Better Things

Aside from a couple recent creepy neighbor incidents, upcoming surgery (next Fri~yikes!), some bad kiddo wipeouts and medical bills, I’m so glad that I have better things to focus on… this:

The other stuff can take a hike! I’ll just enjoy these moments:)

A Day at the Zoo

Or 2 hours:) Yesterday we enjoyed an entire day together! We rarely get those so it was very much enjoyed. The zoo was not at all crowded because not many people think a windy, cold day is a great zoo day….except us, of course!

We spent most of our time inside the Hamill Family Play Zoo, which houses small animals such as iguanas, snakes, lemurs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc.

Oh no, one of the lemurs escaped!! Oh wait, I know him….:) (you can see a real one behind him)

 Next, we talked a couple of reluctant boys into some face painting. Daddy had a secret weapon…

 He joined in! It is so much more fun when your daddy gets silly with you:)

 This picture explains so much of what my life is like….:)

Missy escaped her stroller to play with some puppets and snakes, not real ones, thankfully!

 “Please don’t stuff me back in the stroller! Please?”

This picture also explains much of what I experience in my life….;) He thought his mom would enjoy this!

Happy Sunday!

Friday Happenings

Whew, another day done! Samuel had a happy day at school, made even better by a 100% on his hardest spelling test yet. Hooray, Samuel!

Zakkai got to go to a birthday party that he was really looking forward to and came up all sugared up.

Eliana made the usual mess of the house and practiced a little walking, although not quite as much today. It’s good to rest sometimes:)

I had my MRI this afternoon. I went all the way to the place (about 20 min away), only to find the door locked. I called the number and told them it was locked, only to find out….that location had closed and the phone number was being rerouted to the new location and someone had forgotten to tell me! They allowed me to still come to the new location~a 40 minute drive with all the wonderful Chicago traffic.

So, 3 1/2 hours later I straggled home after my fun experience in the machine that sounded like a jackhammer!

The thing that made any stress disappear? The exuberant shouting from the boys “MOMMY!!!!!” The joy on their faces, the giddy giggling from Eliana who was sitting in her highchair waiting for me to get close so she could touch me with her food encrusted hand, was the most beautiful thing in the world!

I felt really special:)

Best Thursday!

“This is the best Thursday ever!”

~A quote heard by 2 little men around here this afternoon and whose sentiments are wholly felt by their mommy!

Samuel, upon getting in the car after school and finding out that our very special friend, Miss D, was waiting at home for them said, “This is the best Thursday ever! I got to have a lunchable for lunch (a special treat!), I got to go to school AND Miss D is here!!”

And then Zakkai chimed in: “This is MY best Thursday ever! I got to have a lunchable for lunch and go to school and Miss D is here!”

And now, sitting here, thinking about what my day could’ve been and how it turned out with the special company of a wonderful friend…I also think it was the best Thursday ever:) Thank you, Miss D, for hanging out and having dinner with us and blessing us with your company! (We love company!)

Missy being silly:) She is learning a new word every couple of days and her walking is really taking off! As my friend pointed out….just in time for her mama to go lame:) Good timing, E!

Daddy and Z having a special story time:) They got to have a special breakfast together this past weekend, a daddy-son bonding time that was long overdue. Zakkai came back glowing!

We are really looking forward to this weekend, as Ben will be taking Saturday off to spend time with US! We are going to make good use of our new zoo membership we received as a gift this Christmas and just enjoy time together, even if we spend the whole time indoors with the lemurs.

I’m sure lemurs are good company, too:)

Ramblin’ Tuesday!

Howdy! (that’s for all my Texan relatives:) It was the craziest day today but we managed to survive!

*Eliana is walking a bit more now! She took about 14 steps on Sunday~the most ever! And has done a big chunk each day this week. Yikes! I was beginning to think she’d be a lifetime crawler…..

