Saturday, June 21, 2008

Whoah Horsey






Our Small Group (equivalent to Sunday School) from Church sponsored a group of visiting Ukranian orphans to ride some horses today and some of the class members brought their kids to play with the Ukranian kids and to ride the horses as well. For some reason most of the kids only seemed to want to ride once or twice and then found other things to occupy them. Briggs and Max on the otherhand I think probably rode as much or more than almost any other kid(s) out there. All in all though, I think both the visiting kids and the Cude boys had a pretty fun morning. Not surprisingly, Max wasn't scared at all of the horses or of riding them, I walked beside him to keep him from falling off, but I think he nearly could have done it by himself. The best part was when Briggs and Max rode together, you could tell they were really having a good time being on the horse together. Another successful day...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Welcome Maxwell Riley Cude





I know, I'm long past due to be posting Max's birth, well in my mind I am anyway.

Max started off his life in our family about the same way he has been since that day, "pretty" easy. He was a planned inducement on 9-28-06, and not nearly as dramatic (in our minds) as was Briggs' birthday. We showed up at the hospital around 5 or so that morning and by 1 o'clock that afternoon he was born. He weighed 8 lbs and was 20.5" long. I remember thinking how much faster and more smoothly everything went that morning, it was perfect. Mine and Leslie's first reaction was something along the lines of "wow, we have somehow managed to have TWO blonde haired kids". He was such a cute baby and still is, he never seems to take the same picture twice, I think he got that from me, he has a lot of "personality", I'll say that. I also remember Briggs' reaction and seeing him hold Max for the first time, it was very sweet. We had done a lot of pre-work to try to prepare Briggs for that day and that combined with his good nature made for a great way to start off adding a fourth to our family.

We were obviously much more prepared for him at home than we were with Briggs. But even with that extra experience and preparation, we really didn't need it nearly as much because it wasn't long (a few weeks) before he was sleeping at night and with some pretty long durations as well. Ever since then he's been such a good sleeper. He actually likes to sleep in his bed. When we go off on a trip, it's funny to see his reaction to getting back home and being able to snuggle up in his own bed again.

It was obviously a pretty big adjustment trying to juggle a new addition to the family, but Max has always made it about as easy as I can imagine any child could. He and Briggs still play great together and he wants to do whatever he sees his big brother doing. Besides his easy nature (he has his moments I promise) the other thing I think I have always noticed the most about him, is how natural he was with throwing a ball. That boy loves a ball, any shape, any size and can throw it with accuracy with pretty darn good velocity. Briggs has always been more of a brute that loves to tackle, Max likes to play tackle with me, but could spend even longer playing catch. We are so blessed to have two great sons. That was a great day, and has made for a lot more great days since...

Fixing the "Cars"





Everytime I do any kind of work on the cars, Briggs decides it's time to do some maintenance on his "car" as well. About a week ago I was changing the oil in both cars and Briggs was just doing normal inside stuff. When he found out I was working on the cars, without prompting he quit everything and came out to work for as long as I did. He loves to use my real tools so I've given him a few of his own. Max usually finds his way out there as well and just likes to ride anything that we've drug outside. Even though it's work, it doesn't feel like it when you have those two around with ya...

Update 6-19-08

Seems like it's been a while since I've updated, I just changed jobs (again) about two weeks ago and things are finally getting back into a somewhat normal swing again. Props to Mrs. Neal for finding the fancy templates, I'm sure I'll be playing around with them and may even try to make one of my own, since most of the pre-made ones are somewhat, umm, feminine in nature. ANYway, I'm going to do a couple of posts tonight and try to get back on track. Not much is going besides the normal summer stuff, just trying to keep the boys occupied. I think I'll do a post about when Max was born and call it a wrap for the backdating stuff, everything after that I think, will be current happenings, if we have any...