Tonight we took Lorena to a much awaited Cheesecake Factory outing. Lorena's been looking forward to that for oh so long. It was a present from her sister Karen and we've been consciously avoiding it. :-) Well, we just don't expect our two little ones to sit quietly for a long time. So tonight was it. We took a very excited Lorena, a somewhat calm Nathan and a definitely not happy-my-teeth-are-hurting Abigail. But this was to be a magical night of sorts. For starters, we got the front parking spot without anyone trying to even challenge us for it. Surprisingly, at 4:45pm on a Saturday night, there were no lines. After checking in with the hostess, the hords of people arrived. Literally! We only had a 5-10 minute wait and even got a booth! It's the little things in life, really. We got through appetizers but Abigail would have none more of it. So I decided to take her outside into the mall. Even though my wonderful husband would not have hesitated one bit to take her and have me enjoy my meal, I really wanted him to have a good dinner and time with his mom. It's been a stressful week for him. After a week of Abigail being demanding and some embarrassing situations where she actually hit me (!), I was, to be completely honest, dissappointed. When we exited the Cheesecake Factory, I saw an old man on a bench looking at us. I don't know what it was, but the smile on his face, I instantly knew that he remembered maybe his own children when they were so little and how precious it was to him. That is what life is all about. I felt ashamed for forgetting that even though that is part of being a mommy. I was grateful in my heart for the realization and decided to make this about Abby time. We had a blast. And although challenging, I took it with a sense of humor. Such as when we were at L'occitane and Abigail would not stop yelling (and you know how loud that girl it) "Poopoo, mama, Poopoo". :-) When she didn't want to walk or be carried and threw a fit, we discovered that she loves to walk backwards and upside down between my legs. She loves straws and likes to have air blown through her hair with them. She wanted me to put her on top of a girl bed at Pottery Barn Kids as I did and she then told me "Aa-bee night-night. Bye, bye mama." When I asked her if she really wanted me to go bye-bye so she could sleep, she uttered her usual "mhm" in agreement. I noted again, how much I love her baby-pink skin and how her chubby little cheeks plump up when she laughs. That she loves to take her shoes and socks off, loves sitting on chairs and is just most precious. Thank you sir for giving us that encouraging smile of wisdom. Thank you Lord for always keeping me focused on what is important. I love my family.