Durango

The Cain family celebrated a family reunion…mostly grandma and grandpa’s 51st wedding anniversary.  The boys met their some of their cousins for the first time…Logan and Abbey.  They had a blast together.  Logan took the boys on a couple hikes around the cabin, looking for tracks and ‘animal skat’.

While there, we saw some deer tracks.  Uncle Andy said, why don’t we get our bows and arrows ready and we can shoot the deer.  Hutson responds…”No, we should just hug the deer because deer are nice.”

On Tuesday, we visited Purgatory Resort.  The boys rode the alpine race course.  Hutson rode with mom and Boden drove himself.  He was thrilled that a six year old could drive alone.  That night, we had dinner at the Bar D Chuck Wagon.  The boys were able to pan for gold and met real cowboys.  After dinner, one of the cowboys asked Hutson if he wanted to sing some country songs.  Hutson responded…”No, I like good music”.

The next day, we visited Mesa Verde.  They boys loved visiting the cliff dwellings.  Boden even gave Nana and Bapa a summary of the ranger’s presentation on why they lived there, what they ate, the fires they made and when they left.

They also played a lot of ping pong.  Boden also went white water river rafting along the Animas river.Boden was riding in the front center and was soaked on the first rapid!  He also had fun paddling and even jumped into the river and rode the river while hanging on the ‘chicken wire’.

Today, Boden is interested in earning money and getting a real job.  “like you and mommy”.   We offered things like vacuuming or washing the cars.  But he wants serious money.  I want to earn $100 so I can buy a new car for mom and dad.

 

Spring

We are finally having spring like weather and the boys are loving it.  They have been playing outside a bit later with Zoey since the sun sets a bit later.  Both continue to play baseball and the improvements they have made over the last two months is amazing.  Both are swinging the bat, fielding and throwing the ball so much better.

Zoey  is playing a huge part in the boys lives.  They are feeding her in the morning and evening and giving her water.  We took Zoey out to the park today and the boys had a great time using the ‘chuck-it’.  Running Zoey till she was completely spent.

The other day, Zoey was running around the back yard and Boden seemed to be very worried about her.  Then, she took off and ran away into the forest behind the home.  Boden was in tears, thinking that she ran away and we lost her.  He thought it would be a good idea to get some treats to lure her back.  Once she returned, he wanted to take her into the home right away so she couldn’t get away again.

Last night, I asked Boden what he did at school and Boden said “I forgot”.  Hutson chimed in…”Boden is the forgetter”.

Boden is 47 inches and Hutson is 46 inches.  To ride the water slide at Villa Sport, you must be 48 inches tall.  But the boys try all the time.  Sometimes they get to go, other times they are turned away.  They love the slide and try to sell it like they’ve been on it a million times.

 

 

Zoey

On April 22nd, we adopted Zoey (formerly known as Sitka at the pound) into our family.  Zoey is a cream colored, half husky and half labrador.  Two years old and full of energy.  When we met her at the Oregon Humane Society, she went straight over to the boys and gave them a sniff.  We fell in love with her right away.  Over the next two weeks, the boys have played with her non-stop, throwing the ball or giving her treats…saying “who is the best dog?” or “I love you so much!”

When Hutson plays a video game, he totally gets into a zone.  So much so that the other day while playing…he was so focused that he peed his pants.  He didn’t even notice until we asked, what’s the deal.  He said he couldn’t stop playing.  The next day, he was playing with Boden and laughing so hard he peed again.

Boden’s been busy at school.  He celebrated his 6 1/2 year celebration at school and came home with a nice crown on his head.  He is also learning long division.  Teacher Sally said he is quite a leader at school…helping the younger kids with work and learning new work for himself.

Hutson’s t-ball team has practice every Thursday and a game on Saturday.  Hutson is one of the teams clowns all the while he enjoys playing.  He gets very frustrated when he is not involved with fielding and likes to play first base.  Last game, Hutson made two great catches while playing second base.  Both times, the ball was hit hard at him.  He was in the ready position and fielded the ball and threw the runner out at first.  Very rare in t-ball.  He is also hitting and running the bases well.

Boden’s baseball team has him playing catcher and third base a lot.  He likes third the most.  He’s also batting second and has been ripping the ball.  Last game, he hit a line shot down the third base line.  He is always hustling and cheering his team on when he’s not at bat.  During the last inning, an opposing batter hit a fly ball and Milo made a nice catch.  The whole team cheered and Boden ran over and gave him a hug.

We were in the car today and Boden said “I just have to say Fucking Shit…fucking shit”.  Mom and dad were mortified and amused at the same time.   Later in the same ride, mom asked Boden why he had his hands down his pants and he said “they just fell in my pants”.

