Last night, Ben and I had a chance to get out together for dinner and a concert. It was great. We went to dinner and stuffed ourselves, enjoyed the nice weather and were pulling into the parking garage of the arena when my phone rings. It's a surgeon from JHH telling me they were taking Theodore into surgery that night because his infection had caused an abscess and it needed to be removed. He called it "semi-elective". In that it wasn't emergent but it needed to be done sooner rather than later. Great, thank you. Now I can really enjoy myself. Check off another surgery. That makes 5. Plus 5 infections. That's almost a surgery or infection for every week of his life.
That's just a glimpse at what's been going on. Dealing with people, being away from home, dividing our time; it's all gotten very very old.
So, I've decided to not let the little things get to me (we'll see how that goes); to focus on the things that make me happy as opposed to dwelling on all the...... we'll say 'other stuff'. For posterity's sake, of course. Here are a few of the things that make me relax and take a deep breath and smile: flip flops, a good #2 pencil, Ruthie's laugh, windows down in the car, the smell of diesel, having coffee with a few certain people, picking at peeling skin, Emma's 'accent' (in all reality it's most likely a speech impediment - it's not like we're from anywhere, but still, I call it an accent), a nice new pair of jeans, plucking my eyebrows, Israel's desire to learn, the smell of fresh cut grass and the scent right after it rains, brushing my teeth, and a good long run. And last but not least - Rambo's smile. He does have one every once in a while and today was one of those days :) It amazes me that after all he's been through he just keeps smiling, just keeps smiling, just keeps smiling... Sorry, I got lost in the world of Nemo there for a second.
Now I'm going to bombard you with pictures of his wonderful self. Enjoy as much as I do :)