The Hausens Go on a Mudgy and Millie Adventure!

Okay, so the coolest but simplest thing in Coeur d’Alene to do with kids has to be the Mudgy and Millie trail!

Does anyone know Wee Sing? I’ve had all kinds of Wee Sing products for my kids over the years. Turns out the co creator of Wee Sing, Susan Nipp, lives in Coeur d’Alene and loves Coeur d’Alene and came up with the idea for a cute children’s book while hiking through the forest overlooking the city.

This book is about a moose named Mudgy and a mouse named Millie. They are swimming in the lake and then they decide to play hide and seek. Mudgy Moose counts first. While he’s closing his eyes to count Millie Mouse climbs onto his antlers and hides there. Mudgy ends up walking all over Coeur d’Alene looking for Millie. He ends up back at the lake (but a different part of the lake) and goes for a drink of water. When he leans toward the water for a drink he sees his reflection, with Millie Mouse hanging from his antlers! Millie tumbles onto his nose and they look at each other and laugh and laugh.

It’s a super cute book, one I’d recommend even if you don’t live in Coeur d’Alene! My kids were smiling the entire time I read it. Especially Payson and Ember since it’s perfectly in their age range. Ember was just beaming with happiness through the story.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I?

So I’d heard about Mudgy and Millie when we very first moved to Coeur d’Alene, when we still lived in the hotel actually. We’d gone on a walk at Tubb’s Hill by the lake our first week in Idaho and came across a statue of a moose and a mouse. We didn’t know Mudgy and Millie at the time but we thought the statue was cute.
Actually, here’s a photo from that first week:

Don’t judge the bad picture, it was almost totally dark when I took that with our point and shoot 😉

So I think I heard about the Mudgy and Millie book from the library the first time we went (also while still living in the hotel!) and made a mental note to do the trail as soon as I had my crap together in our new life. Turns out it took me three friggin’ months to get my crap together after moving here. haha!

So I forget who and when they decided to make the trail interactive with the book but they did by having Terry Lee make sculptures of Mudgy and Millie and put them around the city and near the lake in all the places Mudgy stopped when he was looking for Millie. At each sculpture there’s a big sign with information and a trail map and a page from the book! It’s just SO neat, you guys!!

And with ALL of that explanation over with, want to come on our journey with us? In photos anyway 🙂

We started at the library because we wanted to get a Mudgy and Millie book and they sell them there.

I told the kids the whole point of our adventure was to see all the cool things in Coeur d’Alene so any time they wanted a photo with something or to stop and spend time looking at something to just say so and we would. And they did 🙂
The first thing they stopped at was this statue of a construction worker. The plaque was a dedication and thank you to all the men, soldiers and construction workers and anyone else involved with building our great country. The kids took this very literally when we talked about it and even hugged the statue shouting, “Thank you so much for building this cool place for us!”

The first stop was where Mudgy Moose met some hikers finishing up the hike at the lake. This was the first statue we visited and the kids were super excited. They loved seeing a page out of the book printed on the sign and flipping the book open to find the same page!
Oh and as we were walking up I told them that I hoped Millie Mouse had a finger to her lips motioning, “Shhh!” because that’s what she did in the book when Mudgy talked to people and sure enough, she was and the kids were tickled!

Next we walked over to downtown Coeur d’Alene! We stopped for a photo by this cool wall because it was cool. haha

It was a beautiful day! We’d meant to leave earlier in the day so it was sorta cool out but with five kids we are always leaving at least an hour later than we planned. This day we left two hours later than we planned and it was a little warm by then. Not unbearable though. The highest temperature it got was only 79.

We stopped at a shop called Shenanigans when we saw their ice cream sign 🙂
It was really, really good ice cream! I got the kids a single scoop each for $3.25. Everett and I got baby cones for $1 each. One of my kids (who will remain nameless) wasn’t entirely happy in the shop when I wouldn’t let her/him get the bigger, more expensive cone.

