Thursday, March 31, 2011


Our house has the cooties... aka - colds! Holly is getting over it pretty quickly, Hudson now has a double ear infection, I am congested pretty good still and Bryan - he is as healthy as ever. With not feeling well we had to cancel out our week of fun and stay put which soon feels like being cooped up, especially when you are a family used to being on the go.

To help fill in the days we are coming up with creative ways to play. We have broken out the tumble mats, blown up balloons, popped balloons, made race car tracks, watch a few movies and have done a ton of bubbles. Now that Hudson can walk and move better bubbles are a whole new experience for him. He loves them and says 'bubble' clear as day.

Here is to hoping we are on the mend and can get back out very soon!

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Friday, March 25, 2011


Hudson & Riley are friends. Good friends!
She loves to hang out with him, cuddle up to him and just be... with him.
He is gentle with her. She is gentle with him.
When he is busy at play you will often find this little ball of fluff not far.
The softly bow down and touch heads, like a small hug.

When he first wakes up she is often the first to greet him.
He loves it. She loves it.
They are friends!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Swim Lessons

Holly is back in swim lessons after a long hiatus. After Hudson came along we took a small break, then our local pool closed for repairs, budget cuts refrained it from re-opening with public lessons and then we ended up on a waiting list at a different local pool. Finally, she was in.

We are really enjoying this pool and their program. It is a different program then she was in before and we are already seeing big changes in her abilities and confidence. They really focus and build one or two skills with the child versus each time they are out in the water it is a new skill. So, Holly has really time to work on and master the skill she is best at first - then they will introduce a new skill to build on. She can actually swim a bit now -- woo hoo!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hudson's First Hair Cut

My very dear friend was really sweet and offered to give Hudson a well needed hair cut - he was looking a little shaggy. While this was his first hair cut it was also his first lollipop. She set him all up and then he got a lollipop in which he put in his mouth and then literally did not move an inch afterwards.... for a really, really long time. He was hypnotized by the sugar - just still as could be. It was funny!
Anyhow, here he is - his first little hair cut. Now he is all trimmed up, not long shaggy bits... just a handsome little guy!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Building Trains

This weekend Holly and Bryan broke out the wooden train set and created a large train. Holly adores playing with trains, creating new track sets and then changing them up -- Bryan too! So, this was right up their alley. They had a great time!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Coloring Fun

Hudson enjoyed his first attempt at coloring... and he enjoyed it, crayon & all!
Really, he did enjoy marking the paper up with colors. He'd smile like crazy when he did it, watch with complete interest as the crayon left a trail and then pull up the crayon and just stare at it. It was great to watch and he had fun for a bit. His new found artwork is proudly hanging in the kitchen next to Holly's!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


On Tuesday we had an impromptu idea to honor Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday -- we enjoyed beignets!!! After dinner we broke out our Cafe Du Monde beignet mix and rolled out some dough. Then we fried up the little beignets and coated them in powdered sugar.... oh so yummy!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Dinosaur Days @ The Burke

This is our second year attending Dinosaur Days at the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus. Once again it was well worth it!

Holly loves all things dinosaurs and this event is right up her alley. They do such a fantastic job with this Dinosaur Days. She enjoyed checking out the main exhibit, several fossils, trying her hand at cracking open fossils, the dino draw, a dino dig and playing with friends in dino costume pieces. It was a really good time and she found some new things of interest to her.