Sunday, August 25, 2013

Happy 4th Birthday, Hudson

 Oh little boy, it was 4 years ago today that you stole my heart.  At 12:34 pm, you entered this world and changed our lives in an instant.  You have been such a blessing to our family and we love you more than we could ever express. 
 You are our smart, sweet, athletic, inquisitive, determined, stubborn, funny, independent, and energetic little guy.  We love your individuality
 You have matured and grown so much over the past year.  Although it's bittersweet, it's wonderful to have a front row seat to watch you become all that God has created you to be. 
 Over the past year, you completed your first year of preschool and enjoyed it so much.  You blossomed in 3K, and have now started pre-k and you continue to do really well.  We are so proud of you.  You played your first season of an organized sport and you have some mad soccer skills.  Your daddy is especially proud of your interest and ability in soccer.  You have just started your second soccer season, and it's so precious to watch you because you are so into it. You are an athletic little boy. 
 You really enjoy music and like to sing/dance to little songs that you learn at church and school.  Your favorite songs right now are "Wagon Wheel" and "Country Roads".  You have memorized both and will sing your little heart out when you hear them on the radio.
 Another interest of yours is swimming.  You are a fish in the water and have no fear.  You started swimming last year without any floatation device, and you have learned lots of new things this summer.  You swim underwater, dive down to get dive sticks (you can't get just one though, you have to get ALL FOUR before you will come up.), do handstands, and jump off the high dive and swim to the side.  There is nothing that you are afraid to try.  You watch bigger kids and have to do what they do.  I love your determination and hope that it continues to guide you into many successful endeavors.
 Your favorite food is still mac and cheese, and you frequently request "chicken on the bone".  You love all fruits. 
 You love Claire, Charlotte, and Brantley.  It makes me so happy to see how compassionate and nurturing you are with the babies.  You consider them your siblings and you guys have a special bond that I am so thankful for.
 Papa is still your favorite person, and you ask to go to his house every single day.  When you are there, you have so much fun playing baseball, driving your gator, golfing, and getting dirty.  You are in heaven.
 Saying that you love monster trucks would be an understatement.  You are so into them.  We had your monster truck birthday party today.  You chose that theme as soon as your 3rd birthday party was over, and have talked about it all year.  You love your monster trucks and know each one's name.  You have quite the collection and can tell about each one. 
 You also love Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  You were so smitten when you met Jake on your first Disney trip this summer.  It was such an exciting time to watch you enjoy the trip with your cousin Ella and our family. 
 When you grow up, you want to be a Veterinarian, or an "animal doctor" as you say.  I think you'll become one. 
 You're such a smart boy, and people tell us all the time that they cannot believe you are "only 3". 
 You say the sweetest prayers every night, and always ask God to "not let you have any bad dreams".
 You are excited about being in Holly's wedding this Fall.  You are going to be the ring bearer, but you say that you're the "ring master". 
 You have grown so much this year and are still tall for your age.  I will have to post your stats after your 4yr check up next month.
 Your spirit is contagious.
 You continue to amaze us daily. We are so blessed that God chose us to be your parents. 
 We hope that you always keep your strong will and happy personality. 
 You are such a gift and we love you so much. 
Happy Birthday Hudson. 

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