Everett was in love with ice cream! It was the first time he’d had any and I was wondering how he’d react. I held the cone out to him and without a second of hesitation he took it and started slurping away. He LoVeD it! I asked him, “Do you like ice cream?” and he smiled huge and nodded cheerfully. SO CUTE!

He ate it in the funniest way! He held it upside down!

He’d been eating it like that for a couple minutes and wouldn’t you know that the very few seconds I take to snap some pictures this happens: (good timing!)

I put his ice cream back together, cleaned him up a bit, and gave it back to him and he was excited again and surprisingly to me he shared lovingly with Ember when she asked! It was just the very cutest.

The kids saw this dandelion sculpture on the way to the next stop and I told them to just look and not climb on it and guess what they did? We had to stop and have a talk about how kids who don’t listen to their mom will not get to do the rest of the trail 😉

The trail map says to walk around the marina and past the resort to get to the next place. So we did.

The kids were mesmorized by how deep the water under the docks were. I told them if they wanted to bend over for a look they needed to be sitting next to me. Legs and bums touching the ground.

Even with those rules, which they followed, it was nerve wracking looking back and forth between the older four who were free of the stroller (my kids are dare devils, I don’t trust them to not just randomly do some crazy action and fall in!) I said let’s move along after a few minutes.

There was this floating stage that my kids desperately wanted to walk and preform on. I told them they could walk calmly to the center and only the center. So they walked calmly out and then immediately one kid went straight to the opposite edge to look over. I had to yell from where I was, “Stop, stay in the center!” and the people eating on the deck above looked at us. Luckily they seemed far more interested in watching Ember’s poses than looking at me and my camera!

So I’m not entirely sure where we were supposed to go on that marina but we ended up at a dead end. An area gated off and locked. The trail map is extremely difficult to read (no street names or really any detailed information) so I just took us up and through the resort to get to the next spot. We stopped in the resort gift shop so I could buy an umbrella to cover Everett with. He wasn’t close to being sunburned but I don’t even like my babies to tan at all (and I didn’t have any of my organic sunscreen since I lost it in the move, need to buy more) so anyway, yeah. The resort.

We also bought some crackers and beef jerky at the gift shop (wait, is ice cream not a decent lunch?!) and ate those at the next Mudgy and Millie stop on Independence Point.

Independence Point is actually the last stop but we had already been there and I knew my kids would prefer our last stop to be City Park so they could spend time playing.

We were pretty darn sweaty by this time since we’d been out for 3 hours and 45 minutes (including our time in the library and stops around town) so we cooled off at the outdoor showers. (Don’t worry, we had lots of bottles of water I’d brought so we were hydrated!)

My kids were obsessed with all the sculptures around town. Next time we go downtown I’m going to sit them down before we leave the house and tell them that they can’t climb on the statues and sculptures! This particular sculpture was for sale. Only $45,000!

That ice cream shop we went to earlier in the day had toys as well. My kids of course found the stuffed animal section and begged, and begged, and begged, and BEGGED for toys. I answered the exact same each time any one of them asked if they could have a toy, “Of course. For Christmas.”
BUT Brooke’s birthday is in a week and a half so I did get her two small stuffed animals she wanted. She snuck them out of the bag to play with them a little bit while I took the picture of the other kids on the sculpture.

On the walk back to the library, where our car was parked, we took the route that goes through the downtown.

And when we spotted The Honeypeeps Sweet Shop we couldn’t resist going in to peek around. I told myself not to buy anything but we totally did.

And lucky we did take the route back to our car through the downtown because we finally found the Mudgy and Millie statue we’d been looking for. We had been very close to it the first time we walked downtown but had turned back around just before getting to where it is!

And finally we were back at the library!

