July 31, 2009

Our New Home

Since we have been in our new apartment for about two months already, I think it's about time to share a few pictures with you. Don't you think? My plan was to completely finish decorating before I posted pictures, but decorating is expensive, so we are finishing one thing at a time. But everything is pretty much in its place, so I thought I'd go ahead and show you our new home!

Let's start with Noah's room tonight. His room was the easiest to decorate out of all of them. I don't know why, but everything just fell into place. The theme for his room is the jungle and I just love it!

Welcome to Noah's jungle!

When you first walk into the room this is what you see:

Close up of the Hutch:

The door to the very left is Noah's closet and the door on the right closest to the hanging quilt goes into the guest bathroom. The door to the far right is the main door which leads to Noah's (and my) favorite place in the house: the Kitchen!

View into Noah's closet.

It is HUGE! Thank goodness because we have a LOT of stuff.

Noah's little cubby hole with his crib

The ceilings in our new apartment are SO high, which I love, but we had a little bit of a problem. Our curtains were waaaaay too short. So my mom and I found some adorable fabric that matched Noah's room perfectly, and she sewed it onto the curtains. Ta Da! Don't they look great!

Noah loves his room too!

I wish I would have thought to take a picture of the view he has from his room. It is beautiful! I will post a picture of his view along with more pics of the rest of our home. To be continued tomorrow!

Have a great day!

July 30, 2009

You've Got a Friend in Me!

What?! No post in the past three days. What have I been doing!? Well, actually, I've been working, so I guess I have a good excuse for not keeping up lately. After a long day at work I'm practically useless. All I want to do when I come home from work is kiss Noah's sweet face, shower, slip into my pj's and eat some dinner that my wonderful husband has cooked for me. I honestly haven't forgotten to blog; I'd never do that! But after a loooooong day at work, my creative blog writing just doesn't happen. It's not like I don't try though. I'll sit down, write a couple sentences that don't make sense, and end up deleting every word I wrote. Then I'll realize I just wasted thirty minutes that I could have been sleeping. So that's why you have opened up our blog the past three days with nothing new to read.

Anyway, work has been more than I could ever have imagined. I thank God every morning I go into work for the job He has provided. Not only is it a job, but it's the exact thing that I love doing. And that sure makes it easy to work when you love what you do, right? I have never gone through an orientation as smooth as this one has gone. I have learned so much in the five days I have worked, and I am starting to feel at home there. One thing about North Hills is everyone is SO kind. Even the doctors are friendly! Ha. Every time I go into work, God makes it clear to me North Hills is exactly where he wants me to be. It's been wonderful, and I thank you for your thoughts and prayers for us as we have gone through many changes the past couple of months.

Before I say goodnight, I have the sweetest little video to show you. The other day Noah and Einstein were playing in the living room together, and it was seriously one of the cutest things ever. The yellow tennis ball in the video is one of many scattered throughout the house. Einstein has quite a collection of tennis balls, so there is always one to play with. Often Noah will grab one to play with, and Einstein will excitedly waddle over to play with him. When I watch the two of them interact, I can't help but smile. They are precious! Make sure you turn the volume up for this one.

Hope you are having a great week!

July 27, 2009

Baby Boyardee

Noah has been eating table foods for a little over a month now. Every time Josh and I would eat something, Noah just stared at us. Eventually, he started opening his mouth making it clear he wanted to taste whatever we were eating. So we started giving him table foods. I actually put off giving Noah table foods because one day, when he was around 9 months old, I gave him a Cheerio, and he choked on it. I literally almost had a panic attack. We continued to try different foods here and there, but most of the time the food would go straight to the back of his throat and he would gag, so I decided that he might not be ready for table foods just yet.

About a month ago, we tried again, and he has been learning to chew and doing so well. Our only problem is that, well, he does not want to feed himself. He will play and play with the food, but will not bring it to his mouth to eat it. He sits and waits with his mouth open wanting one of us to feed him. I'm starting to realize we should have been encouraging him to feed himself from the beginning. For the past week or so we have been placing the food in front of Noah to teach him to feed himself. As much of a mess and struggle it has been to get him to pick food up and put it in his mouth, it has paid off.

Tonight Noah fed himself for the first time! I gave him ravoli and he loved it! Of course he still wanted Mommy to feed him, but with encouragement, he brought the food to his mouth. I never realized how excited I could get watching Noah accomplish what seems like a simple thing, but I was clapping my hands and cheering like I won a million dollars. I'm so proud of my ravoli baby!

