August 22, 2011

Recipe for an Idyllic Morning

Posted in Water Droplets, Watermarks in Progress tagged , , , , at 1:01 pm by Tamara

Berean and I had a great morning.  Usually my mornings consist of feeding Rean while eating dry cereal with my fingers, drinking from the half-empty water bottle I forgot on the floor the last night, and wondering if Rean will fall asleep again long enough for me to take a frantic shower.  But this morning was particularly blissful, in spite of the fact that I was removed from another blissful state (sleep) a little earlier than I could have wanted. But still, it was rather idyllic, so I thought I’d document:

The first, and most important, ingredient is a happy baby. The recipe will most likely not succeed without it.

The next ingredients are French-pressed caffe verona and vanilla caramel creamer. Oh yum. I almost put the coffee grounds above the press' plunger by accident. Clearly I needed to stay in blissful state #1 a little longer this morning.

Adam brought me strawberry and blueberry mini-scones from Panera. Yum, yum, yum!

Yes...I'm a month behind. Um, plus a year. Heh. Nothing wrong with a 2-year reading plan! The point is to keep reading!

Next, my chronological Bible, complete with an "Emma" bookmark just to make me smile.

I'd probably get more read if Berean didn't make so many distractingly cute faces!

He was making smacking noises and opening and closing his mouth as if to say "Can I try that, Mommy?"

I also might get more read without cute-but-needy doggies. Exhibit A: Lily.

Exhibit B: Knightley. "I want in, I want out, I want food, I want out, I love you! I want in, I want out...."

The distracting view of the messy living room doesn't help, either....

Clearly, the nighttime pick-up routine did not get accomplished last night. Oi.

But, hey! Bible read, yummy breakfast eaten. Progress!

At this point, I listened to my dreams of a long, peaceful shower get cried away as Berean fought his nap.  When I picked him up to try to rock him to sleep on my shoulder he kept pushing back to look into my face as if to say, “Mommy, you are already beautiful and you smell fine to me–no need to shower!  Now, can we forget about this nap thing and go play?”

Oh well, you win some, you lose some. All in all, I think we have the makings of a great morning! Who needs a shower? On with the day! I love my life. :)

Update: as of this posting, I am glad to report that both a clean living room and a shower have been accomplished!  Now, Berean.  About that nap….


January 9, 2011

Travelin, travelin!

Posted in Watermarks in Progress tagged , , at 7:56 pm by Tamara

Adam and I just got back from an amazing whirlwind of a vacation.  We were gone eleven days and packed more into those days than I thought possible!  I’ll skip the flight horror stories since we’ve all had those—let’s just say it was bad, and were it not for both sets of parents coming to our rescue, the vacation would not have happened! Thank you so much, Mom and Dad Larson and Hamill!!

Our first stop was Arizona, where my extended family’s biennial (yes, I looked that up) Christmas get together was being held.  My dad is one of nine children, so these reunions are a big deal, literally!  I think it’s incredible that even though there are so many of us and we’re spread so far apart, everyone still makes it a point to come spend several days together every other Christmas.  I have treasured relationships with my aunts, uncles, and cousins that I never would have had otherwise.  What a blessing!

While we were there we had Christmas dinner, a gift exchange, and they even threw a shower for Adam and I, my cousins who just had a baby, and my sister and her fiancé, who just got engaged!  And, of course, we spent many hours playing stinky peasant, mafia, Dutch blitz, Mexican train dominoes, and other games.  (I’m assuming the pinochle tradition was continued at the home the ol’ folks were staying at, too, but I was not witness to it, as I was staying at the house with the young folks.  Hehe.)

Next we flew to Wisconsin where I was in one of my best friend’s weddings.  Thanks to our flight issues we missed the rehearsal but made it in time for the dinner and New Year’s party.  We left before midnight so we could stop by a party some friends from our old church were having, and it was so fun to see so many of our friends, some of whom Adam has known since middle school!  The wedding was Sunday, and I not only managed to fit into my bridesmaid’s dress (score!), but also refrained from fainting or falling during the ceremony.  The funniest thing was that all three of the bridesmaids were pregnant and showing!  (I told my friend that probably meant she was going to have honeymoon triplets.  She was not amused.  Hehe.)  The bride was absolutely lovely, and it was so special to get to be a part of their celebration!  I miss her so much, and am so happy for her and her wonderful husband.

