Friday, May 23, 2014

Hudson's Awesome Room

Last week Hudson turned 10!  10 I tell you!  To celebrate his birthday he and Rick planned a camping trip down the river.  Hudson is the only one that is really 'outdoorsy' in his friend group.  So all of his best grown up friends went with them.

While they were gone Harlyn, my mom and me worked like crazy to make over his bedroom.  We had promised as soon as our old house sold his room would be the first to get a face lift.  Ever since we moved in his room has just been a weird modpodge of disorganization.

I know it is an awful terrible mess!  I am embarrassed!

First, we emptied the room, threw away half of what was in there and started removing wallpaper.  I must say the person that invented wallpaper was an idiot.  That was the worst part of the entire weekend.

After most of the wallpaper was removed and sanded we started painting the room this weird moss color.

Someone went a little crazy with the paint!

Sunday morning we put the room back together and decorated.  He wanted a hunting room.

 We took the posters from the Sportsman's Classic and framed them.  The headboard is made of saw grass that is used to cover hunting blinds.  His night stand is two stumps.  For the curtains I used canvas drop clothes from the painting section.  I think it turned out really nice.  Not too little boyish and not too grown up.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

National Archery Tournament

After placing 2nd in the state competition, Hudson's school was headed to the national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.  We had such a good time.  The teachers that planned the activities did such a good job.  Everything was interactive and interesting.  There wasn't a lot of free time which worked out so well.

Thursday:  We drove to Kentucky.  Hudson rode the bus with the team.  Rick drove me.

After the kids were settle into their rooms with their 'Big' we held a parent meeting in the lounge to watch the draft.

Friday:  We visited the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.  The tour of the factory was really interesting but they didn't allow you to take photos.

After Louisville Slugger, we had lunch at TGI Fridays in the city center.  Once back at the hotel, we headed off to Churchill Downs.  This was fun!  We saw two races and Rick bet on one.  We were NOT big winners!

Dinner for the kids was pizza in the park.

Rick and I opted for something a little quieter and went to the Spaghetti Factory.  It was super yummy!

We went and settled into the room early Friday night. Thursday was a late night ;(  We had an awesome view from our room on the 23rd floor of the Galt House Hotel.  It was so beautiful after the evening rain shower.

Saturday:  Tournament Day!  After breakfast we headed straight to the fairgrounds.  The team had their picture made and then it was time for them to line up and shoot.

Hudson did really well the first 10 meter round.  When he moved back to 15 meters something happened and he lost it.  He was shooting crazy and became very upset.  Once all the drama was over and he was back to normal we went to see the booths and he and Rick played some games.

The team loaded the buses and headed back home.  We kept Hudson with us and headed to Cincinnati.  Ricks cousin Jon and his wife Wendi were so gracious to host us in their home.  Hudson was glad to see his cousins.  Rick and I both commented that even though they only see each other once a year it is amazing how it is like no time was lost.  Cousins!  We took the boys to the Reds game that night.  We ate, cheered on the Reds and left in the 6th because they were getting hammered!

(How do you get good photos of kids that move constantly?)

Sunday:  Mother's Day.  At 7:30 we woke up and slid Hudson into the car and started back towards South Carolina.  Its fun to go away but great to come home.

Monday, May 5, 2014

May Goals

May is such a fun month.  The weather is nice, everything is growing, baseball, softball, pool time, school programs and the beginning of summer.  Since so much is going on, I thought i would create a goal for myself and one for the family.

1:  10,000 steps per day

I have charged up the FitBit and I'm ready to get going. (update:  I did really well almost reaching 10,000 steps each day so far.  I have to figure out some ways to get more steps in my day.  Working from home doesn't make it easy.)

2:  Complete the 'honey we gotta do' list

Wowzers!  Yep it is a LONG list.  I would love it if we could finish it up this month.  (update:  this weekend we finished the dog fence and they are loving it.  Rick also fixed the sprinkler head in the front yard.  We were pretty productive!)