{Little Learners Preschool}

Enrollment has started for Fall 2012. Check out my website!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Our Big Boy!

Hudson is 18 months old today! I have been looking forward to this day for a long time... not that I am looking forward to my babies growing up so fast, but it has been a huge challenge keeping Hudson for all meetings of church. He has a set a lungs, is a wiggle worm, and won't stay still on a lap. I take my hat off to Brandon, because he's the one that has had to take him to Young Men's with him, because I teach the 5 & 6 yr olds in Primary. Anyways, we are sooooo excited that he is old enough to FINALLY go to Nursery!!!! Porter is super excited to have him in there, also!
Besides going to Nursery, here are some of the other things going on in this little guy's life:
  • He no longer uses a binky! (we ridded him of that habit at 16 months, just in the nic of time)
  • He is getting a mouthful of teeth, pretty much all at once! Poor little guy! His mouth has just been a lumpy, sore mess for a couple of months. Literally, he is getting more front teeth, eye teeth, and molar after molar... all at once!
  • He is communicating so much more, whether through body language, sign language, or saying words. He says: Momma, Dadda, Bubba (that's what he calls Porter), juice (for any drink), shoe, bye-bye, nana, ease (please), no-no, hi, thank you, what's that?... I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but this is what I thought of off the top of my head. He is also starting to put two words together to make a phrase. A couple weeks ago, I had been gone doing errands, and when I got home, he says "Hi momma!" It was so cute to hear my baby say that!
  • He continues to hold his own against his big brother. He doesn't let Porter pick on him too much. And he follows Porter around, copying what he does all the time. He really looks up to him. These two brothers sure love each other and have so much fun together!
  • He can do sommersaults now. Porter taught him how to and now they practice their sommersaults on our family room rug, all the time.
  • I'm not very excited about this one, but he can climb in and out of his crib. I was hoping to hold him off a little longer, but a kid's gonna do what a kid's gonna do! Luckily it hasn't been a big problem yet. He hasn't climbed out after we put him to bed, but when he and Porter are playing in their room, they will both climb in and out.

We love having Hudson in our family! He has such a cute personality and LOVES people! He is easy-going (except at church) and is such a cutie!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's Official!

I am running a half-marathon in June!!! I still can't believe I am going to do this! I am not a runner, but this is something I have been wanting to accomplish for awhile now. I just finished my 1st week of training. It wasn't too bad, but I only ran 13 miles. I'm sure it will be a different story when I am running 13.1 miles in one day (hopefully in under 3 hours, but honestly, I will just be glad if I FINISH!) Anyways, wish me luck...I'm going to need it! :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


This kid is a Houdini when it comes to clothes.... specifically pants and diapers. Let's just say he loves to run "free", which is a problem with his lack of bodily control! So, one of my friends gave me the idea to use a onsie under his clothes to keep him from taking his diaper off. Well, this strategy worked for about one week, then he figured out how to take his diaper off under his onsie! What a crazy kid!!! This is what I resorted to:
Duct taping his diaper!

The tape worked and he kept his diaper on, but it sure was a pain when changing it. Then, one of my friends gave me this idea:
Undies over the onsie!... and guess what? It has worked like a charm!!! It's a lot of layers, but I seriously don't know what else to do. I never had this problem with Porter! It's a good thing he's so stinkin cute!!!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Happenings!

We had a fun and crazy Easter weekend! On Saturday morning we had a meeting for Porter's T-Ball he's starting. There's 4 other kids from our ward on the team. That's going to be crazy fun! After that, we went to Bauman Farms to their Easter Egg Hunt. I do have to say I am sooooooo bummed with the weather we have been having. It has been so so so nice most of February and March, but of course right before Easter, it turned nasty rainy & cold. Grrrrrr! But we made the best of it and had fun!

This was a practice run for Hudson. He learned really quick what he was supposed to do.... although, once he realized there were treats in his eggs, he'd pick up one egg & then try to open it. He wouldn't put it in his basket. He was so cute to watch, though!
The whole family on the farm.
That is one BIG tractor wheel!
Porter and Peyton
After the Easter Egg Hunt, we walked around the farm and found.... The Jumping Pillow!
I knew that Porter would get right on and have a blast, but I wasn't sure about Hudson. He loved it!
Brandon would throw him onto it...
then he would just slide down. He looked sooooo relaxed! It was so funny!

We went home, and Brandon tilled our garden, so we can get it planted soon. Then Brandon left for the Priesthood session of conference. Me and a bunch of my friends met at McDonalds to eat and play. It was so fun to just let the kids loose and to be able to chat... for 3 hours! Yes, that's right, we were there for 3 hours! Everyone had fun, though.
When we got home, it was past their bedtime, but we still had eggs to color. We couldn't go to bed without decorating eggs, so that's what we did!

Hudson had a little too much fun with the blue dye...
"Uh Oh!" he said. And I said "It's a good thing we have wood floors instead of carpet!"

The finished products. I think the Easter Bunny was very impressed with our egg decorating skills!
The Easter Bunny spoils: Hudson got Toy Story 1 &2, lots of books (thanks Grandma Perry!), and of course the lawn mower. Porter got Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (he asked and asked for this movie!), lots of books and computer games (once again thanks Grandma Perry, I love having a mom that is a teacher, also!)

Our easter egg hunt:

Hudson was so cute b/c he would see an egg up high & point at it and go "uh, uh!" to let us know we needed to help him get it!

Porter wanted to get as many eggs as he could reach himself. He is Mr. Independent.

After all the eggs were found, we watched conference and ate a yummy crepe breakfast. Mmmmmmmmm!

Blueberries. Strawberries. Nutella. Whipped Cream. Powdered Sugar. Goodness!

Look how Porter attacked that crepe! We decided crepes are going to be our tradition for every Conference Sunday:)
We so much enjoyed conference. I loved how the emphasis this time was on family. For me, it gets hard being a stay-at-home mom. It's definitely the hardest job I've ever had. It was so good for me to hear that I am where I need to be, and I am doing the most important job that I will ever have. It gave me the boost that I needed to get to October's conference!

For dinner, we went to Dave & Kim's. (Brandon's brother) We had a yummy dinner.... then on to easter egg hunt #3! My kids were so spoiled this Easter!

All of the Easter festivities are fun and I loved watching my boys get excited about decorating and finding eggs, but my favorite part of Easter was asking Porter why we celebrate Easter, and hearing his answer: "Jesus died, and now He lives!" That says it all right there!