Next we spent a few days with Adam’s family, where we celebrated Christmas again and were thrown another baby shower!  The shower was so much fun and I felt so loved—thank you to everyone who planned and came to it!  It was so fun to spend time with family, too, especially since the next time we’re all together there will be four grandkids added to the family!    We also got to get together with a lot of friends from NTBI who we miss so much.  I can’t believe we’ve been gone a year.

We had a wonderful time—how often do you get to see both sides of your family, be in a wedding, celebrate Christmas, be thrown baby showers, and meet with so many friends from school and church, all in one shot?  We feel so blessed to have been able to go!

When we arrived back home late at night we hugged our dogs (who we left with a house sitter), inspected the house, and immediately went out and bought a carpet shampooer.  Apparently the dogs’ gift to themselves in our absence was a vacation from being housebroken.  Wa wa waaaa.  But even that didn’t dampen our opinion of what a wonderful time we had!!  And, miraculously, I was still glad to see my cuddle puppies.  Good thing they’re so cute….

And now, back to reality!  (Wait…what?  Do I have to?)


November 29, 2010

Knightley Says Baby is a Girl! No, Wait–a Boy. No, Wait….

Posted in Watermarks in Progress tagged , at 10:47 pm by Tamara

Thursday will be a very exciting day in the Hamill House: assuming Baby cooperates, we will find out whether we should be painting the nursery blue or pink!  The ultrasound has been pushed back three times so far due to various scheduling issues, and I am SO READY to find out!  As a compulsive planner, not knowing has been excruciating.  Of course, I probably haven’t learned my lesson yet, and will probably plan everything to a T for the gender they say Baby will be, and then get a surprise when Baby actually arrives!  Wouldn’t that just be peachy.

Right now our house is split with two girls and two boys (dogs included).  The other night I asked Knightley whether Baby was going to tip the balance of power to the girls or the boys.  He looked in my direction, and I said “Does that mean Baby is a girl?”  Then he looked at Adam, “Oh, you mean it’s a boy?”  Adam piped up then with a helpful suggestion: “You know, Knightly, why don’t you just make it clear and actually walk in one direction or the other?”  Knightly stared philosophically at us for a moment, slowly backed up a few steps, and carefully sat down exactly in place as if to say “Oooooh, no.  I’m not touching this one with a ten foot pole.”  Haha!  It cracked us up.  Smart doggie.  But, since Knightley is too chicken to guess, make sure YOU vote in the poll (it’s on the right)!

We plan to tell the gender, but not the name until Baby is actually here.  Although, while we have a girl name picked, we can’t decide on a boy name, so we may just have to crack and run some options by some people.  Any volunteers?

Adam's getting some practice rocking the "baby"

July 6, 2010

My Birthday (Or, Knightley Eats Cake)

Posted in Water Droplets, Watermarks in Progress tagged , , , at 10:15 pm by Tamara

My birthday was last week, and I have officially obtained the ripe old age of twenty six.  (Whew!)  Adam made it a great day, although we missed our family terribly!   This was the third birthday I’ve spent away from my family (I spent my 20th birthday in Russia and my 24th birthday in Afghanistan), but it was the first time I was stateside and not with them.  I share a birthday with my wonderful Father-in-law, Rick, which has been a lot of fun and also earned me the nickname “Tami-Ricky.”

We went to see an acoustic Jonny Diaz concert (he sings “More Beautiful You”), which we really enjoyed.  He not only put on a great show musically, but he was hilarious.  There was a comedian there, too, but he was honestly funnier!

Jonny Diaz singing "More Beautiful You"

Jonny Diaz

Adam, sweet man that he is, bravely ventured to make me my birthday cake.  Knightley helped by keeping the floor clean during the process.

Adam and Knightley make the cake

Mr. Knightley

Ran out of frosting for "Happy Birthday," so he abbreviated. lol!

He was worried

But it was wonderful!

Adam was really concerned about the edibility of his creation, but I can attest that it was wonderful!

Mr. Knightley apparently was very sure the cake would turn out wonderfully, and also very convinced that his hard work helping make it deserved a sample.  I think the following picture sequence speaks for itself:

"That looks good. Can I have some?"

"Just a little taste--" (Notice the tongue!!)

"Knightley!" "...What?"

"But, but, but...."

"You...ate it, Mom!" I've never seen him look so disappointed!

He got to lick my fork at the end. I'm a sucker.

Such a funny puppy–he always keeps us entertained.  It was a fun birthday, and God even sent me this beautiful present to end it: