Monday, October 12, 2009

Vacation with the Boys (6 days till Bayta)

we had a blast! It was the first time in a long time that we were able to have a day dedicated to the Boys. We went to Silver Dollar City, the Landing, and Splash Country. Amanda is practically glowing from the pregnancy. I got to take a good look at my family and it really dawned on me how lucky I am to have such a beautiful healthy happy clan. The weather was cool. We ate horribly. If asked the boys might actually say that the elevator and the hotel were their favorites... but I hope in 80 years they will both remember our special day and how happy we were together. I just got done adding a slide show to the bottom of this page... I will add pictures to it in a few minutes.

Harrison was devestated when we left our hotel and he realized we would not be going back. He wanted to know who was in our room and when we told him it was probably a business mand, or another family he made us edit the story until it was a couple with two little girls... he seemed to tolerate that better. Jackson decided to grow gills. He put his head under water and swam for several seconds at a time under water. He would surface and sputter "do it again daddy!" Harrison chased the big kids hoping to be included in their big kid games. He was largely ignored... but he never gave up trying. Several times we were asked if they were twins.... Jackson eats everything on his plate and Harrison eats like a bird so it is only a matter of time before little brother is the same size... Jackson has a classic Hemphill temper so Harrison better watch out.

In the end the boys got to have some unique fun. During dinner one night I started to tell them that it was 6 years ago that daddy made the best decision of his life and married mommy. Before I could go any farther the couple in the next booth started cheering and clapping for us. It was nice of them to do that but it prevented me from finishing what I was going to say. I wish I had been able to tell her that she is still the reason why I get up and the last thing I think about before I fall asleep. In all this world, she is the only person I know who is truly good and kind and infinitely patient. Not just with the boys but also with her husband who is not always good, kind or patient. We ask sometimes about whether we would get married again knowing what we know now. I know I joke about it, but the fact is I wouldn't change a thing other than to go back in time and savor every moment I have spent with her. We have had many good times in the first 6 years of our marriage. We have had some bad times too. The good far outweighs the bad, and I would relive the bad again and again as long as I could do it with Amanda by my side. She doesn't make me say it as often as I should, but I hope she knows that I love her and would give and do anything to make her happy. How was it that I was able to marry someone as beautiful, (and yet thoroughly unaware of it.) as smart (and yet thoroughly aware of it)and as kind and pure in both thought and deed as her? She sits perched far above my world of cynnical thoughts and spirited debate and comes down only long enough to assure me that all will be ok and remind me of all the good in my life when I sometimes am to mired in my day to day windmill wars to see for myself the beautiful world she has created for me. I just wish that couple in the restaurant hadn't interupted me... now I dont know how I will let her know that she is the SOMEBODY I was looking for. She is my Princess and I am her Mutineer.

I love you baby! Happy Anniversary!

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