September 21, 2013

Hudson's 3rd Birthday

Last year when my old blog didn't have any more memory, I had to start this one. There was a period of a few months that I didn't blog. One of the things I didn't write about was Hudson's 3rd birthday party. Since blogging is my journal, I am going back almost a year to write about his super fun day.
 
Hudson loves to be outside. Since his birthday is in November, we decided to go with a camping theme that could incorporate fall decorating.
Welcome to Camp Hudson.
 The birthday boy and his family.
This was the "mess hall".
We ate: Smore Pops, "kids in sleeping bags" (pigs in a blanket), Bait and tackle (gummy worms), trail mix, chips and dip, acorns (Hershey kisses with mini nutter butters in the end), and drank "bug juice" (green Hawaiian Punch).
The kids made friendship bracelets when they first got to camp. Super easy...shoelaces, pony beads, done.
The went on a bug hunt. We gave them mini flashlights from the dollar store and hid fake bugs on the back porch. They really had fun with this.
And what a party without the old-school fishing game? They went fishing in Lake Hudson and pulled out candy. That's my kind of fishing.
 We took our seats around the campfire to sing "Happy Birthday" to the Birthday boy.
Hudson LOVES dirt dessert. We decided to make that instead of cake of cupcakes. (Recipe found here.) We put them in individual cups so it was easy to serve. Hudson and his friends really liked eating the dirt and worms.
We set up some tents for the kids to play in.
We also roasted marshmallows and made smores around the campfire.
It was the best day playing with friends.
When the day was over, Hudson climbed in a tent with his new sleeping bag and relaxed. He was happy to have spent the day playing with his best buddies.


A Little About the Little Guy!

I realized the other day that so much of the blog recently has been about Jackson. I decided to spotlight the little guy. Meet Hudson. Huds is a mess, plain and simple. You need to know 3 things about him.
1. He is a snuggler. He loves to give kisses and hugs and sit in laps. I am completely fine with this!
 
2. His love for costumes is unreal! The minute we get home from school, the costumes go on. A few of his favorite alter-egos are:
Thor...
Captain America and Hulk...

...and the ever popular "throw all the costumes on at once" look. Here he is sporting the Buzz Lightyear riding a horse outfit.

And 3. Hudson says everything wrong. It is one thing I LOVE about 3 year olds. They know what they want to say, but something happens from their brain to their mouth that just gets all jumbley (not sure if jumbley is a word...I'm pretty sure it is not.) Here are a few of my favorite "Hudson-isms" from the last few weeks:

*While snuggling Hudson one morning, he sweetly looked at me and said "Mommy, I love you. I don't care about your credit, I care about you."

(For those of you not from Memphis, check out the video below for the most annoying commercial from a small car dealership in town. Hudson absolutely LOVES this commercial and Lil Goody-the little boy rapper.)
Thank you It's All Good Auto Sales for making a tender moment with Huds a commercial.

*Jackson was totally annoying Hudson on the way to church. Hudson rolls is eyes and says "Ugh. Jesus take the wheel."

*A few Sundays ago, the boys were with us in worship service. Our preacher, Bro. Jim, was talking to the kids about communion before we took it. The next day Hudson was telling me all about it:
Hudson: "...and Jesus broke the sandwich with his peoples before he died."
Mommy: "Jesus broke the sandwich? Oh, you mean Jesus broke bread with his disciples..."
At least he was listening to Bro. Jim.

So there you have it. A tiny bit about my youngest boy.

September 15, 2013

First Day of First Grade

The first day of first grade has come and gone and I am still trying to figure out where the time has gone. How is my baby old enough to be in first grade? If someone figures out how to slow time....please let me know.
 The Friday before the big day was "Meet the Teacher" night. Excitement was in the air. Happy to meet his teacher but SO ready to see his friends. The boys positioned themselves in the corner and "gossiped" and played games on their parent's phones. You could tell they really missed each other over the summer.
 His teacher Mrs. Raquel is a total gem. We are so excited to be in her class.
The next morning, Jackson and I had a date. We had school clothes and a few remaining supplies to get. It was tax-free weekend, so we left early to beat the crazies. We started the morning at Starbucks. We had to be properly caffeinated/sugared up in preparation of the crazies that we might meet.
The first (and most important to Jackson) stop of the morning was Kohl's. We needed new shoes. Jackson is picky, picky, picky when it comes to shoes. They must be fast. They must be fast. They must be bright. After a few laps around the shoe section, these shoes met the criteria. Bonus for Mom: 20% off coupon and I got some Kohl's cash! Score. The rest of the day was easy: new pants, polo shirts and found the supplies that we needed and didn't meet any crazies along the way!
 First day of school breakfast: cinnamon toast and fruit.
Lunch is packed: pizza, fruit (grapes, strawberries, and raspberries with chocolate chips), carrots and Ranch, dessert, and water with Mio.
 Hudson was very sad to see Jackson go. He loves having him home on our Mondays.
 "Ok Mom. Enough with the pictures."