*I went to the podiatrist today and found out I do have a severed tendon and will be having surgery shortly. Only I could do such a ridiculous thing that would end up with such consequences! I have several appointments lined up in the next 2 weeks including: an MRI, another appt with the podiatrist next week to discuss results and surgery dates and an appt with my reg doc in 2 weeks to get medical clearance for take-off, I mean surgery. Wow. It kind of hasn’t sunk in and I think I’ll leave it that way for a bit. No sense getting myself worked up over my fear of surgery and having to recover ALLLL over again.

*Ben keeps making ridiculous jokes/puns like “Well, you have to just get your foot in the door..” and “Just take it one step at a time” and “You need to have both feet on the ground.” He does make me laugh and if this helps him deal with it, then he can go ahead and use my injury as a joke board! Feel free to join in.

*Zakkai is turning 5 in only a few short weeks and is happily helping to plan a party. I hope we can still have one now! He is also getting invitation after invitation from fellow preschool birthday-ites and get this: one invite even specifies what kind of gift to buy!! Wow again.

*Made and ate lasagna tonight and it was good! Okay, okay, so I didn’t have a miraculous healing and am now loving lasagna. Sorry to get your hopes up that I will lead a normal life now. It was Mexican lasagna. No mushiness. No ricotta cheese. Even the baby gobbled it up!

Off to attempt exercising with strange men in biker shorts! Okay, that sounded weird…


I love this kid.

He may have some frustrated tendancies to torture his younger brother into screaming rages, have excessive energy after school and not always use it wisely and ask 1,381 questions a day…especially at the end of the night when my brain is ready to turn off…BUT…

His sweet, gentle heart just shines through sometimes, especially when I take the time to sit and listen and just let him be himself. We have started this thing called “Talk Thursdays” (thanks, Mr J. for the name suggestion!) with possibly another day added, where I climb up in bed with Samuel and let him just talk about whatever comes to his mind. My initial reaction when he has requested this, I am ashamed to admit, has not always been gracious or welcoming. I am tired at the end of the day and especially Thursdays, which is one of my solo days.

But I find that I cannot resist the pleading of those sweet blue-gray eyes and I have started hoisted myself up the ladder and into the top bunk to listen. And what a reward I get! I have found that I learn things about him that I never knew: things he is doing at school, things he is looking forward to or even afraid of and oh, the questions! He asks some of the most thought-provoking and deep questions. Like about heaven and dying, the future, your soul, how things in the world work, etc. Wow.

Tonight, even though it was so late because of swimming lessons, he had a few more questions up his sleeve. He gave me his usual routine of 2 kisses per cheek, one on the nose and a big hug and then he sat back and asked, “Mommy, are we always going to hug and kiss?” I said, “Well, yes, probably. We’ll always hug and we can kiss as long as you want to.” He said, “Well, can’t we do it when we’re grown ups? You and Daddy kiss.” I chuckled and said, “Daddy and I are married! That’s why we kiss.”

He looked at me so sincerely and said, “Well, when I grow up, I’m going to be married to you, too!” He has said that in the past and it always breaks my heart a little to have to tell him he can’t because he is so earnest and so sweet.

I said as gently as I could, “Well, Buddy, you can’t marry me because I’m already married to Daddy. And you can only be married to one person at a time.” He got so serious and said, “Will you get underrested if you marry 2 people?” I told him yes, probably because it’s against the law and plus, God wants only one man and one woman to get married to each other, not two!

He got sad and his sweet eyes filled with tears. “But why? I wanted to marry you. Daddy can go marry someone else and I can marry you!” I stroked his freshly washed head and said, “But I like being married to Daddy and we’re going to stay married because we love each other. And someday you will meet a nice girl (I pray!) and love her and want to marry her. And then you’ll have your own children that you can hug and kiss all you want.”

“But how do you know I’ll do that?” He asked me. And I said, “Because I know that you’ll love them as much as Daddy and I love you and you’ll want to hug them and kiss them and tell them you love them all the time.”

What a precious heart. May I treasure it and care for it always!