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Where did the time go?! We can't believe our little boy is already turning 4 years old! He has been such a joy and we feel so lucky and blessed that the Big Man upstairs has trusted us to take care of this amazing little person!

Some things you may not know about Hudson:

1. He still loves circle toast (for those new followers, this is Hudson's nickname for donuts).
2. His favorite movie is "Cars".
3. His favorite colors are red and green and he tells us that about 20 times a day!
4. He LOVES eating raw mushrooms.
5. His favorite candies are white Mentos and candy canes.
6. His nickname for his baby brother Sloan is "B" (we have no idea why).
7. He is super protective of his "B" and thinks he is sooooo cute.
8. He carries all six of his Lightning McQueen Cars and his stuffed baby lion around with him most of the day.
9. When he brushes his teeth he has to end it with counting to 10 while he runs his toothbrush under the water.
10. His favorite song to rock out to on his toy Muno guitar is "Momma's Boy" by Chromeo.
11. Currently his favorite song to sing to is "Nothing to Worry About" by Peter, Bjorn, & John.
12. When he talks on mommy and daddy's iPhones he has to walk in circles.
13. He loves to go on "nacations" (vacations).
14. His first favorite pass time is to steal daddy's iPhone to play games.
15. His second favorite pass time is to steal mommy's iPhone to twitter or send text messages out for her!
16. He is really good at saying his own prayers.
17. Whenever mommy and daddy leave the house he won't let us go with out loves and kisses.
18. His giggle is amazing and is one of the best noises to hear in the entire world! When he laughs, he laughs with his whole body.
19. Currently he likes to collect rocks and bring them home from the park.
20. He tells mommy everyday that I'm his favorite "mudder" and daddy that he is his favorite "Justin".

Hudson, we love you SO MUCH!!! Happy 4th Birthday!!
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Tonya said:
Happy Birthday to your little man...he is adorable...loved reading all the cute things you remember about him...
(04.04.09 06:11 AM)
Amber said:
The second picture down looks alot like your dad. I think its his smile!
(04.04.09 08:09 AM)
Chad Morgan said:
These make me smile. My little girls is going to be five soon. Gosh, it goes so fast, doesn't it? Sigh.
(04.04.09 08:44 AM)
Jennifer Gilmore said:
What a cutie! Sounds similar to our 4 year old...even down to favorite color and candy. Happy birthday to Hudson! :)
(04.04.09 08:57 AM)
Rebecca Hansen said:
He has the best taste in music of a four year old ever! haha
(04.04.09 09:26 AM)
Grandpa Brady said:
Hudson, WOW you are four years old. How cool is that. I sure enjoyed the top twenty list. Your smile and laugh makes me feel so good and happy. You also give grrrrreeeaaaaattttttt bear hugs. Love Grandpa Brady.
(04.04.09 09:45 AM)
Rog said:
You've got about as many laughing pics of Hudson as we have pouting pics of Jett. Happy Birthday Hudson! We'll see you all at the party. Hey Hudson, remember not to drink too many juice boxes at the party...you've got to drive home.
(04.04.09 10:08 AM)
Erica Berger said:
What an amazing child - so cute. Congrats on having such a cool life with great kids and work!
(04.04.09 11:05 AM)
jackie wonders said:
hap- hap- happy birthday!!! feliz cumpleanos Hudson!
(04.04.09 11:10 AM)
Dustin & Jessie said:
Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Hudson, Haapppyyyy Biirrrttthhhhddddaaaayyyyy 2 U!!!!!!!! We love you lots and so excited you have turned 4
(04.04.09 11:27 AM)
Molly said:
You're making me into "that pregnant weepy lady" this was so cute. I'm so glad you've posted these things so you can remember them when Hudson is 15 or even 30! My parents always talk about how quickly your memories slip away and I just think this is awesome. I vow to do this for the little one growing with me as we speak. Happy Birthday Hudson!!
(04.04.09 12:03 PM)
Ashley said:
Awww happy birthday Hudson! I love your list Amelia! He has such a cute personality. Have fun celebrating today! Even I am in shock that he's four already. Time goes by soooo fast!
(04.04.09 12:20 PM)
Tyler said:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUDSON! LOL! HE IS SUCH A CUTE KID!
(04.04.09 12:49 PM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Aw! He's so handsome! Happy Birthday Hudson!!!!!!
(04.04.09 12:51 PM)
Rachel Lindley said:
Stinkin' adorable... Thanks for sharing!
(04.04.09 05:18 PM)
Heather Williams said:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE HUDSON! (he's still little to me:) thanks for letting us enjoy it with you at the park!
(04.04.09 06:12 PM)
sarah skow said:
oh my goodness! what a sweetheart. you guys are blessed!
(04.05.09 09:34 AM)
Heather Brown said:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUDSON!!! I love these pictures. So his personality!! Seems like just yesterday he was born! What a fun age!!
(04.05.09 10:33 AM)
barbara ( soon to be dieppa) said:
too cute!! Happy birthday to mama and dada too! ;)What a special day!
(04.05.09 08:26 PM)
mindy @ STUDIO 6.23 said:
so sweet! parenting is a pretty amazing thing. sometimes i'm in awe of how God entrusted such precious little people to us! happy birthday to you, hudson! rock on!!!
(04.06.09 02:17 AM)
Doug Boutwell said:
Happy Birthday little man!
(04.06.09 07:39 AM)
angie + matt said:
Holy 4!!!! I remember the day you guys called to tell us the big news of being pregnant!!! i can't believe he is already 4! Hope you had an AWESOME birthday Hudson:) Maddux misses you and is sending you a high five!
(04.06.09 08:06 AM)
Shelley Freckleton said:
Yeah for Hudson! 4 is magical!
(04.06.09 09:13 AM)
jesi haack said:
oh my GOSH! how can you stand this cuteness every day!!!!!! he is adorable...
(04.06.09 03:01 PM)
Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said:
Happy birthday to your handsome little guy!! He's adorable!! =)
(04.06.09 04:47 PM)
Jean Tsai said:
What a great smile! Just like his mommy!!
(04.06.09 04:59 PM)
ashley bartoletti said:
wow that is one cute little boy! happy birthday to him!
(04.06.09 09:23 PM)
connieMchung said:
awwww. these are soooo priceless. he's soooooo cute!
(04.06.09 11:30 PM)
Shannon Renee said:
This is the CUTEST thing EVER!!! Oh man... I can't wait to be a mom and learn all the adorables that kids do! What a happy little boy!
(04.07.09 05:31 PM)
Veronica Abello said:
You seriously have the cutest little boy in the WORLD. He looks like so much fun and such a joy to have.
(04.07.09 09:23 PM)
todd pellowe said:
hbd hudson! you rock little dude!
(04.07.09 10:19 PM)
thedub said:
Man - what a ham!
(04.09.09 12:37 PM)
ondriana said:
such an awesome blog, and lovely lovely lovely photography. loooove it!
(04.09.09 02:49 PM)
Nas said:
He is so adorable!!!!
(05.19.09 06:14 AM)
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While we were in Vegas last month we were able to meet up and photograph Brittany + Chris. I had been looking forward to meeting them ever since an email that I received from them a few months ago just after I posted an auction for my dad and about his recent diagnosis with ALS. They responded quickly with this amazing email:

