1. When I'm in the kitchen either getting a meal ready or cleaning up a meal (which, by the way, usually takes twice as long as the prep and our actual eating time), Hudson gets bored. He will cling onto my leg or whine for his paci. I think a lot of it might be because a lot of the toys we used to keep downstairs are put away and hidden with the house being on the market. I saw an idea on Pinterest to let toddlers play with craft pom-poms. I bought some last week and he loved them for a few days. He'd scoop them with measuring cups, pour them into different containers, etc. I think he loved them because they look like little balls. He quickly discovered that it was also fun for him to throw them everywhere and make a huge mess spreading them around because they just roll in 47 different directions. Over the weekend I asked the girls to clean them up so that we could head up and get ready to go to bed. As soon as they got them back into their container, Hudson would sneak behind them and pour them out.
This happened several times and at first they were upset with him, but then they realized it was kind of a fun game so they started making piles of the balls and just waiting for him to come and knock them all around.
They were cracking themselves up and because they were so tickled it got me laughing, too. Hudson feeds off of them and once he saw them laughing at him he hammed it up and kept doing it over and over. This game went on for a long while and I just love how the three of them play together so well now. Hudson thinks he is so big and wants to be right in the thick of things.
3. Today as we were leaving school from picking up Handley she said good-bye to one of her friends, Chase, and he ran up to give her a hug before smiling at her and waving bye. That was the first time I've ever seen her show any interest in a boy (unlike her boy-crazy sister). I didn't mention anything about it, but later tonight somehow the topic of boyfriends came up while Robby was talking to the girls before bed. He asked Handley what a boyfriend is and she said it's a boy that you like the best. Robby asked, "Like me?" and she said, "yes...and my sweet Hudson." :-) Then she told me that she and Chase from school said to each other today that they would be girlfriend and boyfriend. Robby and I just played it off not making a big deal, but I think it's super cute that she has a first crush. Or that he has a crush on her. I haven't quite gotten to the bottom of that one...yet.