Hubley Happenings

Hubley Happenings
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Camping Spring 2013

We decided to give camping another shot this weekend.  The closest state park to our house, Lake Mineral Wells State Park, recently imposed a two-night minimum on the weekends, so we haven’t been there in a while.  We really like the park but the kids just can’t quite handle a two night trip yet.  This week, I took off work on Good Friday, so we reserved a campsite for Thursday night. It really worked out well because we were able to get the single night campsite and the weather was really nice.  It’s been a long couple of weeks at work, so it was really nice to get away for a little bit.

Here are the kids hanging out by the fire.  Notice Nathan finishing his nuggets.  Since we went after work, we decided to drive through Chik-Fil-A instead of cooking at the campsite.


Camping buddies


We were ready for bed pretty soon and we all piled in the tent.  It was a nice night, clear and mild, the temperature was in the mid-50s.  I bought Nathan a new Spiderman sleeping bag, which he liked, but not for sleeping.  We finally got everyone to sleep sometime after 10pm, but about 1:00am, Nathan woke up screaming. We got him back to sleep, but he woke up again screaming about 15 minutes later.  It seems he does not like to sleep in a tent.  Part of the problem was that he wouldn’t get in his sleeping bag, so I think he was a little cold.  After another 5-10 minutes of him crying, Jennifer decided to take him home.  Hannah and I decided to stay.  She reminded me that she was good at camping and that sometimes babies that cry have to go home, but not her.  We were back to sleep in pretty short order and slept fine the rest of the night, except for some howling coyotes that woke me up later.  The next morning, this is how we found the campsite (Jennifer had left the food and some of the gear for us):


After breakfast, Hannah and I broke camp and left everything at the campsite while we took a short hike along the lake


We went down by the water for a bit


And Hannah did a performance for the camera


About mid-morning, Jennifer and Nathan returned from the house (it is about a 30 minute drive), and we went over to Penitentiary Hollow to play in the rocks.


We went through this “cave” looking for a bear……no luck


I scrambled around on some of the rocks


Nathan had a blast.  He loves everything about camping except actually sleeping in the tent


We had a great time and can’t wait to go back.  Hopefully Nathan will be able to make it a full night soon!

Super Heroes


Dresser Makeover

Hannah got a new dresser for her room, kind of. She had an old dresser that we inherited from Aunt Mae and we decided to paint it.  We made it a family project. Jennifer got the idea here and from many other pictures via Pinterest.

This is the closest thing to a before shot (we forgot to take one).  Here it is after some quick sanding:


Hannah was all about it




After a while, we let her just paint this piece of cardboard.  She said we could use it to decorate the garage.


The finished product:


The drawers are suppose to go from light to dark, but we didn’t realize that the two top drawers were different sizes than the bottom two. So this is what we got. I like it, but Jennifer says she might fix it one day…we’ll see.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Theater

Anyone recognize this scene?


Once again, Mama Jo treated us to some fun over in Dallas. She took us all to a little Children’s Theater to see a precious production of Goodnight Moon. Scott and I couldn’t imagine how they could turn that little book into a one hour play, but they did and it was so cute! Hannah was on the edge of her seat the entire time and Nathan only got really antsy toward the end. Scott was able to stand up with him near the entrance so he could still see the stage.

Hannah found Pinkalicious during the intermission.


Nathan was right behind her saying, “Me too, me too!”


Thanks, Mama Jo! You know how to show us a good time!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Here We Go…

Once again, let the potty-training begin!


truck underwear- check

superhero underwear- check

treats- check

encouraging words from Hannah- check (she gets a treat when he potties too)

disinfecting wipes- check

carpet cleaner- check

excited little boy- double check!!

Digger, Dumps Party


Since Nathan loves heavy machinery, we thought a construction birthday party would be perfect this year. I got most/all of these ideas from Pinterest and it was really simple because you just decorate with lots of trucks and toys that little boys usually already have. Scott was such a sport and dressed up for the occasion:)


Home Depot just gave me these little aprons for free. They give them out during their kid workshops on Saturdays. They were a hit!