While we were watching TV, there was a couple that kissed.  Mom asked the boys if they would ever kiss a girl.  Hutson responded with a resounding “EEEWWWWW”.  While Boden calmly said…”Maybe”.

Cousins had a sleepover last week and Hutson wanted to sleep with Dash.  So they got into bed and Hutson was kicking in his sleep so much that Dash sat up and said…”Hutson, it’s not time to wrestle…go to sleep!”

Our neighbors home was robbed earlier in the week and the boys went over to play with Samira while the police officer was there.  When they came home, Boden said “It is weird, the robber stole gold and four carrots”.  Both were rattled a bit with the thought of a bad guy around the neighborhood.  Hutson for the next two days didn’t want to be alone and wanted dad or Boden around at all times.  He was happy that Zoey was there to protect him as well.

 

 

Baseball & Easter

The little munchkins have started little league baseball this spring and it’s the real deal. Boden is on A-ball and Hutson T-ball. Tim is the assistant coach for Hutson’s team, which made Boden jealous as he really wanted Tim to be his coach. They have official outfits, boden is pin grey with pin-stripes. Button up baseball shirt, long red socks, a lincoln cardinal ball cap, and even a belt. Hutson has a black t-shirt, gray pants, the long red socks and ball cap.

The boys  had their first game on 4/9. Boden made it to first base each time. He played short-stop and catcher, which made him very excited to wear the padding. For Hutson’s game, they hit off a T and Hutson did great. When the ball went into the play al the little boys would be like little gnats and  jump all at once on the ball.

We had to have a talking with Hutson prior about being a team player because his first practice with Tim he had an epic meltdown because he didn’t go first at bat. All a learning.

At their 2nd game, Boden played 3rd base and he got two people out! He and Aven are on the same team and they had some great team plays.

In between their games, they boys finally had their tongue-tied surgery. We didn’t tell them they were getting the procedure until the morning of. We took them off of school and headed to the doctor, Dr. Gharei, a persian, who is the only doctor in Oregon who performs this surgery thru laster so it’s non-invasive. The boys were given mild sedative which made them very loopy. Boden was just chilling with a big smile on his face and Hutson has hanging all over me. The procedure was less than 3 mins. The doctor put a local anesthetic on their tongue. A used a laser to severe the membrane. They were eating lollipops leaving the doctor office. We have to massage the wound with coconut oil  and have them do exercises. They will have therapy as well to learn to use their new tongue movement.

Today was Easter and Narda, Dave and Dash spent the night. We all watched Rogue 1, well most of us. We tried to get the boys to all sleep in Boden’s bunk beds. That did not last. Boden was the only one trying to go to sleep. Hutson and Dash were having a giggling fit and hanging off the bed.

In the morning, we had an easter egg hunt in the house. Boden was running around downstairs and Hutson and dash upstairs and they had a very even split of the loot. Of course they were devouring their candy and running around on sugar highs. Poor little Dash ran into the barn door and got a huge egg on his forehead. We got the swelling to go down with ice.

We all headed to the Oregon Humane Society to look at a couple dogs. We had a great experience but the dog we saw was a bit hesitant around the kids. We’ll keep looking!

Boden’s maturity keeps increasing. He loves playing baseball, loves basketball. He has patience with Hutson. Hutson is showing is frustration more and more, using screaming or yelling. We are trying to manage his emotions by not using emotions and it’s really difficult!

 

California

This winter has been great for skiing and we had another family ski day mid March.  The boys crushed it again.  Both skiing easy rider and vista.  Boden challenged the family to a race on the sprint course.  Boden of course won the race with Hutson coming in second.

The following week, it was a guys evening at Providence Park.  Bapa, the boys and dad went to a Timbers game and had a blast.  We took the max down to the stadium and then took our seats.  Timbers won the game 4-2 over Houston.  Boden learned a few of the Timber Army songs and sang along with Timber Joey.

Over spring break, we took a vacation to Los Angeles and San Diego and had a great time.  Starting in LA, we spent the first day in Newport Beach and Balboa Island.  We rented a boat, met up with our friend Kele and motored around Newport Bay.  Great afternoon.  The next day, we went to California Adventure and had a spectacular day.  The highlight was Radiator Springs Racers and Flight Around the World.  After lunch we decided to ride Grizzly River.  Hutson was a little nervous but decided to ride.  Hutson was the first to get wet and then right before the big drop, our boat became stuck.  We sat there for a few minutes before the boat was released and we took the big drop.  Hutson and Boden were soaked at the end and Hutson didn’t enjoy the ride.  The last ride of the day was Goofy’s Roller Coaster.  Boden had a great time on the ride but it put Hutson over the edge.  While we were walking out of the park, Hutson ran into Spiderman and had his photo taken with him.

