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                                      February 2nd, 2014

Today is  the first day Bubba has been completely out of the hospital for a week so he is still kind of tired and not doing a whole lot. He did play Yugioh with his brother and break out his Ipod and watch a few videos so I know he is slowly feeling better. When he got out of the hospital yesterday I wanted to get him some sort of coming home present so we decided on surprising him with this game table:

It not only has foosball but a basketball hoop, pool, and airhockey. So, Dora spent the morning playing on it with me and Dad. She even made up some of her own games with the pool balls where we had to use poker chips and bet which balls she would put where and she added up the score on the ball, can't really explain it well but there was a fair amount of math involved! Later when Chris (my oldest son) and his family came down he and Bret played with Dora for a long time as well. Bubba hasn't been up to enjoying it yet.

With Bubba's return home and the Superbowl going on we invited Chris and his family down for a cookout and to watch the game. So we decided on grilling out steaks. Since the hospital episode it has gotten us thinking about eating better even thoug his incident wasn't anything we probably could have prevented. So we had steaks, rolls, a big salad, and grilled pineapples. Heaven helped her Grandma make dinner and it was fun having her in the kitchen. She is 3 1/2. Her mom and dad both don't eat much vegetables and fruit so she kept asking "what is dis?" and I would say "it's a pepper". Then in her cute little way she would say pepper. Then I would be "it's good do you want a bite?" Then she would say. " I not lika that". And this conversation continued through all the vegetables I cut up. She would bring me things and her and Dora put the rolls on the pan and in the oven. She was so proud of herself and kept saying " I cooka dinner. " to anyone that happened to get within ear shot. She was a great helper! She learned about different vegetables, explored the bell pepper seeds, made the rolls, and counted the forks out for everyone!

Heaven, so excited to be helping Grandma in  the kitchen!

Josh with the two princesses, Dora and Heaven!

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