I guess it's a learning process for all of us!


July 25, 2009

Short and Sweet

I have to apologize for Josh's blog slacking. He kinda left you hanging, huh? You know I would never do that to you. Ha. But honestly, he really does have a good reason for not posting. Being a stay at home daddy with Noah has kept him running! But he promises to post part 2 of the Running Diary within the next couple of days. So keep watching for it!

The past three days at work took it out of me. So as for now, I don't have much to say except that...


this little boy melts my heart.

July 22, 2009

Dudes Day -- A Running Diary

Today, for the first time in almost four months, I played the role of Mr. Mom. That is, I had Noah all to myself all day while Libby worked. Four months isn't a big deal when you're an adult, but when you're going from six to ten months old, oh man. The difference is night and day. Yes, I've seen Noah change and grow in the past four months, but I haven't taken care of him all by myself for a whole day during those four months. Either Libby has been with me, or she's taken care of him without me while I work. God bless her soul.

Anyway, I thought the easiest way to tell you about our day would be through a running diary, a la my favorite sports columnist, Bill Simmons. Here we go...

5:58 am: Libby wakes me up with a kiss on the cheek to tell me she's leaving for work. I think I mumbled something like "I love you, have a good day," but I'm not sure. My brain is in "off" mode at 6 am.

9:02 am: I awake to the sound (via the baby monitor) of Noah laughing as he plays in his crib. He's up. I'm still tired. I roll over, hoping he'll be content to play in his crib until noon.

9:15 am: Noah politely informs me (again, via the baby monitor) that, while he has enjoyed playing in his crib for the past 15-20 minutes, he is hungry and ready to get up.

9:17 - 11:45 am: Nothing too eventful happened during this stretch. I got Noah up, fed him, we played a little bit, and then he watched a Baby Einstein while I showered.

11:46 am: Noah starts rubbing his eyes, which is the telltale sign that he's tired. Nap time!

11:52 am: Noah whimpered a bit, but he's sound asleep now. Libby's advice to me last night: "When he's napping, you go nap too. Otherwise you'll be dead at the end of the day." I don't mind if I do.

12:24 pm: Apparently Noah is now into power naps, because he's already up and screaming. What happened to the 2 hour naps he used to take? I get up and make him a bottle. Hopefully he'll take it and go back to sleep.

12:26 pm: I pick the bottle up off the ground in Noah's room. He threw it a good 3 feet out of his crib.

12:32 pm: Looking out the window, I see that there are only 2 people at the pool. Noah's still in a pretty sour mood, so maybe swimming will cheer him up.

12:33 pm: I put Noah in his play pen for a while so that I can get everything ready for us to go swimming. I start making a mental to-do list, but then it gets too long, and I have to use pen and paper. It feels like we're going of town or something.

12:35 pm: First on the list: get towels. Check.

12:36 pm: Air up the yellow submarine, and scare Einstein to death in the process. Check.

12:42 pm: Get Noah's stuff together: Swimsuit, Check. Sunscreen, Check. Hat, Check Swimming Diapers, umm...

12:50 pm: Where in the world does she keep those things?

12:55 pm: Check.

12:56 pm: Gotta get my stuff together too. I get my swimsuit on and find my flip flops in the closet buried underneath every shoe that Libby owns. I need to put some sunscreen on but decide to forgo it because my boss is getting restless in his playpen.

1:05 pm: Ok, we've got everything ready to go. All that's left is getting Noah in his swimsuit and hat. Oh, and I also need to dip him in a vat of sunscreen.

1:06 pm: One thing that hasn't changed in four months: Noah likes wearing the outfit that God gave him. Getting him out of his clothes and diaper is as easy as it's always been.

1:07 pm: One more thing that hasn't changed: Noah hates putting clothes on. Except now it's more of an issue because he can crawl, twist, and turn his body into every position imaginable to avoid putting on said clothes. I'm currently trying to get his swimming diaper on him, and it's not an easy task.

1:12 pm: It took me five minutes to get the diaper on him. I'm dreading the swimsuit.

1:15 pm: Still working on that swimsuit. I'm out of breath. Noah is laughing.

1:23 pm: Here's the thing about growing up in a house with five boys: you always have someone to wrestle. And you become very good at performing an assortment of wrestling moves. I end up using a variation of Ric Flair's Figure Four Leg Lock on Noah to keep him still on his back while I inch the swimsuit up his legs. I knew that move would come in handy some day.