The next day, we were at Disneyland.  We started the day in Adventure Land.  Mom and Boden rode Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain and Indiana Jones…but Hutson wanted no part of it.  Next, mom and Boden rode splash mountain while dad and Hutson rode Jungle Adventure Cruise.  Disney took a photo of mom and Boden during the drop and it was hilarious.  Boden was riding in the front of the log and mom was right behind.  Boden had a look of terror on his face while he was trying to turn around to grab moms hand while mom’s eyes were closed and a huge grin on her face.  Before lunch, we rode the Autopia where the boys drove cars around the track.  After lunch, we left the park and had a nap.  At 4.30, we went back and had dinner at the Rainforest Cafe.  After we sat down, Hutson was frightened by the Gorillas so we moved downstairs away from the animal action.  The next ride, Boden rode was Star Wars and Hutson rode Astro Orbitor and then we took our position for the starlight parade.

After LA, we headed down to San Diego.  Our first stop was the Zoo.  We had a quick tour of the zoo and the boys favorite part was the sky-safari which took us over the park.

The last adventure we had was at Legoland!  The boys enjoyed the rides, despite the long waits.  The favorite ride was the Lego Driving Zone.  Both the boys received their lego drivers licenses.  Boden was the only kid we saw that stopped at the stop signs and uncontrolled intersections.  Legoland also had a great waterpark and Hutson rode his first big waterslide by himself.  After that, we couldn’t get him off.

Spring break ended on a fun note…mom picked up some great Blazers tickets three rows back from the court.  Boden wore his Damian Lillard jersey to support the Blazers.  Both used their ‘clappers’ to make noise to distract the Phoenix Sun players from scoring.

This week, baseball practice started.  Boden in A-ball and Hutson in t-ball.  First game is tomorrow so cross your fingers for no rain outs.

Black Diamond

The start of 2017 has been very busy for the boys.  This past weekend is a great example.  We spent the weekend on Mt. Hood, skiing both Sat and Sunday.  Friends Dylan and Reese came along as well.

Saturday was a ski day in a blizzard.  The boys took a 1/2 day lesson before we headed back to the condo for some fun and a movie.   The big day was Sunday as the boys again took a 1/2 day lesson but the weather was great.  Mom and dad saw Hutson on the slopes for the first time on Easy Rider.  Hutson was excited…with an enthusiastic “hi mom…hi dad”.  Both of us were filled with pride as we watched Hutson ‘pizza and french fry’ his way down the mountain.  Boden said he ran his first black diamond with his instructor.  Corbin said he asked Boden where he wanted to go and Boden said, black diamond.  He took it like a champ.  Was steady and without fear.  A bit later, we had lunch together at the lodge and then made our way out to the slope for the first official Cain family ski day.

Our first run was Easy Rider.  Boden challenged dad to run the downhill ski sprint track.  In the end, Boden flew down the track and dad couldn’t catch up.  Hutson on the other side of the slopes with mom tackled the freestyle park doing a few jumps and other tricks.

The second run, Boden challenged mom to a race and won easily.  During the race with mom, he took a jump and when he landed, totally wiped out, losing a ski and sending up a cloud of snow.  Mom said she had no chance to keep up with Boden.  Hutson took dad on a tour of the freestyle park…where he crushed it.

Hutson had a little scare on the chair lift…he didn’t quite get settled and was being dragged under the chair before they finally stopped the chair.  It was a little unsettling for all of us.

Our final run was down Vista.  This is a long winding run…and was great.  Both the boys loved skiing together.

 

Happy New Year 2017

We had a great end to 2016 and 2017 has started off well for Boden and Hutson.   After returning from Hawaii, the boys geared up for Christmas.

The first week of December, we had a snow day and the boys took advantage.  They took the sleds out and played with Samira for over three hours.  Hot chocolate and cookies awaited them when they were ready to come in and warm up.

Next, it was the birthday week.  We celebrated Layton’s and Dylan’s birthdays.  Layton’s at the Lego store in Beaverton.  The boys wound up playing tag more than with the Legos but they had a blast anyway.  Dylan’s party was at Pump it Up.  After an hour of slides and bouncy houses all kids were exhausted and hungry.  The boys are at the point where they enjoy eating pizza…especially at birthday parties.

