3.18.2013

Brave & Courageous - A Trip through the Whimsical Woods. (Hudson's Fairy Tale)

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Once upon a time, there was a handsome young boy named Hudson.
Although he was only a little boy of three,
he was loved by many for his cleverness, wisdom, and kindness.

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One day, Hudson was doing what he does best...exploring.
High atop a majestic mountain,
he frolicked through the budding green grass, 
admiring the view of the bustling city,
while searching for singing birds and little bitty bugs along the way.

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The glorious sun was shining on that beautiful spring day,
and Hudson was enjoying every second.

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He had yet to find out that his day would soon become very special,
for he was stumbling into the Whimsical Woods. 

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Just behind the trunk of a tall oak tree,
sat a great and kind protector of the forest, Felicity the Fairy. 
As Hudson crept up to her,
she sweetly said hello, then informed him that he had a great task ahead of him.
She said, "Hudson, you must travel through the Whimsical Woods,
and participate in many challenges. For each challenge that you complete,
you will earn a sparkling jewel for your crown.
You must be clever, determined, strong, and patient."

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Hudson accepted he challenge, although a bit unsure.
Felicity saw that he was feeling a bit nervous,
so she quickly took out her magic wand and waved it over his head,
saying, "I grant you the power of courage. Be brave, Hudson, and complete this journey. If you do so, you will become the hero of the Whimsical Woods."

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He followed her into a strange little house, where Alice in Wonderland was waiting.

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He took a peek at himself in the looking glass mirrors before she led him onto the porch.

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Alice then instructed him to turn the spinning wheel to see where his journey would begin....Cinderella's Castle. As he walked away, she said "Good Luck, strong Hudson! Be sure to have fun, and don't forget to collect your jewels after each challenge. Enjoy your adventure in the Whimsical Woods."

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Just past the huge castle, Hudson found himself beside Cinderella's carriage. Although her life was hard, Cinderella was patient with the people who mistreated her, her stepmother and sisters. She gladly cleaned house and waited to get ready for the royal ball, even though she wanted to go very badly. Hudson put himself in Cinderella's shoes by riding in Cinderella's carriage. While he was there, he used patience to help him find 6 small mice that would pull the magical carriage. 

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After Hudson had earned his very jewel for his crown, he quickly came upon a sword, stuck inside of a large stone. Once upon a time, everyone thought that King Arthur was just a weak, young boy, until he pulled the sword from the stone and proved to everyone that he had the strength and wisdom to be a leader. Hudson stepped up to the stone...he was strong enough to move the sword!

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On the garden wall, Hudson found Humpty Dumpty. Sometimes it takes determination to solve a tough problem, like the puzzle of putting Humpty Dumpty together again. He joined all the king's men, saddled up a stick horse steed, and worked hard to put together Humpty's pieces.

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Past the garden, he found a cute little cottage. Just like Goldilocks, Hudson was very curious about the different sizes of all the things inside the Three Bears' house. He had to try everything out for himself, and found that Baby Bear's chair, bowl, and bed were "just right" for his size.

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His journey led him to the mine, where he found an empty mine car, abandoned on the track. This specific cart belonged to the Seven Dwarfs, who not only worked hard to keep their friend Snow White safe, but they also worked together every day in the mines. Hudson crawled into the mine car, rode a little way down the track and was helpful by identifying the gems and minerals in the cart.

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After he skipped down the little log trail, he was surprised to see some chubby, oinking pigs outside of some little cottages. One house was built of straw, one of twigs, and the other of brick. These pigs were very clever! Hudson was able to celebrate and play in the pigs' houses, because they had already tricked the big, bad wolf into leaving them alone!

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Through the woods brave Hudson trekked, until he saw a tree house, high among the branches on an old tree! The Swiss Family Robinson was very inventive...they had created this home, high in the air! Hudson made himself right at home, and used lots of their tree house inventions. His favorite was the ball catapult....hey chickens! Look out below!!

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There were all kinds of animals in the Whimsical Woods. Hudson met a friendly little pony during his adventure, and stopped to give him a gentle pat before he spied a giant cobweb! Little Miss Muffet didn't stay calm when she spied a spider in that web. She even spilled her curds and whey! But Hudson was very calm as he tried to climb the web.

