Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy 9th Anniversary

I was going through my phone and deleting unnecessary pics and videos (yes, I'm that girl that has a 64GB phone and is running out of space), and I came across some photos I took during my 9th anniversary celebration. It dawned on me that I never blogged about it, so this seemed like as good a time as any to do that. The kicker is that our anniversary was back in June. Haha, I know, we're closer to the next anniversary than we are to the one I'm about to discuss. Oh well!  It was a fun night and I like to document our "travel" so here goes.

We arranged for my sister to watch our boys overnight so we could have a quick "vacation" within our own city. We booked a room at the Omni Dallas under a Retreat to Romance package. It included a bottle of Chandon, a box of chocolates, a rose, a happy anniversary card, and $100 credit at one of their restaurants. That was perfect because we were planning to eat on-site at Bob's Steak & Chop House anyway.

Omni offers you the option of checking in online ahead of time, so when we arrived, our keys and welcome letter were already waiting for us next to the reception area. After quickly grabbing those, we headed straight to the elevators without having to wait in line or speak to a receptionist. When we got to our room, all our amenities were on display and ready for consumption.



While sparkling wine and chocolates are certainly enough to warrant one's attention, I had a hard time pulling myself away from the view. The floor to ceiling windows allowed us to take in a breathtaking perspective of the city we call home.


Another cool feature of the room was the caliber of the bathroom. I mean, how can you not feel fancy when you're watching TV inside your mirror?


After relaxing for a few minutes and enjoying our sparkling wine, we headed down to Bob's for dinner.  You wouldn't think a vegetarian would enjoy a steakhouse, but there were a decent amount of appetizers, salads, and sides available for my consumption. Our waitress was nice enough to bring us both a free glass of champagne after we told her it was our anniversary.  It was a great dinner, but there was still one more stop on the agenda! I love seeing our city at night, especially from up high, so we stopped by Five Sixty for dessert. I actually don't recommend going there just for dessert, based on this experience, but the views helped make up for it. (They were out of our first choices, and what we ended up with seemed mass-produced and not fresh). The elevator ride up to the top is always fun, not to mention the rotating view you get while dining.

   

At the time, this get-away was much needed, even if it was only for a day. We are so lucky to have family nearby to help watch our kids so we can still enjoy each other's company. I had a wonderful 9th anniversary and I'm pretty excited to think about what our 10th has in store. Before I can even start planning that trip though, I'll be headed to NYC in March and Washington, DC in April. Girls, hit your hallelujahs, because we are back on the travel train!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

For Comparison Purposes

It's natural to compare your kids against each other. Meezy and I are often making comments like, "Dutch didn't do that at Jude's age" or "Jude has way less hair than Dutch did," etc. Having kids also means you become more forgetful though, so it's super helpful to have pictures and written notes to refer to! Every time my boys go to the pediatrician for their well visits, they get their height and weight measured and I'm told what percentile they're in. I've got those stats recorded from birth to age 1 for both of them at this point, so I thought it would be interesting to compare.

Here are their measurements and percentiles for height:

                                                         Jude                                 Dutch
Birth                                       20.50"       78%                20.75"         75-90% (gave me a range)

2 weeks                                  20.75"       50%                21.75"         97%

2 months                                23.25"       55%                23.25"         75%

4 months                                25.75"       74%                25.50"         75%

6 months                                26.25"       50%                26.25"         50%  

9 months                                28.75"       70%                27.50"         25%

12 months                              29.75"       50%                29.00"         30%


It's cool to see that they measured the same height at 2 months and 6 months, and then it appears that Jude started growing at a faster rate from that point forward.

Here are their measurements and percentiles for weight:

                                                     Jude                                          Dutch
Birth                            7 lbs. 13 oz        51%                 9 lbs.  10 oz        >95%

2 weeks                       8 lbs.   5 oz        50%                10 lbs.   3 oz          97%

2 months                    12 lbs.  9 oz         75%                14 lbs.   1 oz         97%

4 months                    15 lbs.  8 oz         53%                15 lbs.  13 oz        75%

6 months                    17 lbs. 11 oz        60%                17 lbs.   9 oz         50%

9 months                    19 lbs.  8 oz         30%                19 lbs.  12 oz        45%

12 months                  21 lbs.  9 oz         30%                21 lbs.  12 oz        40%


Yes, you read that correctly. I delivered a monster Dutch baby. If Jude hadn't been born 3 weeks premature, I'm sure he would've been pushing 9 pounds. How interesting is it that their starting weight was nearly 2 pounds different, yet by 4 months they weighed about the same and have stayed consistent at the milestones since?