1:25 pm: We have two different kinds of sunscreen for Noah: A stick for his face and a spray for his body. I have a hard time applying the stick to his face because he thinks it's a Push Pop. He opens his mouth real wide and tries to lick it. In fact, I laid it down for a minute and then looked up, and here's what I saw:

1:30 pm: See the red jacket that Noah is wearing in the picture? Let's just say it was easier to put that on than keep him still long enough to spray the sunscreen on him. It'll do a good job protecting him from the sun. I mean, surfers wear long sleeve body suits like that. Same idea, right?

1:38 pm: Over an hour after we started getting ready for the pool, we're walking out the door ready to head to the pool. I'm carrying Noah, the yellow submarine, 2 towels, and my keys. Let's hope I don't drop anything.

1:40 pm: We make it to the pool in one piece! But when we get to the gate, this is what we see:

1:41 pm: I weep uncontrollably. All my sins against my parents have caught up with me.

To be continued tomorrow...

July 21, 2009

One Step Closer

I've been a stay at home mommy for the past month and a half, and it's hard to believe that I'm going back to work tomorrow. Honestly, I'm not excited about it. Well I am, but I'm not. Does that make any sense? I am so thankful for my new job, but I have absolutely loved being home with Noah. What a blessing it has been to be able to stay home and care for him and to watch him grow and learn. The good thing is, I will still be able to be a stay at home mommy for the most part. I'll just be working one to two days a week, so it won't be too bad.

So that my orientation wouldn't go on for weeks on end, I agreed to work three twelve-hour shifts this week. I'm gonna be one tired girl, because working three twelve-hour shifts makes for a really loooonnnnggg week. But after my orientation is over, I will be able to have a pretty flexible schedule. And Josh, well, he gets to be a stay at home daddy this week. It will be a good time for him to rest up and spend some good quality time with Noah.

Remember the post about Noah pulling up on everything? Not long after he learned to pull up, he started cruisin'. And everyday he gets more comfortable with his ability to walk as he holds on to things. We have had a few falls and ouchies here and there, but nothing that can't be fixed with a hug and kiss. My baby is growing up! I know I say that a lot, but it's so true, and it's hard to believe that each day he gets a little bit closer to walking on his own. When Noah walks he just laughs and laughs; it's the most adorable thing ever.

Aw. Isn't he sweet? Well I better call it a night and get to bed. 5 am is gonna come way too quickly.


July 20, 2009

Branson Family Vacation (Numero Dos)

Ok, I'm back with the rest of our family trip to Branson, Missouri. Be sure to check out the first part if you missed it.

After a full day at the lake we were exhausted and huunnnnggrry. We all took a quick shower, got ready, and ate at a delicious steakhouse that I forgot the name of. Yummmm yum!

Mimi, Granddad, and Noah


My sister Abby and Myself


Dad and my sister Megan


Noah was so funny. He put his leg over the highchair
and just chilled as he ate his bread.


And yes. Noah loved shrimp. Josh is completely disgusted by this.


We all got a good night's rest and got out to the lake early again the next morning. The lake was beautiful, and we could not have asked for better weather. Here are a few more pictures of us at the lake!

Sexy legs! (Matt will probably kill me for posting this)


If you know our family at all you know we're Mexican food fanatics. So of course we had to find some good Mexican food in Branson. Our last night there we found a really great restaurant (sorry can't remember the name of that one either) in this beautiful outlet shopping area. We had to wait a while to be seated, so we looked around at a few of the shops while we were there. Abby, Noah, my Mom and Dad, and I stopped in one of the closest stores to get out of the heat. It was one of those Build-A-Bear stores. We were just browsing around, and before we knew it, poor Noah was our model for the build a bear accessories. I could barely hold my camera I was laughing so hard.

Does he look like Harry Potter or what?


Thank you so much Dad and Mom for everything, and thank you for making it possible for us to all get together. We made so many fun memories, and I am so glad Noah and I were able to come! Love you all!

July 19, 2009

Branson Family Vacation!

Our family trip to Branson was wonderful! I am so thankful for the time we had together as a family! One afternoon about halfway through the trip, we were on the lake, and I was just relaxing watching all of my family and it just hit me that we were actually all together. It doesn't happen very often that both of my parents and all of my brothers and sisters are in one place together, so it was such a blessing that we were all able to make it. As a bonus, Matt's girlfriend Tiffany and Megan's, let's-just-say-it's-complicated friend, Cory were with us. We were so happy they could come!