The kids had spotted the Mudgy and Millie sculpture here when we first left the library and I’d asked them if they wanted to see this one first or last and they chose last. And I’m glad they did because this pretty grass area was a nice ending place 🙂

Here is the stuff we bought while on our adventure. I had planned on only spending money buying the Mudgy and Millie book. Ummmm, yeah, that didn’t happen.

Payson’s Birthday Stuff and Other Stuff Too

Payson got a birthday card from grandma and grandpa Hausen and we went to the store to spend the money included! He picked out exactly what he wanted without being indecisive (he’s a very decisive kid) and then wanted to make a video when we got home to show grandma and grandpa what he picked and to say thank you. So that’s what we did. I’ll try to upload the video tomorrow!

At the other end of the table Everett was having a snack.

A different day, school time.

While we were homeschooling Everett figured out how to drag boxes from other parts of the house into the kitchen to reach the counters. Always thinking that one. Also, always destroying :/


































Later, entertaining baby efforts underway.

Brooke’s Last Day of School Picnic!

For the last day of school families could come have a picnic with the students. I took the kids and some food and we sat out burning to death in the heat. haha. But it was fun! I got to meet Brooke’s best friend and her family and the kids got popsicles at the end so it was practically the best day of their lives 😉

After the picnic we got to go say goodbye to Brooke’s teacher and visit the book fair.


It was the last day of the book fair and the sale was buy one get one free so we got a bunch of books 🙂
As if the day wasn’t fun enough we got ice cream cones before going home! Geez! Now that’s how you do a last day of school!

Rainy Day Fun

It has rained SO little here in Idaho so far! The locals say it’s one of the driest and hottest years they’ve had! Of course we brought the heat with us. It’s what we do :/

So anyway, when it rained this day we were thrilled and dropped everything we were doing or needed to do and stayed outside until the rain quit!  photo 173eresized_zpsnao1k7g7.jpg photo 183eresized_zpsjznsaxjl.jpg photo 185eresized_zpsvxkwtgdc.jpg photo 191eresized_zpsu3ytp03t.jpg photo 195eresized_zpsxnzcmiai.jpg photo 198eresized_zpspnxgzjzy.jpg

We Went Hiking at Mineral Ridge!

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How does Allan do this?!  photo 372eresized_zps8qqydx43.jpg photo 377eresized_zpsahsboqsa.jpg photo 381eresized_zpsc0ju9ayg.jpg photo 383eresized_zpsrpivjyhu.jpg photo 385eresized_zpsfc98taim.jpg photo 386eresized_zpsmug9huc8.jpg photo 392eresized_zpscnzrz4zu.jpg photo 393eresized_zpsm5bgzpkn.jpg

Excuse the fifty picture post! It was just so pretty!  photo 396eresized_zpsa0y1tkbf.jpg photo 397eresized_zpsnfkssjel.jpg photo 400eresized_zpso27gmkeu.jpg photo 403e2resized_zpsopiklqgy.jpg photo 406eresized_zpsab2ow1qj.jpg photo 408eresized_zpstryonkvv.jpg photo 429eresized_zpsxh68lhif.jpg photo 432eresized_zpselngwoaf.jpg photo 434eresized_zpsgwd6d2lv.jpg photo 436eresized_zpsqfcwauxb.jpg photo 448eresized_zpsoxkluuig.jpg

There’s a nice view of Lake Coeur d’Alene from up there.  photo 454eresized_zpswpqcezdb.jpg photo 463eresized_zpsoyckuqyn.jpg photo 791eresized_zpsnuwf7gnk.jpg photo 793eresized_zps8nic0ia0.jpg photo 808eresized_zpshug4sj3u.jpg photo 809eresized_zpsfxthtlcx.jpg

Seriously, how does he do it?!  photo 812eresized_zpsymd8tfkr.jpg photo 815eresized_zpsovcw5d1x.jpg photo 821eresized_zpsjsda42be.jpg photo 822eresized_zps9mdobxj0.jpg photo 825eresized_zpsa8j77bc5.jpg photo 836eresized_zpss5uagd3g.jpg

