December 7, 2011

It's been forever...

It's really been forever since I blogged and since my mother-in-law (Sandy) and I were talking on the weekend about what a great 'baby book' this blog served for Hudson (and um....I have nothing for Link...) I thought I would *try* to document some of our goings-on for documentation's sake.

So...I had quite a few questions in my blogger comments about the pool and landscaping and if it ever got finished. Yes, yes it did. Although it took significantly longer than the 3 months I was promised.  But it was worth the wait and we did spend the whole summer in there. Here are some photos:



























Link is an absolute doll and still gets a bath in the sink every now and again. Hudson thinks he's a superhero. It's possible he really is because it feels that way to us. We're waiting for the other shoe to drop and for one of these boys to turn into one of the 'terribles' (twos, threes, fours) but so far, so good. They are best friends.   The dogs are getting old but they are still enjoying life, even if they are moving a little slower. We still have a zillion cats.


































































In August I started a new job back in my first love - eCommerce - working for a large retailer.  Mike took a new position with his company and we pulled the boys out of daycare and got a nanny.  We absolutely love having a 'teacher' (as the boys call her) and wonder why we didn't do it before.  They spend their days going on outings, playing and are just generally allowed to be little.

I've moved on from running (although I still do it sometimes and love it) to CrossFit. It's hard and it's fun and now my hands have calluses.

In the summer we went to New York state for a Benedict family reunion at the Old Homestead where Mike's Dad, Ralph grew up. Everyone had so much fun. We also celebrated Ralph's 70th birthday!






























Christmas is around the corner and Hudson is fully aware of it all this year. He asks every morning if Santa has come yet.   :-)   Ok, I think I'm caught up now. 


8 comments:

Elizabeth said...

It's about time! Pool looks great. I cannot believe how big H&L are.

Victoria said...

everything looks amazing!

I'm Lori...and maybe I'm you, too. said...

Hey there! Miss you since I'm not on The Bump anymore. The boys are adorable, and I'm loving the house!

hudsonsgranny said...

Oh thanks so much. I love to see the pictures and hear the news.

DMil-Wife said...

Nicole,

I absolutely love your home and your pool. It's gorgeous!!! I think I remembered from reading your blog that you guys built your home. We are in the beginning stages of building (looking for plans), and we haven't found what we're looking for. Can you direct me to the place where you found your home plan?

Thanks!

Nicole said...

@ DMil-Wife - hi there! We didn't work from a plan. Mike designed the floor plan. I recommend finding a plan from a book or online that you mostly like and then start moving walls and rooms around.

DMil-Wife said...

Thanks for your comment. Did you work with an architect or is that what your husband does? I'm in SC (an hour from CLT). Thanks!

Nicole said...

Hi again - We didn't work with an architect to design the house but we were required to use one (and a professional engineer) to get the plans stamped in order to obtain a permit to build.