On Thursday afternoon, Noah and I flew into Springfield, where Mimi and Granddad were anxiously awaiting our arrival. We couldn't wait to see them! And by the time I got off the plane with Noah on my hip, my heavy purse, and Noah's diaper bag, I was sure thankful to have an extra set of hands! Of course Granddad and Mimi didn't mind taking Noah off my hands. Noah and I loved spending the evening with my parents. We ate dinner together, played and relaxed in the cabin, and went swimming before we got in bed. Here are a few pictures of our first night in Branson with Granddad and Mimi.

The plan for our time in Branson can be summed up in two words: TableRock Lake! I haven't been on a lake in so long; I couldn't wait to go! The first morning we decided to go to the lake early so we could spend most of the day there, and we eneded up leaving about 9:30. TableRock Lake was only about a 15 minute drive away, so we were there before we knew it. My dad rented a boat, two jet skis, and a huge floaty to pull us on the back of the boat. I have been on a lot of fun trips, but this one was one of my favorites! Here are some pictures of us the first day on the lake!

We had SO much fun! And Noah was the best baby! He loved being on the boat, and he had many fun new experiences too! He got to ride on the jet ski with my parents and sit on the floaties, and he loved swimming in the lake. Noah even took two or three naps on the boat! I think it was probably a combination of the heat and the rocking of the boat. The only thing he didn't like was his life jacket. I don't blame him though. It looked so uncomfortable.

Well, I originally planned this to be one big post, but my editor/husband made me split it up. So be sure to check back tomorrow for more on our family trip!

July 17, 2009

My Little Climber

The truth is, I'm tired.

Our family trip to Branson was the plan for tonight, and honestly, I tried. After spending 30 minutes on a couple sentences, I realized I was not getting anywhere. Don't you hate when that happens?

So I'm gonna have to make this short and sweet.

Noah learned something new while we were in Branson. In the cabin where we stayed there were a flight of stairs, and as soon as Noah laid eyes on them, he was enthralled. He immediately crawled to them and to my surprise knew exactly what he needed to do. Oh, I just love when he learns something new.

Isn't he just so sweet? After Noah discovered the stairs, all he wanted to do was climb. He loved it!

Where was my video camera when I needed it? Darn.

July 16, 2009

Noah's First Flight

Every summer my parents plan a family trip, and for the past three years we have gone to Mexico. We have been to Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, and Puerto Vallarta, and this year we had planned to go back to Playa del Carmen because it was our favorite of all the places we had been.

As you can imagine, we were all so excited, but sadly we had to cancel our trip. Right about the time we planned to go, there was so much going on in Mexico. There were Mexican drug wars going on, but we decided we would still go because the drug wars weren't even close to where we would be. Then the Swine Flu hit. We didn't want to take any chances, especially with Noah going with us, so we canceled. Bummer!

But what would our summer be without a family trip? My parents pulled together a trip to Branson, Missouri, and we all had SO much fun. We only wish Josh could have come with us, but since it was last minute, he ended up having to work. But Noah and I were happy we had the chance to go!

Here we are all packed up and ready to go to the airport!


I was excited about our trip to Branson, but I was SO nervous about flying alone with Noah. Don't get me wrong. We have one of the happiest, most content babies ever, but flying with a baby is not easy, especially when you're doing it alone. But I thought to myself, "It will be ok, it's only one hour." So we said our goodbyes to Daddy and we were on our way to Branson!


As soon as Noah and I boarded the plane, we were greeted by the flight attendant. I was relieved because I was sitting on the single-seat row, so that meant Noah and I had a seat to ourselves! Yay. I wouldn't have to worry about Noah grabbing the wig of some poor woman sitting next to us, because no one would be sitting next to us. But as soon as we boarded, the oh-so-kind attendant informed me that I needed to find a seat in the two-seat row. What?! I wondered why I couldn't sit in the seat I had on my ticket, but I just said, "Ok" and sat down. I had too much going through my mind at that point, so I didn't even think about questioning her orders. I found out later only the two-seat rows have oxygen masks for infant/children. Thank you American Airlines. The poor woman with the wig thanks you too.

Despite my worries, Noah was such a good boy during his very first flight! He was as squirmy and active as any 10 month old would be, but I was so proud of him. Thankfully Daddy put two Baby Einstein movies on my iPhone to keep Noah busy. I owe Josh big time because Noah sat in my lap for most of the flight watching the movies. I love this picture of Noah wearing Josh's earphones as he watches Baby Mozart. So precious!