I'm curious to see how tall my boys end up being, since we have so much height in our families. I've honestly been surprised up to this point that they are in the low percentiles for height. Maybe they'll hit some growth spurts along the way and blow the percentages out of the water. Guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jude's First Year

With Dutch, I was blogging on a monthly basis. With Jude, we're going to settle for yearly. Sorry, it just is what it is once you have two kids. I did at least take pictures of him each month and record his progress in monthly notes, even if I couldn't find the time to post them here. As such, I'll jam everything into one post and we'll call it a full review of Year Number 1!

Month 1

Oh my gosh, I can't even remember him when he was this little. I also find this picture funny because Dutch was nearly 2 pounds heavier at this point. During month 1, Jude wore newborn sized clothes because 0-3 month clothes were too big. I had nothing of that size because Dutch was so big at birth, so I actually had to go out and buy newborn onesies. Jude liked to suck on his fingers and nap a ton during the day. He liked sleeping on his side and we often let him sleep in his bouncer placed on our bed most nights. He usually fell asleep more easily while being held, so we did whatever we had to do to ensure we got some sleep too!  Jude was usually very uncomfortable after eating, especially at night. He would spit up a lot and was gassy. He was quite noisy with grunting when he was uncomfortable. 

Month 2

Jude began growing out of his newborn clothes at this point. He experienced some growth spurts and we increased the frequency of his feedings. He would sometimes get frantic when he felt hungry. Sometimes the best way to get him to sleep was to hold him in the recliner in his room. That way we got a little sleep too!  He liked to do a deep sleep in the morning from around 8am to 10am. He still spit up a ton and grunted a lot. He began focusing and looking at us more, and the smiling started. 

Month 3

Jude got RSV and cradle cap this month and he was a sad sight. On the plus side, he began spitting up a little less and doing more cooing. He loved when Dutch interacted with him and he began reaching for things more often. He would immediately fall asleep when we got in the car and patting him on the back would help calm him down when he was upset. The first time he slept for 5 hours straight overnight was during this month, at about 12 weeks. (It happened while he was in his swing). 

Month 4

This month, Jude started daycare. He would take short naps there, in a bouncer or on a playmat, and then would take a long nap after school, followed by a feeding session, and then another long nap. Apparently he played so hard all day up there that he wore himself out by evening! His sleep schedule overnight was awful though - he often woke up in the midnight, 3am, and 5am hours. Then he pretty much woke up hourly until 8 or 9am when we'd start the day. Sometimes his 5am wake up was just a cooing session. He started having lots of "conversations" with himself this month. When laid on the ground, he would roll to his side. He did his first roll from back to stomach this month, at 14 weeks.

Month 5

By this month, Jude had started sleeping in his crib a little bit, but only when on his belly. He still maintained a horrible sleep schedule overnight, with a 2-3 hour nap upon first being put to bed around 9pm, followed by waking every 1-2 hours after. His teachers at daycare often commented about how mellow he was and his lack of crying. He chewed on his fingers a lot and the drooling was excessive. He liked to grab his toes, play with the toys draped across his car seat, and maintain eye contact with us for a long time. He rolled from stomach to back at 19 weeks. He tried rice cereal for the first time this month, at 22 weeks. One time Dutch roared at him as a joke, and he made the saddest face and started wailing. He also cried a couple times upon hearing his older brother cry. 

Month 6

This month had a lot of activity. He got his first and second tooth and started trying a lot of pureed foods. He liked to kick his legs a lot, especially when his diaper was being changed. He liked to hold his own bottle and could sit up without assistance. He finally started sleeping in longer periods, with a schedule that looked like this usually: sleep from 9pm-12am, feeding, sleep from 12:30am - 4am, feeding, sleep from 4:30am - 8am. One night he slept for 6 hours straight. 

