First Day of Pre-School

Hudson started pre-school this last week! It seems so crazy to me that he is old enough. I searched high and low for the perfect school. I stumbled across a local church that offers pre-school and part time. I was thrilled. On our first visit Hudson let go of my hand and ran off to play with the other kids, my heart shattered on the floor, I was so proud and sad at the same time.

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In no time at all his first day was upon us, I was a mess on the inside. I packed his lunch and loaded up his backpack; extra clothes, diapers, socks and his blanky of course. The teacher suggested a lovey if they had one to make the transition easier. I swear we hit every green light on the way there. I walked slowly to the door, Hudson ran.

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He was a smidge upset when I left but recovered quickly, thank you to the teacher for sending me a reassuring photo about 2 minutes after leaving.

The first day was hard for me, I picked him up early because I wasn’t sure what to do without him. As for Hudson he had a great time.I had to make this leap for Hudson.There are times as a mom that you have to make a choice, you may not like but is for the betterment of your kiddo…this was one for me.He is very independent and smart. But as his mom I can only do so much, he needs a routine and socializing away from me. I understand change is hard but Hudson was more than ready and I had to let him make that next step even though I was struggling a bit.

I had assumed (secretly hoped) Hudson would be a wreck without me and it wasn’t going to work. To my surprise he has blossomed and completely embraced the change.He is much happier, naps are easier and he has learned a whole new vocabulary. I am so happy he is enjoying himself and becoming more independent…but not too much! Right now he is only going two days a week for a few hours. I think as he gets older we will add more days but for now it’s all this mama’s heart can handle!

What was your kiddos first week of School like?

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St. Patrick’s Day Treat

I had grand plans to make St. Patty’s themed breakfast. But with a 6am wake up call, thank you Mr.Hudson, I was not motivated to do so. I was going to make pancakes with whipped cream and Lucky charms sprinkled on top but we opted for toast. BORING, I know I know.

Not much of a surprise Hudson was ready for a nap a little earlier than usual, cant imagine why. I couldn’t let him wake up without SOME kind of Holiday treat so I decided to use the lucky charms in a different way.

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LUCKY CHARM BARS

6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal

1 10oz bag of mini marshmellows

4 Tbsp Butter

1 brick of White chocolate Almond bark.

1. Grease 9x13in baking pan. or line with parchment paper. Whichever you prefer.

2. Place butter and marshmallows in large saucepan. Stir until all marshmallows are melted and creamy.

3. Mix melted marshmallow and cereal until evenly distributed. I sprayed my spatula with non-stick cooking spray to make mixing easier.

4. Press mixture into baking pan. I placed mine in the freezer to make the treats set up quicker

5. Melt 4 cubes of almond bark on low heat, stir constantly. Almond bark need to be watched it can seize up very quickly. Once the chocolate is smooth remove from the heat.

6. Pour over cereal mixture in the baking pan. Place back into the freezer. Once hardened cut and serve.

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ENJOY!!! They are basically a cavity in a bar!

Mini Carwash

The last few days have been crummy but typical spring weather. Which means we have been cooped up inside. UGH! Can Summer get here already….that coming from the girl who LOVES winter. Its just been a long winter and a yucky spring.  We are ready to be playing outside with chalk and bubbles. It will be be here soon enough.  Back on point, Hudson would love to be splashing in puddles but there has not been enough rain…but enough to keep us inside…go figure. So I had to get creative with an indoor activity.

Hudson is OBSESSED with cars and trucks, that is putting it mildly. I carry a minimum of 5 in the diaper bag not including the handful he packs around. As mentioned before he loves puddles so I combined the two. An indoor carwash!!!!!! I put a little water and soap onto a baking sheet. I laid out a towel to limit the mess. Hudson washed his cars and trucks with a toothbrush. He had a blast and all of his cars were sparkling by the time he was done.

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Have fun Friends!

Toddler Travel Tips

The past couple of weeks Hudson and I have traveled to Tacoma, WA and Portland, OR, to coach a competitive cheer team. I started coaching when I was 5 months pregnant with him, needless to say its in his blood. I had planned to drive but ended up riding the team bus to Tacoma. It was the best decision we could have ever made. Hudson was so excited to ride on a REAL BIG bus. He go to sit in the co-captain seat right next to the driver. He had the best view and was a trooper. We watched movies and played with all his NEW toys.

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(Step one: RENT A BUS….kidding)

Tip 1: raid the dollar store isle for all new toys to distract your little on a loooong trip. We opted for mess free markers and coloring books, a pack of plastic dinosaurs and a pile of new colorful books.

Tip 2: bring lots of their favorite snacks. Hudson can be distracted with food so having his favs on hand definitely helped.

Tip 3: Dress them in layers. Add or subtract depending on the temp or take layers off if they get messy.

On our trip to Portland I opted to drive. Hudson’s great grandma road with us so she was able to help with all of his requests. If she had not been with us it would have taken an entire day to get there. Thank you Gigi!  My brother watched Hudson for me while I was coaching during the day. It was the ideal situation. Uncle Beau played with Hudson all day and I was able to focus on my team. They spent their first day exploring the Children’s Museum. I recommend it to any parents in the area or if you find yourself traveling through. I cant figure out who had more fun…Hudson or Uncle beau! (Forget about the blowout Uncle Beau had to clean up….sorry….but not really!) I was so happy they were able to spend time together.

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Tip 4: When driving plan for delays, your little will not be happily strapped in their seat for 10 hours.

Tip 5: Relax their schedule. Hudson still napped everyday but not exactly at 130. Be flexible, they are on vacation too!

The ride home was a little rough. We had to stop more to let him run a bit. It was frustrating but I understood he was tired and OVER being in the car. But we finally made it home!!!!

I hope the tips help you on your next family adventure!

Happy March!

Now that March has arrived thought I’d share a super easy little art project that your littles will love and will fill your home with green! Harper is OBSESSED with painting and really anything art related lately so I came up with this cute little idea that turned out just adorable!

First have your tot paint on green construction paper to her/his little hearts desire. We did about three paintings until it was everywhere and needed to be cleaned up 🙂

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Next step, when they dry, cut different sized shamrocks out! We hung them on the window to replace the hearts that were up! Totally cute right? She loves pointing at them and saying “geeeeen mama”!

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