he’s gonna go to college

These days are going by at warp speed, I tell you. Hudson is 4 months old, but really, it feels like he’s 23. Someone has apparently told my baby that it’s ok to grow up, and that someone wasn’t me. Clearly, the blog has gotten away from me a bit, but there are a few random things I wanted to record on here- more for my memory’s sake than because they’re interesting to read about, but here you go. (I promise to intersperse random baby pictures so as not to completely bore you.)

– Our doctor (who we love) told us at our follow-up appointment that he cried when we told them Hudson’s name in the delivery room. If you know our doctor, you know how much this took us by surprise- the man does not come across as a crier. He and his wife adopted a little girl from China about two weeks after Hudson was born, so he loved that we chose a name connected with someone who was so instrumental to the spread of the Gospel in that part of the world.

– Sometime during the ten weeks (to the day) between when Sawyer and Hudson were born, Abby told me that her husband, Ben, found her crying on the couch one day while she was holding Sawyer. When Ben asked her what was wrong, she said, “He’s gonna go to college!” (Abby, hopefully you don’t mind me sharing this ;)) Zach and I both loved that story, and it has definitely become a tag line for when we feel like this little guy is growing faster than we can handle.

I had my own “He’s gonna go to college” moment when sitting in the backseat with Hudson about two weeks after he was born. Randy Travis’ song Forever and Ever came on the radio, and when Zach looked in the rearview mirror, I was crying my eyes out. When he asked why, I said, “What if I dance with him to this song at his wedding?”

Oh, post-pregnancy hormones. You are ridiculous.

– This child has managed to contract some rather strange nicknames during his first four months of life.

Zach loves to call him “Hudson Judson” or “Hudson Judson Ramblin’ Rudson” (we joked about making his middle name Judson before he was born).

One night when his swaddle blanket was over his head and he was looking rather nun-like, we started calling him “Sister”, and it sort of stuck. So now, saying things like, “What are we gonna do with Sister?” are totally normal.

Our carseat has the style name (Devon) printed on it, but it looks sort of like a monogram. So, we sometimes say things like, “Come on, Devon,” when putting him into the car.

– This baby LOVES to “stand”, and has since he was tiny. At his two-month appointment, even the doctor was impressed by his leg strength and mentioned something about him playing soccer. Of course, this made his soccer-playing daddy happy.

– This boy is definitely my child. Some of his least favorite things are being cold, being alone, and sitting still. We are cut from the same cloth, I tell you.

– As nostalgic as we get for the newborn stage, is really has been true that each new phase is so much fun. Hudson is really starting to get much more of a personality, and we love seeing it. He loves to smile, and has started opening his mouth as wide as he can when he’s really happy, which cracks us up. (We think it’s a result of us doing something goofy, then making a surprised face at him.)

– Basically, we can’t get enough of this baby. Zach jokes that Hudson has gotten more kisses in his first four months of life than his dad has in our almost five years of marriage. Then I tell him that maybe if he had cheeks that squishy and soft it would be a different story.

Hudson Taylor, we sure do love you!

kitchen chronicles: poles, pools, pulls

One of our favorite kitchen updates (probably because it’s cheap and easy- a winning combination), is replacing dated hardware to something that’s a little more “us”. The hardware in our kitchen wasn’t horribly offensive to begin with, but the white porcelain knobs blended in with the cabinets a little too much and definitely gave off more of an 80s vibe than we were going for.

Thankfully, we were on the same page about what we wanted- oil rubbed bronze knobs for the cabinets, and bin pulls (or cup pulls, as some people refer to them) for the drawers. We think having two different types of hardware gives things a more custom look, and we both really like pulls.

What we were not on the same page about, however, is how to pronounce the word “pull”. In fact, it initially created a bit of confusion in the Angle house. Apparently, I pronounce this word more like “pole”, while Zach leans more to the “pool” side. We have now said this word so many times that I’m not even sure what it means anymore.

Regardless of how it’s pronounced, we decided to pick out pulls before knobs, given the fact that bin pulls can have a very specific style to them, and the matching process would be easier. I wanted to find something with a straight edge, mostly because the half-moon pulls can be a little bulky. While the substantial size can look great in the right setting, since we’re working with a fairly confined galley kitchen, I wanted something a little more streamlined.

I quickly learned an unfortunate lesson: bin pulls are pricey. Like, $500 for what we needed pricey. (At least the style I was looking for is. You can find the curved bin pulls much more affordably- I like these from Overstock.) Umm, $500 for hardware is not happening. So, I spent lots of time scanning the Interwebs trying to find a cost-effective option in a style I liked.

Finally, while looking for curtains, I stumbled upon these little beauties from Anthropologie. I know what you’re thinking. Anthropologie is a great place to look if you want to find one or two beautiful knobs and don’t mind paying $12 apiece, not such a great place when you need 30 of something.

Thankfully, they were on clearance for $2.95- an even better price than several of the options we looked at when we visited Lowes and Home Depot. Score.

One sort of weird thing about these particular knobs is that they don’t come with screws to mount them. Thankfully, using the metallic brown spraypaint from Rustoleum, we were able to achieve basically a perfect match.

Since the previous drawers had knobs instead of pulls, our painter patched the drawers before painting the cabinets so Zach could drill new holes for the new hardware.

(Yes, this was the state of our kitchen for several weeks. Pictures like these remind us of how thankful we are to be making progress around here!)

For the cabinets, we went with simple mushroom knobs from Lowes.

The new hardware definitely helps bring the cabinets up to date. We love how such a small change can make such a big impact!

TropicalStormErnesto

Something that I don’t talk about very often on the blog is Fantasy Football.

Because, let’s face it, I have very few fantasies about football.

This, however, deserves to be noted.

Back in our college days, circa 2006, my husband joined a Fantasy league with some friends and needed to pick a username. Not wanting to go the usual cliche favorite team pun route (or, more likely, not wanting to put much thought into it), he named his team TropicalStormErnesto after a storm that was all over the news at the time.

Since then, he has joined other leagues, still using the same goofy name despite the fact that Tropical Storm Ernesto was rather unmemorable and had nothing to do with sports.

Now, six years later, it’s baaaack:

(The screenshot that I wanted to put here keeps disappearing when I publish the post, so this will have to suffice.)

We didn’t know that they reused storm names, but we’re sure glad they picked this one to come back around. If you ask me, this calls for a celebratory milkshake.