Portland had a second blizzard the next week and the city was shut down.  Samantha picked up the boys from school but due to the conditions, couldn’t get back to our house so tried to take them to Nana’s house.  She unfortunately was locked in traffic and then her car became stuck.  It took her about three hours to get the boys 4 miles to Nana’s.  The boys were worried because Sammi started to cry.  Mom was in Germany and dad was stuck downtown Portland and wasn’t able to make it home as all roads home were shut down due to snow and ice.  The boys were happy to hang out with Bapa and Nana then next day.

A few days before Christmas, we went to visit Santa.  The boys were thrilled as they jumped up on his lap.  Hutson asked for a remote controlled transformer and Boden asked for an X-Box.

This year, Ruffy the Elf made a late appearance but the boys were excited for his visit and having to find him daily.  They got a kick out of Ruffy riding the ‘dutch bike’, riding in one of their toy trucks and on the final day before he went back to the North Pole, he was in Hutson’s bedroom watching Hutson sleep.  Is that creepy or what?!?  One morning, we forgot to move the elf.  Mom and Hutson came down stairs and mom saw the elf in the same place.  She told Hutson to wash his hands.  While washing, mom grabbed the elf and just then, Hutson rounded the corner.  Mom threw Ruffy towards the lights over the kitchen island and Hutson exclaimed…”mom, did you see Ruffy flying?  He just flew into the light!”.

Christmas eve brought even more excitement as the boys helped mom bake and decorate cookies.  This took a couple hours and afterwards, they loaded up four plates and delivered them around the neighborhood.  They were giddy and excited to deliver some christmas cheer to Kyler, Kellen, Corbin, Kenzie, Samira and Jane.  Sharing the cookies brought the boys genuine joy.

Going to bed that night, the boys joyfully left Santa some cookies by the fireplace and left Rudolph and the reindeer some carrots in the front yard…both saying that they hoped to wake up and see Santa.  They both fell asleep quickly.

The morning of Christmas began at 6.15 and asked if he could go downstairs to see if Santa delivered toys.  Dad said since Boden was not awake, he should go  back to bed…but this idea was overruled and Boden went straight to Hutson’s room to wake him up.  They both rushed down stairs and found that Santa did indeed come by.  Boden insisted that he heard Santa and dad talking.  He was not sure of what was said but thought it pertained to his basketball hoop.  Boden and Hutson tore thru their gifts and when Boden opened the Wii U, he exclaimed…”this is what I always wanted”.  They also loved their headlamps from Aunt Dara and watches from Grandma and Grandpa.

We then drove to Bend to see cousins Dash, Levi and Perry.  When we arrived, Dash opened the door and hollered “Boden, Hutson…I love you guys!”  The boys went straight to the tree where they opened gifts from Nana, Bapa, Narda and Dave.  Later, Hutson and Dash were playing and they disappeared.  We looked around and finally found them under the dining room table looking like they were up to mischief.  They said, “we are hiding from Levi.”  The next day, dad and Boden went to see Rogue One…Star Wars.  Boden’s second movie and first non-cartoon movie.  We went with Levi and Dave.  We talked about the movie before and agreed if he got scared, just close the eyes and cover the ears.  There were a few scary preview movies but loved Rogue One.  Afterwards, Boden couldn’t stop talking about the space ships battling and the blasters.

That night, we had a late dinner with some friends and Hutson fell asleep at the table.  This is the first time we had to carry him out of a restaurant asleep.  It was cute as we pulled into the garage, he had one eye open and then pretended to sleep.  I took a few items inside and then when I returned, Hutson was peeking his head out of the car door to see if anyone was going to return.  When he saw dad coming back, he quickly shut his eyes and pretended to sleep.  We carried both boys to bed and they fell asleep straight away.

We skied three days straight and the boys were exhausted at the end of each day.  When Boden said he did a run, Hutson responded that he did the same.  When Boden said he went up the lift, Hutson said he did the same.  Just a little brotherly competition.   One day after lessons, we were at the car and Boden had peed his ski pants.  He said he was sorry and that he really had to go.  Come to find out that at lunch, the ski class all chose their own drinks.  Boden said that “he had daddy’s drink.  You know, the drink you get at the candy store.  You know, the store we go to when mom is out of town and we are going to Nana’s.”  This really confused us…and then it turns out that he had root beer at lunch.  And not just one…he had three.  This was his first soda pop experience and he was really proud of the fact that he had soda.  With all the sugar, liquid and caffeine…no wonder he had to go pee so badly.  The next day, he had water.  It’s nice to see that Boden is able to make choices for himself.

When we returned home, Boden said that he wanted to eat spinach and strawberries.  He also wanted green smoothies.  He said he heard how important it was to eat greens.  He also wanted to eat protein.  He listened to a TED talk about nutrition and how important a good diet was.  Glad he listens to someone.