After Christmas, we took a trip to Sunriver, OR for a ski trip. Hutson was unfortunately too young for lessons but Bode was able to sign up. Bode was ready to go…Ski jacket and overalls. New hat and gloves, rental boots, helmet, goggles and skis…he was ready. They prepped for about 1 hr and then hit the slopes. Marching out of the lodge, Bode looked miserable. It was cold but not too windy so good conditions. They started practice by walking in the boots which is awkward. Then one ski and then two. By the end of the 3 hr class, he was skiing down a small hill with a snowball in his hand ready to throw it at the instructor at the bottom. He had a huge smile on his face at the end! His second class, the weather conditions were worse. Cold, windy and snowy…but he was ready. Again, after a morning of skiing, he finished with a huge smile and said, “I cut this mountain”.
In the morning, Boden was full of energy, and he farted…he then said, “I have so much energy air came out of my butt”!
We tried to give Hutson a mom and dad ski lesson but that lasted only 10 minutes before Hutson make it clear he was done and only was interested in the snow mobiles. Hutson also had on a thick jacket and coat. He had fun running around in the snow but quickly tired and wanted to be held. He quickly fell asleep in the car around noon.
After skiing, we took a bath and Hutson “beeped” in the tub, looked up and said rather mater of factly…”Bubbles came out of my butt!” Later, Hutson lost a car under the bed and when dad retrieved it, he said “you saved the day, dad”.
Leading up to Christmas, we played “Elf on the Shelf”. The boys loved looking for Roofie every morning and always wondered how he would make it back and forth from the North Pole and our house every day. They also wondered what he told Santa. When they did something naughty like hit each other or didn’t share, we always asked what Santa would think if the Elf told him. They usually straightened up.
At Christmas eve, we had a quiet night and watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, set out cookies and milk for Santa and some carrots for the reindeer and went to bed. They slept a bit late Christmas morning and when we went down stairs, they were elated when Santa left them gifts and ate the cookies and drank the milk. They had a great time opening presents and playing with all their gifts all day. When Hutson opened his gifts, he would follow up with an “oh my god”.