A COVID Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2020 is now a memory. It was very different from Thanksgivings of the past, to be sure. It was, however, a very wonderful day!

Thursday – Turkey Day

Ella was up bright and early! I had to put the turkey in water to finish thawing it. We got her dressed and ready for her “First Thanksgiving” pictures, which came out great!

Once the turkey was thawed, prepped and in the oven, I realized our meat thermometer was broken. The last thing I wanted to do was head to the store. I didn’t even know if there were stores open! I lucked out and the little grocery store down the road was open. I walked over to the aisle with the kitchen stuff, only to find that all the meat thermometers were gone. Someone had even stolen some from the packaging and left the open package on the hook.

I went to the deli and asked if there would be any other place in the store that there might be a meat thermometer. She said no. I began to walk out of the store when a guy tapped me on the shoulder. He asked if I was looking for a meat thermometer, and I said yes! He had one in his hand and told me to follow him. He explained that they had just moved to the area and they actually had one, but they couldn’t find it because it was still packed in a box. He said it was his only reason for being in the store! He took me over to the candy aisle, where there was a small rotating rack with a few kitchen utensils on it – and two meat thermometers! I was so grateful! He wished me a happy Thanksgiving and we parted ways.

While I let the turkey cool, Sam finished up the mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. Ella sat in her high chair and anxiously awaited her first feast!

By the time she finished, she was wearing her meal! She had mashed potatoes in her ears, her nose, and her eyes!! She really enjoyed her dinner!!

Thanksgiving was typical in that the Detroit Lions lost miserably! This led to the GM and head coach being fired. One can only hope that someone will finally hire the right people. I would love to see them reach the Super Bowl (and hopefully win one) in my lifetime!

Friday – Black Friday

I am not a Black Friday shopper! However, I was this year – not by choice! I needed to get tires for our car. I shopped around getting prices and found that Belle Tire had some Black Friday rebates, and had the best deal. I used to go to this mom and pop tire place who did great work, and had great prices, but sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic has put them permanently out of business.

I was shocked at the line of people waiting to get in at 7am! I was lucky to be fourth in line and I was in and out in just over an hour! Kudo to those folks!

When I returned home Friday, I checked off another project I had on my list. We bought some canvas pictures to hang in the baby’s room months ago. They have been sitting in the box, awaiting me to hang them. Before I went to pick up my son, I measured it all out and got them hung up on the wall. I just love these pictures!

We spent the evening last night watching Christmas movies. My son and my wife had both mentioned that the sequel to The Christmas Chronicles was now on Netflix. We had all enjoyed the first one (Kurt Russell stars in it) and we decided to watch the first one again before watching the second. I found that I still enjoyed the first one very much. I can see it easily becoming a Christmas tradition.

Recurring Dream With a Twist

I am closing in on test time for my Bible classes. I have a week’s worth of classes to finish and then four tests to take! I mentioned this to my wife, so it must have been on my mind when I went to bed. At any rate, I often have a recurring dream where I am at school and I sit down to take a test and my mind goes completely blank! I panic! I freak! I usually wake up with my heart racing.

So I had a dream last night that was similar. Sure enough, I am sitting in a classroom (which is odd because my classes are on DVD and I take them at home) and the teacher passes out the tests. The first thing I notice is that the tests are about 45 pages stapled together! I open the test and I can’t even read the thing. I turn the page and there are some words I can make out, but nothing makes sense. With each page turn, I feel more and more scared. I have no idea what I am looking at! I begin to pull my notes out and try to cheat!! The teacher comes over and obviously has caught me . Needless to say, I wake up at this point with heart racing and glad it was just a dream!

Now I’m wondering how hard these tests are going to be!!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!!

