Wonderful Summer

What a great summer!  We have been a busy family.  Sorry it’s been so long since the last post.

Boden and Hutson spent the night at nana’s last night.  When I picked them up, Boden comes running up to me and says…”I have a loose tooth!”  It’s the lower left middle tooth.  Boden said it hurts when he pulls it backwards but is ok when it is pushed forwards.  Boden then tells me about how excited he is to get “a coin”.  I asked him about this and he says…”the tooth fairy picks up all the teeth and leaves a coin”.  Then the follow up  question…”what does the fairy do with all the teeth?”  Very good question.

The summer was full of activities and vacations. We spent some time at the beach, in the mountains, at Sunriver, at Black Butte Ranch, Hood River and many places in-between.

We started the summer spending a week at Manzanita.  We spent a wonderful week in the sand.  We taught the boys how to build a beach bonfire and make s’mores.  The highlight was hiking Mt. Niekahnie.  Both the boys are strong hikers.  Hutson on the last part of the hike started to rock climb up the final 30 yards to the summit.  Mom and Dad could barely keep up.  When he got to the top, he turns to us and says “I’m scared of heights”.

We were then off to Sunriver.  Both Boden and Hutson were signed up for the Kid’s fun run.  They both love to compete.  This race was a quick run thru a splash bouncy house, then a bike/scooter ride and then a final sprint to the finish line.  At the finish, Boden looks up at mom and says…”mom, I couldn’t do my best…I couldn’t do my best…my sides really hurt.  Both did their best and mom and dad had a great time cheering them on.  While in Sunriver, the home we rented had bikes and one Boden’s size.  This is where he gained confidence on a bicycle.  The home was on a circle and we rode lap after lap.  He loved taking the ‘short cut’ across the lawn.  He called it off roading.  This is the summer where Boden really gained confidence on his bicycle.   Boden’s other passion at Sunriver is driving the bumper cars.

The next trip was to Hood River over the 4th of July.  We spent time on the riverfront in the shallows.  The boys had a great time building sand castles and playing catch in the water.  We took a nice hike as well.  The boys were most excited about the Wii in the hotel room!   On the 4th, we attended the town parade.  Very small town experience.

Hutson had his first big time wipe out riding down the hill in front of the house while riding on his scooter.  He was hanging out with some of the older kids in the neighborhood and Huts was trying to keep up.  He lost control and hit the pavement pretty hard.  He had road rash on his knees, elbows, hands, feet, shoulder and hip.  He said “dad…I hit the ground and rolled five times”.

We spent the next weekend camping at Lost Lake.  Again, we went on a great hike and spent time in a boat on the water.  And of course, we made s’mores.  While there, Boden had a spectacular bicycle crash.  He was riding on an elevated walk way above a creek.  He lost control and drove off the edge, crashing into a tree and narrowly missing making a splash into the water.  Lost lake has some of the best views of Mt. Hood.

Hutson had another funny neighborhood event.  It was close to bed time and Boden was upstairs brushing his teeth.  Hutson all of a sudden disappeared.  Dad looked around the house and then went into the garage and found the garage door open.  Then all of a sudden, I heard Samira’s dad shout “What the…” and I knew exactly where Hutson was.  The surprise is that he was wearing only a shirt.  No pants or shoes.

Both have been taking swim lessons and making tremendous progress.  Boden is learning the front crawl while Hutson is a little water bug.  In May, he still didn’t want to get his face wet…but by August, he was doing summersaults in the water.  He would even do a front flip from the side of the pool.

We spent a night camping at MSB, but unfortunately, were unable to watch the meteor shower due to cloud cover.  The next day, Boden and Layton participated in the Bridge Pedal.  A three mile bike ride across the Portland Bridges.  Both Boden and Layton were very confident riding their bikes in a large crowd of bikers.

Next was Boden’s 6th birthday party.  What a great day!  All his buddies came and we had a wet and wild party…complete with a bouncy house and water slide.

The following weekend, we went camping with Aven on the Clackamas river.  We spent two great days playing baseball, hiking, spending time in the hot springs and skipping rocks in the river.

The last trip of the summer was to Black Butte Ranch.  What a great trip.  We spend a long weekend riding bicycles, swimming, hiking Black Butte and of course, Boden found the X-Box.

Today was the boys first day of school.  They were very happy and excited to get started.  Both stay for lunch now.  At the end of the day, Hutson said to Boden, “I wish we were in class together”.  Boden replied…”no way, you would hug me too much”.  And Hutson said, “and I’d kiss you too”.  Too funny.