Month 7

This month he tried lots of new foods, but was quite fussy from teething. One night we gave him Tylenol for the discomfort and he ended up sleeping for 9 hours straight! Most nights he would sleep for 3-3.5 hours straight before waking up and wanting to be fed. While in his crib, he began pressing the button on his noisemaker to entertain himself. He learned that being unbuckled from his car seat meant he was getting out, so he started leaning forward and reaching for us every time the process started. He would typically have 5.5oz bottles every 3 hours during the day. 

Month 8

This month we had a few nights in a row of 7-9 hour sleeps, but then he went back to his usual horrible sleep pattern. He started crawling this month and as you can see from the picture, loved to pull himself up to a standing position. One day when I picked him up from daycare, he recognized me from afar and smiled and started crawling quickly towards me. He liked scrunching up his face, grabbing for everything, babbling, blowing rasperries, curling his tongue, and saying "da da da." He showed signs of 4 top teeth coming in. He loved it when we'd hold his arms and let him practice walking.

Month 9

Lots of new foods were tried this month as he stopped nursing completely. He loved taking baths with his brother (still does) and took his first trip to the beach. He continued to pull himself up to a standing position on anything that would support him and preferred to be standing up whenever playing with toys. He loved to clap and was generally happy and smiling all the time. Chewing was his number one activity this month as he chewed on rubber bracelets, medicine dispensers, and Dutch's toy cars every opportunity he got. 

Month 10

This month was when his mischievous side came out in full effect. He would love grabbing my necklace every time I held him, liked pulling clothes out of boxes in the closet, liked crawling towards the dog's water bowl, would crawl straight towards the tub if we left the bathroom door open, always tried to go after the TV and internet cables if we didn't block his access, and began to smile at us anytime we sternly told him NO. He occasionally would do spells of yelling just to hear his own voice and developed a fake laugh. This month he said what sounded like "ma-ma" for the first time. If he was tired and one of us left the room, he would begin to cry, and if I came into a room that he was in and didn't immediately go over to him, he would get upset. 

 Month 11

From the picture you can see that the big news this month was his first unassisted steps, at 47 weeks. His sleep schedule improved and he made it many nights without waking up for a bottle. Most mornings he wouldn't cry upon waking, but instead would just stand up in his crib, happy, waiting for us to come get him. If he was holding a toy while we were changing his outfit, he knew to switch it to the other hand while we put a sleeve over each arm. He constantly would try and steal my phone to chew on it. He also knew that throwing his sippy cup off his high chair or out of his car seat was annoying to us, but would do it anyway. He liked to lean over and put his head and hands on the ground and pretend to do head stands. 

  Month 12

His walking became more consistent this month and he transitioned to whole milk. He also tried eggs for the first time and liked them. His tongue was always out when he wasn't eating everything in sight. He learned to put things inside other things, like a toy into a bucket. He always woke up very hungry and didn't like wearing a bib. If someone left a door open, he made a beeline for it. He loved playing in his clothes hamper and pulling all the clothes out. He loved it when Dutch would act silly to make him laugh. 



As little sleep as we got this year, we still had a SUPER year! Dutch loved being a big brother and it's only going to get better as Jude is able to play with him more. For Jude's first birthday, we brought out the ball pit that we had given Dutch on his first birthday. It went over quite well!  


He also got to try a cake for the first time, and he was quite unsure about it. We basically had to force him to put some of the frosting in his mouth. We tried to show him that he was allowed to squeeze and play with the cake, but we ended up just doing it for him. I think he preferred the spoon over the actual dessert. Oh well!  I guess he won't be a sweets boy.





Thanks for making our family complete, Jude. Cheers to many more wonderful years together.



Thursday, January 7, 2016

San Diego Trip New Years 2015

My nephew is in the Navy, stationed in Virginia, but he has spent some time over the past couple of years in San Diego for training. When it came time to pick a location for his wedding celebration, he and his wife chose San Diego because of its awesome year-round weather and breathtaking views. My nephew doesn't get a lot of time off, so they planned their celebration around the New Years holiday. Since for most guests it was a destination wedding (her family is on the east coast and his family is in the South), the timing was helpful.

When Meezy and I heard the plan, we were definitely excited to go. Then we started thinking about the ramifications of taking a 3 year old and 1 year old on a 3-hour flight, to stay in an unusual place for 3 nights, over the New Years Eve holiday, to attend a wedding where the reception would probably stretch into the late night. That sounded pretty awful, actually, and meant one or both of us would have to miss many of the activities planned during the trip to deal with cranky kids. We were conflicted on what to do until my parents swooped in and saved the day! They graciously offered to watch the boys for us so Meezy and I could take the trip by ourselves. What a relief!