Friday Film Quote Quiz

Time for another round of quotes from the cinema! Here are the answers to last weeks quotes:

  1. These aren’t my rules. Come to think of it, I don’t have any rules. Beetlejuice
  2. And you British guy, if you are going to live in this country you better go see a damn dentist about that stink-ass breath. You smell like hot garbage. Senseless
  3. Look, I don’t care what the telly says, all right? We *have* to get out of here. If we don’t they’ll tear us to pieces, and that is really going to exacerbate things for all of us. Shaun of the Dead
  4. Madness – it’s the only word to describe it. This isn’t the state of California, this is a state of insanity. 1941
  5. Back home, they would have put me in jail for what I’m doing. Here, they’re giving me awards. Casino
  6. We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  7. I also brought Mozart to play while he sleeps to make him smarter because leading experts say Mozart makes babies smarter. The Incredibles
  8. You’re not gonna get those melons picked if you’re dead.  Mr. Majestyk
  9. I’ve done some things in my life I’m not proud of, but this is the first time I’ve ever felt in real danger of hell. The Green Mile
  10. We put liquid paper on a bee, and it died. Step Brothers
  11. No, he was hit by a Guinness truck. So it was quite literally the drink that killed him. Mrs. Doubtfire
  12. Sir, from where I’m standing, that’s a physical impossibilty. A Night at the Roxbury
  13. I think we’re going to need another feather over here, Professor. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  14. I’m thinkin’ of something orange. Something orange. Give up? It’s an orange. UHF
  15. Hey, Vera. We’ve got another stiff in the john. 9 to 5
  16. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Here’s a little number I tossed off recently in the Caribbean. The Meaning of Life
  17. Did you know your last name is an adverb? Johnny Dangerously
  18. Tell them if they don’t do as you wish, you’ll become angry and use your magic. Return of the Jedi
  19. Anything I can get for you? Juice? Coffee? Rack of lamb? The Nutty Professor
  20. Look! We’ve figured it seventeen different ways, and every time we figured it, it was no good, because no matter how we figured it, somebody don’t like the way we figured it! So now, there’s only one way to figure it. And that is, every man, including the old bag, for himself! It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Feel free to offer up a movie that you’d like me to pick a line from for next time and send it to me in Messenger (on Facebook) or in the comments here. In the meantime, here are this weeks quotes:

  1. Gentlemen, I wouldn’t trust this overgrown pile of microchips any further than I can throw it.
  2. He’s a cyborg, you idiot! He recorded every word you said. His memory’s admissible as evidence! You “involved” me! You’re gonna have to kill it.
  3. Well, what’s this? Another one of your little bird tricks?
  4. I don’t know you! I don’t know Sam, but let me tell you what he did to me. He kept me up all night singing “I’m Henry the Eighth I Am.”
  5. They were cones!
  6. I’m telling you what we’re not, we’re not people who jam staples into other people’s heads, that’s CIA crap!
  7. Ya know if Junior is able to get up in the morning, tie his shoelaces and take a pee, I’m not proud. I’m amazed.
  8. I’m not wearing any pants. Film at eleven.
  9. Three weeks we’ve been talking about the Platt Amendment. What are you people – on dope? 
  10. You think that mosquitos, monkeys, and lions are bad? That is just the beginning.
  11. Don’t waste your time on girls with hats. They tend to be very proper.
  12. I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.
  13. Well, you see, this is the problem with terrorists. They’re really inconsiderate when it comes to people’s schedules.
  14. Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard – that’s my policy.
  15. Y’know, Nietzsche says: “Out of chaos comes order.”
  16. Two of your snot-nose jockeys did a fly-by on my tower at over 400 KNOTS! I want somebody’s butt, I want it now, I’ve HAD IT!
  17. There’s a sale at Penney’s!
  18. Car’s got a lot of pickup.
  19. The time has come for someone to put his foot down. And that foot is me.
  20. It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.

Turkey Projects …

Something came up in my Facebook Memories yesterday and it reminded me of a Thanksgiving project both of my sons did in school. I want to say that they did them in Kindergarten or First Grade. Each child is given a picture of turkey and they have to disguise the turkey so he/she will survive Thanksgiving.

When my oldest son, Dante’, did his project, he was a big fan of The Incredibles movie. He wanted to make his turkey like Mr. Incredible. I remember using felt to make the costume. We also used red and black feathers to match the outfit. As great as it turned out, I remember what a pain it was to get the mask right and to get the “i” in the middle of the costume to stay in place.

Five years later, my youngest son, Dimitri, was given the same project to do. I remember thinking, “How do we top the Incredible Turkey?” Eventually, we decided that this was going to be one groovy turkey. We decided he was going to dress up like he was going to a 1970’s Disco! I remember we had a bag of felt from other projects and I found some tan felt to make an afro. It wasn’t easy to cut, but I made a peace sign necklace out of the same red felt we used for the Incredible Turkey.

