Family Vacation

Our family took a tiny trip to Salt Lake City for over a week. It was so much fun. We made so many memories and laughed until our belly hurts. I have learned Hudson can go with the flow much more than I had ever thought possible but HATES being pinned in a car for 8 hours. No amount of movies or games could make him happy. But the fun we had more than made up for it the terrible ride home.

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We stumbled across the most amazing neighborhood. Cute houses with a man made lake right in the middle. There was a little creek kids could splash in with a the coolest jungle gym we have ever played in.

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The next stop was the Aquarium. The entire time we walked through Hudson kept asking to see the Sharks. Once we arrived at the shark tank, he was scared. It took a little time to feel comfortable he became mesmerized.

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The daily stop was at Dunkin Donuts, I am obsessed and quickly shared the addiction with my little man. I may or may not have packed a dozen donuts back home….Dont Judge! The other delicous-ness I shared with Mr.H was In-N-Out burger. I cannot get enough!

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We had so much fun, it was one of THE best trips we have ever been on. It was great to explore a new city and spend time with family.

What was your favorite family Vacation?

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!

Bath Time GLOW

We have been trying to get back to somewhat of a routine after the hustle and bustle of the Holidays. As I am sure all of you are too. I will take any suggestions on how to make it happen?! (HELP) Hudson has not been participating well. He will not go to sleep until 10-10:30 which is awful and wakes up at 6:30. Translation one cranky toddler every day and one tired mama. He has been whiny and fighting me on everything. Including, bath time, which is so strange for him. Usually, I find him fully clothed sitting in the tub waiting for the water.

I had to think of something to get him happily into the tub so we could get back on track and into bed at a reasonable time. I remembered at Halloween he found a glow stick and I tossed into the tub. He thought it was pretty cool. What could be more fun, uh an entire container of glow sticks! Let’s just say he was ticked when he had to get OUT of the tub. But he was in bed much earlier! WINNING!

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What tricks to you have to get your kiddo back on track?

Happy Thursday Friends!

 

Christmas Wrap-Up

The Kost family Christmas Wrap-up (Ha!). We made a family day trip to Coeur d’ Alene, ID. It is a two hour drive from home and so worth it. They offer a holiday night light cruise to the North Pole. The cruise is only 20$ for adults and free for kids under 5. The trip lasts 30 minutes in total which is perfect for a restless toddler. As the boat leaves the dock the entire boardwalk is covered in holiday lights. The Grinch was on the dock shaking his booty and making faces at the kiddos, to this day Hudson still tells everyone that will listen about it.

The staff is dressed as Santa’s elves. You can grab a hot toddy or apple cider while you wait to see Santa. Once you arrive at the North Pole, (you stay on the boat), Santa greets the kiddos and reads the names on the “Nice List.” As the boat pulls away from the dock the entire shore lights up and fireworks are set off. It was perfect! Next time, we will stay at the resort, they offer many cruise and room packages. It was a LOOOOONG day for such a quick boat ride. Hudson had a great time until the fire works, some tears were shed. Ooops!

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We had a wonderful Holiday.Husby was lucky enough to have vacation time to be with us over Christmas. We spent most of our days in pajamas watching cartoons or Christmas movies, drinking gallons of coffee (for me) and hot chocolate (for the little) snuggled up on our couch.

However, it wasn’t feeling much like Christmas around here, it was oddly warm with no snow in sight. But but to our surprise we woke up Christmas morining to a winter wonderland.Hudson (and I), could NOT contain our excitement.  We had to at least play in it for a few minutes before presents.

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We unwrapped presents and had breakfast with my family. My Dad came over later to spend the day with us too. Later we all changed into new pajamas to go to my mom’s for dinner. We ended the evening with pie and a movie, Four Christmases, one of my favorites.

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Hudson had so much fun opening presents, once he figured out how to rip into them it was non-stop. He kept asking to open more presents and had a tiny meltdown when there were no more under the tree. The day after was spent in a walk-in clinic, Hudson hadn’t been acting like him self. Low and behold he has a double ear infection. I am hoping he will be better for the New Year’s Eve.

Merry Christmas and onto the Happy New year!