Our trip started off well because we were eligible for first class upgrades, but were in position 7 and 8 on the upgrade list. Luckily there were 8 seats available, so we just squeaked in! What a difference it makes on a long flight to have so much extra room, a private bathroom, meal service, and consistent drink service. We arrived in San Diego on New Years Eve, so we checked into our hotel (Hilton San Diego Bayfront) and then met up with my sister and her husband for a late lunch. The hotel was super close to the Gas Lamp district, so it was convenient for walking to everything. Later that day we met up with the wedding group at El Camino for drinks and late-night snacks. The plan was to celebrate the new year there, but this tired, jet-lagged mama couldn't hang! My teenage nephews planned to stay there until 10:30pm and then take an Uber back to their hotel, but the restaurant security wanted to kick them out a little after 10 due to their age. That seemed like the perfect opportunity for me and Meezy to escort them back to their hotel to make sure they made it safely, and then continue on to ours and call it a night. I have no embarrassment for falling asleep before midnight! That sort of thing just doesn't matter much anymore once you're old and have kids!  At least I got a couple of good photo ops from that night:



The next morning Meezy and I woke up and went for a run along the bay. The views were beautiful and the temperature was perfect for running comfortably. After we got ourselves cleaned up, we met my sister and her husband for lunch at the Pier Cafe. From there we took the ferry to Coronado Island. My brother-in-law had the fabulous idea to rent a 4-person surrey and pedal it around the island. For some reason we all agreed and departed on our journey with high expectations of fun. At a minimum, we would at least get some more fantastic views.



Even though there were two steering wheels up front, Meezy's was really a dummy wheel, so my brother-in-law was the navigator and ultimately in charge of where we went! My sister and I in the back seat were able to have a slight influence on the plans if we just stopped pedaling! Lol. That came in handy when we found ourselves needing to cross two very busy streets clearly marked on the map as ones we weren't supposed to be on! When the guys would urge us to start pedaling, but we saw cars fast approaching, we would dig in and refuse to go because we could see impending doom. Luckily we were able to find small breaks in the traffic, where we all agreed to go for it, and successfully made it! It was stressful in the moment, but pretty hilarious when looking back. We also encountered a hill at one point that was just too steep for us! Walking the surrey up made much more sense. Needless to say we returned it to the rental shop about 35 minutes into our hour-long rental. We'd had enough fun!


We left Coronado and got freshened up to meet a couple of friends for dinner. They live in Dallas near us, but just happened to be vacationing in San Diego at the same time we were. We went to Roy's San Diego Waterfront and had a great time catching up. We called it a night after that and I was pleasantly surprised to check my Apple Watch and find that I had taken nearly 18,000 steps and covered about 9 miles over the course of the day. Not too shabby while on "vacation."

The next day was wedding day - yay! The ceremony took place in Centennial Park on Coronado Island at 3:30pm. The backdrop was A.MAZE.ING.






Everything about the ceremony was fantastic and they definitely stayed true to who they are as a couple. I'm so happy for them and loved being there to celebrate. The reception was held back in San Diego at the El Cortez Don Room. What a beautiful venue!  They threw a great party and I'm pretty sure everyone in attendance had an awesome time. I especially thought the table settings were super cute - little champagne bottles with your name on them and a picture to denote your meal selection:

Yes, they actually had champagne in them!

My pictures don't do the experience justice, so feel free to check out this album of pictures their photographer uploaded. It's just an abridged version of all the ones taken that day, but it gives you a good overview!

Lastly - since we didn't rent a car in San Diego, we relied on car services. My friend sent me a link to try Lyft (similar to Uber) and it really worked out well for us. I think we used it probably 8 times over 4 days. It was very affordable and we always got a car and got to our destination in a reasonable amount of time. If you haven't tried it yet, I highly recommend it. Use this link to get up to $50 in free ride credit.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Costume Closet for Playroom

Most kids love playing dress-up, and my son is no exception. We have a couple of pairs of jammies that look like superhero costumes, and Dutch loves wearing them. We got him a Spiderman costume and mask for Halloween, and it certainly got a lot of use outside the holiday! After Halloween, we went to one of the seasonal stores to see if we could get some decorations on the cheap. While we were there, we realized that their costumes were deeply discounted. We figured this would be a good time to build up a costume wardrobe for Dutch, since he certainly doesn't need a special occasion to wear one. I was also grocery shopping at Kroger right after Halloween and saw a Minions costume on clearance for $7. Score!