I’m sure Dante’ made other “turkey” themed projects, but I can’t seem to find the pictures. One of Dimitri’s still moves me to tears when I see it. Both boys have always been “mama’s boys,” so I was really surprised when I saw this project hanging on his locker one year…

“I am thankful for my dad” – Dimitri

Then there was this note from Dimitri to Dante’.

“Dear Dante’, I want to thank you for helping me with my homework I really apresheate (appreciate) it and thanks for playing every time I ask you are the best brother ever!”

I sent this to both boys today on Facebook. Dimitri laughed at his spelling error. I really hope that they can look back and always remember how good they were to each other.

I look forward to Turkey Projects and holiday themed projects from Ella when she starts school. I’m sure they will bring about smiles, laughter, joy , and tears.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am so thankful for my children and grateful for my family!

Feeling accomplished…

When I called the Bible school to ask if I could pick up where I left off, they told me that would be fine. They had all the graded tests from the first year on record, so I could do one of two things. (1) I could just jump right in where I left off or (2) I could review the entire year’s worth of classes I already took. I decided it was probably best to review.

I had all my notes from the classes I had taken. The only thing I did not have was the graded tests from that year. (I do have each of the tests, and can probably go through those classes and re-take them, and may still do that.) When I first gathered all my notes together, I’m not going to lie, I was a bit overwhelmed. I wondered if I should just not review and just start where I left off. I probably could have done that, but reviewing actually was very beneficial.

At any rate, today, I reviewed the final class that I had already taken. From here on out, everything is new information to me. I was 4 weeks into the first semester of the second year, so I’ll have two more weeks of classes and then 4 tests! Moving forward, there will be lots of note taking and plenty of studying in the future.

As the graphic above says, I had to post this to “celebrate” this accomplishment.

No Shave November & Squinting

It’s been some time since I participated in No Shave November. I’ve had a goatee since the late 90’s. The goatee came about because of a car accident. I was hit head on and broke my collar bone in the accident. I didn’t shave for a month and when I was finally able to, I wanted to see what the goatee looked like. I liked it, and I’ve had it ever since.

I guess it was about 2002 that I first decided to see what the full beard looked like. I grew it in November and shaved it off in January. I did that for a few years and eventually stopped. Some people said it made me look old, mean, and scary! Ha! I was happy not growing it out any more, because trying to get through the first week or two of it coming in drove me crazy! It is so itchy!

At any rate, around Halloween, Sam suggested that I grow it out, just to see if she liked it. So here we are 20+ days later and it’s coming in. I will never let it become a “Duck Dynasty” beard, but I will keep it trim. One difference this time around is that I’ve been shaving my head. So I am bald on the top and now have the beard. I’m still getting used to the way it looks. I’ve always liked the way a beard looked, but with the shiny top, it looks a whole lot different.

I highly doubt I’ll let my beard grow as long as this guy’s…

Another difference this time around is that there is a LOT more grey in my beard. So much that I actually thought of getting that beard color! I won’t buy it, but I thought about it! The baby will look at me funny and rub her hands on the beard trying to make sense of just what the heck is on my face! Sam says she likes the way it looks. I will probably shave it off again after the holidays, like I used to, but for now it stays.

If I could, for a joke, I’d do my mustache like this guy …. but then, I’d probably be sleeping on the couch….

Handlebars!! LOL!!!

Getting Old

The grey beard makes me look older. Sometimes when I see it, it makes me feel older. You know what else makes me feel older? My eyes. I am finding myself squinting a lot lately!

I had Lasik surgery years ago. I was told that when I “got older” I might need reading glasses. It was one thing that the surgery at the time couldn’t fix. I have noticed lately that as I am working it is hard to read the patient charts. I am also finding it difficult to read my Bible. I have these dumb readers, but I guess I am going to have to finally cave in and go get my eyes checked.

