Sunday, May 29, 2011

Arizona Day 1

We took a trip to Arizona a few weeks ago to visit Jim and Debby, aka Pepaw and Grandma D.  Originally, Jim’s name was Grandpa but Hudson likes to re-name people and has named him Pepaw.  So, there you have it.

I will tell you – traveling with 2 kids under 3 is not for the weak. :) We ran into a few things that surprised us – more on that later.

We had originally planned to fly using my dad’s benefits. However, that required us to fly stand-by and that didn’t seem to be a wise decision with 2 kids.  So, we booked tickets using our miles at the last minute. I am very glad we did because the flight before ours got cancelled and the stand-by list blew up.  Anyway, our flight was pretty early so we had to be at the airport at 7 a.m.  The check-in was super crowded:


The kids were incredibly patient.  We finally got checked in and then we made it through security.  I was a little stressed about security, but it went fine.  We finally made it on the plane. Harper slept a good portion of the trip.  Here is a picture from the brief time she was awake:


Hudson did FANTASTIC!  We had to wake the kids up at 5:45 to get to the airport, so I was wondering if he would do okay since he was short on sleep. No reason to worry because he did great. :)  I bought a new dvd for the trip there (and back) and packed some fun snacks and a few new (dollar aisle) toys. He did great!


we made it!  Here is Harps waiting at the PHX airport for our bags.  When we went out to visit them a couple of years ago, I found a girl who runs a business renting baby equipment. We deliberated taking our car seats with us, but decided (again at the last minute) to track her down and rent from her again.  Thank goodness we did.  It was quite a feat getting 5 carry-ons, 3 suitcases, 2 kids and 1 stroller on to the shuttle bus to the rental car center.  I can’t imagine adding the 2 car seats to that load. 


We finally got loaded up and headed out.  We made a stop at a Chick Fil A in Phoenix for lunch and to let Hudson run off some steam.  We were hoping he would nap during the two hour drive to Prescott.  He did…for 30 minutes.

We made it to Prescott and Hudson’s new best friend greeted us:


Poor Bear.  Hudson did not let him out of his sight for the next few days.

Harper chilled out in the rocker/bouncy seat we rented for her:  

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More to come…

Friday, May 27, 2011

Mother’s Day

We had a wonderful and relaxing Mother’s Day this year.  Hudson has been dying to fly a kite. I found a two dollar kite at Target that I was planning to use as a potty training prize.  I never needed it, so we brought it out on Mother’s Day.  Hudson had a blast!


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Harper hung out in the shade:


I took some pictures with my girl:

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And attempted to get one with the whole family…clearly that went well:

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At least the same thing happened with my mom:


Hudson showed off his tee ball skills:

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I love this picture because Harper is giving Hud the funniest look:


He decided she needed to try out his hat:


Then he decided he needed to bond with her.  Doesn’t she look super comfortable?


The night ended with Harper sitting up in the bath like a big girl for the first time!


Trent was VERY sweet to me and got me a fantastic lens for Mother’s Day! :)  Pictures taken by that lens to come. :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Baylor Play date

It has been entirely too long since Hud and I have taken a trip to Waco.  And Harper has never been there – which is a travesty in my mind. So, a few weeks ago we met Melissa, Jennifer and their kiddos down in Waco.  After lunch at our favorite restaurant, we headed to campus to let the kids burn off some steam.

The first place we headed was the Immortal Ten statue.  Back in the day, this was the site of the fountain.  They have since filled in the fountain and covered it with grass.  It was funny to me that they have built a new fountain right next to the old fountain.  This particular part of campus is near and dear to me since it is near the spot where Trent and I got engaged.  It is fun to see our kid(s) playing there now.

The three big kids playing on the statues:

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Hud is very into playing dinosaur and chasing kids these days.  Not sure how into it the girls were, but they kept it up for a while:

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We made our way over to Fountain Mall and let them play there (is it still called that despite the fact the original fountain is gone and fountain 2 is there, but in a different off-center spot?  Not sure):


Sweet Harper kicked back and enjoyed the view:


A pit stop at the bear pit. This was Hudson’s favorite part of the day. He kept calling them “my bears”.  He cried when we had to leave them and the rest of the week kept asking to go back to see the Baylor bears.

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Such a fun day and one we will repeat VERY soon!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Harper’s on the move…

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Harper is rolling back to tummy with regularity now.  In fact, most nights she ends up on her stomach to sleep. The only problem is that she has only rolled a few times from tummy to back.  The last time was when Hudson “helped” her and it totally freaked her out and I think she is a little gun-shy.  I need to work with her on it because it breaks my heart to hear her crying in the middle of the night because she is on her belly and can’t get back over.