The cake was a Pinterest find and very easy. You just did a hole in the top and fill it with crushed oreos.


02-16 Nathan's Birthday Party

Thanks to a great friend for making this little road for Nathan. We love playing with it and it was a great addition to the party.


The Birthday Boy enjoying his cake!


The kids dug around in the sandbox with trucks and diggers.


All the cousins.


Happy Birthday, Nathan! We hope you had fun!

Nathan, 2 years old

Oh my…Nathan’s two!  We took these portraits in Scott’s suit from when he was two.
Here is Scott at age two (sorry for the glare)
We serenaded you on your birthday and you acted so shy.
You are one of a kind, little man. You have your mommy wrapped around that little finger of yours. You're one of those kids that their parents have a hard time disciplining…not because you’re an angel by any means…but because of that smile. I have to leave the room most of the time when your in trouble because you make me laugh.
You love to sing! Some of your favorites right now are Trust and Obey, Jesus Loves Me, and the Aggie War Hymn. You sing in the car, around the house, and are dancing anytime music is playing. And when I say dancing, I mean throwing your elbow out and flapping it like a chicken. Oh, and you throw a few spins in there too.
You love to aggravate your sister! Who knew it started so soon? Sometimes, she will call your name in the car and you will just ignore her completely…like you don’t even hear her. It drives her bananas. How do you know how to push her buttons at two?

You love to read! Some of your favorites (right now) are Goodnight Gorilla, Have You Seen My Cat, Richard Scarry’s Things that Go, If Waffles Were Like Boys, and Goodnight Construction Site.

Like most little boys, you still love running, jumping, climbing, wrestling, etc. If anyone is sitting on the floor you think they are inviting you to tackle them….so you do. And most of the time, surprisingly, you don’t get hurt. But you have a cut above your eye right now and I’m not sure how that happened.  You love to ride your bike (tricycle) in the driveway and swing on the swingset “high to the sky!”  You also love all sorts of balls.  Football is favorite, followed by baseball, soccer, basketball, golf balls, tennis balls, etc. 
You can recognize the A&M logo just about anywhere.  Yesterday we were eating dinner at Fuzzy’s and they had some basketball games on.  You pointed up on the screen and yelled, “Aggies!!" I knew the men weren’t playing so I assumed you were wrong, but sure enough, the A&M women’s team was on.
You love to pray at mealtime (mostly because Hannah prays and if Hannah does it, you will be right behind her saying, “me too! me too!”) Most of the time, your prayer sounds like this…oh, and for some reason you always whisper when you pray: “Dear God, tank you diggers, dumps, diggers, dumps, diggers, dumps. Amen.” This is another scenario where I should have a straight face, but I always laugh.
You love people…and they love you back! Your babysitters, Sunday School teachers, and family members all adore you. You are the kid that is happy to go in the room and happy to leave. You wave and tell everyone “hi” at the grocery store. Even your doctor at your check-up was smitten with you. Instead of making you pick a toy from the bin, he went in his office and gave you a “special” toy….a little blue truck. You really do make people smile.
Nathan, God has blessed you with so many good things. I pray you will give them all back to Him one day. Lay them at his feet and watch Him use you for His glory and your eternal good.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Swing Set Construction

We came back from the ski trip on Friday, and I spent all day Saturday and Sunday putting together a swing set for the kids.  We got it at Costco.  It came in six boxes and had about a million pieces. Special thanks to some good friends who came over on Saturday to help me with a lot of the two man tasks.  Here are some pictures from the ordeal.

Sorting the pieces


Nuts, bolts, and screws


All my tools


In progress


My helpers had to take a break


Getting closer


Functional, but not quite complete (roof missing)


Finally done!


This has been a big hit with the kids.  They love to swing, and it was nice to have for Nathan’s birthday party.