I was definitely drained of all my energy by the time we got to Springfield Airport, and I'm sure I was a site to see! But overall I think Noah's first flight went very smooth.

I'll continue tomorrow with our fun trip to Branson!

July 15, 2009

Four Wheel Drive

Noah has officially found his "four wheel drive" switch. That is to say, he's officially crawling around on all fours!

And I think it is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I can't help but smile when I watch him crawl around. Over the past month or two Noah has become a pretty skilled army-crawler, but recently he decided it was time to get up on all fours, and he did it without any problem!

Noah hasn't completely given up the army crawl. He stills uses it when he wants to get somewhere really quickly. I don't know why, but Noah is infatuated with Einstein's water bowl. There have been so many times that we have heard a splashing noise come from the kitchen, and we'll find Noah and the floor covered in Einstein's slobber water. It's a daily battle to keep Noah out of Einstein's water bowl. It is so funny because Noah will spot the bowl and start crawling towards it like his diaper is on fire, and he will be laughing the whole way. Most of the time we catch him before he gets to the bowl, but occasionally he's a sneaky little boy and gets there before we notice. He definitely keeps us busy around here, but we wouldn't trade it for anything.

July 14, 2009

Matt Made it on the Blog!

I got the funniest text message from my mom the other day. My brother Matt came to Fort Worth to visit us last week, but before he left he told my mom, "I'm so excited to go visit because now I will be on the blog!" It's true. If you want to be on our blog, you must come visit. My mom and I had a good laugh over that one.

Matt came to visit us Forth of July weekend. He got into Architecture School at Oklahoma State University, which is a huge accomplishment. Apparently it's pretty tough to get into the program, so we are very proud of him. This year he is required to have a desktop computer to complete projects and school work. Lucky for Matt, his brother-in-law can build computers (really good computers for a pretty low price). So Matt came down to talk with Josh about what he needed, so they could get the process started to build his computer. Of course he also came down to just hang out with us.

We decided Friday night to go watch the Rangers play. Matt had never been to a pro baseball game, so we thought it would be fun to go. We even got tickets for $7! After the game they had a fireworks show since it was the Fourth of July weekend, so we decided to stay and watch. I wondered how Noah would react to the fireworks, but he loved them. He just sat back on Daddy's lap and watched them with bright eyes. As I watched Noah, I couldn't help but think back to last year's Fourth of July when I was 8 months pregnant, round belly and all, watching the beautiful fireworks. We were anxiously awaiting his arrival, ready to meet our little guy. This year, what a joy it was to have Noah with us to celebrate the Fourth. I always enjoy the fireworks and the Fourth of July holiday, but having Noah with us this year made it the best yet. We all had such a fun time at the game.

We had to park FAR away from the stadium, so we had a long way to walk back to the car after the game. And, well, we got lost. It probably would have been a good idea to remember where we parked the car, or at least which lot we parked it in, because it wasn't easy finding it among hundreds of other cars. By the time we found the Jeep we were damp from the humidity and completely worn out. Our beds were sounding really good about that time.

We had a fun filled weekend full of wonderful food, swimming, and just hanging out together. Thanks for coming to visit us Matt. Hope it's not too long before we can get together again. I don't think it will be, I know you're anxious to get your computer!

July 13, 2009

A Rough Night

Something happened tonight that I hoped never would. Noah fell out of his crib. I know it's not my fault, and I know things like this happen, but the fact that it happened just tears me up.

After I found him I just held him in my arms, and we both cried and cried (probably me more than him). He calmed down after I held him for a while, and then he decided he wanted to play. It made me feel better seeing him act like his normal self. I decided to let him stay awake until Josh came home from work tonight, so I could keep an eye on him, and also so Josh could lower his bed. What a busy boy he's been tonight. He even helped me do some laundry.


But Noah just couldn't make it until Daddy got home, he wore himself out and fell asleep on the living room floor.

Einstein was so concerned about Noah; he knew that something was wrong. At first, Einstein stood and watched over Noah as he played, and then when Noah fell asleep, Einstein sat by his side. When I went back in the living room to check on Noah, Einstein had found himself a snuggle buddy.


I am so thankful Noah is ok. Thank you Lord for protecting him. Sweet dreams little one.

July 08, 2009

Back to the Grind

Blog-Nazi? Are you beginning to see the trend? Ha. And for the record I did not give Josh a three-day deadline to post about his Father's Day. I asked him kindly if he would write a blog, and he willingly agreed to it. One day passed, no post. A second and third day went on by, still no post. It's not that he didn't want to sit down and write, but if you know my husband at all you know he is a procrastinator! A hORRible procrastinator. So a Blog-Nazi? Well by the end of the week I probably was. The whole week passed by without a single blog post. Unacceptable! Anyway, I thought you needed my side of the story.