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If there is one thing Hudson loves, it is making music. So it was no feat for for him to figure out a smart way to trick the troll into letting him pass the bridge. Just like the Billy Goats Gruff, Hudson used the tools and instruments at the bridge to make the noises that the goats would have made when crossing. He didn't even get scared when he heard the trolls voice boom out when he crossed the rickety bridge.

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The Little Old Woman who lived in a shoe had lots of children. Her family had to learn to be cooperative and work together. While visiting the shoe, Hudson cooperated with all the other children, taking turns to go down the fun slide.

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Hudson found a fun gravel table to play with near a big haystack. Little Boy Blue was so peaceful, sleeping the day away under the haystack! Hudson played very quietly so as not to wake him from his slumber.

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Inside a large barn, Hudson found Pinocchio. As you know, Pinocchio wasn't always truthful. He made up stories and let people think that they were true. That's called lying...and lying is not good. But sometimes, it is fun to share a story and play make believe! Hudson picked out a cute little elephant puppet, and put on a special puppet show for his Mom and Dad.

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Outside the barn was a group of sheep...Bo Peep's sheep to be precise. When Bo lost her sheep, they came back to her, because they were loyal. Hudson loved looking at those pretty sheep!

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When he came upon a gingerbread cottage, Hudson was brave enough to peer inside, even though he could hear the witch cackling inside! Hansel and Gretel were brave, too, when they escaped the evil witch in the woods!

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A river raft can be a tricky thing...even when it's not in the water! Hudson acted adventurous, like Huck Finn, who floated down the mighty Mississippi River on a wooden raft! Hudson balanced the wobbly raft to smooth out the ride.

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Hudson's last challenge appeared before him in the shape of a giant pirate ship! Long John Silver was not a very trustworthy pirate. He tried to take over the ship! But Hudson was trustworthy. He sailed the ship all the way to Treasure Island......

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.......where he found a treasure chest marked for "the HERO of the Whimsical Woods"!

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He peered inside and found a special badge that proclaimed to all the kingdom that Hudson was a friend to all. He had emerged from the forest with many special powers...some that only a hero could possess.

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Hudson made his way home from the Whimsical Woods, but he would always remember to be:
patient
strong
determined
curious
helpful
clever
inventive
calm
smart
cooperative
peaceful
truthful
loyal
brave
adventurous
and trustworthy.

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And all that encountered Hudson would always remember to be
PROUD.

10 comments:

Ashley said...

The Whimsical Woods looks like so much fun! I love that picture of Hudson peering through the pirate ship's telescope. What an adventurer.

I don't know if I've ever seen anything like the Whimsical Woods before. It looks like a kid's dream come true. :)

Jeannie said...

Hudson is definitely a hero! That was an awesome place for a little guy to hang out. As usual, your photos were gorgeous.

Chrissy said...

This looks like a kid's dream come true - the Whimsical Woods...so cute and fun! Great photos as always! Happy Monday xxx

misc.alaina said...

So sweet! Will looked through all these photos with me and he recognized Humpty Dumpty and the three little pigs. That is such an amazing adventure for kids. So glad Hudson enjoyed himself, and I love the sweet photos!

Kira said...

I bet that was so magical for him. Also, I love how you narrated the photos :)

A Dad Lost In The Woods said...

This has a very magical day for Hudson. You told the story so perfect from the start to finish. I could just see his little mind working as he worked his way through the woods. It also brought back some great memories from my childhood. Man I love the the Swiss family Robbins. Glad we got to spend allot of time there. Great pictures an what a fun day that was.

LOVE YOU!!!

Shauna said...

This place looks awesome! It reminds me of a place we have here called Happy Hollow. But this looks ten times better. So glad to see your family! Love you Ashley!!!

Shauna xo

justicepirate.com said...

This looks so amazing. I love the challenge and how he had to accept it! It reminds me a lot of a place that used to be open near me but is abandoned now. It was called Fairytale Forest and I adored it so much as a child. I am a bit sad that I can't take my boys there (but you can see it driving past it. . but it is closed and unsafe and all). :: sigh :: You can see pictures at least from it though on the internet . . .not the same of course. It sounds SO similar to what you went to! We went on a Kindergarten class trip to it even, it was so cool.

Courtney B said...

Oh my heavens... where is this?! I want to take Mia someday, ha ha! What a magical day for Hudson!!

his_girl_friday said...

Go team! Such cute pictures :)