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Archive for January, 2009

Hockey School – Week 4

by on Jan.31, 2009, under Elizabeth

Elizabeth had week 4 of hockey school today and continues to improve every week.  This week she got rid of the chair she was using for balance and stability and skated all by herself back and forth across the ice.  She joined in with the other kids doing the rest of the activities the instructors were teaching and learned how to get back up on her skates after falling to the ice.  I posted new pictures to the gallery of today’s class that were taken by our friend Erika, who is the wife of one of the instructors.

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Vinci la famiglia (The Vinci Family)

by on Jan.30, 2009, under Damon

I added pictures of my Italian relatives to the gallery.  There are pictures of my sister, Barbara (Babi), her boyfriend Francesco, my brother, Francesco (Checco), my father, Piero, my step-mother, Rosetta, and my grandparents, Francesco and Paola.

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by on Jan.29, 2009, under General

Pictures have been posted for the month of January at http://www.hammis.com/gallery.  I also added pictures from New Years Eve.

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Posting from my iPhone

by on Jan.28, 2009, under General

I’m testing the ability to post updates from my iPhone while remote. This will be handy for Evie and I to post pictures and updates when we can’t get to a computer.

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If by Rudyard Kipling

by on Jan.27, 2009, under Damon

My father recently sent this to me in an email.  I had only known of Rudyard Kipling from The Jungle Book and didn’t know he wrote things like this.  I hadn’t known my father until recently either and having him send something like this to me meant more than words could possibly describe.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

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Hockey School

by on Jan.26, 2009, under Elizabeth

Elizabeth started Hockey School a couple of weeks ago as part of the Future Heroes program at the Ice Training Center in Richardson, TX.  She had ice skated before but never with all of the gear required for the classes and the first time we got her dressed up she freaked out a bit.  She cried for the first 30 minutes of class, then finally calmed down and by the end of the class she didn’t want to leave the ice.  Before the second week of class we put her in her gear at the house and let her run around with it on for a bit to get more used to it.  She did a lot better the second week, working with the instructors and learning how to get around the ice with the assistance of a folding chair.  This last weekend she did even better still.  She got to the ice and one of the instructors gave her a chair and she was off to the races.  She skated unassisted with the chair for most of the class, even getting down onto the ice and then standing back up only using the chair to assist her.  Next week they will work with her on getting rid of the chair and getting up onto her feet completely unassisted.  We’ll probably practice at home with her gear, minus the skates, to get her ready for that.

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by on Jan.26, 2009, under Catherine

Catherine is progressing well with her development.  She has started rolling over both ways, front to back and back to front.  She typically has to be mad in order to do that though.  She smiles regularly and eats constantly.  Last night she was laughing at Elizabeth and has started to respond when her name is called out.

All in all she’s been a very good baby.  She sleeps very well at night.  She has transitioned to daycare pretty well.  She had her first sleepover at LaShunda’s house on Friday night when Evie and I went out for Evie’s birthday.  She did well, but didn’t sleep as well there as she does at home.

She still doesn’t have as much hair as Elizabeth did and her eyes are still a gray-ish blue color.  She’s very much a cuddler and likes to be swaddled and kept warm, unlike her sister who hated being swaddled and preferred to stretch out when sleeping rather than cuddle up with mom or dad.

At her last doctor’s visit she had grown two inches in one month.  She doesn’t seem to be slowing down but we won’t know until she has her four month visit in March.  We’ll post here when she visits there.  Some new pictures of her are up in the new gallery and more will be coming soon.

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Site update

by on Jan.26, 2009, under General

I’ve changed a few things with the website to consolidate and upgrade things a bit.  There is a new gallery that includes all of the previous pictures plus some new ones.  You can update your bookmarks for the gallery to point to www.hammis.com/gallery.  The old links have redirections so you’ll land in the new gallery regardless.

I moved the old blog format to www.hammis.com/oldindex.html and mouse.hammis.com/oldindex.html .  I’m hoping to upload them into this format eventually, but who knows when that will actually happen.

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New Blog

by on Jan.20, 2009, under General

In an effort to better keep people up to date on the happenings with the family and especially the girls, I setup this blog.  With this setup Evie can post updates and pictures too, so it won’t just be limited to things from my perspective.

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