Martin van Buren Bates, a captain in the 7th Kentucky Cavalry, was so tall (about 7'2”) that his feet were said to drag on the ground when he sat in the saddle. After the war he achieved the nearly impossible—he met (and married) a woman even taller than himself.
14. Richmond, KY could have been a contender—in fact, it was almost chosen to be the nation's capital, but it lost out to Washington, D.C. due to lack of nearby seaports.
15. Kaelin's restaurant in Louisville claims to have invented the cheeseburger in 1934, although a Denver drive-in called Humpty Dumpty's patented it a year later.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user Dylan Ashe
16. And what goes better with a cheeseburger than a Pepsi? Pikeville, KY leads the nation in per-capita Pepsi consumption.
17. Unlike Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, and Betty Crocker, Colonel Sanders really did exist, and he developed his “secret recipe” for fried chicken in Corbin, KY.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Wikimedia user Jonathan Mcintosh
18. Duncan Hines, of cake mix fame, was the real deal, too, and he hailed from Bowling Green.
19. Bowling Green is also the birthplace of all little red Corvettes (as well as the rest of the colors they come in).
20. Post-It notes are produced nowhere else but Cynthiana, but the exact number manufactured each year is a closely guarded secret.
21. Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, and also the U.S.'s second-oldest tourist attraction, right behind Niagara Falls.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user Diane Deaton
22. Cumberland Falls in the Daniel Boone National Forest is one of the few places on earth you might be able to see a moonbow.
23. The nation's first commercial oil well was actually not in Texas, but was drilled in 1819 along the banks of the Cumberland River in McCreary County.
24. The melody of the song “Happy Birthday” was composed in 1893 by Patty and Mildred Hill, two Louisville sisters.
25. Mother's Day also originated in Kentucky, when Henderson schoolteacher Mary Towles Sasseen created it to honor her own mama.
26. The Hatfields and McCoys were real families who carried on a real feud for a quarter century after the Civil War. While Devil Anse and co. were West Virginia boys, the McCoys were all from Pike County.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Wikimedia user janneman
27. Washington, KY was the first town to be named after cherry-tree chopping George, back in 1780 when he was actually still president.
28. Postlethwait's Tavern in Lexington hosted the nation's first performance of a Beethoven Symphony (#1, naturally) in 1817.
29. Saloon-smashing badass Carrie Nation was born in Garrard County.
30. Another Kentucky badass, Zerelda James (mom of outlaws Frank and Jesse) was actually born in a saloon—the Offutt-Cole Tavern, which still stands today at the intersection of Old Frankfort Pike and US 62 near Midway.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user J. Stephen Conn
31. D.W. Griffith, whose pro-KKK epic film “Birth of a Nation” earned him the sobriquet “Father of Hollywood” (if not of political correctness), hailed from LaGrange.
32. More than half of all U.S. troops killed in the War of 1812 were Kentuckians.
33. One of the first U.S. casualties of WWI was also Kentucky-born: Corporal James Bethel Gresham from McLean County.
34. Mark Spitz's star-spangled Speedos, the hit of the 1972 Olympics, were the height of Paris couture—Paris, KY, that is.
35. Covington's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption boasts the world's largest hand-blown stained glass window, a 67' x 24' depiction of the epically exciting Council of Ephesus.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Wikimedia user nheyob
36. Fort Knox holds the world's largest store of Jello. Haha, no, it's gold, of course—about $6 billion and change.
37. Middlesboro is the only U.S. city built inside a meteor crater.
38. Middlesboro is also the home of the Coal House, which was constructed from 42 tons of bituminous coal and today houses Bell County's Chamber of Commerce.
39. High Bridge, towering 275 feet over the Kentucky River in Jessamine County, is said to be the nation's tallest railroad bridge spanning navigable waters.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user Robert Meeks
40. Bibb lettuce was developed by (and named for) John Bibb of Frankfort.
41. The world's first enamel bathtub was manufactured in Louisville in 1856.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user Jesse Milan
42. Traffic lights were invented by Garrett Morgan, a former slave from Paris, KY.
43. The radio was actually invented by Murray, KY's own Nathan B. Stubblefield in 1892, three years before that copycat Marconi jumped in and claimed the patent.
44. Thomas Edison really lit things up at the 1893 Southern Exposition in Louisville, introducing the public to the electric light bulb.
45. Louisville was founded by George Rogers Clark, older brother of the Clark whose name is usually preceded by “Lewis and...”
46. Old Louisville is America's largest Victorian preservation district.
50 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Kentucky
Source: Flickr user Stephanie White
47. Students at Louisville's Transylvania University enter a lottery for the chance to spend the night in the on-campus tomb of a 19th-century botany professor.
48. Kentucky has more miles of running water than any other state in the lower 48.
49. Kentucky may not be the largest state (in fact, it's the 14th-smallest), but it's bordered by a whopping seven neighbors: Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri.
50. The Lost Mountain coal mine, in rural Breathitt County, has been abandoned for over 40 years, but it isn't hard to find—just look for the plumes of billowing smoke. Don't bother calling 9-1-1, though—it seems these underground coal fires are nearly impossible to put out.

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May 21, 2014

One Year Old

I can't believe it's been a year (last friday, May 16th) since we had Hudson. I still remember every detail of laboring, and I will never forget the feeling I had when he was laid upon my chest. I never knew I could love someone so much. This sweet boy is just the best thing we've ever been blessed with, I can't quite explain how much absolute joy he has brought to our lives. He has showed us that joy can be found in throwing a ball at a wall or people walking down the sidewalk. He is humbling to say the least. 

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, sure I'd rattle out some lofty job I thought would satisfy me, but I can tell you now that I was meant to be a mom & a wife. It's better than I could have dreamed. 

So Hudson at 12 months, well there is so much to say.

He absolutely loves basketball, watching it, playing it, he loves it. He loves balls, they are his favorite toy by far. He loves "wrestling" with his daddy. Loves going outside and walking up and down the sidewalk to say hi to all the neighbors - he is the happiest kid you will meet. He loves watering the flowers with mom. Loves to explore everything, everywhere, he is always thinking you can see it in his eyes. He still loves having a bottle and snuggling up with you. He loves his sippy cup to, walking around the house he carries it around and thinks he's super cool.  Oh, and he loves back rubs! He still gets so giddy when he sees a dog. When Hudson gets super excited he throws his hands in the air, squeals real loud and runs around. He usually trips and falls but gets right back up because he is so excited. 

Well we did survive our first year of parenting what a challenge and a delight it has been. Maybe we will add one more to the mix soon..... MAYBE ;)

ps. These photos have become significantly harder to take. Here are some more shots from this 12 month session.

Tomorrow I will post all his monthly shots so we can see how he has grown!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

Happy Birthday to my lovely Grandma! 

We are so thankful for you.

Love You, See you in July!!

May 13, 2014

Birthday Celebrations for HW + Mother's Day

I have so many pictures from Hudson's birthday party, so bear with me you may feel like you were there too with all these pictures! I believe this might be my favorite, this kid is so sweet. 

We gave him his very own cake for his birthday and he loved it!

If you're wondering where the cake is it's on the floor, that's where everything winds up :^)

First attempt at pictures

Birthday toy!

This was on our mother's day walk, Hudson doesn't like to be in his stroller on walks he much prefers daddy's shoulders. Can you blame him!?

And I had the best first Mother's Day thanks to these two, thanks for spoiling me Josh!