We tell our little kids lots of times not to run down the path during hikes. But they do anyway and sometimes they go flying. Ember did such a huge fall that her shoes came off!  photo 839eresized_zpsoj6qb0ky.jpg photo 853eresized_zpskzu8avin.jpg

The sun started to set and was so beautiful!  photo 471eresized_zpsm9u8ynqk.jpg photo 486eresized_zpsylyoltrg.jpg photo 491eresized_zps5kfynrla.jpg photo 494eresized_zpswbwaiqyr.jpg photo 496eresized_zpsxna5kiii.jpg photo 500eresized_zpsedvm7gpy.jpg

Brooke took this of me and Allan 🙂  photo 504eresized_zpsipdkzazd.jpg photo 507eresized_zpsuzsg6o98.jpg photo 509eresized_zpsqit3oj5q.jpg photo 512eresized_zpslrdjt5gf.jpg photo 857eresized_zpsd6vsl0iw.jpg photo 862eresized_zpswlno1jyk.jpg photo 866eresized_zpsvxddqnct.jpg photo 875eresized_zpsfj8mpcrn.jpg

One of Those Days Where I Tried to Blog

Got the kids set up with a nice lunch.
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So I could try to blog.
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But two minutes later blogging was abandoned for spending the rest of the day outside.  photo 078eresized_zpshdydza8i.jpg photo 084eresized_zpshd6quxn1.jpg photo 088eresized_zpsioyevlne.jpg photo 109eresized_zpstpayhty7.jpg photo 136eresized_zpsgp6tlzsk.jpg photo 143e2resized_zpsncrhul8x.jpg photo 152eresized_zpshzpy4wt6.jpg

We take walks around our neighborhood every single evening. Allan usually gets home while we’re out walking and walks home with us. The kids love it when he meets us on our walks 🙂  photo 158eresized_zps6aufn67f.jpg photo 162eresized_zps6tl28haw.jpg photo 164eresized_zpsgyfuzmxi.jpg photo 193eresized_zpstz9licah.jpg photo 208eresized_zpsrj1xqt1v.jpg photo 218eresized_zpsgsc4skq1.jpg photo 225eresized_zps9k9oylep.jpg photo 233eresized_zpsqu2a7lft.jpg photo 241eresized_zpswagkhfeb.jpg

The sprinklers were on when we walked home so we stopped and ran through them a dozen times. I ran through with Everett and he loved it.  photo 254eresized_zpsj9nyie6r.jpg photo 257eresized_zpsxfu0cm7t.jpg photo 258eresized_zpslddkpepo.jpg photo 264eresized_zpsng4lt1fb.jpg

Brooke Starts School!

Wednesday morning after dropping Brooke off at school we head over to check out a grocery store called Natural Grocers. I’ve never been there, though they had them in Colorado, but am feeling desperate to find organic options in this non-organic state. Our Wal-Mart, Target, and other grocery stores in the area, have so far shown to be fairly useless and I’m starting to panic about how to feed my family without buying crap food!!  photo 577eresized_zpsrhlsmn00.jpg

I check out the book section since it’s near the bathrooms and Sierra needed to pee. ha  photo 580eresized_zpswdegkcpg.jpg photo 582eresized_zpsgzg8yhsc.jpg

These are the two books I want to buy but I decide to wait until we’re in our house and my dishes are unpacked!  photo 584eresized_zpsh0gzk9u2.jpg photo 589eresized_zpsjgap5spz.jpg

Back to the hotel to spend the rest of the day. There are free lollipops in the hotel lobby and the kids beg for them. I give mine to Everett because he’s just beyond cranky and I can’t take one more second of being in a hotel holding a whining toddler! It works!  photo 1089eresized_zpsub8ydfge.jpg photo 1093eresized_zpsjwmt1lcl.jpg

Me and the kids play My Little Pony Monopoly.  photo 1096eresized_zpsvfzcvsq4.jpg photo 1097eresized_zpsrhiuzxlc.jpg