Once we had purchased a decent amount of costumes and accessories, I started thinking about the best place to store them. I didn't want them strewn about the playroom, or thrown into a bin. My first thought was buying a cheap bookcase, removing the shelves, and placing a shower rod inside for the costumes to be hung on. I went to Ikea and found a bookcase that I thought would work perfectly. Unfortunately, it was out of stock. I thought about going to another store, but decided to walk by the more substantial storage solutions first. I'm so glad I did. I saw this wardrobe and fell in love!



All the costumes can be hung up neatly and the related hats, masks, and accessories fit nicely underneath the shelf. I love that it can be closed off so the items are out of sight when not in use. Makes for a much cleaner playroom!  I also know it can be put to good use when the boys grow out of the costume stage, because it's an attractive design and offers good storage.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Europe Vacation 2015

Most trips overseas require a lot of planning and preparation. Meezy and I were lucky enough to be able to travel to Europe last month on only about 2 weeks' notice!  His company told him they needed him in London, so of course I wanted to tag along! The downside was that we didn't know for sure which dates they would need him there. We had a general idea, so I immediately asked my mom if she could watch our boys around that time frame. She generously agreed to, so I anxiously waited for his company to finalize the trip details. When they determined they would need him in London from a Tuesday to Thursday, I quickly made arrangements for us to fly out of DFW the previous Friday night. That way we could spend a couple days together before he needed to start working. Then, I would leave London on Wednesday to get back to my boys, and Meezy would stay the rest of the week.  The flights were booked 11 days in advance - pretty crazy!

We took the direct overnight flight from DFW, which had us arriving in London around 1pm on Saturday. There was no way I could travel to Europe without seeing my favorite Germans, so we arranged for Kim and Fabian to meet us halfway. After landing at Heathrow, we immediately got on a train to Brussels. I've used Europe's rail service before, and this was just another reminder of how awesome this travel option is. Boarding is so simple, the fares are affordable, the accommodations are nice, and the food is excellent.


We arrived in Brussels that evening and checked in to Hotel Pullman Brussels Centre Midi. It's a beautiful, modern hotel in a good location right by the train station. We relaxed for a little bit and then decided we wanted to watch some college football. We googled and found a bar that looked to be a great place to watch American sports. We got a cab to take us to Fatboys Sports Bar. When we arrived, there were a couple European soccer matches and American football games being shown. We kinda ducked into a corner and starting looking around to see where we would want to sit. As we surveyed the bar, we heard the guy next to us ask the bar manager if he could turn on the Texas Tech game. WHAT?  Are you kidding me? I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to repeat what he said and then pointed to the Tech shirt that Meezy was wearing. It was hilarious to be standing next to a fellow alum, in a bar in Brussels, Belgium. We talked for a bit and were pleasantly surprised to see that the manager was able to find the game on a streaming telecast. He put it on the TV closest to us and we happily enjoyed some food and beverages while cheering on our Red Raiders!


The next morning, Sunday, we were so excited to meet up with Kim and Fabian. They drove in from Germany to spend the day with us. The first place we visited was the Atomium.  All I can say is WOW. It's a breathtaking site and I know that my pictures don't do it justice.





Before heading to our next destination, I had to stop for a Belgian waffle. It's a given!


We proceeded to nearby Mini-Europe, which is a really cool theme park filled with miniature models of historic buildings and recreations of other significant items.




After finishing up our tours of those attractions, we drove back into central Brussels. We did a lot of sightseeing and stopped to take pictures in front of the Royal Palace.




A trip to Brussels isn't complete without a stop to check out Manneken Pis. He's not much to look at, but since I've heard about him my whole life (from my Dutch father and grandparents), I knew I needed to at least say I'd seen him!


Most of the rest of our time was spent around the Grand Place. The buildings are beautiful and there are lots of shops and restaurants.  We couldn't resist a couple bars of Belgian chocolate before leaving.