"Hi Amelia,

I follow your blog and admire the work of you and your husband so very
much! In fact, I've already decided to have you guys shoot my maternity
session someday when I am pregnant :)...even though we live in Nevada! As
an aspiring photographer, I have to say you guys are my favorite and your
talent is so inspiring! I came across the latest blog post regarding your
father's ALS and felt compelled, with my husband as well, to send you this
email.

My husband's mother was diagnosed with ALS in 2004 and, sadly, lost her
battle with the horrible disease in May of last year. My husband lived
with her through the entire illness and knows all too well the journey
your family is walking.

For some time now, we've been looking to donate money or help out either a
foundation or a family that is being affected by ALS. We've spoken to my
husband's father....we would love nothing more than
to donate 2 items to your father....

Beyond that, as a family that has walked through ALS, know that we are
praying for you and please, please feel free to ask any questions or seek
any advice. I know we don't know you personally, but we are united in the
fight against this disease. Also, my husband and I both work for our local
church full-time (www.centralchristian.com), and we will be sure to add
your family to the prayer chain.

Please let me know if there is any other way we can be of assistance...

God bless...
Chris & Brittany Sattel"

Long story short, Brittany + Chris were able to donate an electric wheel chair and a body lift to help my dad with getting out of bed, these items have already been such a help to my dad and I truly feel blessed that they were compelled to contact me and offer these items as a donation...they truly have hearts of gold.

