Father’s Day Is Stressful When Your Husband Is Awesome

Father’s Day is a tricky holiday in our home. It comes 6 weeks before my husband’s birthday so I can’t use up all my great ideas at once, but, even worse, Father’s Day is only a month after Mother’s Day.

Scott doesn’t exactly know how to do things small — this year he bought me a new computer for Mother’s Day. SURPRISE. HOLY CRAP. Granted I had been beating my current laptop when it ran slow and/or the keys stuck so it was probably for his sanity as much as mine, but STILL.

Scott is also normal in that he loves surprises and presents and going places instead of doing the same thing every year like me: sleep-in, wear pjs all day, eat sushi, eat cake if applicable. Scott is impossible to please!

I also set the bar ridiculously high by making him this amazing Father’s Day book with photos of his first year with our oldest back in 2007.

This is the cover. Clearly, I should’ve started out with a card because it’s all downhill from this awesomeness.

Although I haven’t been able to surpass my first gift, Scott has surpassed his fathering greatness every year, which is pretty amazing since he’s always been Super Dad. He continues to be a more loving, caring, generous and mindful dad as our children grow.

He is exactly what my children need when they need him.


He lets them go when they need to fly.


And if they fall, he brushes them off and teaches them how to keep going.


He gives our children the gifts of laughter, knowledge and encouragement at every turn, and I just don’t know how to box that up for Father’s Day.


My children need for nothing not because he buys them presents (which he does a little more than he should) but because he lets my son and daughter know how much they are loved with snuggles and words and a willingness to play pony princess ninja cars daily.

Happy Father’s Day to Scott and to all the great dads out there.

Thank you for all you do for our children.


To help you and your family celebrate Father’s Day, I teamed up with nTelos Wireless to giveaway a $50 VISA gift card to one lucky reader.

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Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

103 thoughts to “Father’s Day Is Stressful When Your Husband Is Awesome”

  1. My biggest issue is I like to give really big present or meaningful or make a surprise. It means every holiday it only gets harder and harder.

    But Kris? Would be content with nothing which is why of course he deserves everything. He works so hard.

    Love the cover of Scott’s photo book! Haha

  2. In my life my father has always been there for me through the good times and the bad. A fathers unconditional love is unbeatable.

  3. I’ve been “writing” my gifts for people since my teens…because I never had any money and I do like to put words together.

    So in my opinion, this post is the best gift Scott could ask for.
    Besides – you know – you and the kids.

    Also, when is cake not applicable?

    And finally, my father taught my sister and me to be generous. So. If I actually win this VISA giveaway, please donate it to someone else.

    He’d like that.


  4. I read this blog like a love letter. I’ll bet Scott will too.

    My mother jokes that I came out of the womb crying for my Daddy. I’ve always been a Daddy’s girl, and our relationship is a very special one. He’s the most positive person on the planet and always knows how to find the silver lining in even the darkest of clouds.

  5. I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m addicted to Instagram. This entry kinda feels like a cheat, but it’s in the list on nTelos, so I’m going with it. Because I LOVE INSTAGRAM. 🙂

  6. my husband is an amazing father. he is new at this, but he does all that he can. he works incredibly long hours but he still gets up for most night feedings just to keep me and the baby company. he drops everything to change a diaper or burp his son, both because he wants to help me and because it is additional hands on time with his baby.

  7. Not enough space or time to tell the story, but when my mom left us when I was four & came back & “stole” me, my dad went to my biological mothers home & watched from a distance to make sure I was alright until he could get the help he needed to get me back. He went on & raised my brother & I into responsible adults & teaches by example like giving 4 years of his time & life to help rebuild our childhood church that burned down. He continues to show us what love, compassion, and a little stubborn attitude can do to change the world. And b/c he showed me what a real man is like, I ended up choosing the most wonderful husband who is a fabulous father in his own right. I’m a lucky girl 😉

  8. My husband is the best dad ever. 20 years ago he came into our lives and made my two sons his own. He’s never treated them any different than his blood children and loves them beyond measure. When any of them need money or there’s car trouble, it’s my husband they call. He taught them to drive, coached their basketball teams and was the one holding my son’s hand as they set the break in his other arm at the hospital.

  9. The best app for my husband would be at Bat Life; he’s an avid sports fan and this time of year is his favorite…baseball!

  10. Love the free Father’s Day Printable Poster on Pinterest from nTelos; I love subway art and what a fun gift it would make for my husband…those are all the phrases he’s uttered over the years for sure!

  11. Scott is an awesome dad! Good luck thinking of something awesome for Father’s Day. I’m sure he would love anything that you and the kids create together just for him.

    Here are some things I love about my dad:
    -He encouraged me to read a LOT. Every summer I got really into the reading challenge at our local library, and every week he took me there to get a new stack of books (and sit in the awesome kids section for a while, reading and doing puzzles). He never got too mad when he found me sneaking a read after bedtime.
    -He was really good at finding fun free and cheap things to do. We were always doing something new (and usually educational- but fun too).
    -He taught me to love nature and constantly took me hiking and biking. He took me to every nature center and park in our area- including for special events like make your own hand-cranked ice cream and make your own paper.
    -He taught me to stand up against injustice. He especially wanted me to learn that girls are just as awesome as boys and I could do whatever I wanted in life.

  12. I subscribe to Late Enough via RSS (Google/Blogger reader).
    (Leaving these comments is beginning to make me feel like I’m stalking you…)

  13. My husband is an amazing father because of his patience! I always thought I was patient until I had children. When I get easily frustrated at a little thing, he can somehow be calm and take all the time in the world to explain things to the kids or teach them something they are struggling with. I am amazed!

  14. My husband is very special because he works so hard to support our family. Also, this is a little personal but he had a vasectomy reversal so we could conceive our daughter. I thought he was very brave!

  15. My husband is a great father because he spends a lot of time with our son and teaches him how to be a good person

  16. My dad has always been my biggest supporter. Although he has his quirks I wouldnt trade him for anything in the world.

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