Sunday was Hubby's 38th Birthday! I know...he's totally an old man. But what can I say? I like older men.
This guy is really amazing. I've said before how hard working he is. But I don't think that really does justice to how much he has really sacrificed. When we started our family, we made the decision that I would quit working outside the home, and be a full-time stay at home mom to our children. My husband has worked 2 jobs for basically our whole marriage up until the last few years. And once we started our business, before he quit his day job to concentrate completely on our carpet cleaning company, he was basically working 2 FULL TIME jobs. Hard, physical labor jobs. He would go to work a little before 8 in the morning to the pipe manufacturing company he worked shipping and receiving for. He would work out in the hot sun or cold wet rain or snow, loading and unloading trucks until 4 or 5, come home, grab a bite to eat and head out to clean carpets. He'd get to a business around 6 after everyone left and he'd clean until 1 or 2 in the morning. Then he'd get up at 7:30 and do it all over again. Some nights, when he had a big job, he didn't get home until 3 or 4. But he never complained. When the weekend rolled around - the time most people look forward to because they get a little break from they daily grind - my husband worked extra hard. He'd schedule his biggest jobs for the weekends. That way he could work Friday night all night, until he was too tired to keep going, come home and go to bed, and head back after he woke up and go all day Saturday. He did this for over 5 years. Looking back, I'm not sure how he didn't die from sheer exhaustion. I would often snicker when I heard people complain about how they worked a 50 or 60 hour work week, or worked 10 hour days. My husband would have done back flips if he could have worked those hours!
Now that he has left his day job, he still puts his energy into the marketing and business side of owning a company during the day, vehicle and equipment maintenance as well as helping me out with the kids, and still goes to work at night. He also dedicates many, many hours of service to his church calling. I am so grateful to have such an example of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice for my children to look up to.
And it takes a REAL man to let his 3 year old deck him out in jewels, then take her on his lap and play "I SPY" books with her!
What a guy, right?
So Saturday evening we went to dinner with our friends M & M, and had a great time visiting with good friends, and enjoying the peace of leaving our children home! It was a great night. After dinner the 2 of us just enjoyed some simple time together running errands and talking about anything and everything. It's good to just hang out and hold hands and have a conversation without being interupted 78 thousand times with "Mom! Mom!...(insert complaining, tattling, whining, or asking for something here )..."
Sunday was spent with my family for a joint celebration of Hubby and my brother D's Birthday. His Birthday is 4 days before Hubby's. We had pizza (request of both birthday boys) and cake and apple crisp. We visited, we laughed and shot my dad's air-soft gun at aluminum cans. Cowgirl did the best of all the kids and almost all the adults! We relished the Celtic's victory over the Lakers and came home tired and content.
So I really am determined to be a more consistent blogger, but the weekend derailed me a little! Have patience with me as I try to arrange my summer schedule! June is crazy with birthdays in my family - Not to mention Father's Day!
As crazy as it is though, I sure do LOVE summer! How is YOUR summer starting out?