The last time I had them checked was probably 5 years ago. They mentioned something that they wanted to “keep an eye on” and perhaps whatever it was is now a problem. I’m really hoping it is just something that prescription readers can take care of. We’ll see…

Friday Film Quote Quiz

Ready for another round of movie quotes?? I hope they are as fun for you to guess as it is for me to pick the lines. For the most part, the movies I have picked have been from the 1970’s to the present, however, I may try to slip some in from earlier classics, too! If you have a movie you’d like me to pick a quote from (and you are on Facebook) message me and I’ll try to slip one in the next batch!

Here are last week’s answers:

  1. Hey, Fella! What a turkey! Hey, Fella, you’re a turkey, you know that?! Mad Max
  2. Does Barry Manilow know that you raid his wardrobe? The Breakfast Club
  3. Rabbi, you seem to be on the side of good. Will you come and share with us some of your wisdom, some of your council, and perhaps… some of your wine? Robin Hood: Men In Tights
  4. What kind of stupid name is that?! Back to the Future III
  5. God no, it smells like, like a used diaper… filled with… Indian food. Oh, excuse me. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy
  6. The thing about trains… it doesn’t matter where they’re going. What matters is deciding to get on. The Polar Express
  7. I feel like I’m watching a Cher video. Dodgeball
  8. At this very moment those pictures are on their way to Washington where the FBI has experts in this type of identification. If you turn yourselves in now, you may escape a Federal charge. Grease
  9. You know, it just occurred to me that we really haven’t had a successful test of this equipment. Ghostbusters
  10. He’s a pedantic, pontificating, pretentious bastard, a belligerent old fart, a worthless steaming pile of cow dung, figuratively speaking. Liar, Liar
  11. Sir, if you get the wrong wire, you’ll cut the engine feeds, and the plane will crash. Air Force One
  12. Behold, my magic wand and free your golden orbs right now. The Fisher King
  13. You should’ve been here for the Zeronian migration in 1968. Men in Black
  14. I have a shell fragment the size of a fist in my head. Pork Chop Hill, 1953. Hot Shots
  15. So who’s your client, Mr. Detective-to-the-Stars? Chilly Willy? Or Screwy Squirrel? Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  16. Don’t you know your right flank from your left flank? History of the World Part 1
  17. We’re not really violent people. This is our first gun. National Lampoon’s Vacation
  18. You’ve got me? Who’s got you? Superman: The Movie
  19. Ask your friends in the neighborhood about me. They’ll tell you I know how to return a favor. The Godfather Part II
  20. Don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes… all day. Besides, we both know that I’m training to be a cage fighter.Napoleon Dynamite

Facebook friends – remember, ONE GUESS PER PERSON.

Here comes this week’s quotes:

  1. These aren’t my rules. Come to think of it, I don’t have any rules.
  2. And you British guy, if you are going to live in this country you better go see a damn dentist about that stink-ass breath. You smell like hot garbage.
  3. Look, I don’t care what the telly says, all right? We have to get out of here. If we don’t they’ll tear us to pieces, and that is really going to exacerbate things for all of us.
  4. Madness – it’s the only word to describe it. This isn’t the state of California, this is a state of insanity.
  5. Back home, they would have put me in jail for what I’m doing. Here, they’re giving me awards.
  6. We had a small fire last night, but we caught it in the nick of time.
  7. I also brought Mozart to play while he sleeps to make him smarter because leading experts say Mozart makes babies smarter.
  8. You’re not gonna get those melons picked if you’re dead.
  9. I’ve done some things in my life I’m not proud of, but this is the first time I’ve ever felt in real danger of hell.
  10. We put liquid paper on a bee, and it died.
  11. No, he was hit by a Guinness truck. So it was quite literally the drink that killed him.
  12. Sir, from where I’m standing, that’s a physical impossibility.
  13. I think we’re going to need another feather over here, Professor.
  14. I’m thinkin’ of something orange. Something orange. Give up? It’s an orange.
  15. Hey, Vera. We’ve got another stiff in the john.
  16. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Here’s a little number I tossed off recently in the Caribbean.
  17. Did you know your last name is an adverb?
  18. Tell them if they don’t do as you wish, you’ll become angry and use your magic.
  19. Anything I can get for you? Juice? Coffee? Rack of lamb?
  20. Look! We’ve figured it seventeen different ways, and every time we figured it, it was no good, because no matter how we figured it, somebody don’t like the way we figured it! So now, there’s only one way to figure it. And that is, every man, including the old bag, for himself!