Allan gets home and we have dinner in the hotel.  photo 612eresized_zpsdja9lsiw.jpg photo 1102eresized_zpsfjtn9dnp.jpg photo 1106eresized_zpsnhpktval.jpg photo 1109eresized_zps7oezf92r.jpg photo 1118eresized_zpslnuixfuf.jpg

Then we decide to go down and walk around Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s only five minutes from our hotel 🙂  photo 620eresized_zpsjddafv8e.jpg photo 625eresized_zpsohdj5uiv.jpg photo 626eresized_zpsnaoarhbo.jpg photo 628eresized_zpsjffxk2iu.jpg

It was chilly but not too bad. It was just beautiful and a fun evening 🙂  photo 631eresized_zpsggcguguy.jpg photo 633eresized_zpsio1rf0uj.jpg

Unconstipating the Baby!

This morning very early Everett wakes up screaming. Then he starts grunting and pushing and pushing. And crying. I can tell he’s constipated by his actions and that’s confirmed when I changed his diaper. Poor boy has a big log of poop stuck half way out of his bum and a little drop of blood from where his butt actually ripped a teeny bit from the size of the poop! I’m surprised by this because he doesn’t eat a lot of constipating foods. But on further thought he does prefer meat to most other foods and maybe on the road trip I gave him too much pork at Famous Dave’s? I decide to get him some prunes and applesauce right away, and extra fluids. But I know he’s not going to eat the prunes because he’s been turning away baby food and refusing those baby food pouches, too! Darn it.

In a moment of inspired brilliance I think to myself that he might like baby food in a straw sippy cup. Like a smoothie experience. So I buy some of those take and toss sippy cups and a variety of baby food pouches and containers.
I also decide to buy a new diaper bag since mine is just too small for this move and living out of a hotel. I buy some super cheesy diaper bag with monkeys on it because I only cared about the price and that one was the cheapest 😛  photo 438eresized_zps4ao1z4kg.jpg

I mixed a container of prunes with a fourth of a cup of toddler apple juice and he drank half of it!  photo 414eresized_zpsfwl2q1ky.jpg photo 379eresized_zpslhpzhycx.jpg photo 396eresized_zpszjpcprrf.jpg photo 412eresized_zpslcogqw9x.jpg

After dropping Brooke off at school I decide to check out the local library. I’m nervous because libraries are either really great or really terrible and rarely in between. ha
This one is great, though! It’s not too big but it’s clean and really cute and the kid area is really nice because there are some toys and computers but the focus is on the books! FINALLY a library where the focus is on books and not an indoor playplace or computers!!  photo 422eresized_zpsuz2tljms.jpg

My kids want to throw coins into the fountain but I’m cleaned out of coins since I let them throw my entire coin stash into the fountain in front of the hotel. They’re talking about all the wishes they’d make if they have coins when a man walking past casually reaches into his pocket, no hesitation in his stride, and with a smile drops a small handful of change into my hand. That’s very nice of you, thank you! I call as he continues on his way.  photo 424eresized_zpszrzwuzpb.jpg photo 426eresized_zpsceiyihik.jpg

In some gloriously perfect timing that day is storytime and it’s barely starting just as we arrive. Sierra and Payson hesitate on the edge of the group of kids while Ember catches sight of the group and without prompting runs to grab herself a carpet square and then takes it straight over and sets it down in the middle of the group. That girl! haha

Sierra and Payson seeing their little sister join the group look to me and I say, “It’s okay, you guys can join in, too!” They timidly go and get a carpet square and go sit right by Ember. Ember meanwhile has her eyes fixated on the storytime leader with a huge smile on her face. Sierra and Payson once seated safely in a Hausen-sibling group crack smiles and occasionally do a quick glance at me, just for added security by my nod and smile. I’m sure their timidness is less because of the situation in general and more because of their ages compared to the other kids there. Poor things were the only ones above the age of maybe 5.  photo 429eresized_zpscoxuhnmy.jpg photo 434eresized_zps6xxrsmvv.jpg

