Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Zoo Party

We took Nathan to the Miami Zoo for his birthday.  He was able to take two of his friends with us.  It was quite a day!  We left Naples at 8:00 a.m. and it took a little less than two hours to get there.  The Miami Zoo is amazing and the thing I miss the most about Miami (I also miss my friends).  We spent ALL DAY there.  Seriously, we were there from 10:00 - 4:30 p.m.  After the Zoo we went to Bahama Breeze.  It was our first time at that restaurant, we decided to go there because it is our nephew Zachary's favorite restaurant.  

 Logan Hamisch, Audrey, Elysse, Nathan and Austin Hamisch

 The pot of gold was sort of random but the boys enjoyed it!
 Audrey thought getting totally soaked would help her cool off...

 We took plenty of water breaks!
 Kids were able to touch a stingray.  

 Lemon eating contest.
Just wanted to be in a photo.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Make New Friend But Keep the Old

Remember that song from when you were younger?  I have always wondered which set of friends were silver and which were gold.  I guess it doesn't matter.  Perhaps that is the point, both are precious.

Good thing I kept one old friend - Megan (from Venice) because she led to a new friend - Erin (here in Naples).  It just so happens that they are sisters and now I have them both!  I have already made some great friends here in Naples.

It is such a blessing to have friends.  What I have also come to discover is your children making friends brings the same joy.  Yesterday I received a text message from Mandi, a new friend from here.  She has four children - Austin 8, Logan 6, Madelyn 4, Oliver 1.  Nathan is so happy to have friends.  He loves both Austin and Logan. He can't get over just how much they have in common.  The text message said, "Austin just told me that Sunday and Tuesday are his favorite days of the week.  I asked him why.  He said because I get to see Nathan!  He sure loves him!  I am so glad they are such great friends...and the best part of all is I get a great friend out of it too!  Thanks for being such a great friend!"

I have probably posted my theory on friends before but I think I have one of life's mysteries figured out so I will share again - the greatest friends are those that are as excited to see you as you are them and you openly tell them that.  This past week Erin said to me, "you are the closest thing I have had to a best friend since I was a kid."  See how that works?  We like each other, we like spending time together and then we tell one another.  Oh, and the other secret - if you haven't seen one another in a long time and you are able to pick up right where you left off then it is confirmed you have a true gem of a friend.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I couldn't think of what to title the post.  So I will skip it.

I shouldn't be sad that no one has looked at the blog.  I have been absent for awhile.

I feel like going out on a date.  Yup, it is Thursday at 5:07 in the afternoon but I am done for the day.  If anyone in my home sheds a single tear for the rest of the day I might physically hurt them  won't like it very much!

Would it be crazy to hire a babysitter so I can go out by myself?