The family spent Thanksgiving week on Maui.  What a wonderful time.  The weather was ideal and the water was warm.   Hutson kept saying “I’m so excited” when talking about the plane ride to Hawaii and going to the beach.

Boden and Hutson both loved boogie boarding.  They both caught ‘tasty waves’ and learned to ride them like the pros.  We spent most of our time at Ulua Beach in Wailea.  This beautiful beach was great for boys there age.  The waves were small but they could still ride the waves.  Every once in a while there was sneaker big wave that would put the boys in the washing machine.  The first time this happened to Hutson, he became a bit shy of the waves and started spending more time on the beach.  This happened to Boden later in the week as well.  The wave was big and went over my head, and then tossed Boden around.

The complex also had a pool and if we were not at the beach, we were making friends at the pool.  Boden and Hutson met three other girls from Canada who were also 6 1/2, 4 1/2 and 3.  They enjoyed diving for rings, playing shark and minnows and doing cannon balls.  Both Boden and Hutson confidence grew and they swam the width of the pool.  Both also would swim the perimeter of the pool.  On the last day, Hutson made another friend, Cameron who was 11.  She gave Hutson some tips and a swim lesson.  At the end of the lesson, Hutson was diving for rings in the 4 ft. depths with no problem.  Hutson then said “Bye Camera”.  Cameron looked at me and said…”what did Hutson call me?”

Boden found a love of Ginger Beer while in Maui.  He would have one during his afternoon beach break.  It was pretty funny as he looked like he was drinking a normal beer.

Both boys also discovered mint ice cream.  This was their favorite!

One morning, we took a snorkel cruise to Molokini Island.  About half way there, we saw a humped back whale which was spectacular.  When the boat dropped anchor, there was a slide kids could ride into the ocean.  Dad jumped in and then Hutson tried to slide down, but wound up doing an awkward belly flop.  After seeing this, Boden said to mom…”I think I’ll take the stairs.”  Boden experienced snorkeling for the first time and loved it.  There were all sorts of tropical fish and coral.  Hutson rode the ‘raft’.  This raft had a glass bottom which provided visibility.  Hutson declared that he saw “a treasure chest, a shark, skull and cross bones, a sunken ship, a turtle and a pirate”.  Quite an imagination.

The next evening, was a Luau where the boys saw their first roasted pig and took a hula lesson.  Too cute.  Hutson was off the stage quickly but Boden shook his hips as fast as a first time mainlander could.  They were impressed with the fire dancers as well.

For some reason, we all were stepping on mom’s toes.  Hutson said to dad…”I love mom, but dad, since you stepped on mom’s toes, I don’t love you as much.”

On our return, mom said to Boden, I learned this trip that you love Boogie Boarding, mint ice cream and ginger beer…Boden responded to mom by saying “I learned that you are  always busy.”



Halloween has come and gone.  Boden was a red ninja and Hutson was iron man.  They pulled in tons of candy.  We went around the neighborhood with neighbors Kenzi and Samira.  The neighborhood was quite busy and the boys had a great time yelling trick or treat.  Boden was very generous with his candy always asking if I wanted to share with him.

This is the time of year when Box Elder Bugs come out in Portland.  Where we live, there are millions.  They are also called stink bugs.  When you smash them, they smell like coriander and are very pungent.  Some get in the house and Hutson finally called our house the “Stink Bug House”.

Hutson has a classmate named Shea.  Shea likes playing with Hutson but Hutson doesn’t want to have anything to do with Shea.  Last week, Hutson said he was minding his own business and Shea starts to hug Hutson.  Hutson asked him to stop but Shea continued.  Hutson ran away and Shea followed.  Finally, Hutson shoved Shea and he fell and bumped his head on a rock.  Hutson felt horrible but said “Shea wouldn’t stop hugging me so I pushed him”.

Hutson has said some funny stuff lately.  We were watching a show and Hutson wanted to watch something else…He said “this is SUPER BOOORING” which got a laugh.  Then when he doesn’t want to do something he will respond by saying “WAH-WaH”  Hard to stay upset when he’s making you laugh.

Hutson moved up on his last swim lesson class.  He will be an otter.  At the end of every class, the instructor allows the kids to jump into the pool from the edge.  Hutson gets crazy and does a flip into the pool.  The instructor says to us, that is a first.  I’ve never seen that in all my years as a swim teacher.

The other night at bedtime, Hutson was scared that he was going to have a bad dream.  He said…”daddy, I’m not Brave…I’m not.  I need you to snuggle with me”.

Boden has a second loose tooth.  It’s his other middle lower tooth.  He is wiggling it a lot so should be out in a week or so.  He seems very calm about it compared to the first tooth.

Boden has his hands on an old iPhone and linked it up to wifi.  He’s been texting everyone.  He says I love you all the time and loves to send emojis. He has taught mom and dad quite a few tricks on the phone.  He even uses the microphone to dictate his text messages, have full on conversations with Siri and changes languages so he’s typing in dutch.  Crazy.