Next, we went to McDonald’s for lunch. *sigh* So awful. I really would’ve preferred something healthier but, whatever.  photo 441eresized_zpszv8sl3jv.jpg photo 445eresized_zpsswb0u1nd.jpg photo 447eresized_zpsxczu1jr5.jpg photo 452eresized_zpsf2y6lzty.jpg

Everett was zonked out and I was worried about his position in his stroller. It looked bad for being able to breathe!  photo 439eresized_zps5inwsp5l.jpg

I leaned his stroller back against my lap so he’d straighten out and he promptly woke up and I held him the rest of the time. And made a mental note to finally go ahead and buy myself a new stroller. Not only is this umbrella one terrible if he falls asleep but the wheels on it have never worked well and I’m constantly shaking it as I walk to try to get the wheels to point in the right direction!  photo 449eresized_zps8en0hjqt.jpg

After lunch we went back to the hotel to hang out until it was time to get Brooke from school.  photo 463eresized_zpswx33isvp.jpg

Everett had fun giving himself kisses in the mirror and also pointing out his and his reflection’s belly button. He loves belly buttons.  photo 468eresized_zpsedigvsv8.jpg

I did my hair and makeup since we were going to be eating dinner in the hotel dining area. Three nights a week that hotel had free dinner so that was pretty cool!  photo 488eresized_zpsmdz0oov4.jpg photo 489eresized_zpsf0oxz8i7.jpg photo 491eresized_zps2z61pfsd.jpg photo 493eresized_zps1pzflvwa.jpg photo 496eresized_zpsos7wyp3s.jpg

Everett spent all his time finding the most fun things to do 😛  photo 499eresized_zpsm0zrdr68.jpg photo 501eresized_zps2k18ba7b.jpg

While I had been doing my makeup and Everett had been playing with the garbage, the other kids were playing with play-doh. photo 1041eresized_zps6vlszrh4.jpg photo 1046eresized_zpswnoyzvfn.jpg photo 1060eresized_zps5ryywjcb.jpg

I cleaned up the little kids and changed their clothes. Except the new pants I bought Everett (size 18 months) at Target were giant so they just kept falling off him. Darn.  photo 1066eresized_zps4oznjpaz.jpg photo 1071eresized_zpsi8b7s5yd.jpg

Then it was time to pick up Brooke from school! When we got back to the hotel we spent some time outside. The kids got to blow bubbles out by the fountain.  photo 520eresized_zps30qz75ec.jpg photo 522eresized_zpswmgjuhha.jpg

And Everett actually “drank” a bit from a baby food pouch! Oh and this is his new stroller!  photo 524eresized_zpshfy80bxy.jpg photo 525eresized_zps1tx1qibs.jpg photo 529eresized_zpsr8nzlqxe.jpg photo 535eresized_zps8d2p4pqv.jpg

Then we went back in the hotel. Since I was holding Everett by then since he was cranky, Ember got to ride in the stroller.
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I didn’t take many pictures at dinner because it wasn’t that exciting. ha  photo 545eresized_zpsqv6kv5td.jpg photo 547eresized_zpssyzdapsj.jpg

After dinner we went on an errand, to look at mattresses, and then took the kids for ice cream.  photo 552eresized_zpshk6yynh0.jpg  photo 556eresized_zps8c21mq8i.jpg

Everett fell asleep in his stroller and was not at an awkward angle! Yay!  photo 560eresized_zpsgfzpoe6w.jpg photo 563eresized_zpsifirdbdk.jpg photo 564eresized_zpsrnxmejje.jpg

Payson practiced his zombie walking before we went back to the hotel.  photo 570eresized_zpsuw2kjg4i.jpg photo 571eresized_zpsiykcyoqx.jpg