Just call me gullible

It is not odd for my wife to send me pictures of things she wants to buy. Among some of the things she has sent: the theme for the baby’s nursery, gift ideas for the boys, gift ideas for her, possible places to vacation, and things for the house. Just the other day, she was talking about going to Menard’s to look at some holiday decorations for the house, so it was not odd to get one of those pictures tonight.

The text message I get includes this picture with “This is super cute! I need this for the porch door!”

My response, “I like that.” Then I start thinking, “It’s a branch. I could probably go out and make one like that.” Then I see the price and think, “It must be off a pretty rare tree or something.”

She responds with: “So can I buy it??”

She does all the decorating. She knows what she likes. She also knows the finances. So I respond by telling her “If you want it, and we can afford it, go ahead.” Christmas is her favorite holiday and she loves to decorate, so why not, right?!

She then throws me for a loop and says, “You know…you weren’t supposed to agree with me….”

So now I start to freak. “OMG, I just told her I liked this. She must hate it and was being sarcastic. What a dope!”

My response to her: “Why? You don’t like it?”

She then lets me in on the joke: “No…it was a stupid Facebook prank thing and everyone else’s husband said funny things and you just agreed like a good husband.”

I then let her know I was actually thinking “I could just get a branch…” and she said, “That’s what everyone else said!”

Now I am feeling dumb! “God, I failed the husband test!” I told her.

She let’s me off the hook, though by saying, “No! You won the test. It means that no matter how ugly it is, you would let me do whatever to make me happy…..even spend $100 on a branch!”

I then shared this whole thing with the people I work with and we were all laughing at it.

My wife then made sure to tell me: “Just know this… I refuse to EVER spend $100 on a branch!”

This is just one of the many reasons I love her!!!

She was Lucy and I was gullible Charlie Brown ready to kick the football…..

There’s No Place Like Home …

I’m sure you are familiar with the above holiday favorite, Home For The Holidays. This year, however, many won’t be going home for the holidays, they will be staying home. As I mentioned in my last blog, our Governor is already begging folks in Michigan to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to 2 families to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Sam and I have already decided that we are staying home this year for turkey day.

If the Covid numbers don’t start to taper off, and the curve doesn’t flatten, I fear that the Christmas holidays may be the same way. I really hope that this is not the case, but I understand the precautions that we need to take if we have to.

Since March we’ve all altered our normal way of doing things. Come on, if it weren’t for Covid, would you really let someone else shop for you and pick it up?! I can tell you I wouldn’t (this is based on the vegetables that were chosen by our designated shopper – YUCK!). My dad has already ordered Christmas gifts for Ella and the boys and he said “Now I hope they get here on time!” Isn’t that the truth?!

You can bet that deliveries of gifts and such will be delayed with more and more people shopping online. I’ve never been one to do online shopping. I have mentioned in the past how much I love just walking through a store to get ideas for gifts. Many of the best gifts I ever bought for people were things that jumped at me off a shelf at a store! It’s hardly the same scrolling a store website.

At any rate, I’m hopeful that by Christmas, life will be such that we can at least have a visitor or two. I would hate to think that I’d have to send my sons their presents via mail, or even drop it off on their porch. I really hope the holidays can be semi-normal. If not, I’m gonna try to brainstorm some things that we can do some family bonding over the holidays.

Speaking of bonding, I had the opportunity to do just that with my son, Dimitri, this weekend. On Sunday, while he was still sleeping and the baby was napping, I watched a really good message from a pastor friend of mine. It was a study on Satan. (When I taught the Sunday School message at my old church, I spent about 12-15 weeks on the subject. The subject is fascinating and I taught it because of a conversation I had with a fellow church member.) My son and I talked briefly on the subject a few weeks ago and I thought he might want to watch it with me.

After Sam left for work and the baby went to sleep for the night, he and I opened up our Bibles and watched the message together. What was nice about watching the recorded version was that I was able to pause it every time he had a question. The message was about 50 minutes, but with his questions, we were on the couch studying for about 90 minutes. He really enjoyed it and he said he learned a lot. He is with his mom this coming weekend, so he and I are already planning on watching two weeks worth of messages when he comes back in two weeks. What a blessing for me to be able to share that time with him!

