Friday, May 13, 2011

Light at the End of the Tunnel

It's been a rough little stretch around the house lately.  Between allergies, a nasty cold that we all are fighting, and 4 (FOUR!) teeth coming in all at once for Samuel, we have had many sleepless nights.  Through the haze of sleep-deprivation, cold medication, and wiping endlessly runny noses there is a bright spot.  As of yesterday afternoon, Ben has officially completed his comprehensive oral exams and is nearly done with his PHD!  He has finished all of his course work and requirements except for his dissertation.  He has successfully defended his dissertation proposal, so he's getting close on that front as well.  The light at the end of the tunnel is growing brighter!

Eleanora is obsessed with kites.  She has been talking about flying a kite for months.  Lucky for her, the Easter bunny brought her a kite of her very own.  A couple of weeks ago, before the never-ending cold and teething season hit us, we made a family trip to the park to try out the lovely ladybug kite.

 "Be careful, Mr. Ladybug! Not too high!"

 Samuel is less interested in the kite than the grass, a rare site in Tucson!

 "I gots a boo-boo.  You tiss it, Daddy?"

 Reprimanding her hair for blowing in her face..."No my hair! No wind blowin'!"

Enjoying a post-bath snuggle with Natalie who spent the night while Liam was traveling. When asked how her sleepover with Na-Na was she replied, "Vewy special"


Elaine said...

GO BEN!!! You're in the final stretch but it's still so demanding, I'm sure. Still, you are closing in on a MAJOR life goal and we just couldn't be any happier for you or more proud of you. Your discipline and commitment are AMAZING!!! KUDOS TO BEN!!! Love, Mom

Natalie said...

Yay Ben! you have the cutest family ever AND you're a genius!

Mark and Jenn said...

Hooray!! Congrats to you both! What a milestone!

Sweet pictures too... a kite?? How fun!! :D

Erin said...

Yay Ben! So you guys will be moving nearby next year, right? RIGHT?! I miss you guys!!

Brent said...

Congrats to the whole family on clearing another academic hurdle! And, the pictures are adorable!

Kami said...

YAY!!! Congrats Ben!! That is super exciting! Love the pics of your adorable kiddos. Love, Kami

Anonymous said...

Kudos to soon to be Dr. Hoffman~!

You've been tilling and laboring in the field for a long time. And now the harvest is within sight.

Love that pic of Samuel on the lawn. I can't wait to tell him that Uncle Haggarty has a whole house full of stuff he can take apart as often and whenever he wants. Its great fun taking Haggarty's stuff apart and a s abonus, it makes him crazy. I've been doing it for over 50 years..