Over the past weekend, we went to the zoo.  There was a new baby elephant that we wanted to see.  It was a beautiful day so we left early and braved the crowds.  It was so busy that we could not find nana in the crowd.  But we did run into Parsa and Darush.  We saw turtles, bears, goats, sea lions, polar bears and the list goes on.  Bode rode on a tractor and a statue of an elephant.  

Bode and Hutson spent the night with nana on Sunday.  On Monday morning, they played tea party for an hour.  Bode loved pouring tea from a small tea pot and eating raisins.  

Bode has been sleeping later in the morning the past week.  He will wake up early in the am and come into mom and dads bed. He will go back to sleep and has been sleeping past 6:30 which is a blessing.  

Bode really likes going to the local coffee shop.  He calls it ‘coffee for mama’ as I always ask him if he wants to go get a coffee for mama.  He’ll respond yes, coffee for mama.  He usually gets a hot chocolate or a mango smoothie.  If he’s good, a muffin or cookie as well.  He likes to get us water from the dispenser without any help.  The other customers watch and chuckle after he gets the water and comes back to the table without spilling a drop.

Today Bode told Hutson that the stove was hot.  Bode, when asked if he wants one of anything, will respond ‘no, I want two…I want three…I want four’.  Very demanding little guy.   He’s still picky eater.  It’s hard to get any greens in him.  We try to hid them in pasta sauce and other places where he will never suspect.  On Saturday, we made pizza.  Bode helped spread the sauce and cheese.  He also put a few other items on the pizza.  He only took a few bites but has wanted to make pizza again.  

Bode finally said ‘help me’ rather than ‘help you’ when he needed help.  He always uses the sign language to accompany help you/me.  

Hutson has been very active.  He is standing by himself a lot.  Still waiting to take the first steps.  87-[‘;;;\'”\?:E===]]=]=[]=].  Hutson likes to type as well.  

Today, when I picked him up from school, he had a mark under his right eye.  looked like another child scratched him or he fell while crawling.  Either way, it didn’t slow Hut down. Hutson ate well at Nana’s house.  He had goulash…and lots of it.  Which made his diapers a real mess the next day.  Nana really likes to spoil the boys.  

Hutson continues to point at things which interest him.  Thursday, he pointed at a dog and I said, that is a dog…Hutson responded…dog.  or something like that.  

Hutson is now able to go up and down the stairs without issue.  He will crawl up three or four steps and then turn to look over his shoulder and give a smile as to say…I’m doing this all by myself, are you going to come catch me?  He’ll either slide down on his belly when he wants to go down the steps fast or step down if not in a hurry.  Once I had to catch him after his foot was caught in the carpet and he started to tumble.  At nana’s house, I turned my back for a second and he bolted up her stairs and got to the top before I knew what happened.  That is about 16 steps.  He glanced over his shoulder and gave a giggle and crawled off around the corner on to his next adventure.

Today was a nice day so after school, the boys and I had a picnic in the front yard.  We had carrots, cheese, cucumber, rotini, a pbj sandwich, apple slices, orange slices and some juice.  The boys were a bit distracted and ate only a little bit before going back to playing.  Bode likes to climb the rocks in the front and Hutson likes the feel of the grass in his hands.  


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