Prepare yourself for this post. I am about to dump a bajillion pictures on you from a vacation that happened months ago. But I love these pictures and I loved this trip, so....
This summer we went on a weekend trip to Yellowstone. It was so much fun! I love Yellowstone! Since we were only there for a few days we spent most of our time driving, and driving, and driving, trying to see as much as possible. Hudson surprisingly handled this so well! Our main goal was to see a ton of wildlife and we were not disappointed.
Guys, we saw a bear! We were so excited because that is the one thing we wanted to see, and it was even a grizzly. It may look far away in the picture but when an animal is that massive there is no way we would want to be any closer. There were so many times we saw people getting way to close to wildlife, and this was one of those times. Nobody was hurt of course, but once we saw the bear running towards a few loud people, we were out of there real fast.
Can I just live in Yellowstone all summer? It is so gorgeous. We ended our little trip with a picnic by the lake, watching a couple lone boats with Hudson. I hope we can make this trip a yearly thing, because I feel like there is so much more to do and see there!
As a kid Halloween was always one of my favorite Holidays. When I was little I would ask my mom to tell me "spooooky" stories at bedtime, I loved Casper, I loved my older brother Ryan telling me the scary story of the old lady making soup with a...bone! Shriek!
Halloween is still one of my favorites! I love fall, pumpkins, and costumes. It is just as fun being a mom on Halloween. This year Hudson learned what Halloween really consists of, and excitedly took part in all the classic activities. All month long he told me he "wanted Halloween!' He was a cowboy, and the weeks before Halloween he would put on his little cowboy hat and ride around on his bike.
This fall has been extra amazing this year. The past few years fall has felt kind of non-existent and once October rolled around I just started dreading the cold months approaching way too fast. This year I relished every little thing about fall I love. Hudson and I went on bike rides/walks up the canyon and watched the leaves changing color. We crunched dry leaves on the sidewalk every chance we got. I tried to show him how amazing pumpkin flavored hot chocolate is, but he doesn't get that yet, why would a drink be hot?
This year our Halloween consisted of the classic Halloween church party, where I spent a ridiculous amount of time making Chicken Gnocchi soup to bring, and it one second place, which I felt pretty good about, but I'm still not sure the hours of cooking was worth having the giant pot being gone so fast. Hudson ran around stage posing for everyone in the costume parade and helped me further realize that his little two year old self is the opposite of my two year old self.
Halloween Day we brought him for the third year to the trunk-or-treat in my parents neighborhood. It is an extra fun trunk or treat with hot dogs and donuts, and he loved it. My parents and my Grandma came along, you know he is a loved little boy when he has five adults following him around.
Another belated post, because of course!
My sweet little guy has turned two! Ah! I feel like the past two years have gone by in the blink of an eye, but at the same time I can't remember life before I had Hudson in my life!
I am so grateful and blessed to be this little toddler's Mommy. He is just the best.
In honor of Hudson officially becoming a toddler, I would love to share some of my favorite things about him.
- He is so friendly. The friendliest. Every new person is a friend and he can bring a smile to everyone face he meets.
- His singing & dancing. He likes to strum the guitar or pound the piano and yell out and sing as loud as he can. Today the song was about, "DADDY!!!"
- All the "delicious" food he "cooks" for me, all day long.
- His smile & his laugh. Nothing can brighten my day like his squeels and giggles.
- His prayers, they are so cute! Bless Mommy, Daddy, Bee-pas, Be happy. Amen!
- His caring heart. He is always asking me "Are you okay? Okay!" Or, "Are you happy?" "Mommy happy!" For no reason at all.
- His independence. Sometimes I am not sure that I love this, but most the time I love watching him try to do everything all be himself with such confidence.
- His curly hair, it is mostly poofy and crazy and always adorable.
I always have a list of a million things I want to do every summer, and never really remember them. By the end of summer I am like, "oh yeah I wanted to do that! and that! and that!" And there is no time left to do it all and it is sad. So maybe if I write it all down and come back to update it as we check off each event, more things will get done? Maybe I will remember to update this little blog a little more often? So here it is...
Snow Cones, plenty of them.
- Camping by Silver Lake
- Tour the splash pads of Utah County
Scera Movie Series, to get out of the heat.
- Trip to Southern Utah
- Lake Powell
- Let Hudson Play with Sidewalk Chalk
- Trip to Lava
- A LOT of Boating
- Bike Ride up Provo Canyon with Hudson
- Moonlit Sundance Lift Ride
- Watch the Ski Jumpers Practice in Park City
- Picnic up the Canyon
- Tour Timp Cave
- Zipline Tour from Tyler up the Canyon
Pool Days with Hudson
- Use Our Thanksgiving Point Passes
- Trip to Jackson Hole and/or Yellowstone
- Seven Peaks
- Search for Topaz at Topaz Mountain
- Antelope Point
- Swim in The Great Salt Lake
Take Hudson to a Parade
- Watch fireworks with Hudson
This post is long overdue, but the pictures are so cute I had to share! Basically, I am just proud of my self for blogging, this little blog is so neglected ,whoops!
During Jason's spring break we decided to join the crowds in sunny St. George for a one night get away. We are really good at these one-night, mini road trips, it seems like that is the only kind of vacations we go on, fun and exhausting.
I love St. George. It is so amazingly different from northern Utah, I love the red rocks and the hot dry air. My color blind husband may not agree with me about the red rocks though ;)
Let me break down our trip for you; wake up early and drive to St. George, eat lunch at a really good hippie cafe which you would never guess existed in St. George, check into the hotel, take Hudson to a Park to climb on the rocks and get dirty, take Hudson to the Children's museum, swim in hot tub, sleep, wake up, hike Johnson's Arch, stuff our selves on massive amounts of food at Black Bear Diner, drive a tired and cranky toddler home in time for dinner.
We are learning more and more as parents that vacations are no longer a time for us to relax, they are a time for us to think off everything we can to entertain our toddler, which is still pretty fun.
Here is Hudson on his very first hike, he loved it! Unfortunately we forgot our baby carrier and he insisted on walking almost the whole way, it took us two hours to hike two miles, awesome.
I have always loved Halloween. Fall time, costumes, and of course candy, what's not to love!? It is fun to enjoy Halloween a little differently with a toddler and watch him enjoy himself, observing so many new things. We went to the trunk or treat in my parents neighborhood to let Hudson do a little trick or treating.