Today was my first day of Orientation for my new job at North Hills for newborn nursery, and I am plum worn out. For the past month I have been a stay at home mommy with Noah; taking care of him and the household is certainly a lot of work, but I totally forgot how exhausting work is at the hospital. Hopefully it won't take me long before I get back into the routine of things, but whoa, I'm tired today.

This job is such a blessing from God. I have heard and continue to hear how so many hospitals are not hiring, but God provided me a job. The director who hired me told me she had an employee who had just had a baby, and she was not able to come back because of certain reasons unknown to me. But isn't it neat how God opened up this opportunity for me? I am so excited and believe God has a specific plan for me here. Let me explain a little to you about how perfect this job is.

I will be working PRN, which means I basically set my schedule when I can work (in medical lingo, PRN means "as needed"). It was important for me to find something flexible so I could work around both Josh's work and school schedules. I only have to work two days out of a four week schedule, but can grab pretty much anything available. I plan to work about one to two days a week and be home with Noah the rest of the time, but what a relief to know I am not bound to anything more than two days a month. In addition to that, I don't have to work weekends, and the best part: NO holidays! It's a pretty big deal to be employed at the hospital and not have to work holidays. Sounds pretty good, huh?

I will be working with newborn infants, as well as infants who need antibiotics, oxygen, and other areas of care that can be managed at North Hills without having to send the baby off to another hospital with a full Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I love working with healthy newborns, but I am so excited to be able to care for the infants who need a little help getting to a complete state of wellness. I am also going to be trained to do post-partum nursing, so if they need help in that area I can also help out there. Most of you know my heart is with the babies, but I look at this as a great opportunity to grow and learn and become an even better nurse.

As much as I dread the long days of Orientation and learning the ins and outs of a new hospital, I left with a much clearer picture of what North Hills Hospital is all about. There are so many hospitals that are just a building with no heart. Today it was completely evident to me that North Hills is not one of those types of hospitals. North Hills is about serving and caring, and that is the type of hospital I want to be a part of. God knew exactly this when he provided this job for me. I am so thankful!

You know I can't leave you without a picture. Noah will probably kill me someday when he sees this, but it's just too funny not to post. Of course, as soon as I put the sunglasses on him, he pulled them right off. Do babies actually keep sunglasses on?


July 07, 2009

The (waaaayy overdue) Father's Day Post

Occasionally, Libby will give me assignments and deadlines for blog posts, and when Father's Day rolled around this year, I was given a 3-day deadline to post about it. Those 3 days came and went with no Father's Day post, and, surprisingly, no bodily harm to myself. However, I dare not test the Blog-Nazi's patience too long, lest I provoke her to wrath.

So, here it is: The Father's Day Post.

This year was my first Father's Day, and I took the time to think back on how being a father has changed me. I've changed most in my understanding of God. Now that I'm a dad, I cherish the intimacy of the word "Da-da" in Galatians 4:6. I can understand the joy in Zephaniah 3:17. I can fully appreciate the sacrifice in John 3:16. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to be a father.

You may recall Libby's Mother's Day gift from her 3 boys. Well, when I woke up on Sunday morning, I had a pleasant surprise awaiting me on our computer:

I was speechless. In a good way. Making videos is my thing; never in my wildest dreams did I expect Lib to make me a slideshow (with music!) for Father's Day. Turns out, she'd secretly been peeking over my shoulder as I made various videos, and she figured out Adobe Premiere all by herself. What an awesome video. I am still so impressed.

Wait, that's not all! I also got one of these:

A shower head! To call the original shower heads in our apartment "low-flow" is a compliment. I literally haven't taken a shower with such low water pressure since I was in the staff shower at a Ukranian youth camp. In both cases, it was necessary to jump around to get wet.

But it's amazing how much a shower head can make a difference. We had replaced Libby's shower head the week before but decided to wait on replacing mine. So, imagine the rush of joy I felt as I installed my new shower head. I couldn't dream of two Father's Day gifts better than the two that I got.

Where, do you ask, did Libby get the shower head? I'm not sure, but I imagine a scene similar to the one below.

You never know.

I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of Noah and me on Father's Day.

I had an awesome Father's Day. Thank you Libby, Noah, and Einstein for everything. It's a privilege to be the Dad in our family.