Sunday, July 21, 2013

Some very special visitors

Goodness! There's so much catch up to do on my recently neglected blog!

Last week we had a visit from some special guests, all the way from Minneapolis. Megan and her two adorable little boys came to spend a day and a couple of nights with us, en route to Dallas. This brave Mama has driven all the way from home with her boys, making some stops on the way to visit other special friends (most she had never met in person until this trip). Elijah is six, just a few months younger than Bilal, and little Sammy is 3. Elijah has the same primary congenital heart diagnosis as Bilal, although he has a more severe form and has undergone many more procedures and open heart surgeries. But he is a trooper, you'd never think it looking at this spunky little guy!

There was a hiccup; such as a burst radiator that had to be replaced, but thankfully it happened just as they were pulling into our driveway. And because the one day stop was already on the schedule, they were able to make the rest of the trip as planned while the car was getting repaired.

They arrived here Wednesday afternoon and the boys mostly played outside. The fact that it was 93 degrees and very humid did not deter then in the least. And on Thursday we braved the zoo. Maybe the heat had something to do with it, but it was not busy at all. So the kids were able to spend a lot of time up close to the animals, who interestingly, were mostly awake despite the midday heat. A good visit!

Bilal and his heart buddy Elijah
Little Sammy was a little camera shy
The kids were able to feed the elephant apple quarters. It was interesting watching the elephant slowly swing its trunk around to retrieve the apple slices from the ground and pop them into its mouth.

And the giraffe feeding encounter was a lot of fun!

Look at that super long tongue!

And there was more to do at the zoo. We took a nice break and rode the train too.

And the boys all had to ring the very loud bell!

But that's not where the fun ended! After a small break for the kids to have lunch there was the carousel.

Sheer joy on that precious face!
Which Sammy, Bilal and I had to do again!

The zoo also has a traveling exhibit right now; there are several animatronic dinosaurs, with loud roars. Some even squirted water! But we managed to stay dry.

Look at that T. Rex!
"Will you hold my hand?" This little guy just melted my heart!
We walked through the farm animal enclosure. The animals were more elusive here, but Sammy managed to pet a sheep.
"It's so soft!"

And while the younger kids rode the carousel for the third or fourth time, I ran the older two to the other side of the zoo to check out the lorikeet aviary. Safa had really wanted to feed the lorikeets, probably because she can really relate to them, they all like shiny stuff, hah! Do you see the red one on Safa's shoulder? It kept trying to peck at her sparkly nose ring!

Greedy little birds, for sure!
It was a great day, but the kids were exhausted by the end of it. We were home around 3, just in time to run Hamza over to the orthodontist to pick up yet another pair of retainers. Yes, he lost his previous ones!
After one more night we had to say goodbye. The visit was too short, but I'm glad we were at least able to pack in some fun!
Elijah with his favorite 'Lamby'. Doesn't Sammy look ready to leave?!

Maybe we'll be able to meet again some time on the future. Thank you, Megan, for visiting us, and sharing your precious boys with us!


The Portas said...

We had so much fun with you and your beautiful family! We will keep those memories with us forever. I hope you all are having a nice weekend! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality and company while we were there!
Ps. Car I running great!! :)

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