I was so touched by their kind words and amazing donation that I decided to do a portrait session of them in exchange for their generosity. It was so great photographing them and also so comforting to see how strong Chris was after having walked the path that has been laid before my family with my dad and this sad disease. Here are some of our favorites from their portrait session:
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LOVE their eyes in these next two images!
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My favorite shot of the day!
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Thank you again to Brittany + Chris for everything you have already done for my family, also, we are even more happy that we have become friends with you two!!! Be sure to check out Brittany's and Chris's work here.
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ohana photographers - david & kimi said:
how awesome are they!? much love and prayers to your dad, them and your whole fam.
(03.24.09 02:24 PM)
Lyndzee of EP said:
I got choked up reading this one. What wonderful, kindhearted people and so cool that you were able to meet up with them. They are a rockin couple and I want some shoes the color of her hair,,,awesome!!
(03.24.09 02:24 PM)
sean said:
amazing story and amazing couple. fantastic photos.
(03.24.09 02:29 PM)
Jason Row said:
Great light. Good work!
(03.24.09 02:31 PM)
tate said:
These are absolutely gorgeous! Love, love, love them.
(03.24.09 02:37 PM)
Brittany Sattel said:
FAN-FREAKING-TABULOUS! I love these so much and this experience meant more to me than you guys will ever know! We love them and are already thinking of making an "Ode to the Lyons" art wall with the great images! :) I look forward to hanging out with you guys again someday!
(03.24.09 02:42 PM)
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) said:
Gorgeous, lovely, fun, tender, happy.... I could go on for days ;)
(03.24.09 02:46 PM)
heather said:
all news about your papa always get me so choked up (ok, I cry a little). it was grand to hear of such a endearing couple, ones with such empathy. I am glad you were able to share their beauty, both in and out.
(03.24.09 02:46 PM)
Marianne Wilson Photography said:
That is so sweet! What a lovely couple.
(03.24.09 02:50 PM)
Cameron Ingalls said:
you inspire!
(03.24.09 03:26 PM)
Jean Tsai said:
So beautiful, Amelia! LOVE!!!!
(03.24.09 03:27 PM)
Sarah Rhoads said:
Beautiful. just beautiful. love it amelia.
(03.24.09 03:41 PM)
Ashley said:
This is awesome! I'm so glad that there are so many people out there who are willing to help. This images are rad and so are you guys!
(03.24.09 03:55 PM)
Ashley Rose said:
These images are stunning! And the Sattel's have such kind hearts =) sooo amazing to see people helping people! I love it ;)
(03.24.09 04:04 PM)
Karen Slate said:
amazing photographs and very touching story. It is so moving to know people are still reaching out to help others. So very sorry about your father. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen
(03.24.09 04:26 PM)
Peter Davis said:
Wow, thanks so much for sharing that story. I am so encouraged by people blessing each other! I hope this story will encourage many others to follow in your generosity!!!
(03.24.09 05:07 PM)
Amy Martin said:
Just beautiful! Both the story and the photos!
(03.24.09 05:30 PM)
Stevie said:
I needed a good cry this evening.... This is such an incredibly touching post. It's people like Chris & Brittany that restore my faith in the power of love and compassion. Thank you so much Amelia for sharing so much of yourself as well as your dad's story. You are all such an inspiration and are in my thoughts and prayers.
(03.24.09 08:40 PM)
cristen chester said:
i remember you talking about doing the shoot for this amazingly bighearted couple in vegas @ wppi... and WOW!!! what a rad set of images! i LOVE the cracking earth series! oh, and i'm totally with lyndzee about finding pair of shoes that are brittany's hair color!
(03.24.09 09:15 PM)
connieMchung said:
that is such a beautiful and touching story accompanied by awesome pictures. thank you amelia for sharing.
(03.25.09 12:52 AM)
melissa said:
Hi guys! Ok, so just thought I would let you know that I live in a very small town in Ontario, Canada. Every year we have what's called a trivia night. There's also an auction and it's just a bunch of fun for everyone. Every single penny that we raise at these events go to a specific cause that we choose. We just had our last Trivia night in February and we raised 40,000 for ALS!
(03.25.09 05:58 AM)
Augusta said:
Oh, how sweet! I love all of these photos, especially your favorite shot of the day!
(03.25.09 08:58 AM)
Dad said:
Dear Amy, Kristee and I have been touched to tears through your efforts and the charity of your blog followers. I can not begin to tell you how grateful we are. We love you so much. Love Dad and Kristee
(03.25.09 09:44 AM)
Meg said:
Beautiful story and beautiful photos!
(03.25.09 10:04 AM)
Haley said:
I really love these lots.. great angles.. great people. :)
(03.25.09 10:24 AM)
Kyle said:
I cried. This post was beautiful.
(03.25.09 11:42 AM)
Rebecca Hansen said:
What a dreamy couple. Inside and out. It makes me happy to see that there are such wonderful people in the world.
(03.25.09 01:52 PM)
Brianna Phelan said:
I love the photos of them on the dry mud. Amazing. What a touching story as well.
(03.25.09 06:50 PM)
Yuka photo art said:
Amazing work! I love these pictures! My favorite- the third from down....
(03.25.09 07:40 PM)
Chris said:
Melissa, that is incredible that you all raised so much for ALS! Thank you!
(03.26.09 10:14 AM)
amelialyon said:
Melissa, seriously...that is AMAZING that your town was able to raise the much for ALS...it such a crazy disease that most people know nothing about. Here's to raising awareness and to all the funds you guys were able to donate to help with the research...THANK YOU!!!
(03.26.09 12:05 PM)
ben + laura said:
what a story ... and what amazing images
(03.26.09 03:00 PM)
Kara said:
This story has brought me to tears. Your images are always beautiful, but this series is even more so than usual, because of the love behind it.
(03.28.09 03:36 PM)
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