A Wave I Want NO Part Of (and other thoughts)

The Beach Boys sang the surfing hit “Catch a Wave” back in 1963. They were the kings of “surf rock” and their songs had a “happy” sound that made you wanna grab a surf board and head to the beach. Today, when we talk about waves, it has nothing to do with surfing. The wave I don’t want to catch is the second wave of Covid-19!

Covid-19 – Wave #2

Less than a week ago, I blogged about some co-workers and a former co-worker who all contracted Covid-19. The consensus among them all was that it was awful. One said they “wouldn’t wish this on their worst enemy!” The day after I posted that blog, we found our neighbor had it. He informed me today that his wife also has tested positive. One of the symptoms is a loss of taste or smell. He developed something weird – he says that all he can smell is cigarette smoke and that he has a burning in his nose and throat.

Yesterday, I found out the pastor who teaches my classes tested positive for Covid. He was actually in the hospital and was given what the doctor called “The Trump Treatment.” He was released from the hospital and said he was resting in his “man cave” in the basement isolated from his wife. He said that it was very fatiguing. The thing that he said bothered him the most was that his eyes bothered him when he read. For a pastor who loves to read, he found that most annoying. He posted on his Facebook today that his wife has also tested positive for Covid. He joked, “Well, at least we can hold hands again!”

Our Governor had a press conference last night stating that cases were rising again. Some things were shut down again, while some things remain open and will be reevaluated in three weeks. Hospitals are filling up fast and it looks like we are in the middle of the second wave. I am half expecting our lab to shut down again, which will not be good for us. We can’t live off unemployment and I’m not sure I can mentally handle the stress of being in a Labor Pool again!

I pray that we get past this sooner than later.

Our Ella

I can’t end this blog on a sour note, so I thought I’d share a few pictures from the weekend.

My wife comes up with the some of the coolest ideas for pictures. We were putting up the tree and had most of the lights on it. She ran to Ella’s room and grabbed the “First Christmas” blanket, and set her down with a strand of lights. It took a few shots, but this one came out pretty cool. I wish I had the app that lets you keep some color and put some of the picture in black and white. I just love the way that picture came out!

I mentioned last week that we had gone to Bronner’s in Frankenmuth to get Ella’s ornament. It made it on the tree, appropriately right next to the ornament Grandma Rose gave us (the baby shoes) when we mentioned we were having a girl.

Ella loves when we read her books. Sam got some books for free with rewards points and such on Amazon this week, so I read them to her last night before bed. They were still on the couch this morning when Sam came home from work. Sam started reading them to her. Realizing this was a moment I wanted to catch on film, I grabbed my phone and caught this amazing photo –

The book is called “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada” by Jimmy Fallon. I love those two with all that I am! This picture fills my heart with such joy.

Thanks for reading! Stay Safe!! Avoid the “wave”!

The Many Roles of … Mom

When you become a mother, you become more than a mother. You take on a variety of roles. In the 9 months that Ella has been with us, I have seen my wife, Sam, take on many of these roles. Before we ever got married, I was amazed at all the things she did. She was a master multitasker. Now, as a mother, she has gone above and beyond what she did before.

Think about the various roles a mother takes on:

  • Master Chef
  • A Teacher
  • A Nanny
  • A Nurse
  • A Taxi Driver
  • A Counselor
  • A Comforter
  • An Alarm Clock
  • A Photographer
  • A Cheerleader
  • A Hero
  • A Party Planner
  • A Personal Shopper
  • A Hair Stylist
  • A Secretary

And, of course, a housekeeper. In preparation for putting up the Christmas tree, we were cleaning the house. Sam said she needed to vacuum. I walked out of the room to put something in the kitchen, and I walked back into the room and caught this:

Sam was vacuuming with Ella in her arms! When I asked what she was doing, she said, “I always hold her while vacuuming … unless she is napping.” I find it hard to make a bottle while holding Ella, yet my wife multitasks and does all kinds of things with Ella in tow. She never ceases to amaze me.

I just wanted to make sure that she got some kudos for all that she does for Ella and me. Thank you, baby! We love you and we agree….