Sunday, June 16, 2013

The day that was fabulous

I want to first wish this guy a Happy Father's Day! I had such a wonderful time last week and am so happy I got to spend quality time with my wonderful dad.  I could say so much, but this post is really about another great dad I know.
Happy First Father's Day Alex!  I hope it was special and memorable.  I couldn't ask for a better partner in this adventure called "parenthood."  I am really so terribly lucky to have you.  And so is Eleanor.

Alex: You are patient and kind.  Generous and loving.  These sound like systematic endearments, but as I write them, I want you to know that I realize you are patient beyond reason.  Kind beyond reason.  Generous beyond reason.  And loving beyond reason.  When it is hard, you step up.  When things don't go our way, you navigate through it.  When I just don't know what to do, you find a solution.  You step in when you don't have to.  You offer to help when I need it most.  You do things dads aren't expected to do.  And you do them with grace and care.  And I love you so much for it.
This is my rock.  Our rock.

I wanted to make Alex's first Father's Day as special as could be.  Eleanor woke up early and I wanted Alex to have a chance to enjoy a bit of a sleep-in.  So I grabbed the baby and we went out for a run together.  After a sweaty 7am run I headed to the store to pick up ingredients for a fun breakfast.
After watching an episode of Master Chef the other night I decided to try my hand at poached eggs.  The first few were difficult and messy, but once I got the hang of it they turned out rather pretty.
Served runny over an English muffin and vegetarian breakfast sausage.  Alex topped his with a little hot sauce as well.  I was proud of myself for such an accomplishment and we both really enjoyed this treat.
Fresh cantaloupe on the side.

After breakfast we dashed off to church and followed it up with lunch with friends.
I promise Eleanor loves Miss Katie!  I am sure there is a good explanation for that concerned look below! I think she was asking me why she hasn't seen Miss Katie in so long...she missed her.
After lunch there was obligatory frozen yogurt since it was free for dad's.
Hello there Adam and Porter!  Happy Father's Day to you as well!
Our afternoon was lazy.  We laid around the house and stopped by the local bike shop to check out some sales.  *Disclaimer: sales at the bike shop does not equal cheap.  The stuff is still so expensive!*

In the evening we attended a graduation party for Elijah and Whitney.  Elijah managed to steal out of any photos but here is the pretty lady:
Happy Graduation Whitney!
Eleanor loved the swing while I loved the homemade pizza and wine! 
And that's a wrap.  A fun, simple day.  Shared with all our friends.  Happy Father's Day Alex!  Thanks for being amazing!  I think I talk way too much about Eleanor these days and Alex doesn't get much blog love.  Which means I have neglected to share some big Alex news as of late.  I couldn't be more proud of my husband for all he has accomplished and all he does.  But this year he is embarking on two very new, very challenging journeys.

First, Alex just landed a new job.  For the first time in his career he will be out of the classroom.  I can't wait to see how he will grow and thrive in his new role as Instructional Facilitator.  The short explanation to the job title is that he will be "teaching teachers."  His new role is at a different high school and it will be his job to facilitate trainings and professional development for the teachers at the school.  He interviewed the week before we went camping and found out he got the job while I was away in Missouri.  I was sad I wasn't here to celebrate with him when he received the news but we have since toasted to his new job.

His second big journey starting this year is seminary.  Alex will begin classes this summer to work toward a Master's degree in Christian Leadership from a local seminary.  He has a big year ahead of him with the transition of a new job and transition back into being a student but I know that he is going to succeed at all of it.  He is such a talented and smart man and I am so excited for him!

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