We truly had a magnificent day in Brussels and were thrilled we got to spend it with Kim and Fabian. That evening we took a train back to London and checked into The Rubens at the Palace. This hotel was in stark contrast to the one we had just left in Brussels. It was fancy, but definitely in a more old-fashioned sort of way. We cracked up when we got in the elevator because there was barely enough room for both of us to stand with our large checked bag. It reminded us of the elevator we took at our hotel in Paris a few years ago. I guess it's a European thing!

On Monday, Meezy and I got to spend the day together as tourists. Last time we were in London, we definitely saw a lot of sights, but one whole day of that trip was spent at Wimbledon. So, we knew there were things we still needed to see. On the way to our first destination, we happened to pass by the Palace during changing of the guard.



That was fun to see, but we were eager to get to the British Museum. It's the top rated attraction in London on TripAdvisor, so I had high expectations. We were not disappointed!



The museum itself is gorgeous to look at, inside and out, but the items inside are really what made our jaws drop. We walked into a room and realized we were standing in front of the Rosetta Stone. We both did a double take. I know it sounds silly, but we really were flabbergasted that we were in the presence of the real Rosetta Stone. It's something we've only ever read about in history books and never imagined we'd see in person.

Pardon the bad picture; it's kept safe behind thick glass!

The museum was huge and we enjoyed seeing countless artifacts from ancient civilizations. I highly recommend a visit there if you're in London. After we left the museum, we did a lot of walking and passed by many sights we had seen on our previous trip. They're still enjoyable to see in person, so we didn't mind the redundancy.




Not sure why Londoners are afraid to wear color.

That evening we took a car service to Watford, where Meezy needed to be for work on Tuesday. We were exhausted, so we ordered room service for dinner and went to sleep. The next day was going to be a big one for me - renting a car!  Lol. Normally that doesn't sound like a big deal, but it meant I'd be driving a right-side car on the left side of the road. Watford is 40 minutes outside of London, and there's not much to do there, so I wanted the rental car so that I could drive back into London and do some shopping. I took a taxi to the rental car site and picked up my transportation for the day!


First off, you have to get used to being on the right side of the car. Second, most vehicles in Europe are standard. I specifically reserved an automatic (which costs more), because I did not want to deal with that variable! Third, you drive on the left side of the road! I was slightly nervous about embarking on this adventure, but honestly pretty excited about being able to check it off my bucket list. I rented a GPS, which was truly a lifesaver. It took a few minutes of getting used to where I needed to be looking for traffic when making turns, and I definitely wasn't in the correct position to exit round-abouts on numerous occasions. Lol. But, the good thing about round-abouts is that they are big circles!  So, when I missed my exit, I just made a lap and nailed it the second time around. Also, people are surprisingly nice about letting you change lanes. Everyone's cars are so tiny and zippy, so you just go where you need to and everyone is cool with it. I like the way they handle traffic lights there, too. They have green, yellow, red, and mean the same as us, but they also flash the yellow right before the light turns from red to green. That gets you prepared and you move your foot to the gas, so that you are already driving as it turns green. It really keeps things moving.

On the way into London, I stopped at the London Designer Outlet at Wembley Park. It's not huge, but it gave me a chance to shop a little, grab lunch, and borrow some Wifi. I sent Meezy a message to assure him I was safe and hadn't gotten into a wreck!  Haha. From there, I continued into London to check out Harrod's. (Parking is uber expensive around London, btw). Harrod's is a massive upscale department store that is very famous in Europe. I couldn't afford anything there, but I had a good time checking out level after level of their pricey goods. 


After that, I walked to Regent Street. This is another famous shopping locale, but with much more affordable stores. The NFL is doing a big push to try and make American football popular in London, so there were lots of banners flying overhead, advertising the NFL and an upcoming parade.


That concluded another exhausting day for me, so I drove back to Watford for the evening, to see Meezy. The next morning, I drove my rental car to Heathrow for my flight back to DFW. When I checked in for my flight, there was a business class upgrade available, so you bet I took it! Spending the 10 hour flight home in business class was the best decision I've made in a while. The perks are beyond amazing and the food was pretty spectacular too.  I have a feeling I won't get that opportunity again in a while, so I will relish it while I can!